‘Souls Journey’

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, January 28, 2010

Every once in a while, every soul needs to go on a journey. However, often there’s no charted destination, no colorful brochure to entice and no map to guide the journey. Someone else must take the lead.

The Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy planned a “Soul’s Journey” that takes gallery visitors Inside the Creative Process and beyond.

“Soul’s Journey” features the work of 22 contemporary artists living in the South, from Virginia to Florida, and working in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal and wood.

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“How and why artists do what they do is the focus of ‘Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process,’” said Richard Metzger, Johnson Center executive director. “

The exhibit originated from The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design of the University of North Carolina and features two Alabama artists, Dale Lewis and Janice Kluge, in addition to 20 other outstanding Southern craft artists.”

The exhibition was developed from a documentary series by David Hutto and Chanse Simpson and illustrates the backgrounds, motivations and methods for creating works of art.

“The object makers, who are featured in the exhibit and film, are diverse from geographic, ethnic and gender perspectives,” Metzger said. “They create works of art in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. The documentary provides an intimate view of the artists told largely through their own words while they are working on their featured pieces.”

The exhibition complements the documentary, showcasing significant works by established and emerging artists representative of the region’s creative tradition and cultural heritage.

Metzger said the public is invited to visit the Johnson Center for the Arts and take advantage of the opportunity to view this outstanding exhibition.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.