Gallery to feature local artists’ work

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 1, 2006

You don’t have to travel to a big-city gallery to see deep, meaningful artwork on display.

You just have to take Walnut Street downtown to the Grand Gallery, which will host an Artist Appreciation Day Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The exhibit will feature the work of six artists, all of them local, and most of them Demopolis natives.

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Catherine Meador, a self-described “amateur” will have her photographs on display in the gallery Sunday. Even after three or four exhibits, “it’s still a new feeling” to watch people examine and admire her work.

“I still feel very amateurish and learning, but people have been very kind,” she said, clearly underselling herself.

Meador’s photographs – mostly still-lifes, including “The Theatre District,” which captures the upper story of The Marengo Theatre, framed by a doorway across the street – explore new perspectives on land- and cityscapes that most Demopolites see everyday, rarely recognizing their simple beauty.

Meador’s mentor, accomplished photographer and Demopolis High School graduate Joe Turner, is also among the artist who’s photographs will be displayed. The other four artists – Christina Lee, Tina Rivas, 12-year-old Tiana Rivas and 23-year-old Tannon Temple – work with paints, oils and watercolors.

Temple is a 2001 DHS grad studying art at the University of Alabama. Through paintings and pottery, he reflects a personal ideal of finding “perfection in imperfection.”

Lee described herself as “a passionate artist.” The 1998 DHS grad is known in artistic circles as Chastane. Recognizable faces and animals glow as if on fire in the brilliant colors she chooses for her compositions.

Tina Rivas and her daughter Tiana will also be displayed. Tina

finds great inspiration in the eyes of animals. Her close-up treatment of a tiger’s eyes is among the most haunting, intriguing pieces in the gallery. Tiana prefers cooler, simpler compositions that use one or two colors to render a scene or person, often in silhouette.

Meador said she’s honored to be part of the exhibit, because “they’ve got some really good artists.”

“Demopolis is making efforts to encourage the local art community,” she said. “The Two Rivers Arts Council does a show, and the work has continued to blossom. There’s a lot of support and encouragement and appreciation of art here, and that’s nice.”

The Grand Gallery’s Artist Appreciation Day will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served, and most of the pieces displayed will be available for purchase.