Two new exhibits at the Telfair’s Jepson Center shine a light on Georgia artists and their unique contributions to the art world.
Now open to the public, Cut and Paste: Works of Paper is an exhibition features creative paper works and includes Savannah artist Betsy Cain and 11 other Georgian artists. The exhibit has been traveling to different museums throughout the state in partnership with the Georgia Museum of Art, the University of Georgia, and the Lyndon House Arts Center.
While Late Night Polaroids: Photographs by Emily Earl, is a solo exhibition by the Savannah-based artist and co-owner of Sulfur Studios. (Read more about this exhibit in this week’s Art off the Air column online at DoSavannah.com)
Earl’s works in the exhibit span eight years as she walked Savannah’s streets late at night with her Polaroid ProPack Camera. Both exhibitions will be on display at the Jepson Center through the end of the year, museum official shared.
The new exhibits are a way to highlight unique perspectives from the region, and what makes Georgia artists so special, says Courtney McNeil, Telfair’s chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs.
"While Telfair is known for showcasing great art from diverse artists around the world, past and present, we’re especially excited when opportunities arise to devote significant attention to artists here in Savannah and across Georgia," she added.
For well-known Savannah artist, Betsy Cain, the exhibit is a chance to display her unique paper works made from Yupo paper, featuring layers and shreds of the synthetic laminate material.
"I take advantage of the physics of the layering by slicing the first layer plus my added painted surface with a wood carving tool, creating long shreds of paper," Cain shared.
Two pieces "shredheads #3 & #4" take on a suggested figurative form, Cain shared, featuring a cascade of shreds hanging down, obscuring the figure and adding to its mystery.
While another smaller piece "into the woods" is evocative of a stylized image Cain says she often returns to of the maritime forest.
"I think of the forest as our first cathedrals," she said. "Of course, our maritime forest is steeped in Spanish moss which gives it an ethereal effect."
Cain says that being an artist and creating has been a path for her in the world that consistently opens doors and new possibilities, though things are a little slower now amid the coronavirus outbreak. She was excited when the Georgia Museum of Art and Telfair Museums reached out to her about these exhibitions, which shine a unique spotlight on the talent of regional artisans.
She hopes visitors take away a renewed sense of wonder from the exhibit, and remember the people in their community who make it all possible.
"Georgia has a vibrant and engaging art scene that needs their support," Cain added.
Telfair Museums’ three sites are currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, while closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Face masks are required for entry. For more information on admissions and safety procedures, visit www.telfair.org/hours-admission.