Artist Showcase back by popular demand

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2004

DEMOPOLIS – More than two dozen artists are slated to exhibit in the Two Rivers Arts Council’s second annual Artist Showcase.

The event, back by popular demand, is from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday in the Demopolis City Library and will include the work of 23 visual artists and three musical artists.

“It’s an opportunity to see what the community is doing by way of art and hobbies,” said Sharon Laney. “We hope everyone will come out and see the works of our many talented friends and neighbors.”

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Laney said last year’s inaugural event featured 12 local artists, and the Arts Council had planned on hosting about 75 people.

“There was at least double the number of people who attended, so this year we’re hoping for a strong showing,” she said.

The Artist Showcase is free to the public and refreshments will be served, she said.

Among the artists featured this year is Monroe, La., native Michael Clay Cain, a potter and painter who has lived in Demopolis for 11 years.

“My interest in pottery was rekindled while attending UWA and I have been actively involved in the arts for the past few years,” he said.

Demopolis native Catherine Melton Meador’s love of photography began with the births of her two children, Mary Catherine, now at Auburn University and William, a senior at Demopolis High School. A self-proclaimed point-and-shooter, Meador said she began honing her photographic skills in January when she and her father took a photography class.

Her exhibit Sunday is an exploration of Demopolis water: “rivers, streams, canals and even puddles,” she said.

It was also a class that sparked Carolyn Cowling interest in pottery.

“A class in sculpture in the early ’90s at Atlanta College of Arts was all it took to change my media from oil to clay – permanently,” she said. “My fascination with clay quickly grew from sculpting life images to pottery on the wheel and hand building – it continues to be an obsession in my studio here in Demopolis.”

Locally, her pots can be found at the Alabama Rural Heritage Center and the Plantation Gallery.

Another fascination – from childhood – brought Dick McDonald back to wood carving after putting it aside for college and 40 years of work in the paper industry. He learned to carve from his father while in grade school.

“The idea of walking sticks began when, as a Boy Scout leader, I carved a hiking stick to use on camping trips. I began embellishing the sticks with finials of animals, in keeping with the natural setting in which the sticks would be used,” McDonald said.

His carvings are expanding, he said, beginning with the figure of an historic Santa Claus based on a popular Civil War-era figurine.

Other artists exhibiting at this year’s Showcase include:

Sue Keel, Jane Latture, Karen Davidson, Jessie Lavon, Joe Turner, Louse Reynolds, Beverly Youngblood, Besty Coplin, Rebecca Marlowe, Kirk Brooker, Rose Rolison, Betty Johnson, Jan Davenport, Thomas Melton, Marie Green, Tina Rivas, Kyle Tait, Becky Holley, Mariah Barkley, Mike Rogers and Laura Clements.