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Southern Summer

August 06, 2021 - 01:00
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MAG Gallery event features compelling art from Trish Jones

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    Trish Jones is welcomed back to Madison for her art exhibition at the MAG Gallery.
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    Guitarist McCayla Cook entertained guests with tunes while they strolled through the MAG Gallery.
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    Art enthusiasts tour the Trish Jones exhibit currently on display at the MAG Gallery until Aug. 28.
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    Jones focuses on a wide variety of objects in her artwork but the classic still life focusing on ordinary foods are truly eye-catchers.

The Madison Artists Guild & MAGallery is hosting yet another special art exhibition, and this one is as compelling as the last.

On July 20, the MAGallery began its showing of art by Trish Jones entitled "Southern Summer." But temperatures inside the MAGallery on W. Jefferson Street are much cooler than the ones Morgan County residents have been enduring over the last couple of weeks, so you can experience the southern summer at the gallery without the sweat.

The exhibition will close on Aug. 28.

Jones grew up in Tennessee and south Georgia and matriculated at Georgia Tech where she studied civil engineering, graduating in 1992. After marriage, she and her husband moved to Marietta, but big city life wasn't her cup of tea. So, she decided to raise her children in Madison and moved there in 2000, spending the next 19 years in Lake Country as her children finished school in the Morgan County School System. After that, she moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Jones worked in civil engineering until the recession of 2007 slowed the economy and she found herself bored sitting at home.

"So I started painting," Jones said. "I had painted stuff all along and not thought much of it, because that was just something I did. But then I started buying panels and canvasses and really started painting. I showed [a painting] to a friend and they bought it. I put one on Etsy, and they bought it. And I said 'Wow, I might just keep this up.'"

According to the MAGallery website, Jones credits her rural roots as the muse for much of her art:

“I am keenly aware that any artistic gift I have is a gift itself from God. That realization, along with the unlimited beauty found in the world He created, inspires me to share my work with others.”

The website describes her work this way: "With a painterly style that is both recognizable and fresh, Trish’s works evoke emotional ties found in familiar places and objects – rural roads and churches, flowers and fruits, summer picnics, water scenes."

MAGallery is located at 125 W. Jefferson Street, Madison, and gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For membership information call 706-342-9360.