A Pleasant Territory: Grasslands in the Southeast

March 2 - 27, 2009

Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall

College of Environment and Design, UGA, Athens Georgia

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 5pm-8pm

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.

The Shining Rocks

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Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
December 2008

Oil on canvas 40 x 80in. (203.2 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Hunting Island Marsh

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Hunting Island , South Carolina
March 2007

Oil on canvas 40 x 66in. (167.64 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Longleaf Glade

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
November 2008

Oil on canvas 40 x 60in. (152.4 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Wiregrass Savanna

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
December 2005

Oil on canvas 40 x 54in. (137.16 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Interdune

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Harbor Island, South Carolina
January 2009

Oil on canvas 40 x 54in. (137.16 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Oak Savanna

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Sprewell Bluff Natural Area, Upson County, Georgia
March 2009

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Cedar Grove

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Rock and Shoals, Athens-Clarke County , Georgia
October 2007

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Apalachicola Savanna

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Apalachicola National Forest , Florida
December 2007

Oil on canvas 18 x 26in. (66.04 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Rock and Shoals After Rain

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
July 2007

Oil on canvas 18 x 24in. (60.96 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Greenwood Plantation

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Thomasville , Georgia
November 2007

Oil on canvas 24 x 18in. (45.72 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Rock and Shoals Cedars

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
July 2007

Oil on canvas 16 x 24in. (60.96 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Crooked River

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Crooked River State Park, Georgia
April 2007

Oil on canvas 16 x 20in. (50.8 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Light Rain in the Big Woods 

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
October 12, 2005

Oil on canvas 16 x 20in. (50.8 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Late Afternoon

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Charleston County, South Carolina
January 2007

Oil on canvas 12 x 24in. (60.96 x 30.48cm)
Private collection

Moody Forest

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Appling County, Georgia
November 13, 2008

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Slopes of Black Balsam

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
September 29, 2007

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Wimbee Creek Marshes

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Beaufort County, South Carolina
October 13, 2006

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Stocks Creek

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Colleton County, South Carolina
October 13, 2006

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Burnt Hardwoods

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Sprewell Bluff Natural Area, Upson County, Georgia
November 12, 2008

Oil on canvas 12 x 18in. (45.72 x 30.48cm)
Artist's collection

Hunting Island Dunes

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Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
May 27, 2004

Oil on canvas 11.75 x 15in. (38.1 x 29.845cm)
Private collection

Old Beaver Pond

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Greene County, Georgia
March 2008

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Higher Ground

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
October 13, 2005

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Artist's collection

Broad River Marshes

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Jasper County, South Carolina
October 13, 2006

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Edge of a Canebrake

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Georgia
March 2008

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection