Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:27 am

Opening exhibit will feature local artist Gaye Shannon

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Press release submitted by Martha Hayes


The opening exhibit for 2013 at the River Arts Center in Clinton, Iowa, will feature two artists, Gaye Shannon Burnett of Rock Island and Jamie Smith of Clinton. The art gallery is located at 229-5th Ave. So., in downtown Clinton and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 PM. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, January 27, from 2-4 PM, and the public is welcome. There is no charge for our exhibits; this one will begin on Wednesday, January 16, and be on display through Sunday, March 3. We are also open for tours and group programs by calling 563-243-3300.

Gaye Shannon Burnett is an accomplished artist with studio space at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport. She uses strong colors and dynamic gestures in her paintings to help create a new dialogue regarding "abstract expression" in African American art. As an urban contemporary artist, her work explores both color, motion, and influences taken from the diversity of the world in which we live. Since art and life imitate each other, she tries to absorb from the spiritual connection that binds them together. An African proverb once said, "If you want to speak to God, tell it to the wind." When she paints, she see herself standing in the wind, listening to God speak.

Jamie Smith began designing while attending Kennedy King college in 2006-2008. She decided to become a freelance designer when asked to design a log for the Automotive Department. Smith received her Associate's Degree in Graphic Design and worked as an independent contractor until the fall of 2009 when she enrolled at Ashford University iin Clinton where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art/Graphic Design in 2012. While taking Photography I and II, she became very interested in macrophotogrpahy. In this exhibit, she will be showing twenty pieces of flowers in macrophotography, some in black and white. We met Jamie when she did a student internship at the River Arts Center last year, and we are pleased to give her the opportunity to display her work.