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Greensboro, GA
March 28-April 18

Joy Jackson, Evening at Stonington Harbor, oil, 12 x 16.

Joy Jackson, Evening at Stonington Harbor, oil, 12 x 16.

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Women Painters of the Southeast began accepting juried members in 2011, and already the organization boasts a membership of nearly 400 artists. On Friday, March 28, collectors can get their first look at more than 150 works from 100 artists participating in the third annual Juried Members’ Exhibition and Sale held at Magnolia Art Gallery in Greensboro, GA. On Saturday, March 29, demonstrations begin at 9 a.m., and an artists’ reception and awards presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Here we introduce you to a few of the participating artists.

Judy Crane has been a full-time artist for over 30 years. In her landscape and still-life paintings she strives to capture atmosphere and depth as opposed to painting an image full of detail. Laura Lloyd Fontaine lives in the marsh country of South Carolina, where she uses large brushes to create luminous landscapes of the Low Country.

Dottie T. Leatherwood, Everyday Magic, oil, 16 x 8.

Dottie T. Leatherwood, Everyday Magic, oil, 16 x 8.

For Carol Griffin painting is a process of taking something of herself and something from her environment and combining them on canvas, whether it is a cobblestone European alleyway or a majestic mountain landscape. Joy Jackson believes that art is a collaboration between the artist and the viewer and that the best paintings offer just enough information to be recognizable, allowing the viewer to finish the story. She paints scenes of Italy in an increasingly impressionistic style.

Although Dottie T. Leatherwood calls the coast her muse and is continually inspired by its bright, clear light, her favorite subjects to paint are animals, including dogs, cows, and elephants; she also captures street scenes and florals. Julia Lesnichy grew up in Moscow, immersed in the world of her own art, but it wasn’t until she was 26 that she took up oil painting. She now lives in Virginia, where she paints impressionistic florals, still lifes, and landscapes in both oils and pastels.

Through her loose brushwork, texture, and layers of paint Ann Rhodes explores the complexities of the universe in landscapes, figurative works, and still lifes. Mary O. Smith works in watercolors and oils to capture the landscapes, fishing boats, architecture, and people of her Georgia home.

For former gallery owner Donna Thomas, creating art is an emotional journey. Her work has ranged from contemporary realism to abstract expressionism, and she is currently working on a series of paintings in a monotone palette. Connie Winters says it is her ability to see so many colors where others see just a few that inspires and enlivens her impressionistic works. Her frequent travels in Europe inspire the core of her oeuvre. —Laura Rintala

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