04/11/03 - "Metamorphosis" Art Exhibit to Feature Talking Rock Student's Works at Reinhardt from April 22 - May 3
senior exhibit of art major Gale M. Connelly of Talking Rock, Ga., will
be on display April 22- May 3, 2003, in the William W. Fincher Jr. and
Eunice L. Fincher Visual Arts Center at Reinhardt College, Waleska, Ga. The opening reception will be Tuesday, April 22, 2003, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fincher Visual Arts Center. The public is invited to enjoy the reception and exhibit.
Connelly describes herself as "a printer and painter by nature and by heart," but printmaking is her choice."It is every medium combined in one; I don't have to set boundaries."
She has wanted to be an artist for as long as she could remember and has dreamed of obtaining an art degree.
Before achieving this goal, however, she has raised three children.
Reinhardt appealed to her as a family-oriented institution. "It
is small enough to care about the individual student," she said. She
hopes those who view her show will see printmaking as a fine art medium.
Because of her ties with South Georgia, her family's passion for
fishing, and her appreciation for the environment and entomology, much
of her work features insects like dragonflies, butterflies and
Art Professor Curtis Chapman described Connelly as
"a precisionist, someone who enjoys process, a requirement for all good
"She is willing to take the risk of
experimentation for the discovery of new methods and has worked outside
the traditional process of this medium," Chapman said. "In many ways she
is creating a new chapter in the medium. Her thesis project has
been a journey of development and maturity that has prepared her to
continue the lifelong practice of imagemaking."
In her artist's statement, her description of her
show, she wrote, "In art, mythology, and religion, wing structures have
always been associated with gods, God, and angels, as well as with
demons and dragons. Most of us identify with the breathtaking beauty of a
Giant Swallowtail butterfly as it glides by, but we may not wish to
consider the image of a powerful and colorful predator, such as the
well‑engineered Dragonfly, taking as its lunch that same butterfly in
midair. Wings for me represent both strength and grace."
"Throughout my childhood, I was fortunate to see
and hear, first hand, the overwhelming colors and music found in our
wetlands and swamps of Georgia," she said. "Some 30 years ago, through
excursions with my family along the slow moving river waters and farm
ponds of South Georgia, I became familiar with a wide variety of winged
insects. Having been taught, as a child, the value of stillness and
patience through fishing, I learned to notice and record several
specimens of dragonflies and butterflies. Later, in my adult life, I
became keenly interested in their connection to a healthy environment,
and as an artist, their exemplification of beauty, structure, and
function of form."
She acknowledged her evolution as an artist with
the name of her senior exhibit. "Exploration of the insect wing in its
many natural forms, as well as designs from my own imagination, has been
a journey of change and personal vision through experimentation with
techniques and in the development of new ideas. That is why I choose Metamorphosis as the title for my body of work."
Though her work is not entirely autobiographical,
she "strives to connect the viewer with a moment in time wherein a wing
brings us color, shape, movement, and freedom. Through its iridescent
movement, we can identify with the joyous freedom and jubilant feeling
of soaring to heights not physically, but spiritually, achieved by the
For more information, please contact the Herbert I. and Lilla W. Department of Art at Reinhardt College at 770-720-5627. The Fincher Visual Arts Center is open Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.