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JACKSON PROGRESS-ARGUS: Founder’s son to exhibit at Fine Arts Festival (05/04/2017)

Friday, May 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The son of a founder of the Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will display his work at the council’s Fine Arts Festival over Mother’s Day weekend. Sean Sullivan, who once lived in Jackson with his parents John and Linda Sullivan Herdina, will display his abstract photography.

The 21st annual Fine Arts Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13, at the corner of East Third Street and Dempsey Avenue in Jackson. Admission is free.

Sullivan lived in Jackson for a short time in the early 2000s, he said. “However, my fondest memories are of helping my parents renovate the Carmichael House in the 1990s and of the wonderful people I met there,” he said.

Sullivan’s mother was president of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce in 1996 when she and Scott Coleman came up with the idea to have a garden art show as a chamber fundraiser, Sullivan said. “At this event, there was a sign-up sheet for people who were interested in supporting the arts in Jackson and Butts County,” he said. “The enthusiastic response led to the formation of the arts council later that year.”

Sullivan has lived in Savannah for 14 years.

“I will be showing photographs that I took in a historic building in Savannah,” Sullivan wrote in an email. “It was built in 1871 and has been boarded up for many years. The layers of paint on the walls have peeled and flaked in interesting ways that create ready-made abstract compositions.

“When I find something that I want to photograph, I just try to make the composition as interesting as I can,” he wrote. “I enjoy noticing unintended visual patterns in everyday surroundings. Photography allows me to preserve these accidental arrangements of shape and color. These photographs are reminders to me that there are opportunities to find striking combinations of color in unexpected places.”

Sullivan said a member of the festival committee saw his photographs and invited him to take part this year.

“I have attended several of the Fine Arts Festivals in Jackson over the years but this will be the first time that I will be showing art,” Sullivan wrote.

For the fifth year, local photographer Alan Jones will have works at the festival. Jones specializes in landscape, nature, macro and abstract photography. His work was featured in the 2016 SlowExposures Photo Competition and has been shown at The Gallery at Indian Springs and in the United Bank Art Show.

“I discovered photography at 14 after I’d saved enough money from cutting lawns to buy a good 35 millimeter film camera,” Jones said. “It was a case of love at first sight. When I first held the camera in my hand and took photos of the family cat, I knew this was my bliss, my passion.”

Jones said he is self-taught, “although there have been many people who helped me along the way.”

He attended Georgia State University and took photography courses at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.

“With every class I always learn something new, even though I’ve been a photographer for over 50 years,” Jones said. “My best education came from assisting for a number of years one of Atlanta’s best photographers, Richard Hoflich. He was an absolute master of lighting, composition and mood. He was well known for his fashion, editorial and advertising work. We had many memorable adventures together and I later shared a studio with him.”

Kathrine Allen-Coleman and Scott Coleman will also have works on display. Kathrine has been a part of the arts festival since 1998 and does a little of everything — collage, printmaking, painting, mosaic and pottery. Scott, an arts council founder, is a full-time artist in watercolors and acrylics.

He is also a past president and signature member of the Georgia and Southern watercolor societies. A lifelong resident of Jackson, his rendition of the county courthouse is used to promote the festival.

Jackson folk artist Fred Goodrum, who was discovered by the Colemans, is in his 10th year as a festival artist. Goodrum is self-taught and works in oils on canvas. His work is in the permanent collection at the Butts County Administration Building.

New to the festival are Jasper County artists Jeanne Trammell of Monticello, who works in oils and acrylics, and Jill Dyer of Hillsboro, this year’s art council secretary.

Dyer’s watercolors were featured in last year’s Butts County Creates, the council’s fall show, where she won a first-place award and the People’s Choice Award. Trammell started painting in watercolor years ago and has traveled in Europe, studying and painting on location. In the last couple of years Trammell has become interested in palette knife painting in oils.

Barnesville Woodturners members from Jackson and Barnesville will display work at the festival. A chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, the group is made up of professional wood turners and hobbyists. Members include Joe Patterson and Bill Bulloch, who also has work in the permanent collection in the administration building.

Sally Austin of Carrollton has worked in fiber and mixed media for 39 years. She began in Oregon, where she was a part owner in a gallery. Karen Y. Chen of Milton uses watercolors and acrylics to create modern and traditional Oriental arts.

Stacy Deline, also of Carrollton, uses traditional metalsmithing techniques to create three-dimensional, multi-layered and riveted wearable sculptures. She uses industrial and natural elements ranging from re-purposed gears to gemstones and fossils.

Darrell Ezekiel of Birmingham, Ala., collects cast-off objects and pairs them with colorful wood shapes. He calls this cast of quirky characters his Odd Fellow Series. Seth Fitts of Whitesburg is a 2003 fine arts graduate of the University of West Georgia and an artist and illustrator with exhibitions all over the U.S.

Jeanne Flint of Pine Lake uses sterling silver, found objects, recycled materials and a sense of humor to create jewelry. Her works include vintage toys, compasses, rulers, keys and photographs. Barry Gregg of Decatur makes pottery and sculptures found in numerous galleries. Kyle Osvog of Minneapolis is also a clay artist.

Elliott Hubbard of Fairburn uses metals and exotic woods in his clay pieces. Amy Lansburg of Valdosta is also a mixed media artist and Parry Moss of Stone Mountain uses Murano glass techniques and colored frit in his hand-blown glass pieces.

Debbie and Brian Miller of Orlando will exhibit their works together. Brian graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., with bachelor’s degrees in animation and film. After years working as a commercial graphic artist, he now works in art journaling and daily paintings. Debbie is a licensed mental health counselor and spiritual director who is working on “100 Days of Looking Back,” a series featuring vintage images from the 1950s and ‘60s.

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