Lunch event to feature artist

Staff Reports


ALBANY — The Albany Area Arts Council’s April show, featuring works by Jeannine Cook, will wrap up Tuesday with a special event — a brown bag lunch at which Cook will speak to participants about her watercolor paintings and silverpoint drawings.

The exhibit, “Brush or Stylus: Jeannine Cook’s Choices,” which is on display at the Albany Area Arts Council, 215 N. Front St., includes more than 60 pieces by the artist, who describes herself as Tanzanian by birth, European by heritage and British American by nationality.

The lunch and learn event is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts Council, which is located in the former Carnegie Library. The event is free, but reservations are requested.

Carol Hetzler, executive director of the Arts Council, said the organization is “thrilled to have an artist of Jeannine’s caliber and talent exhibit for the month.”

Silverpoint and graphic drawings along with water color paintings typically of landscapes and florals are Cook’s areas of expertise. She is one of only a few artists who specializes in silverpoint drawings.

Silver point, one of the oldest art forms, is a drawing medium that uses a silver stylus to make marks on a prepared surface. The silver radiates a tonality and is said to “shimmer” as it reflects light. Nearly unerasable, the intricate and precise silverpoint drawings on display are a testament to Cook’s strong drawing skills.

A resident of Townsend near Savannah, Cook’s formal education was at Sorbonne University and the University of Lille. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Her resume reflects a wealth of accolades and accomplishments. Cook’s art is included in selected public and corporate collections and commissions in America and abroad. Her art has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions.

Recently, she was awarded artist residency in Drawinternational, Caylus, France, and is 2014 co-curator contemporary metalpoint, Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, Ala. She is active promoting and educating as she continues to lecture and conduct workshops, and she has authored many articles. Cook also maintains an active blog, Jeanninecook.blogspot.com.

She is affiliated with Catherine Lorrillard Wolfe Art Club, The Pen and Brush, American Artists Professional League, National Association of Women Artists, Georgia Watercolor Society and Womens Caucus for the Arts (Georgia). Her website is www.jeanninecook.com.

The Arts Council gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The Council serves as the umbrella organization for seven art agencies and is devoted to promoting the arts in the greater Albany area.

Contact the Council at (229) 439-ARTS (2787).