Five local artists ‘challenged’ in JCA art show

Published 8:17 pm Friday, September 27, 2019

Two months ago, the Johnson Center for the Arts issued “Challenge 14” to artists from five Southern states and artists from Alabama, Georgia and Florida accepted the challenge.

On Friday, the JCA announced that 66 pieces of artwork by 29 artists will be entered in the prestigious juried art show which will open to the public at the JCA on November 13 and run through January4, 2020.

Aaron Johnson, preparator, said the artists were challenge with creating art that was no greater than 14 inches on its longest side.

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Johnson, said “Challenge 14” is an offshoot of the JCA’s 2017 “The Art of Being Southern” juried art show.

“Plans are for the JCA to host a biennial juried art show for artists in the Southern states,” Johnson said. “We will look forward to the next juried art show in 2021, but now we are focusing on ‘Challenge 14.’ We have amazing artists who work in different mediums, including oil painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, graphite pen, photography and encaustics.”

Johnson said five artists from the local area are among those whose work will be included in the “Challenge 14” exhibition.

The artwork of Charles Adams, David Adams, Samantha Earnest, Carter Sanders and Ruth Walker is well-known and appreciated locally and beyond.

“There are other artists whose work is familiar locally due to their work having been shown at the Johnson Center,” Johnson said. “Those who frequent the JCA will recognize Nancy Hartsfield, Warren Simons, Winfred Hawkins and Donna Pickens. We always like to welcome artists back to the JCA and look forward to showing the artwork of artists who are showing for the first time.”

The Johnson Center for the Arts at 300 East Walnut Street is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.