Today I stopped by Emily Amy Gallery and got a sneak peek at last minute preparations for tomorrow night's opening of Clayton Santiago's solo show.
Many of Clayton's works reflect an affinity for the Southern landscape and a certain spirituality. Tar, oil paint and epoxy are among the mixed media he uses. When I first entered the gallery, I was struck by the rich, slick surfaces of his work. To me, the epoxy feels like a contemporary variation on the varnishes used by the Old Masters.
Lately some singles have been complaining that they can't date during the recession due to the high cost of going out. Well, gallery visits are free and rarely dull. Clayton's opening takes place at Emily Amy Gallery on Friday, February 27, from 7 - 10 p.m. Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres will be served and Clayton will be on hand to answer questions. The next day at 1 p.m., he will give a tour of his show. This talk is offered in conjunction with the first Westside Arts District Walk.
Activities will take place throughout the day on Saturday, February 28 beginning at 11 a.m. Visit Emily Amy's events page for details and links to participating galleries and sites including: the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Bobbe Gillis Gallery, Get This! Gallery, Kiang Gallery, Octane Coffee Bar, Saltworks, and Sandler Hudson Gallery.
BTW: the small works at the top on the bookshelves are by Melanie Parke