THE WORKS OF SAMUEL K. COLLINS AND AMY P. COLLINS
As a Certified Medical Illustrator, Sam Collins has spent the majority of his professional career illustrating the intricacies of the human body, creating cellular landscapes, and explaining scientific concepts through pictures.
After 25 years of such specialized artwork, Sam now creates mixed media artwork reminiscent of days spent on family road trips when he was a kid. He combines his love of pop art with symbols of the American landscape.
Everyday objects - signs, buildings, cars, music, advertising imagery and events of the mid 20th century, influence Sam’s artwork. He uses painting, photography, digital images, screen-printing and found objects to create his collage constructions that reflect the American lifestyle and culture.
For more than 25 years Amy Collins, also a medical illustrator, has had the opportunity to incorporate her artistic skills into her professional career - explaining scientific concepts through pictures. For the last several years she has been able to focus on something she says is one of her true passions - oil painting.
"My paintings are a reflection of my environment – places I’ve been and things I enjoy. People and animals often provide inspiration. With expressive and loose brushstrokes I try to define their individual personalities. I focus on capturing the light and color nuances that occur at a certain moment in time. Whether in a landscape, a still life, or a figure, I want the viewer to share in that same moment.”
WHAT I GOT AT THE SHOW:
50 YEARS OF COLLECTING ART AT THE ANNUAL BLUFF PARK ART SHOW
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Aldridge Gardens salutes the Bluff Park Art Association and Show with this unique look back at art through time.
The works of dozens of well-known local and regional artists are on display. Pieces include pottery, paintings, mixed media, photography, metals, wood, paper, clay and much more.
East Point, GA
Bluff Park, AL
Kathryn Duke Kinard
Alabama Plein Air Artists
Plein air is a French term that translates to 'open air', and means painting or drawing outside, in the open air.
The subject matter is created on site, from life, through direct observation. The goal is to capture the light and colors particular to that time of day and locale, as seen by the human eye. The artwork is not only the result of what the artist sees, but by the sounds, smells and activities that infuse the location.
Last May, 10 Alabama plein air artists participated in a "paint-out" at Aldridge Gardens. They captured the beauty they saw around them on our acreage.
This spring, those works are on display in the Eddie and Kay Aldridge Arts & Historical Collections Museum. The exhibit will run through June 8 and will feature three pieces from each of the participating artists, including:
Amy R. Peterson
Gene and Pam Smith are the presenting sponsors of "Aldridge Gardens en Plein Air."