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Art show to showcase siblings, local talent

POSTED: August 21, 2013 4:00 a.m.

The Bowen Center for the Arts welcomes a new show this weekend.

Called "Brothers Plus One," the show will feature works from twin artists John and Chris Lundy, as well as local folk artist Johnny McBrayer, who goes by the name Blue J.

Both graduates of Savannah College of Art and Design, John and Chris Lundy work in the local school system, with John teaching art at Robinson Elementary and Chris working with the COMPASS program at Black's Mill Elementary.

"I mainly worked with mixed media, but did do a couple of oil paintings as well," said John Lundy. "I enjoy all types of medium and move from one to another when I start to get bored. I love assembling things, so if I had to say one, mixed media might be my favorite type of art to create."

He said that teaching at Robinson gives him more time to experiment with other mediums as the students learn about them as well.

Chris Lundy, on the other hand, prefers to work with paints.

"I prefer to use oil or watercolor," he said. "Watercolor is definitely unforgiving, but less involved than working with oils. I have one watercolor in the show and the rest are with oil."

He said that, while he doesn't work in art for his primary job, he has definitely come to appreciate painting as an outlet.

"I teach our self-contained [grades] 3-5 Behavior Disorder program called COMPASS that serves students from the entire county. I wouldn't say my work in that field necessarily dictates my painting, but because of it, painting is an even better escape in my free time."

The "plus one" featured in the show is local folk artist Johnny McBrayer, who uses the name Blue J. - a childhood nickname - for his art. McBrayer was brought to the attention of the art center by local curator and art teacher Tracey Burnette.

Self-taught, McBrayer prefers acrylic and paints on either canvas or wooden board.

"He is very talented and paints a variety of subjects," Burnette said. "His work is shown at Around Back at Rocky›s Place where it is one of the top sellers of the gallery."

Brothers Plus One will be holding its reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Bowen Center. The show will run until the end of next month.

For more information, call the Bowen Center at (706) 216-2787.




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