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Food & Faces Exhibit Opens at Altama

Artist Raven Waters returns this spring to The Altama Museum of Art & History in Vidalia, with a show of new paintings. A gallery opening reception will be held on Friday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., and the exhibit runs through May 14. The show’s curator is Jennifer Martinez, museum director. Called “Food & Faces,” this event showcases a collection of wildly colorful celebrity portraits and paintings from still lifes of food. The portraits include images of Billie Holliday, John Lennon, Rosa Parks, Louie Armstrong, Emma Goldman, Frida Kahlo, Robin Williams, Willie Nelson, and Muhammed Ali, among others. Food paintings range from fruit and vegetables to baked goods.

Waters’s vibrant paintings are rendered in oil, highly textured, executed with a bold brush stroke on canvas. He holds a degree in fine arts from Georgia Southern and has shown his work at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Old Jail Museum in Darien, Averitt Center in Statesboro, and Savannah Regional Airport. He belongs to the Statesboro Regional Art Association. In 2021 the seed company Sow True Seeds of Asheville, NC, featured his painting of foxglove flowers on packets of their seeds.

On April 21, Waters will conduct a painting demonstration at the museum from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The painting that results from this event will be used as a fundraiser by The Altama. Supplies will be on hand for guests to paint along with the artist.

If you appreciate art, or if you’re looking for original art for an investment or for your home, please come by. The museum is located at 611 Jackson Street in Vidalia, Georgia. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information may be obtained by calling The Altama at 912-537-1911 or visiting www.

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