EGSC students prepare for art show at local gallery
Last edited: May 17, 2022 by Harley Smith
East Georgia State College students in the drawing II class have been working throughout the semester to get their artwork ready for their exhibition at The Kalmanson Gallery of the Emanuel Arts Council. Last week “Group 7A,” along with Desmal Purcell, professor of art at EGSC, met at the gallery to display their artwork and prepare for the opening reception on Thursday, May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition is called “Meridional Passions: An Exhibition of Southern Interests” and explores southern identity and our area through a wide range of lenses. It will be on display until June 24. The opening reception is open to the public.
Students featured in the show include Maddux Bedgood, Odalyz Canesco-Sanchez, Dormeshia Elam, C.J. Gresham, Jadah Harrison, Amanda Lee, and Viri Mejia. Each student took the idea of southern interests and chose something they could relate to or are interested in to draw about. Canesco-Sanchez used color pencils to draw her pieces of art that were focused on plants from our area. Bedgood focused his pieces on interests and memories of his time growing up. Elam created her artwork around southern items she likes including sunflowers, picknicks, and red velvet cake. Mejia had a similar idea. She used drawings of hands holding items that she likes or that reminds her of her family’s background. Harrison’s pieces were inspired by things that remind her of her grandmother who lived in the south. Gresham used his creativity to draw southern cryptids, and Lee focused on haunted places in Georgia.
The community is invited to join the artists at the Emanuel Arts Council Kalmanson Gallery at 109 North Green Street in Swainsboro on May 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to view the artwork and meet the student artists. The exhibition will be on display until June 24.