January Issue 2000
The Pickens County Museum Presents Two Exhibits for New Year
The Pickens County Cultural Commission invites one and all to the opening of two very special exhibitions at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History, located in Picken, SC. The exhibitions EXODUS - The Artists Collective and The South Carolina Art Educators Association's Western Region Youth Art Show will be on view from Jan. 15 and will continue until Feb. 17, 2000.
EXODUS - The Artists Collective, in gallery one, is a group of Southeast regional artisans that through their own techniques and styles are increasing the public's awareness and importance of purchasing original artwork. Their mission is to increase the public's standard of art, perception of art styles, and the public's knowledge of art.
The members of EXODUS - The Artists Collective, come from many various backgrounds and work in a wide variety of mediums, with one very important thing in common... art. Included in that roster of artists is: Michael Allen whose desire to paint "real undistorted life has led to a bold style which is characterized by brilliant undiluted colors" as reflected in his wildlife to land and seascapes to "Ethnic" art; April Harrison, a self-taught artist, is noted for her warm color palette and highly textured compositions beautifully capturing subjects in a state of inner spirituality as seen in her work "All praises to God"; Samuel Hodge uses the challenging and light inspired medium of stained glass for the depiction of African-American history and culture; Roderick Jackson, whose pride in his heritage and family is evident in a life devoted to his artistic skills and through his artistic endeavors. He credits much of his development to his Grandfather's encouragement to view the world, "as a place of unnoticed art filled with shapes and wonderful imagery"; Thomas Parham's passion for positive social impact has led to art spanning a variety of subjects, including nature, history and religion; John Pendarvis is known for his works symbolic of jazz bands and musicians, African tribal masks and Kente cloth as well as a variety of subjects "familiar to the artist"; Eric Shelton's paintings and drawings explode with vivid colors and lively images of the African Diaspora. He believes visual art is very important in today's' society and expresses this need for strong and positive images of life's experiences through his art; Vincent Christie, whose oil pastel and other drawing media portraits capture the inner essences of life.
On exhibit in the museum's upstairs gallery number two will be The South Carolina Art Educators Association's Western Region Youth Art Show, which will feature the finest of student works produced in Upstate SC Schools.
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