Feature Articles

January 2011

Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, Offers Works by FMU Art Students

The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, will present the exhibit, Carte Blanche: The FMU Art Experience, featuring works from students attending Francis Marion University located in the City of Florence, SC, on view from Jan. 11 - 27, 2012. A reception will be held on Jan. 13, from 5:30-8pm.

What is unique about Carte Blanche is the fact that the show not only features the work of FMU students but also has been put together entirely by two FMU students, Clay Poston and Preston Leslie, who are functioning as curators for the first time. Generated from grassroots interest by students, this is an exhibit that reflects the students’ personal perspectives on their art.

The pieces on exhibit at the gallery are varied, with mediums such as wood sculpture, charcoal, oil on glass, and encaustic painting, among others. A majority of the works will be for sale. Participating artists include: Adam Dial, Blair Felkel, Heidi Causey, John Ainsworth Jr., Ashley Burton, Symon Gibson, Tajh Peterkin, Tiffany Thomas, Adrianna Lovato, Clay Poston, Tari Federer, and many more.

The Visual Arts Program at Francis Marion University focuses on developing the artistic abilities of students within the liberal arts tradition. Students majoring in Visual Arts select an area of specialization within the studio arts from painting, ceramics, photography or visual communication and spend several semesters learning the concepts and techniques of their chosen area.

The purpose of the art major is to give students a solid foundation in the studio arts and to develop visual awareness. The actual production of works in the studios, followed by critiques of their works, enhances the students’ understanding. They are prepared for graduate school or for independent work in the arts through their coursework in the studio areas, supplemented by art history and related fields of study. Graduates of this program have gone on to graduate studies and jobs in art related careers.

The Art Trail Gallery is an all-volunteer gallery space in Downtown Florence. The Gallery features the work of local artists throughout the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. Works are available for sale unless noted otherwise. The Art Trail Gallery is also home to the studio of well-known sculptor, Alex Palkovich.

The Art Trail Gallery would not be possible without the interest and support of its many daily visitors and the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, the sponsors of the Gallery and the owners of the building.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Gallery at 843/673-0729 or visit (www.art-trail-gallery.com).

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