Athens, Ga. – The Circle Gallery at the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design will present an exhibit by Athens artist Jim StipeMaas, Oct.10-31. The Architecture of Landscape showcases StipeMaas’s work with a variety of painted landscapes throughout the country. An opening reception will accompany the exhibit on Thursday, Oct.11, 5-7 p.m., in the Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Circle Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“I worked as a custodian, a stained glass artist, an art museum preparator, a carpenter and an electrician to support my family, while in constant pursuit of painting,” said StipeMaas. “I have always followed the mold of an artist, having won my first art contest in first grade, and I have traveled that path ever since.”
While watching a landscape architect friend install a design, StipeMaas realized that “With the use of colors and certain plants to contrast and offer shade and blooms, adding walkways, focal points and views, landscape design is the same as composing a picture. In time, the parts and pieces that go into a landscape painting end up creating the structure of the image in many of the same ways that creating an actual landscape does.” He is intrigued by this relationship between landscape architecture and landscape painting.
StipeMaas works in a variety of media including oil, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic and charcoal. He has shown his work in Athens, Atlanta and Kalamazoo, Michigan regularly.
For more information contact 706/542-8292, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sed.uga.edu/gallery.