NO BOUNDARIES: P. Hope Brannon’s work on display at JCA

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Those who have stood in awe of the Great Wall of China wallpaper installation in Bibb Graves Hall on the campus of Troy University already know about the artistic talent of P. Hope Brannon.

Those who have not seen the Wetumpka artist’s “wall” will have an opportunity to, not only see the range of her work, but meet her and hear her talk about the passion and process of her artwork Thursday at the Johnson Center.

The JCA will host a reception for exhibiting artists, Brannon and Michael Vaughn Sims, from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the art center on East Walnut Street in downtown Troy.

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“Michael brought his artwork in earlier and it took several trips from Lowndes County to bring it all and it is incredible,” said Wiley White, JCA exhibition coordinator. “Hope arrived with her exhibition pieces Monday and her work is also incredible. We are honored to have these two artists exhibiting their work and excited to introduce them to the community at the reception Thursday night. It’s free and everyone is invited.”

Brannon’s exhibition titled, “No Boundaries,” fills the upper level galleries and shows the wide range of her interests and the diversity of her talent, White said.

Pieces from her “Fossils of Time” exhibit could seemingly have been removed from a cave wall as examples of primitive attempts at recording images. Or, perhaps, as a cast of the face of a rock formation or the cracks in the dried mud banks along the Coosa River where Brannon grew up. “Each piece explores a sense of place,” Brannon said.

The Kirk Gallery features Brannon’s “Waterscapes” that texture the fluid movement of the ocean and rivers, the swirling of blowing rain and the static placement of swamp algae.

The Tile Gallery could easily stir memories of grandma’s attic and rightly so. Brannon’s grandmother’s influence does not go unnoticed in designs that could have been stitched on a quilt top or other pieces of textile art.

“My grandmother would not let me do anything until I learned to sew,” Brannon said, adding that her grandmother’s teachings are utilized in some of the showpieces. “And, I love the Southwest so many of these pieces have evidence of both influences.”

Going from one gallery to the other, an unknowing viewer of Brannon’s artwork could think that each gallery features a different artist, White said.

“Hope is a master of so many different mediums,” she said. “Some of her pieces are strong and masculine and others are soft and fluid. Some are heavily textured and others are light and intricate. Her work is amazing.”

The reception for Brannon and Sims on Thursday night will be primarily an opportunity to view Brannon’s “No Boundaries” and Sims’ “CONSTRUCTION” exhibitions. However, the artists will have a few minutes to talk about their exhibits and will then be available to mix and mingle. The community is invited.

The exhibits may also be viewed during the Johnson Center’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission to the JCA is free.