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The Artside: Printmaker's art will be in spotlight at Gertrude Herbert

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Printmaker Chad Tolley will open a solo exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art on Thursday, June 6, spotlighting works in a variety of print media.

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Mama Wolf, a 2007 relief print, will be among the works by Chad Tolley on exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art beginning June 6.  SPECIAL
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Mama Wolf, a 2007 relief print, will be among the works by Chad Tolley on exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art beginning June 6.

An assistant professor of art at Georgia Regents University, Tolley holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Utah and the M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. The exhibit will include etchings, relief prints and mixed media works with elaborate patterns and textures.

Opening Friday, June 7, is a selection of plein air oil paintings by Augustan Dick Dunlap in the Creel-Harison Community Gallery at the Gertrude Herbert. Known for his depictions of area landscapes and rivers, Dunlap is a longtime painting instructor at GHIA and formerly operated a studio and gallery on Artists Row.

The art institute will hold an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening, honoring both artists. Tolley will give a gallery talk during the event. Call (706) 722-5495 for more information.

AT THE FIRE HOUSE Gallery in Louisville, Ga., a new exhibit called “Dangerous Beauty” will spotlight recent work by Katherine Rhodes Fields. The exhibit includes 20 chalk and pastel graphite drawings, 10 etchings and a couple of large-scale drawings. The gallery will open the show with a reception Saturday, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

A native of Mississippi, Fields studied fine art and history at Sewanee: the University of the South and environmental art at Glasgow School of Art. She earned the M.F.A. degree in printmaking from the University of Mississippi. She is professor of art at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas.

AT THE MORRIS Museum of Art, Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art will open Saturday, June 8, for a summer run. The exhibit will offer an overview of the wide range of contemporary craft, including glass, baskets, ceramics, books, and silverwork.

• There will be a reception June 20 highlighting two of the museum’s current exhibitions. Dr. Everette James, who recently donated works from his collection of North Carolina pottery to the museum, will be joined by Scott Power, of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, for a lecture on Southern crafts.

AWARD WINNERS have been announced in the Aiken Artist Guild’s juried competition.

Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter’s painting titled Markell II took best of show, and Ford Bond’s Rye Patch won Best Aiken Scene. Ellene Southerland was the people’s choice winner, and Angela Giller claimed the new member award.

First place winners by category were Jane Popiel, landscape; Martha Lockhart, portrait/figure; Carol Sue Roberts, still life/floral; Mary McCullah, wildlife/animal; and Gail Wheeler, abstract/experimental. The juried exhibit will remain on display through Friday, June 7.

• A separate exhibit opens in early June in the Aiken Artist Guild gallery within the ACA. Member artist Gwen Power will exhibit selected watercolor paintings of nature and wildlife found in the Aiken County area. Power has exhibited in various locations in the Aiken and Ridge Spring area and she is represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more, see gwenpower.com.

THE DEADLINE IS Friday, May 31, to enter the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s national juried art competition, A Sense of Place. Juror for the 33rd annual event is Don Kimes, artistic director in the visual arts for the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Call (706) 722-5495 to make a last-minute entry.


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