JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – A transplanted Pennsylvanian who says she can't draw a straight line and a Utah native whose career was jump-started with the sale of a $5 painting are featured in the Jekyll Island Arts Association's November exhibit. The exhibit will run Nov. 1-21 at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island. An artists reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Nov. 4, from 1-3 p.m.
Goodyear Cottage is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Woodturner Barbara Hahn comes from a family of artists, but took a different path, one that didn't require straight lines. "I saw my first woodturning at the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa, and was instantly hooked," she says.
Woodturning still holds its original fascination for Hahn, who grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in Kingsland. "To be able to take a raw piece of wood destined for the fireplace and transform it into a work of art or a functional piece and see the transformation from the beginning to its end is awe-inspiring."
Part of woodturning's appeal for Hahn is in the unknown. "Sometimes the wood dictates where it wants to go, and sometimes I am able to take it in the direction I want it to go. In either case, it is an exciting adventure."
Hahn has demonstrated locally and with Woodworkers of America. She is involved with Safe Harbor- Jacksonville, mentoring boys in woodturning; and with Women in Turning, a branch of the American Association of Woodturners.
A native of Salt Lake City, Roland Thurston traces his first artistic endeavors to an early age. Family members recall that news reports of World War II, including photos of airplanes, inspired young Roland to replicate the planes in exacting detail. Some years later, when an uncle paid $5 for one of his paintings, Thurston was encouraged to pursue a career in fine art.
Thurston has experimented with pencil drawing and oil and acrylic painting. His passions are the animals, plants, waterways and mysteries of the swamp. Over the last several years he has been a frequent visitor to the Okefenokee Swamp Park, near his adopted hometown of Waycross.
Thurston and several other artists were commissioned to create a mural to represent the history of Waycross for a downtown underpass. He has also worked with artists to create an art wall for the Mayo Clinic Health Systems and was commissioned as a muralist at several Georgia locations.
He is also a juried artist with the Jekyll Island Arts Association, Glynn Art Association, Turner Center for the Arts (Valdosta, Ga.), McIntosh Old Jail Art Gallery (Darien, Ga.) and Okefenokee Swamp Park. His art is also on display at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Frames by Mary Ann (Waycross, Ga.) and The Feathered Nest (St. Mary's, Ga.).