This weekend, Deep South Photopoint Gallery will be home to Arts on the Coast’s (AOC) 4th annual exhibition.
Titled “Magnum Opus,” this year’s theme, unlike years past is left to the artists' discretion. Photopoint owner and gallery director, board member and vice president Joy Dunigan is excited to see the results of the open-ended query.
“Because the ‘Magnum Opus’ is considered to be the artist’s best work this exhibition is inherently more difficult for the artists to choose a piece to submit,” Dunigan said. “I’m also really looking forward to displaying the works of AOC as a larger entity because it transcends artistic mediums as well as individual artists’ styles and themes allowing for a larger focus on the group.”
Founded in 2005, Arts on the Coast is a nonprofit that works to promote arts in Bryan County and the neighboring coastal communities, according their website.
“One of the things about small towns is that they typically have fewer resources for artists, as a local arts association AOC attempts to assist in providing those resources.”
Dunigan who mainly works with photography, knows this struggle first-hand, the SCAD graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and says she has been an artist as long as she can remember.
Photopoint, which will celebrate its fifth year of business this coming December, hosts 40-50 artists and was born from Dunigan’s desire to create a place for local artists to be able to show and sell their work.
“We’ve expanded and now have artists that live all throughout Bryan County, Brunswick, Tybee, Ludowici,” Dunigan said. “It’s not a great big or teeny tiny place, but it works well for what we need.”
Located within Richmond Hill’s Elgrem’s Services Garden Center, the gallery shows formal as well as informal artists and embraces work across many different genres and mediums.
Photopoint also hosts an annual hand curated and selected Holiday Artist Collective that encompasses artists from all over the Lowcountry.
“As we try to figure out the theme of the fifth one, we’ve been trying to figure out something different that we can bring to the Richmond Hill area,” Dunigan said.
AOC typically hosts three exhibitions a year, including seasonal spring and fall exhibitions, as well as the annual show, which Dunigan considers the jewel of the crown.
“It’s all-encompassing, and this year we’re so excited to bring back the pop up market for its second year in order to let the artists further show their work off,” she explained.
“The exhibition should be pretty exciting,” Dunigan said. “We’ve never been disappointed before. All the work is high quality, and we always get a great response from people in the area just for having so many different mediums all in the same place.
“The best part is seeing what everyone comes up with and to see the artists interpretation across different mediums and styles, as well as bringing together all walks of life and backgrounds in one space.”
The exhibition remains up through the weekend of Labor Day, allowing plenty of time for the public to attend.