FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Art Gallery Series will host a gallery gala, Tuesday, Feb. 5, celebrating shows by N. B. Baroody, Mana Hewitt and Lawrence Jordan.
The gala will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery on the FMU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
The exhibits of these artists may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 14. Metal by Mana Hewitt and Lawrence Jordan: A Life In Clay are displayed in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery while Visions of the World: Photography by N.B. Baroody is displayed in the Smith University Center gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.
Baroody is a physician and cardiologist currently on the teaching faculty of the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program in Florence. As a youth, he was captivated by both the technical and the artistic aspects of photographic expression. He progressed over the decades into medium and large format cameras. He pursued excellence in the craft by attending workshops given by Ansel Adams, John Sexton and Bruce Barnbaum as well as participating in artistic exchange with local and regional photographers.
Hewitt is a gallery director and instructor for the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina. Her paintings stem from three areas of interest: the figure, the use of a metallic surface as illumination and a fascination with body decoration. Thus, her work becomes a synthesis of these elements. In turn, she explores body decoration as symbolic of individual mythology and light as created by surface.
Jordan taught ceramics, art education and a variety of studio and art history courses at FMU throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s before moving to Norfolk, Va. Raised in Florence, Jordan received most of his undergraduate and graduate training at Penn State University. His studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. His passions were pottery and poetry. He died in 2007.
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