In addition to a collection of paintings to suit any décor, there’s an exhibit opening reception Friday night starting at 5:30 p.m. and everyone’s invited to attend, meet the artists and enjoy some food and drink together.
Gina Haynes and Nanette are the artists, Haynes is a retired Alfa Insurance agent and Perry teaches school.
Both share a love of painting in oils and subject matter inspired by the outdoors.
“I’m from a family that loves the outdoors, I suppose that’s why I paint so many pieces of fruit,” Haynes said. “I don’t know, I can just see something like a beautiful pear and I’m drawn to it.”
Haynes recent paintings include one posing a watermelon on top of an antique ladder back chair, a series of pumpkins and several intricately painted butterflies done on tiny canvases.
Haynes just started painting a little more than five years ago and says it has become something that she finds great satisfaction in doing.
She has worked with a number of well known artists in the area, including Tommy Moorehead, artist in residence for Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega; Pell City artist John Lonergan; Troy University art professor Russell Everett; and Judith Jordan at her Ashland studio, Marble Gate Gallery.
“I have had so many great teachers,” Haynes said.
“They have helped to build my confidence,”
Perry shares an interest in painting subject form the outdoors, from houses and rural landscapes to friendly farm animals still lifes.
Perry teaches English at Clay County High School and is a native-born Clay Countian and a graduate of CCHS.
Perry returned to Clay County after residing in Florida and South Carolina for 16 years.
“I teach because being around people who are learning forces me to continually learn myself,” she says of her profession.
Perry also teaches art as an elective.
“Teaching English is my profession; however, art is my passion,” says Perry, who is a contributing artist at Marble Gate Gallery in Ashland.
Everyone is invited to join in the reception. Many of the paintings in the exhibit are for sale.
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