‘The Hunt Is On’: Exhibit Celebrates Art as a Way of Life at Aiken Center for the Arts | Entertainment


Art offers the possibility of reflection and makes it possible to discover and nurture the inner creative spirit. The artists in the upcoming exhibition at the Aiken Center for the Arts are using art to infuse deeper meaning into their lives, showing the beauty of human creativity. From September 15 to October 20, the main gallery will showcase works that celebrate art as a way of life.

An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 and will feature works by Southern Decoy sculptors Tom Boozer and Dr. Chris Ray, photographer Gordon Munro and painter Jessica Graham.

Boozer, began carving at the age of 9 under the mentorship of legendary Sumter master cabinetmaker, Olin Ballentine. He creates hollow-bodied duck decoys in the Connecticut style, which was developed around 1840. His pieces are made from Atlantic white cedar that he harvests himself and carves with old hand tools. 150 years old – a pull knife, a hatchet, graters, scissors and a pocket knife. .

The lures are then painted, rigged and weighted in the Stratford style, typical of the 1850s. He received the South Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1998 and was named Master Lure. His work can be found at the SC State Museum, SC Maritime Museum, Edisto Historical Museum, Point South Museum, Core Sound Museum, Port Royal Museum, McKissick Folk Life Museum, and the African American Cultural Museum in Washington. His work is owned by major corporations, Ducks Unlimited and prominent private collectors. He was recently featured in “Garden & Gun.” His work has been included in five books, 17 periodicals, four television programs, an ETV “South Carolina: a Natural State” segment, and ETV “Know It All”.

Ray, Director of Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center, and World Champion Waterfowl, Novice Duck Carver, is an avid outdoorsman who has always enjoyed waterfowl hunting, which began his interest in waterfowl sculpture. He enjoys the challenge of carving decorative and shooting lures using a variety of wood types, tools and techniques.

His main interest in creating decorative waterfowl is to try to portray the species as close to the actual bird as possible, sculpting and paying meticulous attention to every detail of every feather.every position and constantly striving to improve with every carve. For casting lures, function is of great importance, so he first focuses on making sure they float realistically. He then spends quite a bit of time sealing and painting the shooting decoys, adding more detail than is really needed for the hunt. He was introduced to his craft around the age of 10 by his parents who were both wood carvers, and he forges this tradition into every piece he carves.

Munro is known for his fashion photography, studio work and celebrity portraits, and has spent much of his career photographing for magazines such as Time, Interview, W, Vogue and Bazaar.

Born in England, Munro was inspired by the works of famous photographers such as Richard Avedon, Hiro, Art Kane and Irving Penn, with whom he worked for four years after moving to New York in his early twenties. In the decades since, he’s had a thriving career in fashion, beauty and editorial, with a resume that includes Lancome, Revlon, Clinique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Judith Lieber and Bill Blass. A studio lighting expert and gifted portrait painter, Gordon has worked extensively in corporate and celebrity photography, and has worked with Hollywood names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman and Shirley MacLaine, as well as musicians like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Ozzy Osbourne. Also notable was his work with Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilda Krim on the creation with Peter Rogers Associates of the first campaign for the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which included a total of 144 actors, musicians, artists and writers. , who arrived at the studio to be photographed for the benefit of the charity. He has also shot campaigns for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) for HIV/AIDS prevention and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Graham, landscape and abstract artist, studied art at UNC Greensboro. She started out painting abstracts, later branched out into abstract/realism and now also paints landscapes and flowers. She spends time in her studio as well as outdoors and enjoys the therapeutic aspect of painting. Growing up in a family of artists, her love of art was passed on to her by her mother and they are now carrying on the tradition together.

Along with the main gallery, the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery presents the works of two of its members throughout each exhibition at the Aiken Center for the Arts. This exhibition features Gisela Sirrenberg who uses pouring techniques to create daring compositions with unlimited color relationships and color patterns and Barbara Stewart Smith who uses oils to capture the illusory magic of nature.

Additionally, Brooks Gallery will present “Small Expressions,” an exhibition of contemporary small-scale textile art by the Handweaver’s Guild of America Inc. Small Expressions features contemporary small-scale works using fiber techniques in all media. Small in scale but visually compelling, the Small Expressions exhibition features works that speak to the complexity of expression, the intimacy of design, thoughtful communication and visual excitement. The artists in this exhibition create a big impact through small pieces.

The mission of the Aiken Center for the Arts is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing arts experiences for all ages.

The Aiken Center for the Arts is located at 122 Laurens St. SW For more information, call the Aiken Center for the Arts at 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.


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