James Gemma and Cindy Taplin
July 30 - August 30, 2014
Meet the Artists: Friday, August 1 at the Gallery Hop, 7 - 10 pm
Artworks Gallery presents a two-person exhibit of paintings by James Gemma and Cindy Taplin.
James Gemma’s new exhibit is entitled Adventures in Shape and Color. He will be showing works which explore the visual relationships among and between shapes and colors. His art is influenced by the Colorist tradition, and strongly utilizes geometric forms. The works are abstract, structured acrylic paintings on wood and boards, with some of the works on shaped wooden panels, or on planar structures comprised of wooden boards.
Mr. Gemma graduated with advanced degrees from Ohio State University. After completing his career as a consumer research professional, he studied art and printmaking at Salem College and Wake Forest University. He also participated in multiple art workshops at Penland, the Huntington Museum of Art, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art. Mr. Gemma served four years as board member of Associated Artists of Winston Salem. As Marketing Chairperson of that group, he created the Practicing Artist Series of lectures and critiques, bringing the participation of nationally known artists to Winston-Salem.
Cindy Taplin's work, entitled Scattered Brain but Steady Hand, is a group of paintings made during a year of distractions and disruptions. She usually works to make a cohesive series of paintings for her exhibits. This past year travel, followed by a family illness, meant she had less time to spend in her studio but more time to conceive of ideas and subjects to paint. The result is a seemingly disparate set of paintings that nonetheless display her distinctive characteristics - a close observation of her surroundings and her attention to detail.
Cindy is a native of Forsyth County. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics at Salem College, where she also studied studio art. She paints full time in her studio in the Arts District of Winston-Salem.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Click on image for a larger view:
James Gemma, "Color Series", Convergence #2", acrylic on wood panel, 28.5" x 28.5"
Cindy Taplin, "Faith", acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"