The Mezzanine Gallery in the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center will open Bumps to Peace, by Julie Baxter, with a reception Thursday, May 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit features numerous assemblage sculptures created from scrap
wood, metal, leather, glass, and discarded frames. Several traditional paintings will also be included. The reception is free and open to the public.
Baxter has always been interested in objects that convey a history and is drawn to these materials when selecting items to create her work. “I grew up surrounded by the love of handmade things, especially crazy quilts. They were like a kaleidoscope of colors and memories in one. Scraps were made beautiful again. In many ways this is how I look at life. Everyone is beautiful and useful no matter how old or disregarded they may seem to some. The realization that bumps and bruises along the way make us who we are can lead to peace”. Baxter hopes that her work will touch visitors, allowing them to see that “if we hold on through the bumps in life we can find beauty in the end”.
The oldest daughter of seven children, Baxter was born in Osmond, Nebraska. She grew up making almost everything from food, clothing, quilts, and art for her home. She moved to Alabama in 1981 and has been creating various forms of assemblage art for the past 10 years. One of the works in the show titled “By Hammer and Hand Do All Things Stand” is made from old tools and is part of a series that honors her father, but more than that, it stands for the hands that built our country. “Julie’s work is a mix of folk art, traditional craft and contemporary concepts. There is something for everyone to appreciate in the show. On one level it exists as beautifully crafted objects and on another it is very conceptual almost Dada (whimsical) in its approach. Visitors will no doubt see the connection to her love of quilting and her fascination with worn and used objects” said gallery director Mario Gallardo.
The exhibition will remain on display until June 30 and may be viewed during regular Wallace Hall hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The Mezzanine Gallery is in the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State Community College. It is a collaborative project between the Art Department and The Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. For more information or to schedule a group visit contact gallery director Mario Gallardo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McClellan Center Makes Donation to Calhoun/Cleburne Children’s Center
Joe Nabors, attorney and executive director of the Calhoun/Cleburne Children’s Center (CCCC) was guest speaker for Tuesday Topics at McClellan in April. A group of approximately fifty Gadsden State students, staff members, and visitors attended the session to learn about the local child advocacy center, which assists abused children and their families, with counseling, reporting, investigating and prosecuting. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the McClellan Center selected to sponsor this organization for a donation drive as its Community College Month service event. The students and staff presented the donation of office supplies to Nabors at the Tuesday Topics session.