The work of 14 artists from the Forsyth County area is featured in an exhibit now open at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Cumming Campus.
More than 50 entries were received for the first juried exhibit of work by members of the Sawnee Artists Association (SAA), and 14 artists were selected for the exhibition.
"The Cumming area is rich with talent. I was so impressed with the quality of work submitted by the Sawnee Artists Association members," said Beth Sale, director of galleries at UNG. "The jurors had a very difficult time with decisions due to the high volume of quality art. I am grateful to James McCoy, Carla Beasley, and the Forsyth County Arts Alliance for introducing me to this association of dedicated artists."
Participating artists are Ruby Bagby, Sheryl Cline, Jay David, David Dobs, Mary Frances, Earlan Gill, Claiborne Hemphill, Jeanne Matey, Kay Money, Mary Del Principe, Bonita Salter, Kris Straukas, Belinda Swift, and Evelyn Valk.
Founded in 1974, SAA is a nonprofit group dedicated to enriching visual arts experiences for the Forsyth County community. The group organizes shows and exhibits throughout the year. Sale said UNG plans to hold the exhibit again next year.
The SAA exhibit continues at UNG's Cumming Campus through Oct. 15 in meeting room 125; the artists will conclude the exhibit with a panel discussion on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.
At UNG's Dahlonega Campus, ceramic artist John Zimmerman from the University of New Mexico will talk about his exhibition, titled "SCAPES," on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium. The exhibit runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 22 in UNG's Bob Owens Art Gallery. Zimmerman's work has been exhibited nationally in more than 60 solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. He has studied “Big History” and brings this subject into his art.
"Big History is a field of research that attempts to understand the history and connectedness of our universe beginning with the Big Bang and continuing through present day," Zimmerman said. "This holistic approach necessitates research into varied disciplines such as cosmology, geology, biology and anthropology. By operating conceptually within these vast boundaries of time and disciplines my sculptures take on multitudes of shape and scale."
In October, UNG alumna Hsiu-Ching Yu returns to the university from Taiwan to present her work on omphaloskepsis, which is a meditative practice centered on gazing at human navels. Yu's large-scale graphite drawings of human navels, which explore notions of the human life cycle and the practice of Zazen meditation, will be presented at the Gainesville Campus.
"The idea for my series was to draw the circle of life, or stages of age, by using the navel as a subject. The act of omphaloskepsis can lead to spiritual enlightenment in the same way that the process of drawing, perceiving and recording visual stimuli, can contribute to artistic enlightenment," Yu said. “The challenge was to let go of 'me' completely. No-mind, no-thingness, no-expression, and no-creativity allowed the real issue to become a striving for perfection and an understanding of 'when to release and let go.'"
Yu's exhibition will start on Oct. 1 and end Nov. 5; she will talk about her work on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building auditorium, room 108.
For more information about UNG's galleries, including hours, directions and upcoming shows, visit the website at ung.edu/art-galleries/index.php.