Works of painter Robert Kull and glass artist Christie Moody will be featured during the Jekyll Island Arts Association's May exhibit at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, May 1-31. An artists' reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on May 5, from 1-3 p.m.
Christie Moody spent her childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was inspired and encouraged by her mother, Marilyn Stratton, a painter. After graduating with a BFA in Art Education at the University of Georgia, she discovered the magic of glass when a friend demonstrated the basics of stained glass. This was the beginning of a long adventure with the illusive qualities of glass.
Moody started Blue Heron Glass Art in 1985 making architectural installations as well as vessels and hangings of glass. Notable commissions are the chapel windows in St Mary's and Piedmont Hospitals in Athens, GA. She has developed her own techniques of engraving, hot working, fusing and slumping glass to produce brilliant overlays of line and color.
She draws from her passion as a dancer and her love for the flora and fauna of the Georgia sea islands and Georgia's Broad River for her imagery. She works in her studio at her farm in Northeast Georgia, where she lives with her husband Michael.
Robert Kull is new to fine art painting and is a self-taught artist. After retiring from a 41-year career as a dentist, he began drawing in graphite pencil and moved to colored pencil in the Summer of 2011. In February of 2013 he began painting in oil for the first time and has continued in this medium. He considers his work to be representational, following the style of the Hudson River Valley painters, whom he greatly admires.
"The artworks seen here represent my efforts to explore the beauty and excitement of the environment we all inhabit," he states. "I have a history of a strong love of the environment and am fascinated by water and landscape. To me, art is all about a conversation with the artist, the subject, and your own emotion. Please enjoy the dialogue."