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LINDA MITCHELL Opening JAN. 8- Closing FEB. 12, 2022

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Kingfisher Art Co, 9 East 2nd Ave. 5&7, Rome

Opening: January 8, 2022 Exhibit: January 8- February 12, 2022

About the artist:

After studying at Georgia State University and Berry College, Mitchell attended the University of Georgia, receiving a BFA in 1982. While there she developed a special interest in lithography, and she credits printmaking for spurring her feeling for layering images and materials. Mitchell went on to receive an MFA in painting from the University of Georgia in 1990, and an MFA in sculpture from Georgia State University in 1994. A collage class that Mitchell took near the end of graduate school became a real impetus in her developing a personal visual language. Collage allowed her to combine her impulse for image-making with her sculptural facility.

In 2000 Mitchell began creating large acrylic paintings that combined actual objects with painted illusion. This work culminated in a 8'x18' installation of over-lapping paintings, Embrace the Messy, exhibited in 2004. The show’s title embodies the artist’s intuitive approach that allows poetic meaning to emerge from the highly textural layering of painted and digital images with a variety of materials. Mitchell’s sculptural inclination was spurred after the birth of her son in 1995 and she began making animal figures using Play-Doh. In 2006 she started sewing fabric animals as well. The animal figures have been used as models for paintings and as photographic images collaged to the surface of pieces. The animals often express human emotions as they are combined with images of ephemeral beauty from nature. In 2006, she created Serio in Verse, which alternated paintings with sculptural fabric animals, and in 2007 Louis XIV: Too Much Will Never Be Enough. The latter is ruled by a fabric sculpture of Louis XIV as a horned animal avatar, flanked by fantastic paintings inspired by Mitchell’s European​ travels. In 2013, she completed Ra: The God of All Creatures and the Fabric of the Universe, and in 2014, Closet Monster installation.

Linda Mitchell has exhibited her paintings extensively with her solo exhibitions including those at Museum of Greater Lafayette (IN) (Scheduled for 2014), Piedmont Arts Association (VA), Danville Museum (VA), Creative Arts Guild (GA), MacNider Museum (IA), Valdosta State University (GA), Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (VA), Peninsula Fine Arts Center (VA), Gallery One Twelve (GA), Radford University Museum (VA), Visual Arts Center of NW Florida, Mary G. Hardin Center for the Arts (AL), Spiva Center for the Arts (MO), Chastain Arts Center (GA), The Goddard Center (OK), Tinney & Cannon Contemporary (TN), Mason Murer Fine Art (GA) Macon & Co. (GA), Georgia State University, and Metropolitan Arts Council of Birmingham (AL). She lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

BOB ZILLER Opening Reception MARCH 5- Closing APRIL 16, 2022

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Kingfisher Art Co, 9 East 2nd Ave. 5&7, Rome

Bob Ziller has been an artist from an early age, drawing tattoos on classmates with magic marker while still in grammar school. Since doing the cover of his school newspaper when he was in second grade (at seven years old), he has gone on to exhibit his work in over 100 exhibitions throughout the US, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Hunter Museum of American Art, Norton Museum of Art, Monterey Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House. His ArtOMat works (with Michael Saxman) have been at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum in NYC. Ziller is also a poet, his works have been featured in magazines, on the radio, and in several anthologies, including The Great American Wiseass Book of Poetry. He has translated two books of poetry y the great African surrealist Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo if Madagascar, of which Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has praised: “These translations read beautifully.” Ziller also sings under the moniker Bingo Quixote, and makes music videos and films, including his first, shot at Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens.