Dale Kennington, It’s a Man’s World, 1996. Oil on canvas.
Collection of Michael A. Mennello.
Real Lives: Observations and Reflections by Dale Kennington
OCTOBER 17, 2015–JANUARY 3, 2016
Organized by the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, the exhibition features nearly thirty paintings by acclaimed realist Dale Kennington. Born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1935, she earned a BA in art history from the University of Alabama in 1956 before marrying and moving to Dothan, Alabama. She turned to painting in her early forties because she wanted portraits of her children; years later, she gave up portraiture for the kind of work for which she has become famous. The recipient of many accolades and honors over the years, she was recognized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with a Governor’s Arts Award in 2011.
Anthony Johannes Thieme, Rain in the South, undated. Oil on
board. The Johnson Collection.
Social Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection
JANUARY 16–APRIL 10, 2016
This exhibition presents dozens of works that were intended at the time of their creation to offer relief from the hurly-burly of the urban setting. The artists represented—Wayman Adams, Colin Campbell Cooper, Elliott Daingerfield, Gaines Ruger Donoho, James Herring, Alfred Hutty, John Ross Key, Blondelle Malone, Paul Plaschke, Hattie Saussy, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anthony Thieme, Helen Turner, and Ellsworth Woodward, among others—were not all native Southerners; however, all worked in the South at some point. In its presentation of some forty paintings created between 1880 and 1940—including landscapes and genre scenes—Scenic Impressions traces an international aesthetic’s journey to and germination in the American South.
Jack Stoddart, Winter Barn, 2003. Purchase made possible by
the Passailaigue Acquisitions Fund. Morris Museum of Art,
Winter Dreams: Works of Art from the Permanent Collection
NOVEMBER 21, 2015–JANUARY 31, 2016
The present exhibition features more than forty little seen works of art—paintings, drawings, photographs, and three-dimensional objects by more than a dozen twentieth-century Southern artists. Eldridge Bagley and Jack Stoddart are represented by works featured in previous Morris Museum exhibitions, while other artists’ works have never been shown here before. There are beautiful winter scenes such as the impressionistic work by Julia Alice Collins, Landscape—Snow in Winter. Imagination certainly informs the work of all the folk artists here. Purus Country Store, Calhoun, Georgia, by Alpha J. Frise, exemplifies that. Jack Stoddart’s photograph Winter Barn, shot near his home on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, captures winter—a season most Southerners would prefer to experience through their living room windows—at its most sublime in that part of the South.
Willie Tarver, Dragon, undated. Welded Steel CMDG. Collection
of Nelson A. Danish.
Creatures Great and Small, Real and Imagined: The Art of Mae and Willie Tarver
DECEMBER 5, 2015–FEBRUARY 28, 2016
Some of these nearly two dozen fantastical sculptures were inspired by nature, while others show the uninhibited imagination of nationally known folk artists Mae and Willie Tarver. The Tarvers saw much of the world before returning to Wadley, Georgia, after many years of living in New York. In Wadley, Willie worked at Thermo King Corporation for twenty-five years as a refrigerator repairman and foreman, and Mae had a successful business of her own as a hairdresser. They were married for fifty-five years before his death in 2010.
Philip Juras, South End Clouds, 2012. Oil on canvas. Private
The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island
FEBRUARY 20–MAY 22, 2016
Artist Philip Juras's depictions of Little St. Simons Island make up the body of work that is exhibited here for the first time. While so much of the Southeastern seaboard has been transformed by rampant development, it seems miraculous that such an experience can still be had. Of all the barrier islands, Little St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, is one of the most pristine. In April 2011 Juras was invited to paint the natural environments of Little St. Simons, a subject that he’s been exploring since. The works in this exhibit (and the book that accompanies it) capture a wide variety of the island’s natural landscapes. Through them he shares his passion for experiencing these gorgeous, fascinating environments, while underscoring the natural processes that formed them and the history that sustains them. These beautiful paintings create a portrait of the dynamic natural environments of the island.