Two new exhibitions on view at the Gadsden Museum of Art

There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 7, the first Friday in downtown Gadsden, for two new exhibitions at the Gadsden Museum of Art.

Pamela Venz’s “Portraits of Space, Stories of Place” will be in the Leo Reynolds Gallery on the first floor of the museum, according to a GMA press release. “Archetypes and Eternal Stories,” by Shaun Roberts, will be on the second floor of the Barbara Reed Gallery.

Venz is originally from Birmingham and is Professor of Art at Birmingham-Southern College. His exhibition is described as a “soft look at (his) personal life through photography”.

Venz, in his artist statement, said, “The photographs in this exhibition represent a decade of intentional exploration of the spaces and places I inhabit. Some are the places I call home, and some are the places I have traveled and lived for a limited time.

“All are the result of my fascination with the camera’s ability to isolate and reveal unintended narratives and still lifes,” she said. “I don’t alter the scenes I shoot or rely on Photoshop tricks for their ambiguous nature.”

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Roberts, a native of Lufkin, Texas, is Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of Painting at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

According to the release, he uses a classic style with modern imagery to create narrative paintings that are universally identifiable to viewers.

“I work in a mythological landscape and develop archetypal imagery to create a cathartic moment between viewer and subject, be it love, death or an eternal sunset,” Roberts said in his artist statement. .

Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

Exhibits will be on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Also on view through October are “Finding a Way Home” by Cynthia Wagner and “The Angry Black Women / A Black Hole in a White Space” by Phoebe Burns; both are mixed media artists based in Huntsville.

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Julia P. Cluff