The “Nature Reconsidered” Art Competition and the “Trail” Photography Competition opened this week at the Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Both are judged shows with cash prizes.
“Nature Reconsidered” is an art exhibition that aims to explore the ever-changing relationship between humans and nature. Artists were invited to create works that reference, investigate, challenge and / or celebrate our relationship with the natural world.
The exhibition presents a wide variety of media – painting, drawing, glass, photography and mixed media. Thirty-eight artists from across the region presented 76 works for this year’s exhibition. While the majority of entries reflect the beauty of our natural world, there are several that play on human impact or interference with our surroundings.
The “Trail” photo exhibit features photos taken on the Gateway Trail over the past two years. There are 13 entries from five photographers in this exhibition. The butterfly garden at the top of the Gateway Trail continues to be a prime spot for great photography. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees, forcing photographers to be patient and look for some interesting flora and fauna to capture on film.
Michael Grady, exhibiting artist, writer and art professor at Appalachian State University, judges both exhibitions. Grady grew up in South Carolina but lived for three decades in New York and San Francisco before moving in 2008 to his ancestral homeland in North Carolina.
Grady has a particular interest and expertise in spirituality and art, expressive arts therapy, and Asian philosophy and culture. He exhibited his paintings and lectured in Germany, New Zealand, China and the United States.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Prices for both competitions will be announced at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event. The outfit is casual. Masks are required to enter. Other works in the exhibition can be seen on the Southern Arts Society’s website and Facebook page.
“Nature Reconsidered” and Trail ”will be on display in the galleries of the Southern Arts Society until November 5th. Visitors should wear a mask and practice social distancing when visiting the gallery.
For more information, visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, contact 704.739.5585 or email [email protected]