If you've seen my recent Instagram and Facebook posts, you know that I've been working on a huge show for the Jekyll Island Arts Association (JIAA) for quite awhile now.
The JIAA has at least a three-year waitlist for accepted exhibting artists, so it's quite an honor to have a show there. And just in case you're unfamiliar with this beautiful "nearest faraway place," Jekyll is one of coastal Georgia's Golden Isles (yes, that's right--Georgia has a coast!)
But I can actually say this show's been in the making for nearly 50 years.
That's because I paint from my life experiences and passions, and coastal Georgia has been one of mine for as long as I can remember.
After vacationing there every summer, my mother decided to relocate our family from Atlanta to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1980. I absolutely loved growing up there, having the beach a few yards away from my door, and most places I frequented were easily accessible by bicycle. I attended a small school which encouraged my drawing skills, and I learned to water ski in the intercoastal waterways--with a few alligator sightings along the way.
As mentioned in my statement for the show (please see below), I didn't truly come to appreciate the quiet beauty of Jekyll until I was married. Growing up on the more populous and happening island, most of us teenagers only went to Jekyll for Glynn Academy's graduations, dances, or Pirate Formal (can I get a witness from my homegirls?!). But after an anniversary stay in the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, my husband and I were smitten.
Now I visit Jekyll every time I'm home, often with paints and pochade box. Our four daughters have grown up visiting the museum and learning of Jekyll's history, enjoying a treat from the cafe while sitting on the Club's veranda, watching the fireworks above the live oaks at the annual Christmas tree lighting, climbing on the ghostly trees at Driftwood Beach, sliding down Pirates' Passage at Summer Waves. My husband enjoys the golf courses where he often sees wild critters. I prefer to bike the island, stopping to take many photos along the way of the beauty that inspires me.
The show features close to 50 of my coastal-inspired paintings including landscapes, architecture, wildlife and figures, as well as nearly 40 baskets by talented Brunswick artist Linda Lanter. If you're in the area, please join us Sunday, June 2, 1-3pm for the reception. Linda and I are so excited about sharing our creations with you. We look forward to seeing you then!
WHAT: Nearly 100 artworks
WHEN: June 1-30, 2019; opening reception Sunday, June 2, 1-3 pm
WHERE: Goodyear Cottage, in Jekyll Island's historic Millionaires' Village
please scroll down to see bios below and PRESS page for articles about the show