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Yesterday, as I was walking down the Hall Gallery to the main office, I passed a lady who was carefully exploring one of our recent acquisitions. It was a portrait montage done in pencil, called “Family of Frank & Susie Clark McCall.” Gary Pound is the artist, and it is one of two of his works in our collection. I took a moment to study the sketches with her, and agreed when she said how wonderful the work was, how detailed, how expressive. And we got to talking.
I asked if she was from Moultrie. She said “yes” — for the last five years. But she had never been in the Arts Center before that day. “Had always meant to; but never got around to it.” But, she was in the neighborhood and had a couple of minutes to spare that day, so decided it was time. And she was amazed at the treasure we have right here in Moultrie.
We got to talking a little more. We talked about the pleasure of spending a few spare minutes soaking in a piece of art. That it’s like a ten-minute vacation for the mind and spirit, to pick a painting, or sculpture, or drawing, and really look: To see what’s there, and then to take it out for a spin.
In the case of the Pound portraits, there were the seven subjects — for starters: two parents, and five kids, drawn in different poses, at different ages. One marvels at the artist’s ability to capture expression on the faces using a simple pencil. And at the depth he creates using that same humble tool, with just lines and shades and smears. We can look hard at the faces and try to figure out which of the two little girls is which of their older versions sitting on the couch. And who takes after Mom, and who takes after Dad. And chuckle at that little boy; clearly he’d rather be anywhere else than posing for a portrait! These are the sorts of pleasant ramblings a piece of art can inspire.
Wander down the hall to the McCall Gallery, and there is Josh Rosen’s “My Frankenstein (Jay 13),” a work that is part of our current exhibit “The Misfits: A Selection of Extraordinary Sculptures.” Is that part of an old typewriter he’s used for the bed frame? Is that a monocle hanging from the IV stand? Why is the poor guy in bed? Is he sick? Why is there an on-off switch in his chest? Look, there’s an old transistor among the stuff on his mattress; I remember the first transistor radio my Dad bought for me…
As I left her in the McCall Gallery, the lady said she’d be back again soon. Her parting words were “thank you” for having the Arts Center in Moultrie. She made my day.
Josh Rosen’s “Misfits” will be on display at the Arts Center through Friday, Feb. 24, as will the extraordinary paintings of Jim Touchton in the Vereen Gallery. If you need a ten-minute vacation between now and then, c’mon over and take one of their works out for a mental spin.
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The ‘play in the dirt’ season begins!
As we continue to experience conditions which offer a week of cold weather followed by a week of warm weather, know that these current temperature patterns will probably last throughout the month of March. March is supposed to be the month of winds to blow away winter and getting back into the yard for some spring cleaning and planting.
The color of flowers can be therapy to all
Both springtime and flowers have an impact on people. With springtime comes desirable weather which promotes outside activities and flowers which promote feelings of expression and curb appeal. Color plays an important role in flower selections.
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Annual Miss Afro Pageant to be held Saturday
The annual Miss Afro Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 p.m., on Saturday, March 1, at the Colquitt County Arts Center. This event is sponsored by Friendship Baptist Church.
It’s about time to start pruning!
It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and this weather is certainly indecisive – cold one week and warm the next week. When will spring arrive? The warmer days encourage outdoor involvement and landscape activities while the colder days keep us inside. However, it’s almost time to start pruning.
Moultrian cast in ABAC musical
A Moultrie student is one of seven ABAC students and alumni who will star in the Baldwin Players’ spring production, “Smoke on the Mountain.”
Pruning tips as winter fades into springtime
It’s late January and the urge to get back into the yard continues to grow. We have had a cold winter and it’s not over yet. Evaluate your desires to get back into the yard and determine when you need to start various projects. One of the most common activities that need to be implemented is pruning, but consider plant health and safety before beginning any pruning exercises. It’s never too early to develop your plans!
Consider enrichment items in your great outdoors
As you develop your landscape plans and outline your activities to play in the dirt for the spring, consider designing and constructing enrichment items which will enhance the aesthetics of the property, as well as bring personal enjoyment to your family and guests. This is your great outdoors; therefore make the best of it while considering cost, sustainability effects, and environmental-friendliness.
Get ready to play in the dirt!
With the holiday season behind us and the cold weather upon us, make every effort to stay warm this month. While kicking back by the fire in the evening for a good book or a movie, take the time to plan and schedule your springtime landscape and construction activities. As you do so, please take the following pointers into consideration.
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