LAA Plantation Gallery
July 3 - August 6
Opening Reception Wednesday, July 3, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Landings Art Association invites you to join Artists of the Month Margaret Toth and John Taylor at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd for a reception in The Plantation Club Gallery celebrating the opening of their latest show.
Multi-medium artist, Margaret Toth, has created "Bygone Days" a series of vintage photos, many of them Margaret's family members, which she has combined, manipulated and edited on the computer and glued onto wood blocks. Some are lightly painted in watercolor or acrylic, or both. Others are totally painted, often embellished with abstract backgrounds and deep-rooted objects. Regardless of composition, all visually evoke wistful memories of the past.
Having lived abroad for 25 years in 12 different countries, Margaret's experiences in distant lands with unique cultures permeate her art. Her visual library of faces, scenes, and colors is a cornucopia of diversity that is reflected in her drawings and paintings.
A self-taught artist, Margaret has also participated in workshops by prominent water media artists such as Skip Lawrence, Ted Nuttall, Jane Slivka, Chris Groves, Deborah Redden and others. She has won awards in juried shows and has exhibited in Korea, China, and West Africa.
Ever encouraging budding artists, Margaret has led numerous drawing and painting classes for both adults and children. Her other accomplishments include interior design and architectural renderings.
Margaret works in acrylic, graphite, watercolor and mixed media, often combining two or more media in the same composition. She is clearly captivated by the human face, with its different forms, contours and subtle nuances. On canvas and paper, Margaret strives to capture the personality of each subject, unearthing the emotions beneath their physicality.
Margaret can be reached at 912-598-4260 or mtoth.laa.@gmail.com.
With a father in the Foreign Service, photographer John Taylor grew up overseas and could be found with a camera in his hands since his early teens. After a career in commodities trading in London and New York, John retired to the Landings in 2009 to look after his parents, Frank and Bobbie Taylor, who moved here in 1987.
John immediately fell in love with the wetlands, and found the Coastal Empire the perfect place to explore on his motorcycle, capturing sunrises and sunsets over the marshes, as well as the area's exotic wildlife and flora. John met his future wife, Brenda Bearden, at Skidaway Farms in 2011, and as John put it, "We have enjoyed life here and would not entertain the notion of ever leaving our island paradise."
Primarily a black and white photographer at first, John was inspired to work in color when he discovered the brilliant hues of the Western landscapes during a cross-country motorcycle trip. John has also found inspiration in the wide variety of greens in the Eastern low country palate. "I am a nature photographer, and this ecosystem provides all the photo-ops I could wish for."
The centerpiece of John's show will be Atlantic Sunrise, the breathtaking scene accompanying this article.
John Taylor can be reached at email@example.com.
Don't miss the Opening Reception
Wednesday, July 3 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(Public Welcome/Refreshments Available)