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The Classic Center Galleries to Open 2 New Art Exhibitions on March 17

ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center is proud to present their latest exhibits, “Terrain: Painting the South” and “Home,” on display beginning March 17.

“Terrain: Painting the South” features landscape paintings by four Athens-based, widely published artists, June Ball, Andy Cherwick, Robert Clements and Philip Juras.

June Ball’s beautiful impressionistic paintings of southern coastal landscapes take in as much of the horizon and sky as the marsh. Andy Cherwick’s thick lusciously painted landscapes are recognizable spots where one might have picnicked, but with the artist’s fanciful additions such as a pink waterfall or paper airplanes.

Robert Clements textural paintings of agricultural fields are lush groves of peach trees and cotton fields and the occasional wild flower. Philip Juras depicts in wonderful detail specific and beloved southern spots such as Little Tennessee River Valley and Heggie’s Rock of Columbia County, Ga. Juras is such a master of line and representation that one feels they are in the landscape themself.

The Home exhibit in Classic Gallery II features painted and print works by Melissa Harshman, Mary Porter and Jeffery Whittle. The artists each depict the joy of home from their own artistic lens.

Melissa Harshman creates silk screens with layered images depicting a kind of 1960s classical home imagery with Jell-O molds and ladies clothed in cocktail attire. Mary Porter paints colorful scenes of Athens referencing well-known spots and streets such as the White Tiger and Satula Avenue. Lastly, Jeffery Whittle displays beautiful oil paintings of colorful fruits with bright, whimsical wallpaper backgrounds.

Both exhibits will be up through Sept. 15, and are located in The Classic Center’s new exhibit space that opened last year under the direction of the Classic Center Cultural Foundation. One of the missions of the Foundation is to broaden the exposure of the arts to people in the Athens community.

For information regarding the exhibits and artworks, contact Didi Dunphy atClassicCenterArt@gmail.com. For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, visit www.ClassicCenter.com.

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