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New exhibit to open at Urbanna Harbor Gallery

Jack Banks and Susan Turlington

Urbanna Harbor Gallery & Art Services in Urbanna is officially celebrating its 2nd anniversary in business with the opening of a new exhibit this Friday, May 24. “Savoring . . . Past & Present” features two regional artists with decidedly different artistic perspectives.

Jack Banks studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary. He and his family live in rural Tidewater where he has balanced employment in commercial art with the pursuit of his fine art for 30 years. Many of his exhibited works depict nostalgic images from the Chesapeake’s waters before they completely disappear to modern technology. On display are intimate paintings of boats, barns, old machinery, farm animals, and landscapes.

His drawings, paintings and monotypes are in many private collections on the East Coast. He has received numerous awards at several juried and/or exclusive shows. Among them are awards for realistic painting in 2011, 2010, 2008 at the Charles Taylor Art Center in Hampton. He won second place awards in the 2007 and 2008 National Arts Competitions, and won first place in the 2006 Art on the Half-Shell juried show, along with dozens of others.

Susie Turlington’s work comes from the opposite end of the scale. Employing various applications of glass mosaics, slumping, molding, fusing, painting, and stacking, her three-dimensional and playful works are strictly to elicit a smile. After more than 15 years specializing in this special glass work, she is a top-selling artist in several galleries. She lives in King and Queen County and pursues her art full time. The exhibit includes deviled and over-easy eggs, fish, mermaids, crabs, frogs, and other fancifully embellished creatures from her imagination.

Urbanna Harbor Gallery is at 202 Virginia Street in Urbanna. It includes the Art Gallery and Custom Framery in the front room and an antique mall in the larger rear room.

posted 05.22.2013

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