In January 2014, the sun and moon, acting on the tide, conspired to show me a gorgeous sunset over the Oyster Banks of the Altamaha. With the tide almost at full ebb, the sun dropped behind a bank of distant low clouds. Clumps and beds of oysters were set like light-absorbing islands in a sea of reflective marsh mud, sprinkled with a complement of periwinkle snails. The aura of the setting sun, the fresh northwest wind whistling through the spartina, and the water lapping against the shore struck me as a fitting celebration of the oyster and the environment that sustains it.
– adapted from The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island (UGA Press 2016)
Studio painting – May.
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Morris Museum of Art
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Lodge at Little St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2016 exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia, and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia. Contributors include: Philip Juras, essay and artwork; Wendy Paulson, foreword; Kevin Grogan, introduction; Dorinda Dallmeyer, essay; and Janice Simon, essay. Published by the University of Georgia Press, 2016.