Whether you’re a budding artist, or the fully blossomed variety, a community arts center on St. Simons Island will be fertile ground in 2017.
Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, aims to inspire artists of all levels Thursday with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Spatial Concepts,” featuring three-dimensional works by Brunswick artist Jim Jones. The reception, from 5:30-7 p.m., is free to the public.
“Jim’s stuff is just amazing,” said Susan Ryles, the organization’s executive director. “His work is conceptual, and it looks at the juxtaposition of man and beast. Really, it’s fascinating, and the execution is top notch.”
Jones’ sculptures combine mankind’s form with untamed nature to explore the darker side of humanity, Ryles said. In the center’s main gallery, Jones’ works are already on display. Muted tones construct vaguely familiar human-like figures, each with a tinge of the feral and ferocious. All of Jones’ works are displayed alongside fellow artists Debbie Craig, Hamp Stevens and Syd Summerhill.
But Jones and the other artists’ alluring art is not the only thing offered at Glynn Visual Arts in the coming weeks. The classrooms of the 4,800-square-foot center will be put to good use beginning this week, with courses in mediums ranging from photography to fiber arts, Ryles said.
“I think people will really enjoy the classes we have to offer,” Ryles said. “This is a nonthreatening, warm and inviting environment. We welcome artists of all levels — because everyone is an artist on some level.”
Sitting in Glynn Visual Arts’ pottery studio Monday, St. Simons Island resident Marilyn Eigen carefully dabbed colored glaze onto an intricate piece of pottery she’d crafted.
“This is my therapy,” she said with a smile. “I needed a creative vent, and this is what I found.”
Eigen has been fashioning her signature style of pottery for nearly two decades, and said the instructors at Glynn Visual Arts are accommodating and amiable.
“It’s very down to earth, and they’re very helpful,” she said.
The full-fledged pottery studio has everything sculptors need “from soup to nuts,” Ryles said, and “it’s still not too late to sign up for classes.”
If working with clay isn’t your bag, Ryles said other classes like drawing, glass arts and jewelry making may be a creative alternative. Some classes are one-time events, while others stretch out over the course of several weeks, Ryles added.
“We’ve tried to expand into different mediums,” Ryles said. “We have several ‘canned classes,’ that are one-time, and we do those on Tuesday nights. One of the favorites is Wine 101, where you can learn about different types of wines, the palate, the grapes. It’s all about what you like.”
Classes at Glynn Visual Arts range in cost, and a full schedule and detailed class information is available at www.glynnvisualarts.org. Reservations are required to attend. For more information, visit Glynn Visual Arts website, or call 638-8770.