'New Year- New Visions'

January 13, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Whether reflecting upon history or thinking about relationships, artists whose work is the subject of a new exhibition said emotion was a major inspiration for their artistic creations.

Their works are part of the "10th annual New Year ? New Visions" exhibit at Just Lookin' Gallery at 40 Summit Ave. in downtown Hagerstown.

The exhibit, on display through Sunday, Feb. 3, features about 40 artworks in various media by nearly two dozen artists, said Eileen Berger, co-owner of the gallery.

The gallery exhibits and sells art by more than 50 artists who are mostly African-American, Berger said.

The annual exhibit began as a way to allow her Washington, D.C., clients to preview art she was taking to the Black Fine Art Show in New York City. The pieces that are not sold at the local exhibit will go to that show, which is Feb. 14 to 17, Berger said.


A reception for "New Year ? New Visions" will be held at the Hagerstown gallery from noon to 6 p.m. today with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to at least 5 p.m. Sundays.

Photos by Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

"Journey 3," acrylic on paper by Juliet Seignious, 67, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Seignious' Journey Series was inspired by a visit to Edisto Island, S.C., a place of refuge for escaped Africans who had been brought to America to become slaves. The series is about travels throughout life and through an unknown future. She wants to emphasize a positive aspect, so she uses bright colors, Seignious said. Standing outside one day at Edisto Island, Seignious said she saw long figures, like looking at a mirage, and she sketched them.

"Blue Moon," acrylic on Masonite by Eli Kince, 54, of Harlem, N.Y. The primary focus of Kince's art is peoples' relationships and how they communicate beyond sight, he said, with senses such as intuition, mood, feelings, attraction, or being turned off. Kince also is an author and graphic design teacher.

"Lonely Teardrop," an aluminum repoussé by Jamaal Sheats, 27, of Nashville, Tenn. "I like to deal with human emotions," Sheats said. "Lonely Teardrop" is "about missing somebody or wanting somebody, keeping you up in the middle of the night." To create the piece, he used wood pieces and wedges to hammer the image from the back. Then he used a burnisher on the front side to make the lines stronger.

"Portrait of a Woman," mixed media by Lionel Lofton, of the Houston, Texas, area.

"Tropical Night," quilted wall hanging by Carolyn Crump, 47, of Houston, Texas. Crump said this piece was a test to see if she could sculpt with fabric. "I like 3-D things. I like for it to come off the page," she said.

"Thoughts in the Wind," mixed media on board by Evita Tezeno, 47, of Dallas. Listening to music inspired the piece, Tezeno said. "You get into the music and you just kind of float away. She's listening to music and her thoughts are floating in the wind."

"La Vida Empieza Cada Dia," a bronze sculpture by Manuelita Brown of Encinitas, Calif.

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