Jekyll Island Art Association Exhibit


Sculpture and paintings by accomplished artists will be featured in the Jekyll Island Arts Association's May exhibit, May 1-31 at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island. The exhibit is free and open to the public. An artists' reception will be held May 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., with refreshments served.

Sculpture from Saint Simons residents Ray Garrett and Syd Summerhill, and paintings by Linda Wunder, Ella Cart and Carly Hardy will be exhibited in the natural light of the JIAA gallery in the Goodyear Cottage.
After a successful career in the advertising business, Garrett turned his art education, experience and talents to exploring fine art. "All forms of art hold some appeal for me, writing, oil and acrylic painting, sculpting in clay, metal, paper and wood," he says. "I work in a variety of these mediums and experiment with mixing mediums and techniques."

Summerhill's extraordinary marble and bronze sculpture is exhibited coast to coast and held in significant collections throughout the country. His range and intimate knowledge of materials have led to a prolific body of work, from maquettes to monumental pieces. His figurative works in stone, wood and bronze are light, warm and graceful.

"Sentiment and mood should prevail in a successful painting," says Wunder, who earned a degree in fine arts from Syracuse University and has worked as an interior designer in New York and Georgia. "After extensive observation and study, I often paint from memory, but that memory is refined by the feelings the subject has generated." Once she has conceived the design of a painting, she shares her impression through the integration of traditional Chinese brush work and contemporary techniques.

Cart has been involved in art her entire life; her parents were her first teachers. She taught art in South Carolina public schools for 11 years before pursuing painting full time. She works in oils and mixed media, which begins with pouring of charcoal inks and water-based paints and then the addition of different textures. She shows her work throughout the Southeast and has been accepted in numerous national and regional shows.

Hardy's art education includes more than 40 years of self-guided study and workshops with internationally known artists. Whether painting on location or in the studio, originality is a key element in her artwork. Her use of color and texture create a style that she terms "visual collage." Her paintings can be found in homes across the country and in corporate collections. She recently moved to Rabun Gap, Ga., where she finds new inspiration along mountain pathways.