JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – The paintings of Julia Lawing and the woven baskets of Linda Lanter will be featured during the Jekyll Island Arts Association's June exhibit at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, June 1-30. An artists' reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on June 2 from 1-3 p.m.
A native Georgian, Julia Chandler Lawing synchronizes color and surface to capture the essence of a moment. She was born in Atlanta and relocated to St. Simons Island at age 12. At Frederica Academy, she received awards for drawing before earning a BA in Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. "My art exploration parallels my faith," she states. "There's no end, but the ongoing reward is revelation that helps me know myself, the world, and my God more fully."
Lawing's exploration continued in stained glass, ceramics and pastels, before she began oil painting in 2014. "I paint because it engages my senses, my mind, my soul, and stirs an unmatched passion in me. My aim is visual poetry: simultaneously elusive and evocative, speaking life to the viewer's soul."
Her work is held in private, public and corporate collections across the U.S. She resides in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Bruce and four teenage daughters, although they retreat to the Golden Isles as often as possible.
Linda Lanter's exploration into art began with the Jekyll Island Art Association in 2012. Leaving much of her family in Ohio, she arrived in Brunswick feeling lonely and depressed and sought solace by taking a class in Pine Needle Basket Weaving. "I had never seen a pine needle basket before," she says, "but I soon found my new love."
After taking the basic course, Lanter was hooked on basket weaving. She bought books, visited web sites, and went to every Art Center between Georgia and Ohio. Eventually she transformed the sunroom of her Brunswick home into a studio for basketry, pottery, fused glass jewelry, and painting. "Sometimes," she says, "we get so low we have to climb out of our sorrow, pick up and start anew."
Lanter uses artificial sinew to weave and strengthen her basket coils of Long Leaf Pine needles. "All my baskets are sturdy, useful and pretty," she says. "They should last a lifetime." Married to the writer Steve Lanter, Linda shares her artistic skills by teaching classes at Goodyear Cottage. "Art has filled all the lonely places in my life and gives me great pleasure."
ABOUT THE JIAA
Jekyll Island Arts Association (JIAA) is a non-profit, membership association organized exclusively for charitable purposes. Its general purpose is the artistic, cultural, literary and educational development of Jekyll Island, Ga. JIAA has the use of and is stewards of Goodyear Cottage in the Jekyll Island Historic District, where monthly art exhibits in the Gallery are free and open to the public. Monthly programs on topics in varied artistic disciplines are presented at multiple venues. The Association maintains and staffs a gift shop in Goodyear Cottage with the work of members displayed on consignment. Goodyear Cottage is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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