The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island

February 20 - May 22, 2016

Morris Museum of Art

Augusta, Georgia

Opening Reception, Artist Talk, Book Signing February 25, 6:00 p.m.

July 9 - September 11, 2016

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art

Marietta, Georgia

Opening Reception and Book Signing July 9, 6:00 p.m.

Painting of View from Rainbow Beach

In the wildest part of Little St. Simons Island, in the domain of rattlesnakes and oystercatchers, there is a view from a high dune that is unimaginable on the developed islands of the East Coast. Here at the southern edge of the Altamaha River delta, no sign of human endeavor can be seen, only sweeping views across marshes and tidal creeks, miles of shrublands and forests, and a wide, empty beach beside a limitless sea. For an artist under the spell of nature’s design, it is intoxicating.*

While so much of the southeastern seaboard has been transformed by rampant development it seems miraculous that such an experience can still be had. For this, we can partly thank the northern industrialists who bought and preserved many southeastern barrier islands as private retreats in the early twentieth century, a history of conservation that to this day has kept the bulldozers away. Of all the islands that enjoy this legacy, Little St. Simons Island on the coast of Georgia is one of the most pristine.

In April 2011, while my exhibit The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, was on view at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, I was invited to paint the natural environments of Little St. Simons – a natural fit as I continue to explore the presettlement south. The 52 works in this exhibit and book depict a wide variety of the Island’s natural landscapes. Through them I aim to share my passion for experiencing these gorgeous, fascinating environments, while at the same time underscoring the natural processes that formed them, the history that sustains them, and how they will continue to change into the future. It is in short, a portrait of the dynamic natural environments of the island.

*excerpt from the exhibit book

 Publication: hardcover, 128 pages, 88 color images. Contributors include Wendy Paulson, Kevin Grogan, Dorinda Dallmeyer, Janice Simon, and Philip Juras. Available March 2016 from the University of Georgia Press.
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Works in Exhibit (organized by size):

Seaside Goldenrod

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 2012

Oil on canvas 36 x 58 in. (91.4 x 147.3 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Mosquito Creek Morning

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 36 x 54 in. (91.4 x 137.2 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Mosquito Creek

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 2012

Oil on canvas 36 x 54 in. (91.4 x 137.2 cm)
Private collection

Mosquito Creek Sunrise

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
Private collection

View from Rainbow Beach

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
November 2012

Oil on canvas 30 x 48 in. (76.2 x 121.9 cm)
Private collection

Muhly Grass Meadows

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 30 x 42 in. (76.2 x 106.7 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Flag Pond Hibiscus

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Private collection

Lizard’s Tail

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
April 2012

Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Oyster Banks of the Altamaha

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)
Private collection

Buttermilk Sound Sandbar

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2015

Oil on canvas 24 x 42 in. (61 x 106.7 cm)
Private collection

South End, West Wind

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm)
Private collection

South End Clouds

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
April 2012

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Shell Midden Cedars

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 24 x 32 in. (61 x 81.3 cm)
Private collection

Sunlit Forest

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 2012

Oil on canvas 32 x 24 in. (81.3 x 61 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Backbone Ridge

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
September 2012

Oil on canvas 24 x 32 in. (61 x 81.3 cm)
Private collection

Slash Pine Forest

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)
Private collection

Backbone Forest

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 2012

Oil on canvas 28 x 24 in. (71.1 x 61 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Windmill

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 2012

Oil on canvas 23 x 28 in. (58.4 x 71.1 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Goose Pond Wetland

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)
Private collection

South End Road

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
September 2012

Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Stormy Main Beach

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
2014

Oil on canvas 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Goose Pond

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 16, 2014 (Finished 2014)

Oil on canvas 14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Private collection

Duckweed Slough

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 19, 2014 (Finished 2014)

Oil on canvas 14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Morning Showers

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 6, 2013

Oil on canvas 14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Private collection

Mosquito Creek Overcast

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
September 19, 2011

Oil on canvas 18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Sunset

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 6, 2013

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
Private collection

Dawn

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 29, 2013

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
Private collection

View from North Main Beach

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 16, 2014

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

Broomsedge and Muhly Grass

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 14, 2013

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

Morning Shadows

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
December 16, 2013

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

Fire in Broomsedge

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 18, 2014

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

Slash Pine Study 2

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 6, 2013

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

Marsh Study with Oysters

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 20, 2013

Oil on paper 10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Live Oak Branches

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 20, 2013

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

Creek Study

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 30, 2013

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

Dune Study

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
September 18, 2011

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

Gulf Croton at Dusk

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
September 18, 2011

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

Sunrise

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
March 31, 2013

Oil on paper 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection

Mouth of the Altamaha

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
January 21, 2014

Oil on paper 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection

Smoldering Muhly Grass

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 18, 2014

Oil on paper 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection

Flag Pond Hibiscus

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 6, 2013

Oil on paper 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection

Altamaha River Beach

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 20, 2011

Oil on paper 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Private collection

River Beach, Day

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
January 20, 2014

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Fire Pulling off the Line

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 18, 2014

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Hot Patch of Muhly Grass

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 18, 2014

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Available

Slash Pine Study 1

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 5, 2013

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Artist's collection

River Beach, Night

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 6, 2013

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Marsh 9AM

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 7, 2013

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Hampton River 10AM

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
August 7, 2013

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Mosquito Creek Study, Summer

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
July 19, 2011

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Mosquito Creek Study, Fall

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 12, 2011

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Hampton River

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Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
February 19, 2012

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5 in. (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Private collection

Related Events:

February 25, 6:00 p.m., The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
Opening reception, artist talk, and book release for The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island,

March 4, 7:00 p.m., The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
The Morris Museum of Art’s 23rd Annual Gala. Featured exhibiton: The Wild Treasury of Nature.

March 12, Little St. Simons Island, Georgia (talk for Chautauqua)

March 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia
Book signing and panel discussion for The Wild Treasury of Nature sponsored by Avid Bookshop with artist Philip Juras; essayist Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia; and essayist Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. The event will be held next door to Avid Bookshop at the old Fire Hall No. 2 (Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation).  489 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia.

April 24, 2:00 p.m., The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
From “Most Noble River” to “Wild Little Sand Heap”.

Slide presentation and panel discussion with Philip Juras, artist; Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia and exhibit catalog essayist; and Oscar Flite, CEO/Senior Scientist at the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences. Free. RSVP: 706-724-7501.  The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.

April 28 – Little St. Simons Island, Georgia (talk for conservation group)

April 29, 12:00 Noon, The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
“This Forest in the Sea” Philip Juras’s Portrait of Little St. Simons Island and the American Sublime.
Art at Lunch series presentation by essayist Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. $15 for nonmembers. Includes lunch. Preregistration required by April 27th: 706-828-3867. The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.

May 3 – Little St. Simons Island, Georgia (talk for TNC group)

May 4, 5:30 p.m., St. Simons Island Casino, St. Simons Island, Georgia
The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island
Book signing and presentation by artist and author Philip Juras. Cosponsored by the St. Simons Land Trust and the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island. Free and open to the public. Book Sales by G.J. Ford Bookshop.

May 11 – Athens, Georgia (talk for private party)

May 12 – Spring Island, South Carolina (talk for members)

May 21 – Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Guided day trip on LSSI for Morris Museum Members.

July 9, 6:00 p.m., Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia
Opening reception and book signing for The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia.

July 21 – Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia
The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island
Artist lecture for Linger Longer Series at Reynolds Plantation.

August 11, 2016 – 7:00 P.M. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia.
The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island
Philip will explore the rich history and nature that have compelled him to paint the wilds of Little St. Simons Island, share some of the experiences he had in creating the work over the last five years, and show how he painted one of the key works presented in the exhibition.