Jekyll Island Arts Association Exhibit


Greg Barnes and Andy Palmer, North Carolina artists whose talents are highlighted in galleries and demonstrated in classrooms, are featured in the Jekyll Island Arts Association's October exhibit. The exhibit will run from Oct. 1 – 31 at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island. An artists' reception will be held on Oct. 7, from 1-3 pm.

Goodyear Cottage is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barnes began painting full time in 2002, on the heels of the 9/11 disaster, feeling that "life is short." Through his love of drawing and doing portraits, he became attached to soft pastels and discovered plein air landscape painting (painting outside as opposed to in a studio) to be his greatest joy.

While selling at art festivals, Barnes received requests from potential students and began teaching his own pastel workshops. The Charlotte, N.C., resident now divides his time between plein air painting, selling his work at outdoor art festivals and teaching. His artwork has received numerous awards and is in collections throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Palmer divides his time between workshops, teaching at Mayland Community College near his home in Bakersville, N.C., working as a ceramic tech at a manufacturing company and building kilns for other potters. Palmer and his wife, Silvia, also own and manage a ceramics gallery in Bakersville, which focuses on studio ceramics and jewelry. The gallery features more than 100 nationally known potters and numerous jewelers.