Seven artists in the Athens area will have their inspirations showcased in the exhibit “Spirit Show,” which opens with a reception Sunday at Athens Academy.
The show, organized by art teacher Lawrence Stueck, will exhibit in Myers Gallery through Feb. 22. The public can meet the artists during the 2-4 p.m. reception at the gallery.
Artists featured are Ana Anest, Barbara Odil, Claire Dunphy, Mary Padgelek, Father Anthony Salzman, Wendy Ortel and Scott Pope.
“Lawrence described (the exhibit) as art that is spiritual and approached from different perspectives,” Anest said.
“All of us have unusual approaches to life and to art. I was pleased that Lawrence perceived that my work is spiritual,” said Anest, a Watkinsville artist who will show seven pieces, including “Far Out,” an interpretation of a galaxy on a three-piece 14-foot by 7-foot canvas.
Anest knows most of the other artists and said she is curious about the stone circles she heard were created by Dunphy, whose circles of painted stones have been placed on open land from the Northeast to the Pacific Northwest and even Russia.
One of Dunphy’s stone circles, with painted depictions of wild animals, has been placed outside Myers Gallery. Inside, she is exhibiting paintings of medicine stones that are used by shamans for healing.
“The portraits are special stones from special places,” Dunphy said about the medicine stones.
Anest was also excited about seeing work by Salzman, whom she said was recently commissioned to make ceiling artwork for a church in New London, Conn. He will have the largest piece of work on display, she said.
From the infinite universe to the volatile earth, these artists found their subjects.
Artist Barbara Odil, who lives on 15 acres of forest land in Oconee County, sees her art as a celebration of nature.
“Ever since I was a young child, I would look at natural objects and see forms that would resemble humans and animals, so when I find a piece of wood or an interesting rock or shell, I’ll see something in it that I bring out,” she said.
“I let the shape of the piece dictate the final form,” she said about her three-dimensional work, which she often embellishes with carvings or additions like pieces of silk.
Not only does she find her pieces in the natural world, but she finds objects to work with at yard sales and estate sales.
Odil also teaches art. Recently she was appointed as artist in residence at Poinsett State Park near Sumter, S.C., where she will teach her art form and donate a piece of artwork to the park’s collection.
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