Starting in August, the University of North Georgia (UNG) is hosting art exhibits in galleries on the Oconee, Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses that feature various accomplished artists and diverse forms of art. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
The Oconee Campus Gallery will feature a pair of exhibits as part of a citywide series of art exhibitions and events known as Athens Celebrates Elephant Six – a tribute to the record company that influenced the eclectic music and arts scene of nearby Athens, Georgia.
Carnival Part I runs Aug. 25 through Sept. 24 and Carnival Part II runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 30; both feature work by Lucy Calhoun, Jill Carnes, John d’Azzo, Amy Hairston, Will Hart, Charlie Johnson and others.
The Elephant Six Recording Co. was formed in the early 1990s by Robert Schneider, Will Hart, Bill Doss and Jeff Mangum. Originally from Louisiana, Hart, Doss and Magnum later moved to Athens, Georgia, after their first 7-inch extended play (EP) recording release.
“Together, they formed an artistic scene that would come to characterize much of the Athens aesthetic, with such bands as the Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel, many of them sharing members,” said Georgia Museum of Art Curator Lynn Boland. “Although Elephant Six is best known for its music, the visual arts have always played a defining role in the collective’s activities, from album covers and show posters to theatrical stage presences.”
The Oconee Campus Gallery is located in the lobby area of the Faculty Center/700 Building and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Beginning Aug. 18, the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery on UNG Gainesville Campus is hosting Ring Road, an exhibit that showcases work inspired by Georgia artists Rachel and Trevor Reese’s trip to Iceland during the summer solstice.
Video and photographs by Rachel Reese captured during their circumnavigation of the island are included along with new sculptures by Trevor Reese that were inspired by Iceland’s dynamic plant life.
The exhibit will be in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building and the artists talk and reception will be held Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
The Bob Owens Art Gallery on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus is also holding an exhibit called Outdoor Life: Works by Didi Dunphy, which will run Aug. 21 through Sept. 18. The reception will take place Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Dunphy uses a variety of media to explore the intersection of art, performance and design. She incorporates her audience by turning the public into the performer and the sculpture into the plaything.
Dunphy received a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in the contemporary arts and moved to Athens with her family in 2000. Her work has been featured in several major venues and she has been featured in Southern Living and Athens Magazine.