There’s this rumor that it’s going to be a rainy weekend. This has been such a dry summer that “rumor” has become my personal replacement for the word “forecast.” Either way, there’s a chance I might not be able to clean out the sadly neglected beds in my back yard. But this will give me a chance to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while.
The Sumter County Gallery of Art is one place that always brings me a satisfying sense of reflection. The cool filtered air, the lighting, the quiet—all of these things lend to an atmosphere that encourages people to stop and really look at the art on display. And don’t just look at it; actually think about it. Karen and Frank are very dedicated to searching the country for the absolute tops in works available for exhibit, and they’ve been quite successful in bringing in entire collections that have never been displayed in one place before, or combining artists who share a common theme in different media, or the same media with different themes. However you look at it, there’s a lot more to the Gallery than just a collection of pretty paintings hung in nicely lit rooms.
The current exhibit, which runs through October 29, features the works of Leo Twiggs and Tyrone Geter. Their visual commentary on social issues has earned high praise from Jane Collins, The Item’s arts critic.
As someone who dabbles in drawing (at which I’m pretty good), painting (at which I’m pretty mediocre) and collage (no more need be said), and prefers to work in black and white or a muted palette, I’m looking forward to enjoying some great pieces by these renowned artists. This sort of discipline is what my art teachers were always trying to get across to me!
By the way, the Gallery building is not all quiet, all the time. With the wide variety of classes upstairs, it’s possible some days to experience the ruckus that usually comes with people who are learning a lot and having a great time doing it! (Please note, though, that the noise doesn’t interfere with the downstairs gallery experience. I don’t know how they do that!)
The Gallery is located at 200 Hasel Street, and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. Check them out online at www.sumtergallery.org, and be ready to have your artistic horizons expanded!