All Things 3D is on display for the month of October at the Albany Area Arts Council. The dynamic and unconventional exhibit is the work of Hollis Barnett and Al Parks. The accomplished artists are former colleagues at Valdosta State University. All Things 3D showcases sculptures of bronze, wood, glass, cement and stone which are complimented by spirit boxes and vessels. Together their work creates a unique exhibit of mediums and artistry not commonly displayed here in Southwest Georgia. Hollis and Al are familiar artists of the Art’s Council as they are reoccurring participants of the annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Al won the Best in Show award in 2012 for his work, Ascension, which is a part of this current exhibit. The All Things 3D exhibit runs October 2nd through the 31st here at the Carnegie Library, home of the Albany Area Arts Council. The opening reception to view the works of art and meet these talented artists will be October 3rd from 6-8pm.
Al Parks recently retired from VSU after 33 years of teaching Photography, Graphic Design, Printmaking and Jewelry making. Born in Ohio and raised in North Georgia, he initially attended West Virginia Wesleyan College on a football scholarship. He served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia and further service in the Mediterranean, California and Caribbean. He credits his travels to his interest in art which resulted in his completing his formal education at East Tennessee State University, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Art. He worked as a graphic designer and an Instructor at East Tennessee State University prior to arriving in Valdosta. Al’s work of spirit boxes and vessels are influenced by his personal experiences living in Appalachia and the mountainous areas of South Vietnam. Many cultures accept Spirits as living forces that inhabit relatively inanimate objects or animate entities like the “Sin Eaters” in East Tennessee and Spirits of the forests and valleys. The mountain tribes in Southeast Asia revere all natural elements within their environments. It is his hope that the various woods and materials used to create these boxes and vessels honor the original contributing sources.
Hollis Barnett is an artist and professor of art at Valdosta State University. He has taught sculpture and computer animation at Valdosta State University for over 28 years. He is a native of Arkansas and moved to Valdosta Georgia in 1985 to accept a teaching position at the University. He exhibits his sculptures on a regional and national level. The works included in the October exhibit are sculptures that he has created in bronze, wood, stone, glass and Iron. Most works are a combination of these materials. His works are predominately surreal in nature and intended to be humorous.
The Albany Area Arts Council is located in the historic Carnegie Library, 215 North Jackson St., Albany, Georgia. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm. The Albany Area Arts Council serves as the umbrella organization for seven art agencies and is devoted to promoting the arts in the greater Albany area. For more information please contact the Albany Area Arts Council 229-439-ARTS (2787).