AT THE PLANTATION GALLERY IN DECEMBER...
THE LANDINGS ART ASSOCIATION
BRINGS A MULTI-LAYERED YULETIDE
TO THE PLANTATION CLUB
(Public Opening Reception Thursday, December 7, 5-6:30)
By BETSY SLOCUM
During the month of December, The Landings Art Association's Gallery at the newly renovated Plantation Club should be retitled "Santa's Workshop"!
Co-Artists of the Month,
Martha Curit Hough
, bring sheer delight to all who encounter their original artworks hanging like sugarplums on the main wall of the Gallery!
A native of Rhode Island and never straying far from her New England roots,
MARTHA CURIT HOUGH
and her family began wintering in Savannah many years ago and has become a fixture in its art community. Retired from a more than twenty-five year career in Independent School Administration as a Development Director, Martha now redirects her energies into her artworks.
Debuting several new pieces this month, including her white line block prints, Martha works predominantly in oils and pastels with a sometime passing glance at watercolors. She admires the rich, vibrant colors of oil applied with the firmness of a palette knife or the softness of a fingertip; light and shadow; movement; reflection...all so creatively challenging and satisfying. Although, she is happiest when painting landscapes plein aire, she utilizes her photography skills when working in studio creating from her photographs as reference points.
A peaceful and serene snow covered morning when all is calm with nary a creature stirring is one way to describe
's watercolor works. A "life changing experience" is the way she describes her immersion into painting. She considers herself relatively new to the field of art but through years of trial and error and several workshops and classes, she has evolved into an extremely confident and accomplished artist.
Barby's pieces, whether the subject matter be birds, flowers, animals, or still life, evoke a reverence and appreciation of nature that lends itself to a gentleness that is the essence of the natural world. Her attention to detail combines with layers of rich color inspiring her creations to spring to life.
Another New Englander, Barby relocated from Massachusetts several years ago after a career of teaching and raising a family. She tries to squeeze painting into her daily routine as often as possible, finding her time with a brush in hand exceedingly special. She says, "Although it is a challenging medium, I find watercolors exciting and relaxing."
Glistening like a winter's snow is
's case display of dazzling goodies sure to spark a light into any Scrooge's heart! Using handmade materials, her one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and button rings mesmerize all with a wide selection of vintage, artisan style, and modern with vintage touches.
To bring warmth to the glittering ice above, the case's enticing lower shelf will be adorned with pieces of Cathy's nuno felted silk and wool scarves and covered journals buttoned up tight with Czech glass closures!
Sparked by a long line of artisan family members, Cathy specializes in custom handmade jewelry and nuno (Japanese for fabric) felted wearable art. This wet felting process involves merino wool, silk, water, soap, and lots of agitation to encourage the marriage of the wool to the silk. The final product is a new fabric "painted" with wool and silk and then embellished with a myriad of colors and tactile pieces such as glass, pearls, and other semi-precious gems.
As a retired nurse practitioner with a long career in pediatric health, Cathy continues to discover new techniques and artistic endeavors in both her vintage and modern themed jewelry and nuno felting through classes, extensive reading, and practices. Her work is on display and for sale in the LAA galleries, as well as The Savannah Art Association's Gallery and the Village Craftsmen in Savannah.
Then, just as your sleigh was getting ready to depart this noel wonderland, you spy the
PETITE HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY
on the LAA Member Wall. New this year, these elf sized pieces of unique original art are stocking stuffer priced at $150 or less. Just choose your piece and give the artist a jingle and before you can say dash away, dash away, dash away all, another gift can be crossed off your list! A portion of each Petite Gallery work is earmarked to the LAA's Arts in Education Program which supports many schools and children in the Savannah area. What better way to put meaning into your Holiday than to help introduce a child to the world of art.
Join us to make merry at our public
held on Thursday, December 7 from 5-6:30. For further information, please contact Gallery Chair, Liz McAdams at email@example.com or Member Wall Chair, Iris Dayoub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to contact any of our above Artists of the Month for information on obtaining an existing or custom piece, you may do so at: Martha Hough email@example.com; Barby Townsend firstname.lastname@example.org; Cathy Sizer email@example.com; and for the Petite Holiday Gift Gallery - Patty Frothingham firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Gannon email@example.com.