GalleryOonH presents OH So Red, White & Blue at ARTventures on H. The exhibit features patriotic and summer themed art by various self taught American artists. About 20 different artists and approximately 25-30 works will be on display including quilts by yvonne wells, two-dimensional works by Jimmie Lee Suddeth, Frank Bruno and Drossos Skyllas. In addition, a number of three-dimensional artists work will be shown including sculptures by Vollis Simpson.
GalleryOonH will have live music on the courtyard adjacent to the gallery as the June 30 ARTventures on H coincides with the gallery’s scheduled summer outdoor music in the courtyard series. Enjoy live music every the second and fourth Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30pm during the summer months.
- Biographies of selected artists exhbiting at GalleryOonH are as follows:
Yvonne Wells, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
A former physical education teacher, Yvonne Wells has been making story quilts for more than 15 years. Religious ideals, s0cioeconomic issues, and children are the major themes of her quilts. She defines her work by the three H’s -“what the head sees, the heart feels and the hand create.”
Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Caines Ridge, Alabama (1910-2006)
Fanciful renditions in mud are colored with rubbed on begetable materials such as weeds, berries, and grass are the signature of Sudduth’s work. He mixed his mud with sugar water because he said it “fixed” the material. In his later work, he added house paint to his palette. Some of his common subjects are the buildings in Fayette AL, especially the courthouse and the neighborhood animals like his own dog Todo.
Vollis Simpson, Lucama, NC (1919)
Vollis Simpson creates incredible wind-powered larger than life whirlygigs. An airplane, a horse drawn buggy, and a man riding a bicycle are just part of the magical environment he created in North Carolina. He covers pieces are covered with reflectors so the work can also be seen at night as wellas heard creaking in the wind. One of Simpson’s large outdoor whirly gigs can be seen outside the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore MD.
Frank Bruno, Douglas, AZ (1925)
Born in Douglas, AZ, he still lives in the 29 room Avenue Hotel he inherited from his mother in 1970. The hotel remains unused and exactly the same as when his mother died. Bruno is a self taught painter. After a stint in the Army he worked for a time as a rakeman on the Southern Pacific RailRoad before coming to Washington, DC as a commercial artist in the civil defense office of the Pentagon. He uses the bible as the source for his work which offers warnings/cautions to his countrymen “to follow a renewed spirtual relationship with God, lest we fall victim to the sword.”
Dresses Skyllas (1912-1973)
Born in Greece, after WWII “Skills” came to the United States and settled in Chicago. His wife Iola encouraged him to pursue the art he loved and supported his painting. He never held a job, nor did he ever sell any of his 35 expertly crafted paintings. His work included portraits, landscapes, still lifes and religious paintings. He regarded his art as “pure realistic paintings”.
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