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A Pleasant Territory
Grasslands in the Southeast
  “…a pleasant territory, presenting varying scenes of gentle swelling hills and levels, affording sublime forests, contrasted by expansive illumined green fields, native meadows, and Cane breaks…” - William Bartram in the area of Milledgeville, GA, 1775.



March 2 - 27, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 5pm-8pm
Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall
College of Environment and Design, UGA, Athens, GA

The gallery is open from 8:30am - 6pm, Monday-Friday. For parking, a good time to visit is after the UGA lots have opened to the public at 5pm . To visit during the weekend please call Rene Shoemaker at the gallery to check on hours. (706) 542-8292

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     There are qualities to be found in natural grassland settings that are unparalleled in the southeastern landscape. When you gaze into the unobstructed open space, your view is flooded with light and atmosphere and its interplay in the fine textures in the ground plane. Your open field of vision offers pathways for your mind to wonder at the lay of the land, the arrangement of trees and clouds, the patterns of vegetation, and even what lies beyond the horizon. It may begin to occur to you that these sublime arrangements of nature are no accident. In fact they specifically describe the underlying natural conditions and record a history of repeated disturbance such as fire, flood, and/or drought. In the southeast, where fire in particular has been removed from the landscape, the existence of grasslands as a widespread environment has been largely forgotten. In the rare instance where disturbances have persisted, there is an opportunity to glimpse the pre-European southeast, a territory in which fire was particularly widespread. A traveler, passing through these territories hundreds or even thousands of years ago, would have more often than not enjoyed the pleasant aspect of grasslands as much as of woodlands. Some idea of that presettlement environment can be gleaned from descriptions by early explorers such as Bartram, Lederer, Lawson, Spangenberg, and Byrd. Combining their accounts with an examination of modern grassland remnants begins to paint a picture of the “pleasant territory” explored in this exhibit.

 

Note: Paintings are gouped here as dispayed in the gallery space.
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1. Burnt Hardwoods
Sprewell Bluff, SP
Upson County, GA
Oil on Canvas 12" x 18"
November 12, 2008

2. Higher Ground
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper 8 " x 10"
October 13, 2005

3. Old Beaver Pond
Oil on Paper 10" x 10"
March, 2008

4. Light Rain in the Big Woods
Greenwood Plantation
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas 16 " x 20 "
October 12, 2005
Private Collection

5. Moody Forest
Appling County, GA
Oil on Canvas 14" x 18"
November 13, 2008

6. Edge of a Canebrake
Oil on Paper 8 " x 10"
March, 2008

 


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7. Interdune
Harbor Island, SC
Oil on Canvas
40" x 54"
January, 2009

8. Broad River Marshes
Jasper County, SC
Oil on Paper 8" x 10"
Evening , October 13, 2006

9. Wimbee Creek Marshes
Beaufort County, SC
Oil on Canvas 14" x 18 "
October 13, 2006

10. Hunting Island Dunes
Hunting Island State Park, SC
Oil on Canvas 11.75 " x 15"
May 27, 2004
Private Collection

11. Crooked River
Crooked River SP, GA
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
April 2007

12. Stocks Creek
Colleton County, SC
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18 "
Morning
October 13, 2006


13. Hunting Island Marsh
Hunting Island, SC
Oil on Canvas
40 " x 66 "
March, 2007
14. Apalachicola Savanna
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Canvas
18 " x 26"
December, 2007
Private Collection

 


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15. Late Afternoon
Charleston County, SC
Oil on Canvas
12" x 24 "
January, 2007

16. Shining Rocks
Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah NF, NC
Oil on Canvas
40" x 80"
December, 2008
17. Slopes of Black Balsam
Pisgah NF, NC
Oil on Canvas
14"x18"
September 29, 2007

18. Oak Savanna
Sprewell Bluff Natural Area, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
March, 2009

19. Longleaf Glade
Greenwood Plantation,
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
40" x 60"
November, 2008

 


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20. Cedar Grove
Rock and Shoals, Clarke County, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"
October, 2007

21. Greenwood Plantation
Thomasville, GA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 18"
November, 2007



22. Wiregrass Savanna
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Canvas
40 " x 54 "
December, 2005
Private Collection

23. Rock and Shoals Cedars
Clarke County, GA
Oil on Canvas 16" x 24"
July, 2007
Private Collection

24. Rock and Shoals After Rain
Clarke County, GA
Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"
July, 2007


For more information contact Philip at: (706) 227-0422 or Philip@philipjuras.com

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