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International enamel art exhibition on display at Georgia Southern Center for Art and Theatre

“Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss” is now open at the Center for Art and Theatre on the Georgia Southern Statesboro Campus until Dec. 8. The exhibition features more than 60 enamel-based artworks by nearly 50 artists from around the world. A virtual Artists’ Talk will be held on Zoom on Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“I have to admit that I was not fully aware of the sheer diversity and dynamism of the world of enamels-based art,” said Jason Hoelscher, gallery director at the Center for Art and Theatre. “This exhibition alone is practically a crash course in just how much the field is thriving.”

Organized by the Enamelist Society and juried by society members Charity Hall, Anne Havel and Barbara McFadyen, “Surface Matters” conveys the spectrum of approaches and techniques at play in the vibrant world of contemporary enamels. Ranging from enameled metals, decals and glass, among others, with works situated on pedestals, mounted on walls or suspended from the ceiling, the artwork ranges from the traditional to the experimental.

“Kudos to the jurors for putting together an exhibition that encompasses works across a spectrum from lace-like detail and complexity on the one hand, to bold imagery and sizzling color on the other hand, and thank you to the Enamelist Society for working with us to make this show a reality,” Hoelscher said.


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