ART BEAT: Tannery Row Artist Colony's Spring Juried Exhibition Breaks Participation Record!

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Cynthia Corbin’s mixed media piece “Feel Like Dancing” will be featured in Tannery Row Artist Colony’s spring juried exhibition which will be held March 10 through April 7. (Special Photo)

The spring juried exhibition at the Tannery Row Artist Colony will be bigger than ever this year. The show will feature 91 artists who have submitted more than 250 works that will be considered by judges for the show that will run through April 7.

“This is the highest level of participation we have ever had for our Spring Juried Exhibition,” Tannery Row Artist Colony spokesperson Debra Barnhart said of the exhibition, which will open with a special reception from 5 to 8 p.m. March 10.

Tannery Row Artist Colony, a collective of 15 artists and their studios, is located at 554 W. Main in Buford. The exhibition will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Connie Reilly, whose oil painting “Artistry” will appear in the spring exhibit, is a well-known figurative artist. Reilly’s work is part of many private, public and museum collections, including the Booth Museum and Atlanta History Center.

“Painting portraits and the human figure is my greatest passion, and I’ve always been inspired by historical and nostalgic themes perhaps because it reminds me of my Southern heritage,” Reilly said.

With her piece “Artistry,” Reilly depicts a woman from the back, wearing a flower wreath and a flowing white dress. As with many of her compositions, there is an air of mystery about the subject.

Cynthia Corbin’s mixed media piece, “Feel Like Dancing,” is a boldly colored abstract composition using paint and collaged paper.

“Yellow is not a color I use very often,” Corbin said. “So this was an experiment. I had a small graphic design sketch I wanted to translate into collage using that color, so I selected all my papers in blues, turquoises and some purples, glazed my canvas in shades of yellow and slowly built up the design.”

Kathy Kitz creates large abstract expressionist works on canvas. She enjoys the process of applying and lifting the paint to create depth and movement in her work. Her painting in the Spring Juried Exhibit, “Edge of the Wall,” was inspired by nature. “I used the muted colors of a foggy rainy day to create this piece,” Kitz said.

For more information about the exhibition and this unique arts community, visit Tannery Row Artist Colony’s website at www.tanneryrowartistcolony.net

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.