The Jekyll Island Arts Association presents the works of Georgia artists David Millman and Karen Sammons Aug. 31 – Sept. 30 at Goodyear Cottage. An artists' reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 2 with refreshments served.
Millman has been described as a Renaissance man. As a sculptor, painter, portraitist, poet and blues harmonicist, the St. Simons Island resident embodies the term. After earning a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and a master's of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute, Millman freelanced as a photographer and illustrator, taught adult portrait sculpture classes and worked at ABC News as a graphic artist for 28 years.
He has received numerous awards, including an Emmy for his illustrations for ABC's Nightline special on the Cuban Missile Crisis and a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of 9/11. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, Broadcast Designers Association, St. Louis Artist's Guild and Brooklyn Museum of Art. He is represented in the permanent collections of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Springfield Museum of Art, Paducah Artist's Guild, Sculpture House, Franklin Mint and Pratt Institute, as well as the private collections of George C. Scott, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
Millman believes that art is one of mankind's most important distinguishing features. "Art is the thumb for humankind. As humans, it's our thumb that often separates us from other species of animals," he said. "Art is like the thumb because it separates us from all other creatures, and we're able to use it to grasp the universe."
Georgia artist Karen Sammons captures the serenity and charm of the coastal regions of the Golden Isles in her representational oil and watercolor paintings. Peaceful marsh landscapes, the shadowed canopies of moss-draped oaks and the beautiful birds that inhabit them are featured in works that invite the viewer to enter and enjoy. Marine views with shrimp boats trolling in the early evening and Jekyll Island's historic architecture are among her favorite subjects.
Sammons has been involved in art for most of her life, but pursued painting on a more serious level only after retiring from a long career in business. "I am ever evolving, experimenting and constantly learning from all types of art, techniques and styles," says the Atlanta resident. "Nature provides an endless source of inspiration, and I am especially thankful for the quiet little gifts that come when I least expect them. Sometimes you just have to be still and look."