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August Issue 2010

Artists' Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Works by Holly Ann Sailors

The Artists' Guild of Spartanburg will present the exhibit, Patterned Idolatry, a collection of paintings by the 2008 winner of the Guild's Annual Juried Exhibition, Holly Ann Sailors, on view in the Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, from Aug. 2 - 27, 2010.

Taking first prize in the Juried Exhibition two years ago - Sailors was the youngest winner in the event's history - a sign of things to come. She recently won a regional artist project grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and was accepted into the MFA program at the New York Academy of Art. She has exhibited widely in the Southeast, in Italy, and her work is currently held in the permanent collection at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and Design.

This exhibition demonstrates Sailors' transformation of traditional, even familiar images into dramatic new combinations. "I want to give new life to imagery that has been profanely discarded, or wrongfully embraced," Sailors explains. "My work is a constant process of appropriation and change, and strongly borrows from tradition. I paint because I believe traditions can change."

Arranging iconic images into new patterns, Sailors' work invites the viewer to explore her personal connections to tradition, history, and especially ritual. Much of her painting adopts religious imagery "as a way to give reverence to something of this world." Despite the depth of Sailors' concern with the sacred, however, her images embrace the decorative along with the divine. "As an artist," she notes drily, "I am accepting of my attraction for visual excess."

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or contact Laura Pinkley at 864/764-9568.

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