Wednesday was my day to volunteer as a member of the Jekyll Island Arts Association at Goodyear Cottage. The Gallery is located in the Historic District of the island and the drive into it is gorgeous. But the view above and below are just two of the views I enjoyed while spending my day visiting with guests in the Gallery.
Despite the seasonal thunderstorms popping up here and there the day was quiet delightful. I met some of the most wonderful visitors to the island from all over....New York, Wisconsin, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Virginia and Canada. We talked about the island, where they were from, the exhibit for July and the many artists and crafters represented in the Gallery Gift Shop. They wanted to know if I too was a artist and then I got the opportunity to talk about my art and was happy to be able to show them a few pieces I have in the gallery.
Every chance I had I walked the gallery to admire the exhibits on display for the month of July. On display are the Creator of driftwood critters, Philip "The Fish Man" Simmons of Greenville, SC and painter Bob Fisher of Brunswick, GA.
Mr. Simmons is a former advertising executive who has combined 35+ years of graphic design skills with his love of nature and devotion of recycling to create unique driftwood creatures. His work begins by gathering driftwood mostly from the coast of North Carolina. After drying his finds he begins a transformation process by deciding what should be added to inspire people to see the fish, birds, whales, turtles and other creatures he sees in the piece of wood. He attaches hammered copper, old barn tin, leather, scrap material and found objects to serve as fins, wings or other features. The final step is to add painted glass eyes and a "critter" is born. Most of the driftwood is left as found and not altered by carving. He does not try to improve on Nature's designs...he gives them personalities. Visit here to see some of the wonderful "critters".
Mr. Fisher took a watercolor class in 1997 as a result of years of enjoying his visits to Washington, DC galleries and museums during his lunch-hours. He finds the flow of paint on wet paper to be both captivating and liberating. His background in science, engineering and eduction has contributed to his art. Mr. Fisher's watercolors feature brilliant linear and aerial perspective. Visit here to see some of his work and learn more.
After a great day at the Gallery, I came home to find the seasonal afternoon showers had left signs of their presence on some of my own beauties.
This post actually was started on Thursday and when the afternoon thunderstorms moved through....I saved as a draft and forgot to come back and publish it. So now here it is Sunday and I am finally finding time to catch up on a few things.
The rains have moved on out to sea this morning and the sun is shinning bright and beautiful. It is going to be a great day. It is amazing what a little "Island Time" can do for the soul....be it an art exhibit, volunteering at the gallery or walking along the oceans edge and then sitting with your feet buried in sand!