The convergence of three artists’ careers are now on display with Greenville Arts Council’s newest exhibit.
GAC hosted an opening reception and artists talk 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery inside the E.E. Bass Cultural ArtsCenter, 323 S. Main St.
The exhibited titled “Convergence,” features the work of three Mississippi College art professors, Stephanie Busbea, R. Hayward Jolly and Randolph B. Miley.
Friday’s event, which was free and open to the public, also featured drinks and hors d’ oeuvres.
The idea for hosting the gallery came from Melanie Tucker, a GAC supporter and donor, and Lesedi Chambers, former interim director for the GAC, who had talked about putting a show together featuring the professors’ work.
“It’s such an honor to see the careers of these artists continuing to gain traction,” Tucker said.
“I’ve been an admirer of their work for many years – since the beginning.”
Charles Signa, owner of Doe’s Eat Place, took his time browsing the gallery before selecting his favorite piece.
“As a catholic, I’m drawn to Jolly’s depiction of the nun surrounded by the penguins,” Signa said.
After Whitney Turnipseed became the executive director for the Greenville Arts Council in June, she said she liked the idea too and reached out to the professors whose schedules worked perfectly for January.
Most all artwork in the gallery is available to purchase. The sheer size of hanging the gallery with 57 pieces was a challenge but well worth it, Turnipseed said.
“I’m impressed that there is room for everything and we have enough rods. We’ve been taking down rods in the rest of the building,” she said.
Each of three artists’ styles are distinctive, Turnipseed said.
“All three of them are definitely different from one another.”
Jolly, who is a painter, uses bright colors and patterns in his acrylic paintings, Turnipseed said.
“He does a lot of background pattern work and paints over them,” she said. “It’s abstracted but not abstract.”
Miley uses handmade paper and digital photography in his work.
As a mixed-media artist, Turnipseed said Miley’s work uses many of the same materials as her own.
“I’m drawn to these a little bit more because I’m mixed-media. I use found paper and these are all found objects he put together,” she said.
Busbea textile patterns in the exhibit are influenced by mid-century artists Joseph and Anni Albers’ Bauhaus period with architectural inspired abstract work and non-objective color studies.
“Her small ones are called rug studies,” Turnipseed said. “Some of them are wood-based... These are melted glass.”
The exhibit will remain on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays until Feb. 28.