Artful event returning to Quincy

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For the 24th consecutive year, the Gadsden Arts Center presents Art in Gadsden: regional exhibition of fine art, opening at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. 


Art in Gadsden is the Center’s annual juried exhibition of fine art. It began in 1989 and grew into the year-round Gadsden Arts Center in 1994. Art in Gadsden represents more than 100 artists living within 200 miles of Quincy. This year’s exhibition presents 121 works of art in a range of mediums by emerging to established artists.


Kristen Miller Zohn, the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga., will judge this year’s exhibition, selecting the top four works of art to win $3,500 in cash and prizes. Zohn has worked with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and Albany Museum of Art in Georgia, and has curated exhibitions on architecture, silver, photography, and portraiture. 


Student Art in Gadsden Poster entries will be exhibited in the Bates Children’s Gallery Nov. 16 to Jan. 26, alongside the main Art in Gadsden exhibition on the main floor. 


Artists Beth Appleton and Bob DeWitt Smith judged the student competitions this year. Both have special ties to this show; Appleton founded Art in Gadsden in 1989, while Smith won the Best of Show award in last year’s Art in Gadsden. 


Awards for adults and students alike will be presented at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The image selected for this year’s poster is “Gladiola Planting Time,” an oil painting by Robert DeWitt Smith. It was selected for its unique composition, appealing subject and bright palette. Signed and unsigned collectible posters are available in the Gadsden Arts Center gift shop.


Art in Gadsden is presented by the West End Grille, Wesley Mullins Ameriprise Financial, and The Gadsden County Times. Award Sponsors: 1st place-Doug Croley Insurance Services, 2nd place-Capital City Bank, 3rd place-Katie’s Cakes and Catering. Contributing sponsor: Allison House Inn. For information about Art in Gadsden visit www.gadsdenarts.org. 


The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincy’s historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St., 20 minutes from Tallahassee. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $1. The Mainstreet Café is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For tours and information, call 850-875-4866 or visit www.gadsdenarts.org.