Signs, Sirens, and Specters


There’s one more very exciting show on the calendar for me this year:

Signs, Sirens, and Specters
December 1, 2010- January 16, 2011

Opening reception: December 4th, 2010, 7-9 pm

The Fire House Gallery
605 Mulberry Street
Louisville, GA 30434

The first reason this is an exciting show is the Fire House Gallery itself. A non-profit gallery in historic downtown Louisville (once Georgia’s capital) Fire House presents art from the South and rural America. As an artist who draws strongly on the rural south of my childhood for my inspiration, and as someone who has always had a fascination with fire, this venue is almost too good to be true. You can learn more about the gallery’s mission by visiting their web page at

I’m also excited about the two other artists who will be sharing this show with me, and who I am happy to call friends:

Jesse Amar is a sculptor who lives and teaches in rural Greenville, PA. An avid hunter and life-long fisherman, Jesse has an active engagement with what it means to be an artist in the country. His sculpture has always had a romantic bent, and this exhibit has already got us talking about the sublime in art. He will be exhibiting some of his figurative work in bronze along with the cast glass pieces he’s been making recently.

Jeff Schwartz, the third artist in this exhibit, lives further south than Louisville, currently hailing from Sarasota, Florida. Jeff and I met in another very rural place, at the Vermont Studio Center in January, 1993. That was definitely not the south! Brrr. Along with teaching at Ringling College, Jeff has been exploring a vernacular that is both southern and very American with his recent of paintings of a drive-in restaurant in Sarasota. I’m especially excited to see how these paintings, with their connotations of the American road and a past that directly preceded the lives of these three artists, will play into the ideas about the sublime that might not be as obvious at first. See more of Jeff’s work at his website

If you’re close enough to Louisville to check out the exhibit before January 16th, that’s great! Even better, come to the reception on December 4th. All three artists will be present, and Fire House has a reputation for beautiful events– it’s going to be fun!

“Hob Nob Shank Effect” by Jeff Schwartz, 24″x24″
“Icarus” by Jesse Amar, bronze, 38″ tall
Garden Gate by Randall Stoltzfus
“The Garden Gate” by Randall Stoltzfus, 96″x120″
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