Georgians pick Georgia art

Local community invited to vote on artwork at Richmond Hill gallery

Art lines the walls of the Photopoint Gallery in Richmond Hill. The community will be able to vote on 20 different pieces from local artists in the exhibit.
A playlist of 15 songs all performed, arranged, written, composed, produced, and/or created by musicians from Georgia; that’s what 20 artists had to get inspired. From that playlist came 20 pieces of artwork now on display at the Photopoint Gallery in Richmond Hill.

The community has the chance to vote on their favorite piece of artwork from June 28 to Sept. 7. In the end, one will come out victorious and win the People’s Choice Award as a part of this year’s 2021 Arts on the Coast Annual Exhibit, “Southbound.”

The annual exhibit is the crown-jewel of art show events for the Arts on the Coast. This is the sixth consecutive year that it has been hosted by the Photopoint Gallery in Richmond Hill. A three-person panel jury selects a Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention — cash prizes, ribbons and certificates are awarded.

Joy Dunigan serves as both the Photopoint Gallery Owner and board member of Arts on the Coast. She is excited to share locally made art once again this year.

“Each year - because it’s a big one - we go all out,” Dunnigan said. “There’s a theme and there’s a giant call for entries put out. This isn’t just an art show that we set up for ourselves or for those that are just generally interested in collecting work, but this is a bigger way to get them to engage with us.”

When it comes to the playlist, Dunigan said they made sure to pick a variety of artists from different genres so there would be something for everyone to choose from. With many gravitating towards music from Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles, the tunes served as a guide for what the artwork ended up becoming.

“There’s paintings; there’s photography; there’s fibers; there’s mixed media,” Dunigan said. “Essentially, as artists, the first thing we do when we go into the studio is we put on music. When we do that, we want to get in the mood, set the tone; in some shape or form we are influenced by the music.” Work anticipated to be on display is by Arts on the Coast Members Tate Ellington, Joy Dunigan, Heather Young, Paul Downs, Patricia Harper Mathews, Carol Hartley, Nancy Schlossbach, Peter E. Roberts, Susan Diaz, Sarah Volker, Brenna Baluh, Jim Leahy, Peggy Jo Aughtry, Brenda Seagraves, Stella Ranae Von Schmid, Kathleen Hatcher, Juanita Middleton, Cindi Williams Lewis, Peach Hubbard and Brian Gilbert.

“For ages, you know, music artists have been inspired by visual art to create songs that are almost as famous as the painting,” Dunigan said. “So, you had Nat King Cole singing to “Mona Lisa,” and Don McLean singing “Starry, Starry Night” as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. Coldplay - in 2008 - they had an album and the actual name and words of the album came from a Frida Kahlo painting; of course classical composers for ions have been inspired by Botticelli and so on.”

All 20 pieces of art are on display now and ready for fans’ votes. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Arts Sept. 8 on the Coast Facebook Page LIVE.

To view the virtual exhibit, visit

About The Author

Jamie Burton

Jamie Burton is a journalist and music enthusiast from Upstate New York. She graduated from Penn State University where she received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and minored in both Theatre and Global and International Studies. You can find Burton discovering new music, enjoying the sunshine or scoping out...
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