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Local artist opens exhibit at Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus

Gadsden State Community College’s Fine Arts Department presents its spring art exhibition “A Celebration of Nature” by self-taught artist and musician Tom Dameron.

The artist will open the exhibition with a lecture to art students at 2:30 p.m. March 6.  The show is in the Pierce Cain Learning Resource Center Art Gallery at the Ayers Campus through May 1.

After practicing for 50 years as a pharmacist, Dameron decided to become a full-time artist and musician.  His artwork consists of a variety of mediums including pencil, watercolor, etchings, serigraphy, acrylics and stained glass.  The focus of his work is the celebration of people and nature.
         
“Portraiture is a favorite method that allows me to capture people in their normal surroundings and to tell stories,” said Dameron, a graduate of Samford University residing in Homewood.  “Flowers are another favorite subject because of their quiet beauty and peacefulness.”

In addition to his art, Dameron plays tuba in an eclectic trio known as The Old Fashioned Rhythm Method and is a member of another group known as The Anything Goes Trio.  Both musical groups play traditional New Orleans jazz and tunes from the 1920s.

Some of his works are currently on display at Overton Frameworks in Cahaba Heights.  A few works can be seen on his website www.tomdameron.com.  More information can be found about Dameron and the bands at www.theoldfashionedrhythmmethod.com.  

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information about the exhibit, contact Robert Hendrickson, Gadsden State art instructor, at rhendrickson@gadsdenstate.edu or 256-835-5459.