GENIUS LOCI: EXPERIENCE THE SOUL OF PLACE
We’re so excited about this exhibit because we think it will change you if you come to opening night and listen/converse with these three artists. If you are open to absorbing what they have to say about sketching while they travel, sink in, we hope you will be inspired to try this for yourself.
Genius Loci features the travel sketchbooks of three artists whom you may not know as “visual artists.” Mj Williams, vocalist/trombonist, and Nancy Owens, retired PhD in Anthropology, travel together to Europe every year and have been sketching and painting in their artist-notebooks for 15 years.
Gabe Shaughnessy has kept an artist’s sketchbook for over 15 years, creating most of his notebooks by hand. A few years back, he began using a digital drawing tablet along with his ‘analog’ sketchbooks on his bike tours, and travels around North America, Italy and Japan.
The three artists will have a conversation with each other and our audience, at the beginning of our opening night reception. We hope that by being able to flip through their sketchbooks and see their best work on the walls, as well as listen and ask questions, you will leave inspired to do some of your own drawing while you travel or in your everyday life.
Queen City Framers and Art Supply will have a table at the gallery, with a display of drawing supplies, including sketchbooks (Gabe’s, Mj’s, Nancy’s and Maureen’s favorites) along with portable art supplies and tools. These will be for sale at the reception and during the month of the exhibit. Can you tell we truly want to encourage you all to dive right in?