Jekyll Island Art Exhibit


The works of painter Robin Garrison and potters Norm and Lesley Hughes and Paul Christian will be featured during the Jekyll Island Arts Association's January exhibit at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, Jan. 3-31. An artists' reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Jan. 6, 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.

Georgia artist Robin Garrison paints the southern landscape, wildlife and still life in a contemporary impressionist style. Greatly influenced by her mother, an accomplished watercolorist from England, Garrison was exposed to art at a young age. Painting professionally for more than 25 years, she has enjoyed success with a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil. Known for her vibrant and light-filled paintings, she strives to convey her love of nature with an alla prima approach. Her paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections.

"My paintings are my voice, and I paint what excites me," she says. "In this exhibit I'm honored to share my love for Jekyll Island and the Golden Isles. Its infinite inspiration and ever-changing beauty have left an imprint on my heart and helped make me the artist I am today."

Lesley and Norm Hughes are experienced potters and certified teachers of the art form known as zentangle, which uses structured patterns to create beautiful images. Lesley, a retired school teacher/administrator; and Norm, formerly in the investment field, now split their time between Jekyll Island and Cary, NC.

Lesley has been involved with art since an early age. Her current pieces are as whimsical and colorful as they are beautifully crafted. Her pottery is hand-built and meticulously designed and crafted.

Prior to his involvement with pottery and zentangle-inspired art, Norm was active in wood working and carving. His pottery and nature-inspired sculptures have been displayed on Jekyll Island and in North Carolina and New York.

"On my morning walks on the beaches of Jekyll, I'll frequently pick up a small piece of driftwood or a sea-drenched root part," he says. "Following the walk, I like to sketch and give thought to how the new beach find can be incorporated into the current totem, lamp or sculpture I'm working on. Enhancing the natural beauty of these beach treasures gives me a sense of satisfaction."

Paul Christian took his first pottery class when he was a senior in high school, more than 40 years ago. But his passion for the gratification of clay in his hands was delayed while he pursued a career as a marine biologist.

Christian retired from the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service in 2009. He now lives and maintains a studio on St. Simons Island and dabbles in clay part time. "I don't do pottery because it is easy," he says. "I do it because it is difficult."

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.