A Quilt for the First Lady
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Welcome to Columbus Artists Magazine, June edition! If you like what you see/read remember: our back issues are archived for your enjoyment at ColumbusArtistsMagazine.com.
Gloria Mani is a local treasure, with ties to the arts community since the 1950s. Don't miss Brenda Stevens' fascinating article, beginning on page 5.
And Cathy Fussell is on a roll! When Brenda wrote the article and I photographed her for our December issue, we learned that she had been commissioned to create a quilt for Michelle Obama, and we are happy to report that it has been delivered. See Brenda's article, Cathy Fussell: A Quilt for the First Lady, beginning on page 11.
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by Brenda Stevens
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Columbus School of Art, circa 1950's photo courtesy Gloria Mani Archive
At a very early age, passion for art was instilled in me and was a normal part of my life. Daddy noticed that I had an interest and talent in art, so he would take me along to art shows and museums. My favorite thing to do was to study the paintings at those museums and art shows, it still is. What a gift he gave me!
Gloria Mani is well known in our community as an award-winning artist and our foremost authority on restoring oil paintings and antique frames. The Ledger-Enquirer lists her as one of the most influential people in the arts in Columbus, Georgia in the past one hundred years. A major influence in Gloria’s work was her father, Antonio E. Mani, artist and founder of the Columbus School of Art many years ago. Gloria grew up in that art school, a life I can only imagine as a child’s dream come true.
We met recently in her gallery, Gloria Mani Fine Art, at 1809 Garrard Street, in the St. Elmo Shopping Center. I asked her about the school and what it was like to grow up in that environment. As she began to answer my question, she handed me an old photograph of the school. She pointed to her father standing in the midst of a sidewalk art show, holding the hand of a small girl. The little girl is Gloria.
He was very charismatic, and larger than life to me, my sister and our mother.
We would have interesting or odd characters show up on our doorstep at the art school or at our home and we thought this was normal. I’m glad I’m more of an introvert.
I grew up studying at his school on 12th Street in Wynnton, watching him, his students and the instructors draw and paint. I have been studying art all of my life.
Part of my studies included attending art museums and exhibits in this country and abroad. I continued my studies at the Art Students League of New York and the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. In New York, I studied with two of the preeminent instructors of the century, Robert Brackman and Robert Beverly Hale. I’ve also participated in numerous workshops given by nationally acclaimed artists including: Wolf Kahn at the Columbus Museum and John Budicin and Lynn Gertenbach of the Plein Air Painters of America in Fallbrook, California and Bennington, Vermont.
Although I’ve painted for over fifty years, I am still learning and evolving. Art is a constant in my life, always revealing something new.
Gloria, you’ve expressed a passion for painting en plein air; painting outdoors, and I’ve seen photographs of you doing just that. In one, you were painting from the stern of a boat. Where was that taken?
I was on Lake Eufaula with my husband, Steve Graziano, who is a tournament fisherman. Not on that day, of course; that day he took me out just to paint. My mother, Robbie, lived on Lake Eufaula and it is one of the places I like to go. I tend to return to the same places over and over. I like to paint in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, but must always be mindful of the large alligators swimming about. Lake Eufaula has gators, too, big ones. Gator Roll, the painting on the cover of this magazine, was painted in Savannah at the wildlife refuge.
Everyone should check out the Cover Story you wrote about that experience.
I also like the remoteness and rugged landscapes of Monhegan Island, in Maine, and I’ve traveled to Montana to paint for the same reason.
I try to capture the essence of the land, the mystery, a mood or emotion.
I am greatly inspired by the American Impressionists and paint landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, interiors, figures and portraiture.
The play of light and shadow will often draw me to an everyday spot that has gone unnoticed until then. My work is an impression of what I see, I don’t want anything that is too perfect or realistic. I want the viewer to use their imagination. I allow the painting to evolve, to flow in a natural rhythm. I build the painting, deconstruct it, and then pull it together again.
I exaggerate colors, use a rhythmic composition, broken brushwork and texture and transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. The act of painting is paramount. I empty myself, become one with my surroundings and allow the painting to emerge. I enjoy painting on location, but I do, on occasion, paint from photos. It is just not as exciting or creative for me.
On your website you say, “one should never lose the wonder – learn anew every day.” I can see that in your work and I think it’s a very fundamental theme for you; that ordinary days or objects can be viewed or experienced as sacred, extraordinary.
We do have a wondrous world all about us. We all should stop and look, really look. It is awesome. I have to remind myself to “never lose the wonder” constantly.
I know you love landscapes and painting outdoors, but you have other work hanging in your gallery. You’re well known for beautiful oil portraits, and I see florals, figures, and of course, images of your home town, Columbus.
Yes, I do portraits in oil, as well as pastel and in charcoal. I’ve also painted nudes for over forty years and now I’m painting figures in brush-and ink, as well as people in public places; street scenes. Every year, I set up a still life and create a Valentine Bouquet painting.
I understand you are currently represented by two other galleries; Hagan Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina and City Gallery in Greenville, North Carolina.
Yes, and also online at Black Art in America (B.A.I.A.).
Hagan Fine Art says about you, “A second generation master artist, well-known across the continent for her evocative landscapes”. They also offer your services in fine art restoration; … specialist, Gloria Mani, has over forty years’ experience in art conservation and restoration of antique oil paintings and antique frames”. I assume you bring restoration work back here to your workshop. How or where did you become interested in and learn to restore art?
I learned this trade from my father, and I studied with a master art conservator in California. I have forty five years’ experience in restoration work. I bring work back from Savannah and North Carolina and Charleston whenever I travel to those places. I do work for individuals, dealers, antique shops and museums all over the southeast.
When did you start your business?
I’ve been in business for thirty eight years. I started in my home, Highland Hall, in 1978, and named the business Highland Hall Restoration of Fine Art. I moved into this building in the St. Elmo Shopping Center in 2006.
We painted a pair of pears. The artwork was created by Muscogee County School District students participating in the Bo Bartlett Center Partner in Education Initiative, made possible by a generous grant from the Walter Alan Richards Foundation.
Thank you Gloria, for taking the time to give back to your community, for creating beautiful paintings that make us more aware of the world around us and for saving broken treasures for future generations. It was a pleasure spending time with you.
This is a wonderful space Gloria. I see you have good light for painting and exhibiting your work, high ceilings, and ample floor space for a studio, a gallery and a restoration workshop.
I saw you in the paper recently as having taken part in a project known as Art Makes You Smart. You volunteered to give painting instructions to about twenty fifth graders.
In the December issue of Columbus Artists Magazine, Cathy Fussell, local quilter extraordinaire, was the featured artist. While working on that article, I learned from Cathy, the incredible news that she was making a quilt for First Lady Michelle Obama, but had to keep it a secret until it was unveiled as a big surprise at the May 12, 2016 Congressional Club First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington.
“What a tremendous honor to have been asked by The Congressional Club to make an Alma Thomas-inspired quilt for First Lady Michelle Obama, whose favorite artist is Columbus-born Alma Thomas, and who has acquired three Alma Thomas paintings for the White House. Many thanks to Vivian Creighton Bishop and to my good buddy Florene Dawkins, who are the reasons I was invited to participate in this project. And oh, did I mention that I got to meet MO?!!!”
Florene Dawkins and Vivian Creighton Bishop gave Cathy free rein to design the quilt as she wished, as long as it was “inspired by the work of Alma Thomas”. Alma Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1891, but moved with her family to Washington, DC while she was still a young girl. She became an abstract expressionist painter and educator. Read more about her at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas.
Cathy had almost a year to produce the quilt. She researched Alma Thomas’s work and found she was drawn to the circular pieces in particular. She chose the painting, Apollo Splashdown, to replicate in fabric. She experimented with color and fabrics by making a small pillow, a “study”, before tackling the full size quilt. Cathy writes about the process on her blog, at www.cathyfussellquilts.com and you will enjoy the photographs of the quilt in progress. Click on the Slide Show below to see more.
and you will enjoy the photographs of the quilt in progress.
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I started visiting Savannah in 1999. My good friend, Kendall Bowles, had moved there and opened a frame shop. I fell in love with the marsh, painting it, that is. A few years later, Kendall discovered the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. The locals call it "gator pond". On my next visit she took me out to see it and I was smitten. This place feeds my soul; it is a delight to all the senses; the sky, the land, the birds, the wind, and of course the gators, laying in the sun. I usually visit every couple of months and I always visit the gator pond to paint. This particular painting, Gator Roll, is a 36" x 36" oil on canvas that was painted entirely on location, in one day. Hagan Fine Art sold this painting several years ago to a client that lives in Miami.
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Molly and Moe is one of a series of art works exploring horses and mules at work. Many of these works were inspired by my yearly visits to Mule Day in Reynolds Georgia. There were many working teams plowing and pulling wagons, all in harness, throughout the day. In all of these, capturing the effects of light on the subject was my primary goal. I consider this painting to be particularly successful and it is therefore one of my favorites. The cool morning light filtering through the trees intensifies the color of the horses and the dappled light and shadow on the dappled horses’ coats is particularly stunning. I am drawn to white, gray, roan and lighter colored horses because of the reflective quality of their coats. Moe (on the left) exemplifies that quality in the way the green of the grass is reflected on the underside of his jaw.
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Geri M. Davis is an honored member of the Columbus Art Community, where she has taught for over 40 years. She works primarily in watercolor, earning Signature Membership in the Southern Watercolor Society (Past President), Georgia Watercolor Society, Mississippi Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Alabama. Geri graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Architecture and Art and holds a Master of Science degree from Troy State University in Counseling and Human Development with a concentration in Art Therapy. Geri teaches using a therapeutic approach and lectures on Art As Therapy. Geri is Vice President and Founding Member of Gallery on 10th, serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for Liberal Arts at Auburn, and is a member of the Columbus Artists' Guild and the Bo Bartlett Center Advisory Board.
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Brenda Stevens has been a watercolorist for twenty five years. Her paintings have been published in magazines, won awards in local and regional competitions, and are included in many private collections. Her painting Southern Magnolia won the Manfred Metcalf Award in the Columbus Artists' Guild 2013 Exhibition. In 2014, Cat Briar, Hadden Woods won the Carmike Cinemas Corporate Sponsor's Award at the Time For Art event. In 2015, she won the Laurie Bode Memorial Watercolor Award at the Columbus Artists' Guilds' Annual Members Exhibit for her painting Dune. Nine of her paintings appear in Leffel’s Tales, stories of her father’s childhood, which she wrote and self-published last year. Brenda has developed many watercolor and drawing classes and currently teaches adults at Columbus State and Auburn Universities, and at Sunnyside School in Pine Mountain.
Although her paintings include landscapes, still lifes, figurative and abstracts, Roseanne Peters' passion is portraits. She is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Portrait Society of America. Roseanne sees and focuses on the beauty in each face and attempts to create the most exquisite and compelling art possible. “I like to think that my art helps connect families from one generation to another. I create the ultimate hand-me-down” says Roseanne. She studied at The California Art Institute and in workshops and private understudies with such well-known artists as Daniel Greene, Michael Del Florio, Tony Ryder, Tom Browning, and Neil Boyle. Her works can be found in galleries, homes, businesses and collections across America, and in Europe and Singapore.
Adleyn Scott earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance at Auburn University, and taught at Columbus State University. In 2009, after retiring, Adleyn took an art class and discovered a passion for art. She studied with notable local artists, and in 2014 discovered the art of Iris Scott, a renowned artist and teacher, who paints in oil using only her fingers. Adleyn was inspired. As a member of the Columbus Artists' Guild, she arranged for the group to sponsor a Columbus workshop by Ms Scott in Fall of 2014. Since that time she has been developing her own impressionistic finger painting style. Adleyn's paintings are hanging at Riverside Galleria and can be seen at the annual Columbus Artists' Guild Exhibit each July.
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Susan Dolan studied on scholarship at the Art Institute of Chicago, earned her BFA at Drake University, and studied in Florence, Italy. Her paintings are inspired by travels in the U.S., England, France, and Croatia. She enjoys painting the Chattahoochee Valley in Plein Air. Susan has exhibited at Two Sisters Gallery, the Columbus Museum (“Let There Be Art”), the CSU Illges Gallery (annual Columbus Artist Guild show), and the Annette Howell Turner Center in Valdosta, GA,. She received a Purchase Award Ribbon at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga. in 2013. Her work can be viewed at Two Sisters Gallery and the Gallery on 10th in Uptown Columbus, GA.
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Garry Pound, a native of Columbus, Georgia, grew up in an artistic environment: his mother was a well-known painter and his father an architect and expert draftsman. Garry graduated with honors from Sewanee, the University of the South, in 1977. He spent a year at Indiana State University working on his Masters in Art, then he went to Ohio University where he was awarded the Siegfried Scholarship for overall achievement in graduate studies. He taught classes in art appreciation and critical analysis, receiving his doctorate in Comparative Arts, a cultural history degree, in 1985. Dr. Pound returned to Columbus, where he now works as a professional artist. He is well known for his portraits, and he has a strong interest in the human figure as well as landscape. Studio: 706-327-3024
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Frenasee Rathel Daughety, a Georgia Artist working in oil and watercolor, currently lives in Dublin,GA where her studio is located. She has strong ties to Columbus, has developed a following throughout middle Georgia and is currently taking new commissions. Primarily a portrait artist, she received a Senate Proclamation from the State of Georgia 2004 for her historical depiction of the life and work of Senator Hugh M. Gillis. She has recently completed a portrait of retired Congressman J. Roy Rowland. A former art educator, Frenasee also enjoys teaching and creating paintings of landscapes and architecture. Her work hangs in homes and institutions throughout the region. For available work and a list of shows and awards visit her website.
Amy Patterson is primarily a landscape painter, with a passion for the palette knife, texture and intense color. Amy holds degrees in art education from Columbus College (undergraduate) and the University of West Georgia (Masters). Her paintings have been shown in the Site 109 Gallery in New York, New York, Bank of America Plaza on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited in the National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibit (Atlanta, 2014), Georgia Art Education Association Members Exhibit (various cities, 2004-7), Governor’s Exhibits (offices of the Governor, Capitol, Atlanta, 2004, 2005), University of West Georgia Alumni Exhibits (Bruce Bobick Gallery,Carrolton,Ga 2011, 2013, 2015), Columbus Artists’ Guild Member Exhibitions, the Georgia National Fair (2011-2015), and the Art in the Armory Exhibit (Perry,GA 2015).
Juanita Barrow earned a Batchelor in Art Education from West Georgia College in 1975, and a Master in Art Education in 1980 from the University of Georgia. In 2010, after teaching art for 30 years, Juanita turned her interests to painting, printmaking, ceramics and metal fabrication. Juanita has received many awards since she began her “second career”. In 2011, she won the First Exhibitor Award from the Columbus Artists’ Guild Member’s exhibit, and in 2014 the Best of Show Award at the same exhibit. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the southeast and has won numerous other awards. Juanita’s work can be viewed at Front Porch Gallery in Columbus, Georgia and in her online gallery. She is also a member of Britt David Pottery Studio in Columbus, Georgia where she creates her ceramic pieces.
A quilter for almost 50 years, Cathy Fussell works out of her home studio in Columbus, Georgia, where she produces both hand-quilted and machine-quilted pieces. She makes traditional quilts, art quilts and modern quilts, and she salvages vintage quilt tops. Cathy often collaborates with a family member during the design phase, she sometimes exhibits work in shows, and she occasionally teaches a class. She is constantly evolving as a quilter.
Artist's Statement: Quilts are about history and art and politics and stories and patience and beauty and community and economics and place and expression and freedom and transition and family and warmth – and love. And they’re feminized and devalued. All that is why I’m so into quilts and quiltmaking.
A casual photographer for most of his life, Rob St. Clair finally found the time to work on improving his photography skills when he retired and moved to Columbus. Primarily a landscape photographer, Rob travels widely and recently added images to his website from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Japan, Israel and Jordan. He is currently president of the Columbus Artists’ Guild and a charter member of Gallery on 10th, in Uptown Columbus, where his photographs are on permanent exhibit. Rob’s photographs have also been exhibited at the Dempsey Arts Center in Auburn, Alabama, the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center in Columbus, Georgia, the Joseph House Art Gallery, also in Columbus, and in the concourse at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.
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Marie Massey has a Masters Degree in Art Education from Columbus State University. She taught art for eight years and primary grades for over thirty years in the Muscogee County School District, before earning her Digital Photography Certificate from CSU Continuing Education in 2009. Marie's fine art photography has been exhibited at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit three times (First Place Award in 2013), and the Desire: Ten Photographers and Linwood: Twelve Photographers exhibits. Marie is also a member of the Photopia Photography Group and an accomplished portrait photographer.
Born in Yorkshire, England and transplanted to Columbus in1999, Peter's love of photography began with his first camera at age 16. He earned a degree in Scientific Photography and an Associateship of The British Institute of Professional Photographers. He worked as a photographer for the Ministry of Defence until starting Amber Visual Photography, with clients throughout the UK and Europe. Peter's first photography exhibition was commissioned by The National Eisteddfod of Wales; his second opened at the Museum of Modern Art (Wales). Peter's images have been published in the UK and USA and won several awards with work appearing in public collections such as MOMA (Wales), The National Eisteddfod, The National Library of Wales, The Millennium Collection and private collectors in the UK and USA.
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Julie Dice Wynn is a macro photography specialist, and her photographs have been published in Country Magazine (twice) and Modern Luxury/JEZEBEL. They have been exhibited for three consecutive years in the Annual Juried Columbus Photographers exhibition at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center, where she earned a Digital Photography Certificate in 2013, and where she is an instructor teaching Macro Photography and Photoshop I. Julie's fine art photography has also been exhibited in Slow Exposures, a national juried exhibition that celebrates the rural South, and at CSU's Oxbow Meadows. She is a contributor for USA Today's Your Take feature. In addition to her fine art photography, Julie is a professional portrait, wedding and event photographer.
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Kenny Gray is Director of the Columbus State University Rankin Arts Photography Center, in Columbus, Ga. He is also Program Coordinator for the CSU Digital Photography Certificate Program and an instructor teaching advanced classes. In 1972, Kenny established one of the South's first galleries devoted to the exhibition of fine art photography, The Living Image, in Atlanta. His photography is included in many private collections and in the collections of the Lamar Dodd Arts Center in LaGrange, Ga., and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, in Atlanta.
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Kevin Kelly has been a serious student of photography for ten years, studying primarily at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) in Uptown Columbus. Kevin's fine art photography has been exhibited at the RAPC in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit four times, and the Desire: Ten Photographers and Linwood: Twelve Photographers exhibits in 2014. Eight of his photographs were published in the book Linwood Through the Lens: Contemporary Photographs of Historic Linwood Cemetery. In 2015, he had a print selected for the national juried exhibit Slow Exposures, part of a week-long celebration of photography each Fall in Concord/Zebulon, Ga. Kevin is also an active member of the Photopia Photography Group which meets monthly at RAPC.
Ricky Kammenga earned a Digital Photography Certificate from Columbus State University Continuing Education in 2011. That same year he had an image selected for Slow Exposures, a national juried exhibition in Concord/Zebulon, Ga., and was featured, along with photographer George C. Slade, in an exhibit, Southern Expressions, at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC). Ricky's photography has also been exhibited in each of the annual Columbus Photographers exhibits (2011-15), at RAPC, and in Photopia Interprets Nature, at Callaway Gardens, in 2013. Ricky is an active member of Photopia, a photography group that meets monthly at RAPC.
Lee Brantley has a BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University. He worked as a television art director for both commercial and public broadcasting stations, producing films, graphics, and sets. As his career took him from professional artistic endeavors and into management, he focused on photography as a personal creative outlet. Lee has had a solo exhibit at the Sautee Nacoochee Art Center in Helen, Georgia, and in 2014 was accepted into the Slow Exposures exhibit in Concord, Georgia. His images have been selected to hang in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit where he won 3rd Place in 2014, and he shows his work each year at Arts on the River in Uptown Columbus, winning Best of Show on twice and First Place four times. Lee's images are on display at the Gallery on Tenth in Columbus, Georgia.
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DeDe Wilson studied art and photography at Auburn University, and digital photography at Columbus State University's Rankin Arts Photography Center, where her photographs were exhibited in the annual juried Columbus Photographers exhibit in 2014 and 2015. In those same years, she exhibited with the Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange in its annual exhibit at the LaGrange Art Museum. DeDe has a passion for photographing dancers and performers, whom she meets through her position as official photographer for The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts in LaGrange, Ga. She is owner of DD Photography, also in LaGrange.
Janet Hathaway has a B.A. in Language and Literature from Columbus State University and a Digital Photography Certificate with dual specialties (Portraiture and Fine Art) from the CSU CE Digital Photography Program. She earned a Certified Professional Photographer (CCP) designation from Professional Photographers of America in 2014. Janet's fine art photography has been included in several juried exhibits at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) in Columbus: Desire: Ten Photographers, Linwood: Twelve Photographers, and Columbus Photographers 2014 and 2015. She also has work in the book Linwood Through the Lens: Contemporary Photographs of Historic Linwood Cemetery, published by Historic Linwood Foundation, Inc. in 2014. Janet is an active member of Photopia, a photography group which meets monthly at RAPC, and her writing on photography has appeared on ArtCurrents.net and in Columbus Artists Magazine.
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