Gearing up for an art exhibit takes planning, dedication and commitment. Over the last few weeks, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) staff has worked diligently at moving walls, painting, and organizing the gallery in order to display the Urban Jupena and Ruth Sykes art exhibit.
This two-person exhibit features works by artists who explore and create through pen line, yarn, texture, and detail. Sykes recently moved to Savannah from southeastern Wisconsin. She received her B.A. with specialization in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Her pen drawings create texture and interest. “I have deep love for drawing; it’s a craft and it’s potential as a major influence,” said Sykes.
Jupena is the master of weaving. He presents tapestries of intimate subject matter drawing from his personal life. He received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and since has been an instructor at Wayne State University. Jupena has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
I actually had the pleasure of working side by side with Urban on our City Span TV-Segment “The Beat”.
Although it was fun working the loom, I gained a better appreciation for the hard work and dedication that Urban deposit into his work.
The Sykes and Jupena Exhibit is located at 9 West Henry Street Savannah, GA 31402. The exhibit runs from April 5 -27 2012. If you would like to meet the instructors please join us for “Gallery Talk” on April 17th at 1 pm.