Visual Arts

Alex Smith


Alex Smith is a student of the 20th century. Here’s a fun way to spend a summer afternoon – ask local artist Alex Smith to tell you about one of the many plays he has directed. Tell him you want [...]

Heyward Sims


U: You and art — where, when and under what circumstances did this affair begin? WHS: It started as early as I can remember.  I remember being quite particular about my finger paintings, coloring exercises, and hand writing even as [...]

Bob Allison


Bob Allison has just recently completed and installed a world-class sculpture of “Jonah and the Whale” for Shandon Baptist Church on Forest Drive.  The round, 15-foot fountain-sculpture has an enormous whale head-and-tail weighing over 1,000 pounds, and a 6-foot Jonah [...]

Jerry Stover


When I began my career, I started out in construction management, and one of my first bosses would often say to the crew, “we have the benefit of 2000 years of progress and electricity, put down the hand tools and [...]

Scotty Peek


Scotty Peek is a local artist whose work has been shown all over the Southeast for the past ten years.  He is also my brother-in-law.  Journalistic ethics dictate that writers aren’t supposed to interview their relatives.  Perceived bias of a [...]

Jeremy Carter


As idealism dies, a thirtieth birthday approaches, and the rent’s due – the time to take practical action draws near.  When self-taught musician and formally trained luthier Jeremy Carter’s dreams of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle began to slip away, [...]

Christian Thee


By all measures, Columbia-based modern American artist Christian Thee has had a spectacular career.  He’s painted sets for 25 Broadway shows, and designed 12 more.  His mastery of the ancient art of trompe l’oeil — painting that fools the eye [...]

Michael Krajewski


What’s your story? I started painting prolifically more so when I was in Athens, [Ga.]. I picked up the paintbrush a lot more, really enjoyed color, pushing it around and just started nonstop—it’s ongoing. Then I moved to Atlanta, hung [...]

Anna Redwine


I once spent an afternoon with Anna Redwine at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, attempting to draw the colorful perennials in the Annual Display of Plants.  Anna, a New Orleans native and a student in the Masters in Fine [...]

Alex Powers: Inquiries into Being


I still remember standing in the middle of my studio, ‘I will take the prettiness out of my paintings and see if there is any art left.’ – Alex Powers   Alex Powers’ artwork may not be conventionally pretty, but [...]