Albany artists featured in exhibit

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two Albany artists and a former Albanian will be featured in the Albany Area Arts Council's October exhibit -- "Rock, Paper, Scissors."

The large and diverse collection showcases the works of artists Kathi Schillo of Florida and Albany residents Mike Clark and Chris Stanich.

Schillo, the "rock" segment of the showing, has on display more than 80 pieces of jewelry art.

Clark, the "paper," has striking abstract acrylic and pastel paintings complimented by several graphic photographs.

Stanich, the "scissors," completes the show with his metallic sculptures.

"Rock, Paper, Scissors" runs through Oct. 26. An opening reception is planned from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Schillo now lives at Merritt Island, Fla., but spent many years in Albany as a business executive with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Her intricate work is created by combining layers of fused glass with Swarovski Crystals, pearls, gemstones and delicate beads that give the jewelry art its three-dimensional form.

Schillo said each piece of the jewelry art is meticulously detailed and involves anywhere from 10 to 30 hours of handwork to create.

Clark currently resides in Albany and is employed with Avid Technology as a senior application specialist. He has a fine arts degree from Louisiana Tech. He has lived in Louisiana as well as New York before settling in Georgia. Along the way, he received an Emmy for his participation on the 1996 Atlanta NBC Olympic team and was nominated for a second individual Emmy for his work with Fox Files.

Clark said his earlier influences include The Impressionist School and Abstract Expressionist School, as well as Andy Warhol's "24-Hour Movie of the Empire State Building," the works of Rothko, DeKooning, Fran Lebowitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Dali, Miro and Jackson Pollack.

Stanich, originally from Indianapolis, Ind., has called Albany home since 1998. He practices podiatry at Albany Podiatry Associates LLP. He recalls always having a penchant for working with his hands, dating back to his childhood in his dad's workshop.

Over the years, Stanich says he always has some kind of project in the works. He is a relative newcomer to metal fabrication. As the result of a friend's request for a burial urn, Stanich intensified his efforts to create more artful pieces, some of which are part of the current display.

The Albany Area Arts Council is located in the historic Carnegie Library, 215 N. Jackson St., Albany. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Council's mission is to encourage, sponsor and support the arts and culture. For more information, contact the Albany Area Arts Council at 229-439-ARTS (2787).