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SOUTHERN CHARM: Artists’ awards to be presented tonight at JCA

The Johnson Center for the Arts will host a reception for the artists whose works are entered in the Art of Being Southern juried art show from 6 until 8 o’clock tonight in the JCA lower level gallery.  The community is invited to be a part of the celebration of the JCA’s inaugural juried art show.

Wiley White, JCA exhibition coordinator, said the winners of the Art of Being Southern juried show will be announced and all contributing artists will be acknowledged.

“The Art of Being Southern juried show features 97 works by artists from five states – Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Florida,” White said. “Actually, the show is titled the Art of Being Southern 14×14. Each piece entered is 14 inches by 14 inches so the show is small in that respect, but outstanding in quality and appeal.”

White said even Southerners have a different idea of what is means to “be” Southern.

“It is very interesting to see how these ideas are expressed through different art mediums,” she said. “The Art of Being Southern is a wonderful show that anyone who is ‘Southern’ will surely enjoy. There will be a lot of ‘favorites’ in this show and that’s what makes it an interesting and fun exhibit as well as be a exhibition of outstanding artwork.”

White said several local artists have pieces in the show that is dedicated to “being Southern.”

Local exhibitors include Phoebe Porter, Ruth Walker, Gregg Skaggs, Frank Thompson, Paige Wyatt, Larry Percy, Aaron Johnson, Pam Allen, Jerry Johnson, Carter Sanders, Jonah Enfinger, Mary Ann Casey, Beverly West Leach, Heather Miller, and Amy Findley Bowers.