Montgomery artists on display

Published 6:16 pm Thursday, January 20, 2011

“Artists of Montgomery, Past & Present,” an exhibition featuring 187 works of art by 100 Montgomery artists, is on view at the Johnson Center for the Arts.

Richard Metzger, Johnson Center executive director, said the exhibition was well crafted by curator/artist Sandra Hicks.

“Sandra is from the Dublin area and is familiar to many in our area,” Metzger said. “Her work was featured in the ‘Landscape’ exhibition in the spring and it was very well received. She is a superlative artist and teacher and has a great working knowledge of the arts and the artists of Montgomery.”

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Metzger said he applauds Hicks’ dedication to the “Artists of Montgomery, Past & Present” exhibition.

“Sandra is a dedicated professional when it comes to the logistics of creating an exhibition such as this,” he said. “I want to thank her for approaching us with the idea of bringing this exhibit of Montgomery artists to Troy and the Johnson Center for the Arts.”

Metzger said the “Artists of Montgomery” exhibition provides a historic perspective of Montgomery visual arts through the years.

“The exhibition fills all seven galleries of the Johnson Center and offers a rare opportunity for the entire region to experience South Central Alabama’s diverse culture through the eyes of 100 Montgomery artists, past and present.”

The exhibition includes oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, 3-D pieces, paper and found objects.

“There is a wide range of artwork from still life to portraits,” Metzger said. “There is a pastel portrait by C. Melton that was commissioned in the 1800s.

“In Alabama, we have great football and we have great art. This exhibition gives us bragging rights. Alabama has so many artists with incredible talent and we are proud to bring 100 of them to the Johnson Center for the Arts.”

The “Artists of Montgomery, Past & Present” exhibition runs through March 31. A public reception will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Johnson Center, 300 East Walnut Street in downtown Troy.

Regular hours of operation are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.