Jekyll Island Art Exhibit


The works of painter Suzy Dmetruk and her woodworker husband Steve Dmetruk will be featured during the Jekyll Island Arts Association's April exhibit at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, April 1-30. An artists' reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on April 7, 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.

Having relocated from the mountains of North Georgia, artists Steve and Suzy Dmetruk now live among the marshes and sandy beaches of St. Simons Island. There Suzy finds inspiration in the fresh air, sun, and sweeping expanses of land, sea, and sky. Her painting style is based on her use of bold colors in an impressionistic manner that is generally abstract and often non-objective.

Suzy Dmetruk was born in Salisbury, N.C. and spent most of her youth in Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia College with a degree in Art Education and enjoyed 20 years of teaching art to students from 4 to 94.

"The joyful simplicity of how children view the world," she states, "is my anchor in painting. I strive to capture the essence of the subject matter and to allow the painting to become the expression of what I see and respond to. I choose to express the joy that I experience in life and in painting. I hope that you, the viewer, enjoy what you see in my work and let your imagination explore along with me. As Oscar Wilde once said, 'A work of art is useless. So is a flower.'"

Steve Dmetruk, who began woodworking as a hobby in 2002 and then enhanced his skills by taking courses and workshops, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was a Navy Supply Officer, and upon retirement from the Navy Reserves, he held sales and marketing leadership positions in in the hi-tech industry.

Steve especially enjoys challenging projects. He has created rocking horses, Adirondack chairs, turned bowls, segmented bowls, a Maloof-style sculptured rocking chair, and a 1790s Shenandoah grandfather clock. "I'm excited to be exhibiting with my wife," he says. "Suzy is an accomplished abstract artist."

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.