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October Issue 2010

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Deanna Leamon and Dorothy Netherland

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, is presenting two exhibits including: Deanna Leamon: Heads and Dorothy Netherland: D Days, on view in Gallery 80808 through Oct. 5, 2010.

Deanna Leamon (b. 1957) will present a new body of work made with oil stick on insulation board. In the paintings, Leamon uses the metallic surface of the insulation board as a base color for most of her portraits. Leamon is known for her figurative drawings, most often in charcoal and, therefore, typically rendered in blacks, grays and whites. In this new body of work, however, she uses color, especially blue, red, pink and yellow.

Dorothy Netherland (b. 1962) will present a new body of work using her unique technique of painting, silk screening and transferring ink onto the back of glass. From memory and personal history, Netherland creates narrative, often symbolic tableaus using imagery mainly drawn from 1950s women's magazines. Most of Netherland's paintings consist of two or three panes of glass on top of each other, each layer "carrying" part of  the image. The approach provides literal and conceptual depth.

Leamon recently moved from Columbia to Massachusetts. Until a few years ago, she taught at the University of South Carolina art department, from which she resigned to work full-time as a studio artist. Her work was in Thresholds: Expressions of Art and Spiritual Life, a 2004 exhibition organized by the South Carolina Arts Commission that traveled the Southeast for three years. She also was represented in The Felt Moment, a 2003 show of art from the Carolinas at the Columbia Museum of Art. Leamon was in 100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the 20th Century, an overview of 20th century South Carolina art at the SC State Museum.

Netherland, a native of Alexandria, VA, began studying art in her thirties. In 2000, she received a BFA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where she lives. Netherland's work was included in the 2004 SC Triennial at the SC State Museum in Columbia. She also was included in the 2004 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Contemporary Charleston exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call Vista Studios at 803/252-6134 or visit (www.gallery80808vistastudios.com).

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