Suzanne Clements has always been drawn to color.

As a painter of abstract scenes, Clements employs a myriad of colors and textures in her collage-style works, which will be on display this month at Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island. The exhibit, titled “Life in the Abstract,” will on exhibit through June 16.

A free, public reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today will debut the display and showcase select works by Clements, along with works by several other painters. Clements said it’s an opportunity to share her enthusiasm for all hues, shades and textures with the broader community.

“I’ve always been attracted to color,” she said “I’m a colorist by nature, and I tend to dive right in and let (my paintings) evolve more and more.”

Clements has been painting her whole life, she said, and hopes her abstract methods will open up conversations and get people talking.

“I’ve always been the creative type,” she said. “I try to communicate through art, and let my thoughts and emotions come out.”

Abtract paintings may be unfamiliar to some viewers, but Clements hopes people will come with an open mind and allow the works to provoke thought and discussion.

“I think the community is ready for it,” said Clements, who has lived on St. Simons Island for five years. “Abtracts still have elements of realism in them.”

Clements primarily uses paints, but also frequently delves into mixed mediums, which give her works more texture and complexity.

“I do go into some 3D aspects,” she said. “A lot of my works are collages, and there are a lot of non-paint materials used.”

Although abstractionism is her main mode these days, her experience in painting began firmly in the basics, she said.

“In my formal training, I started realistically,” she said. “But I think in my experience, the realism didn’t share enough of myself. I wanted to paint what I felt.”

Her paintings are different — but so is the way she allows the public to interact with them.

“I don’t mind if people even touch them,” she said. “I know that’s not what people are used to in art galleries or museums, but I don’t mind it at all.”

Works by four other artists — Sabre Esler of Atlanta, Peggy Everett of Valona, Laura Parker of St. Simons Island and Mandy Thompson of Brunswick — will also be displayed as part “Life in the Abstract.”

Each artist was chosen for their use of “visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist independent of visual references in the world. These talented artists take this concept to a whole new level, each with their own uniquely different approach,” Glynn Visual Arts said in a statement.

For more information about “Life in the Abstract,” the other artists, or Glynn Visual Arts,

Glynn Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves as a community arts center. The organization has offered classes, workshops and other activities since 1953.

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