Rawls Museum Arts featuring three artists in solo shows

Published 10:38 am Saturday, September 25, 2010

COURTLAND—Rawls Museum Arts is showing solo shows by three artists through Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The Main Gallery features ceramic works by Anna Velkoff Freeman entitled Shaping Earth and mixed media work by Gary Garbett entitled Insequential sequence.

Anna Velkoff Freeman, from left, Gary Garbett and Whitney M. Rainey current have exhibits at the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland.

The Francis Gallery features works in various media by Whitney M. Rainey called Wunderkammer.

Shaping Earth emphasizes man’s impact on the environment and describes Freeman’s use of materials and process. Her use of stoneware and porcelain clay finely carved to reveal layers further echo the vulnerability of the earth.

Other pieces are carved and stamped and glazed with pools of luminous color. Themes explored in Anna’s work range from industrialized agriculture and suburban sprawl to colony collapse disorder with honeybees.

Pop culture plays a distinctive roll in the mixed media paintings, photography and video pieces that Garbett creates. The influence of music, film, advertising and the evening news are clearly evident and serve as a wealth of inspiration for his prolific body of work. With subtle changes or radical extractions Gary alters iconic imagery to create enigmatic narratives.

Rainey’s treasure trove of images in Wunderkammer are inspired by her fascination with American history and are monuments to the past. The characters that she is influenced by are surrounded by myth.

Rainey’s process includes labor-intensive traditionally feminine media. Her spontaneous drawings offer a new perspective to an historical subject.

The gallery is free and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and Tuesdays.