Roy Scott from Warner Robins plunders what other people discard as junk to fashion objects that charmed art patrons at the opening of the June exhibition, “Artists in Residence,” in the gallery of Macon Arts Alliance on First Friday, June 5.
Not to be missed is “Dew Drop Inn,” a road-house panoply full of Saturday night passion and meticulously detailed down to the pop off caps on the cold beers in the cooler. Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” would be great background music for Scott’s mixed media collages on old guitars, some depicting typical beach party scenes.
A self taught artist who grew up with four brothers and two sisters, he had to make his toys from whatever scraps he could find. Although Scott pursued a career in professional counseling, he now devotes his time to his interpretive art.
On a pedestal in one corner of the gallery was a miniature glazed porcelain statue of Rodin’s “The Thinker,” a surprising but well executed departure from the caprice of the other pieces in his collection.
Southern Fried Metal, the metaphorical name of Brandon McCullar’s studio, conjures the intense heat of forging metal fragments together, not necessarily to create beautiful images.
The wire sculpture of a young lady, “Ethereal Beauty,” which should be titled “Prom Night,” was a déjà vu experience to seventh grade and every girl’s first dance, corseted into a tiny waist, and worried over frazzled hair. The arch of her back and arms held stiffly at her side were a reminder of that first foray into dressing up and having to dance with boys! McCullar nailed it.
“Thalia,” a graceful lady in burnished steel with gown flowing behind her, was as elegant as the former was awkward. So fluid was the composition, she appeared to move to a silent orchestra. McCullar, an Alabama native, is represented currently in the Telfair Museum in Savannah. A gypsy at heart, he has settled in Perry after studying and traveling throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
ARTWORK AS BUILDING COMPONENTS
From a distance, the mantle leaning against the gallery wall looked like a handsome focal point for a Craftsman era house. On closer inspection, each brick was custom made, a small sculpture in clay, notched together with other bricks in a jigsaw puzzle of hundreds of pieces to create a major work of art for the house.
Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman of AnT Sculpture and Design like to work with “site specific historical and cultural ideas ... to produce unique and durable architectural” clay sculpture. Many of their projects are custom designs for individuals who like their interpretation of “narratives” for the home.
Their collection in the gallery includes corbels and highly glazed large tiles, fine accessories for home and garden. Gregg is the assistant professor of studio art at Wesleyan College, a position which prompted their move from Tupelo, Mississippi. Tanner’s works are in permanent collections and installations in this country and abroad.
Another transplant to Middle Georgia, Kimela Olensky studied fine arts at the University of South Alabama and works in oil on canvas. Her paintings are the serene counterpoint to the massive hand wrought brick mantle and lively sculptures. Taking inspiration from her south Alabama roots, Olensky executes contemporary landscapes in an ethereal palette that would appeal to any aesthetic.
This is one of the most diverse and intriguing exhibitions featured in the Macon Arts Alliance gallery this year. Be sure and visit before June 26 when the show ends.
A GOOD DAY FOR LILIES
For those of you who don’t know how much planning goes on throughout the year to ensure a successful Cherry Blossom Festival, Linda Maddox, executive director of Central City Park for the festival, can tell you about her weekend trips to visit other venues to interview vendors and see what new and different entertainment is available for the park festivities next year.
On June 6, Maddox and Loretta Hencely, program coordinator for the festival, took a discerning critic, grandson R.T. Maddox, to enjoy the fun at the Daylily Festival in Gray.
Perennial volunteers for the CBF, Martha Ann and Eddie Altman were giving their time to Gray’s annual event where daylilies in a rainbow of colors were on display and for sale. R.T. gave a thumbs-up to the kid-sized train that his grandmother might invite to the CBF.
While several bands set the lively mood for the day, children jumped on the inflatable playground, rode the ponies, climbed the rock wall and tried out bungee jumping. The spectacular day burned up a lot of energy and ended in a sound sleep for lots of children -- including R.T. -- and their grateful parents.
Katherine Walden is a freelance writer and interior designer in Macon. Contact her at 478-742-2224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.