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The Artside: Slonem's art inspired by own aviary

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Works by painter, printmaker and sculptor Hunt Slonem are on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art, highlighted by his neoexpressionist paintings of tropical birds inspired by the personal aviary he has maintained over the years.One of America’s most celebrated artists, Slonem has work in more than 50 major museum collections and has had more than 100 exhibitions in museums around the world.

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Works by Hunt Slonem are on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art. The artist will give a lecture Feb. 20.  SPECIAL
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Works by Hunt Slonem are on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art. The artist will give a lecture Feb. 20.

Slonem was born in Kittery, Maine, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy, and he spent his childhood years in Hawaii, Virginia, California and Washington state. He recalls his parents dabbling in painting and his grandparents encouraging him to paint at an early age, and claims he decided on art as a career path when he was in first grade.

He attended Vanderbilt University as a freshman then spent a year at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans. After further study at the Skowhegan School of Paint­ing and Sculpture in Maine, he moved to Manhattan in 1973 and has been based in New York ever since

Slonem’s art and life have been widely chronicled in books and periodicals, and a major publication on his work is available in the museum store. The artist will be in Augusta for a lecture and closing reception Feb. 20. In the meantime, the exhibition is open for viewing, and there is more information on his Web site, huntslonem.com.

Several of Augusta’s noted artists have been exhibiting elsewhere this fall.

AT THE FIRE HOUSE GALLERY in Louisville, Ga., Tom Nakashima has a show titled Nature Morte, featuring his signature large-scale art and smaller pieces. Nakashima is featured in a short video on the gallery Web site, galleryafire.com.

LOCAL ARTISTS ELSEWHERE: Georgia Regents University art professor Kristin Casaletto’s artwork will be included in One, an exhibition at the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York. The show opens with a reception Jan. 6 and runs through Jan. 30.

Liselott Johnsson, the director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery at GRU’s hill campus, installed an exhibit titled Lifeboat at Muhlenberg Library, 209 W. 23rd St. in New York. An architect and visual artist, Johnson used the vocabulary of marine signal systems in her exhibit, which remains on display through April 3.

According to the library Web site, Johnsson is “inspired by naval flags, ancient alphabets, modernist painting and the recent Microsoft invention of high capacity color barcodes” to create “her own writing system resulting in objects and paintings that acquire semantic meaning.” See www.liselottjohnsson.com.

Philip Morsberger staged an exhibit titled Headsup at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., in November and early December.

LOOKING PAST THE HOLIDAYS: Wood sculptor Marvin Miller will be on hand for a First Friday event Jan. 3 at Gallery on the Row.

He will be bringing new sculpture to the gallery and also will autograph books and discuss his humanitarian project on the Mississippi Gulf coast.

A fourth-generation artist who grew up in Iowa, Miller now lives with his family in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

After Hurricane Katrina, he worked with the dead trees destroyed by the wind and storm surge, and carved a trail of sculptures stretching for 40 miles.

The sculptures depicting pelicans, eagles and dolphins have become a tourist attraction along the coast. See more at marlinmillergallery.com.


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