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Marine artists show comes to Quinlan

By Pamela A. Keene
 
From April until early June, North Georgians can immerse themselves in the art of the sea though a national exhibit by the American Society of Marine Artists. Opening at the Quinlan visual Arts Center April 13, the ASMA show brings nearly 120 works by some of the country’s most renown marine painters, sculptors and scrimshaw artists to Gainesville. 
 
“The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is so proud to present the 17th Annual National ASMA Exhibition this April through June, so the people of the Southeast can view the works of some of the greatest contemporary marine artists in America today,” said Anne Brodie Hill, vice president of the ASMA and board member at the Quinlan. “All the other venues are maritime-related, big-name museums including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum. North Georgians will have the chance to see original works by some of the most well-known marine artists in the world.”
 
Several years ago, the Quinlan hosted the ASMA’s Southern regional exhibit. It was well attended and was the catalyst for bringing the ASMA national touring exhibition to Georgia. 
 
The national exhibit includes Laurence Johnston’s “Morning Light, Marshall Point,” a 20- by 16-inch oil painting of a lighthouse in Maine, and Steve Rogers’ “Low Tide,” a 16- by 24-inch acrylic painting of a workboat on the Chesapeake. A 140-page full-color catalog that includes all the works in the exhibit is available at the Quinlan or online at the AMSA website, www.asma.org.
 
“This is quite an honor for North Georgia and the Quinlan to have the ASMA national touring exhibit on display here,” she said.
 
“Bringing the Quinlan and the ASMA together for this great event has been a long process and well worth the effort for both,” Brodie Hill said. “We are looking forward to viewing these works in person and sharing them, especially since our community is so invested in all things related to Lake Lanier – our own local marine environment.”
 
The exhibit was made possible by local sponsors including Alexander, Almond, Bangs, CPA; Anne Brodie Hill; Aqualand Marina; Carol Ann Daniel Family Foundation; Lakeside Newspaper; Memorial Park Funeral Homes; Milton Martin Honda; Mincey Marble; Pete and Cathy Miller; Sheila Davis, The Norton Agency; Sterling on the Lake; Teresa Smith Inc.; Hilton Garden Inn; Adams Transfer and Storage Co.; and Gregory Johnson, sculptor.
 
Nearly 120 paintings, sculptures, prints and scrimshaw by the Society’s members and Fellows will be on display at the Quinlan through June 3 before moving on to several museum venues around the country. This exhibition began at the Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, in September 2016. The show traveled to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. After the Quinlan, the exhibition will continue to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn. and the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Conn. 
 
The exhibit is open from April 13 to June 3. For more information visit www.qvac.org.

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