The Landings Art Association
December 2018 Art Exhibit
featuring the works of
LAA Plantation Gallery
December 6 - January 1
Opening Reception Thursday, December 6, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Throughout December, The Landings Art Association will present three Artists of the Month for a show you won't want to miss. Beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m. on December 6, The Plantation Club will be adorned with the paintings of watercolorists Nancy Lieb, and Liz McAdams, along withthe work of knife maker Robert Wright, whose custom-made knives will be on view in the display case.
Both teachers throughout their careers, Nancy Lieb and Liz McAdams had always been creative. In their spare time, Nancy painted with oils and pastels, and Liz loved to draw, design needlepoint canvases, sew and knit. When they retired and moved to the Landings, these new friends decided to study traditional watercolor painting with Rebecca Kahrs Willis.
Together through seven years of instruction, a lot of trial and error, successes and failures, Liz and Nancy have grown into skilled artists with very different approaches. Liz enjoys the solitude of painting and takes her time with her pieces. Her style has evolved to reflect her strong attention to detail, and an appreciation of neutral colors. Nancy, on the other hand, works quickly and has developed a loose, flowing, more abstract style featuring bright, bold colors.
Liz fell in love with the transparent beauty of watercolors, finding the process of painting challenging but also restful and relaxing. For Liz, "Every project presents a different way of looking at a subject and a different technique. For me the hardest element is capturing the right colors... the ones that are in my mind." Some of Liz's most compelling works, like the painting of the railroad tie shown here, are detailed close-ups of hidden views most people would just pass by.
Nancy enjoys exploring and experimenting with a variety of watercolor materials. "
I love using brilliant colors in the
m, especially when painting it on a
gel medium or on Yupo paper, because I can paint directly with fresh colors that can be lifted" Yupo paper is a non-porous, water-resistant paper that allows the artist to experiment with interesting textures and effects.
Nancy and Liz enjoy serving on the Landings Art Association Board as creators of the newsletter, as well as participating in a painting group that meets bi-monthly at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
A retired forester from Union Camp and International Paper Co., Robert Wright moved with his family to Savannah in 1981, and
has lived at The Landings since 1990. He began making knives in the mid-1980's after watching a program on Georgia Public Television featuring custom engraver and knife maker, Jim Small.
Later, hunters would bring Robert deer antlers requesting knives made using the antlers for the handles. Over the years, he expanded his skill and expertise by spending time with other knife makers and reading books a
nd magazines about knife making.
All of Robert's knives are made completely by hand, using only the best quality materials purchased from reputable suppliers. Heat t
reating of blades is performed by professional heat-treating companies such as Peters Heat
Treating Co. of PA. "It takes from 20 to 40 hours for me to make a knife by h
and. I do not use any kits, nor do I take any short cuts."
The steel types Robert uses are high quality CPMS30V, 440C stainless, D-2 tool and Damascus. Handle materials consist of deer antler, exotic and North American hardwoods, Micarta, sheep horn, buffalo horn and gem materials. Robert makes all kinds of knives including hunting, skinning, fighting, oyster and chef knives. He enjoys making custom knives designed by or with the input of the customer. "Many people do not understand that knife making is as much an art as it is a cra
ft. Manufactured knives are often mass produced using poor quality steel and materials, and are not even heat treated to hold a good cutting edge. Good knives, like good art, require
care and maintenance."
Don't miss the Opening Reception
Thursday, December 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(Public Welcome/Refreshments Available)