Mary Ligon checks out the art on display during the opening reception of the Albany Area Arts Council’s 13th Annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fine Art Show Thursday at the Flint RiverQuarium. The show is scheduled to run through June 21.
ALBANY, Ga. — Brightly colored, darkly mysterious and at least one in humorous pink — more than 128 pieces of art went on display in the Flint RiverQuarium Thursday night.
The 2012 Southwest Georgia Regional Art Show presented by the Albany Area Arts Council will be on view through June 21 in downtown Albany.
“This is our 13th annual show and the sixth at the RiverQuarium,” said Carol Hetzler, executive director. “We have 66 artists entered in an exceptional show of talent from Southwest Georgia.”
The show gave three prizes in categories such as photography, painting and sculpture. There was also a “Best in Show” prize drawn from all categories. Best in Show won $350, first prize $300, second $200 and third place $100. Honorable mentions were also awarded.
“It isn’t about the prizes. It is just good to be here with so many people and have the work appreciated,” said Bobby Gilbert of Blakely. “I enjoy it. You can learn a lot and enjoy the other pictures from the other people.”
Gilbert exhibited two pictures in the photography category. “Choices,” depicted a mirror image of a road in Tennessee during the explosion of autumn leaves. “Cypress Reflections” emanated a haunted-swamp feeling in white, black and gray shades.
Looking at “Choices” Wayne Burns, in town from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to visit his in-laws, relished the picture’s colors and point of view.
“This is as good as any big city art show,” Burns said, “and I’m from Chicago originally. Every time I visit it amazes me the cultural activities they have here.”
Many of the more than 175 people at the show remarked how much they liked having the reception in the RiverQuarium.
“The RiverQuarium is the perfect place to have this exhibit,” said Ethel Woodall. The light and the building are perfect for it.”