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"New Works by Two: Jane Ferriss and Ted Saupe"
2000-02-07 until 2000-03-03
1902 Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Art Center
Watkinsville, GA, USA United States of America

Two Athens area artists, with very dissimilar and unusual styles, are exhibiting their new works in the Main Gallery of the historic 1902 OCAF Art Center, located on School Street in downtown Watkinsville, GA. The exhibit, titled New Works by Two: Jane Ferriss and Ted Saupe opens on February 7 and runs through March 3, 2000. An opening reception for the artists is planned for Friday, February 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the 1902 OCAF Art Center. The exhibit is sponsored by the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Audrone Kirschner, visual arts' director for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, said, we are very pleased to exhibit the recent works of these two talented and diverse artists for the first time at our Main Gallery in Watkinsville. Each artist has a unusual and distinctive approach to creating art.

Ted Saupe, a well-know clay sculpture artist, who has exhibited his ceramic pieces widely throughout the Southeast in numerous solo and group shows, is displaying more than twenty new pieces of his clay sculptures. Saupe, in discussing his recent works, explains, These pieces are niches, reliquaries and shrines to the people and things I know and love. They are about working, about ancient architecture, about history and about clay and fire. These new works help me answer questions about life's meanings, but they always leave me with new questions.

This prolific clay artist is a recipient of numerous grants and awards and his ceramic pieces may be seen in galleries in Atlanta, GA., Knoxville and Nashville, TN. Saupe is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Jane Ferriss, an experienced painter working mostly with acrylics and mixed media, has produced more than fifteen new paintings and drawings, both on paper and canvas, for this exhibit. I have taken a new approach in producing several of the paintings for this new body of work. Painting from both still life and landscapes, I have used the subjects as mere thought promoters to extend beyond the immediate visual impression, explained Ferriss.

Ferriss, with a varied background as a professional artist and art administrator, has exhibited her paintings and drawings in numerous, regional and locally juried and group shows. Ferriss, who was the Program Director with the Georgia Council for the Arts for a number of years, currently works out of her studio in Farmington, GA.

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