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Holzhauer and Corridor Galleries: Selections from Permanent Collection
09-05-17
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Kings of Harlem: The Story of the Harlem Rens
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10-13-17

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10-14-17

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Art Galleries - Fall 2015 Exhibitions

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


9/18/2015 - AUGUST 31 to OCTOBER 9, 2015

Linda Mitchell “Truth in Animals” & Selections from the Sublette New Guinea Collection Art Exhibitions The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville are pleased to announce the opening shows of its 2015-2016 season: “Truth in Animals” featuring the works of Linda Mitchell, in the Holzhauer Gallery, and “Selections from the Sublette New Guinea Collection” in the McIlroy Gallery. The exhibitions run August 31 to October 9, 2015.

The Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. All exhibitions are free of charge.

The Sublette New Guinea Collection at NWF State College was established in 1994, when Alvah T. Sublette, Jr. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, donated the 300-piece New Guinea Primitive Art Collection to then-Okaloosa-Walton Community College. The collection, amassed over decades of world travel, was given in memory of Sublette’s wife, Betty, and son, Oliver. All items in the collection were obtained in the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea or from sites along the Gulf of Papua. The landscape and tribes of Papua New Guinea are among the most remote and most poorly understood on Earth, and the Sublette Collection provides a glimpse into the spiritual life of this mysterious region.

On display in the McIlroy Gallery will be spirit figures, totem objects, ceremonial shields, tools, instruments, and masks, all of which would have been used in a ritual context. They were created from wood and decorated with natural materials (plant and animal products), and colored with natural dyes and pigments like charcoal, lime, and ochre. Selected objects from the collection will tell a story of the history, mythology, and daily life of the peoples of Papua New Guinea. Note: Certain items in this exhibition depict nudity and many not be suitable for all viewers.

TRUTH IN ANIMALS

In the McIlroy Gallery, Linda Mitchell is an Atlanta-based artist who creates mixed-media paintings and installations populated by animals, both real and imagined. The body of work in her “Truth of Animals” has evolved over the last decade. Her narrative works often use animals as surrogates for the complex emotional lives of human beings, and her choice of materials often speaks to the viewer’s personal history and to the vulnerable child within each of us.

Mitchell creates her art using an intuitive process of layering materials, images, and dream-like scenarios. The physical layers of her works – photographic images, fabric, wood, glass, found objects, and paintings – reflect life’s emotional complexity. Poetic meanings emerge from the broken and cast-off fragments incorporated into her paintings, and she expresses unexpected beauty in her depiction of flora and fauna.

The art on display depicts a virtual menagerie, a cast of animal characters that evoke responses as personal as affection for a family pet and as global as awe for endangered African species, the emissaries from our ever-vanishing natural world. Mitchell holds MFAs from both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. She has exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and her works reside in the permanent collections of museums, corporate collections, and private collections throughout the United States.

The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the Art Wing of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and offer touring exhibitions free of charge to the public. The Galleries are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to all performances in the center’s Mainstage and Sprint theaters (6:00 to 7:30 pm central time). Call (850) 729-6044 for information or to schedule a group tour.

OCTOBER 26 to DECEMBER 4, 2015

McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries: Margaret Schnebly Hodge’s Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter

Journey to the stars October 26 to December 4, 2015 in an exhibit of more than 40 works by artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge titled “Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter”, on display in the Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries in Niceville. Hodge's work beckons viewers to explore the cosmos through oil paintings and mixed-media works. The artist employs a dark, rich palette, and her works evoke the psychological and philosophical aspects of humankind’s relationship to that which lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter is both a depiction of the matter and energy that make up outer space, and an artistic expansion beyond the physical and emotional constraints that keep us Earth-bound.

This show of oil paintings and other media appears in both art galleries of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, located at 100 E. College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The galleries are open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes in advance of most Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances at the arts complex. All exhibitions are free of charge.

Also featured in the adjacent Corridor Gallery is Adopt-a-Painting - A selection of works by Emil Holzhauer from the NWF State College Permanent Collection which are part of the college's Adopt-a-Painting art restoration program. Contact the Galleries for at (850) 729-6044 for information on the exhibit or to arrange a group tour.

Long appreciated as an abstract figurative and landscape painter using a dark and rich palette and with a philosophical preoccupation with concepts of physical and emotional restraint, many works in this exhibit show Hodge’s aesthetic expansion beyond the sense of earth-bound considerations.

Of her newest works in The Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter exhibition, Gary R. Libby, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, says, “The qualities of light in a dynamic cosmos, the existence of supernovas, the qualities of dark stars, dark matter, dark energy, baryonic clouds of matter and known ideas about anti-matter all seem to find a place in Hodge’s richly painted visions of a beautiful and powerful apocalypse on the heels of contemporary sciences early penetration into the mysteries of creation and destruction in our universe. In many ways Hodge’s new work artistically begins to bridge some elements of the new science with the eternal beauty and mystery of the Heavens”.

Devoting most of her time to the creative process and working privately in her Ormond Beach studio, Hodge has recently exhibited her work selectively, with exhibitions at the Gene Prough Performing Arts Center, Chipola, FL; the News Journal Arts Center, Daytona Beach, FL; the Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand; the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Jacksonville; and now at the News Journal Center, Daytona Beach. She also produces a professional blog on art books and exhibits. Her work can be found in private, public, and institutional collections. The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the Art Wing of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and offer touring exhibitions free of charge to the public. The Galleries are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to all performances in the center’s Mainstage and Sprint theaters (6:00 to 7:30 pm central time). Call (850) 729-6044 for information or to schedule a group tour.