Back Door Gallery brings local art to Fountain Inn’s Main Street

With dried brush strokes of paint camouflaged by the plaid on his button-up shirt, Joe Lowery officially opened Fountain Inn’s first art gallery on Dec. 13.

Back Door Art Gallery – with an address on Main Street and accessed through the back parking lot – currently features the acrylic, watercolor and graphite work of six artists from across the state. All the works are available for purchase, including those on the soon-to-be-filled kids wall.

“I think every area needs to have an art gallery,” Lowery said. “Even if you don’t come in here and buy something, people who paint and draw and sculpt ought to have a place to display it and an opportunity for other people to appreciate it. It helps drive the culture and that’s really what it’s about; it’s not a money-making adventure.”

He hopes to eventually lease the remainder of the unit at 107B Main Street

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ARTS AND CULTURE: Veteran’s art on display at OU Southern gallery – The Tribune

The 30 works of Mark Tobin Moore will be on display at Ohio University Southern’s art gallery through Dec. 3.

Moore is a Charleston, West Virginia-based artist who began drawing as a child and pursued an art degree while serving in the U.S. Navy.

A self-described “service brat,” he grew up on U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force bases around the states and overseas.

“Making my art, and growing it, really, is what gives my life meaning,” Moore said. “I am always happy to show my work. I am not particular about where, as long as it gets out in the world. Talking about it is more of a challenge because of the word my in its description. I never really think it is mine. The process of painting is a conversation with another presence, one that I respect and honor each time by giving nothing less than my best

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Art for the Soul Gallery to welcome nationally acclaimed quilt and fiber artisan Edjohnetta Miller

SPRINGFIELD — Visitors to the Art for the Soul Gallery will have the opportunity to go on a spiritual journey as new works of Edjohnetta Miller will be on display through her self-titled exhibit.

An opening reception for the nationally acclaimed master fiber and quilt artisan will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Tower Square gallery in downtown Springfield.

Miller is a master weaver, curator, lecturer, workshop leader, and an internationally trained indigo dying professional based in Hartford, Connecticut.

“Edjohnetta’s works are really world renowned,” owner of the Art for the Soul gallery, Rosemary Tracy Woods, said.

Miller views her works to be clean, fundamental, and direct. According to Miller, every piece she creates tells a story with a single journey.

To Miller, what sets her work apart is her unorthodox style as she steps over the boundaries of traditional quilting techniques and

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Reception, dance workshop to conclude Pop Geometric exhibit at Springfield gallery

SPRINGFIELD — Art for the Soul Gallery will host a closing reception for POP Geometric, which features visual artist and professional dancer Carlos Mateu, on Friday at 6 p.m.

Executive director and gallery owner Rosemary Tracey Woods said, “Art for the Soul gallery is honored to present the superb work of Carlos Mateu and looking forward to his class of Cuban dance forms… His Image “Marionette of Desire II” says it all — it is a major explosion of creative forces in the visual sector by grouping Futurism, Cubism, Surrealism, Constructivism and Expressionism. His treatment of Afro-Cuban cultural history is extraordinarily exhaustive, penetrating and effective. Carlos Mateu’s creative energy expands the boundaries of art and his work can only be defined as expression of pure genius.”

The reception, which caps Hispanic Heritage Month at the gallery, will feature refreshments, Spanish food and a chance to dive into the rich culture

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