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Nationally recognized artist to lead workshop
Portal Middle, Averitt Center welcome sculptor George Snyder
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    The Averitt Center for the Arts, through a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, is proud to bring renowned artist George Snyder to conduct a weeklong residency at Portal Middle School. Mr. Snyder will be working with art teacher Deena Scarborough as well as science teachers, math teachers and students from March 2–5.
    Friday, March 6, he will be working with the children in Statesboro. This unique experience will allow 55 middle school children to get hands on experience working with the artist to create both individual pieces of art as well as a group project. The group project will be a freestanding sculptural installation. The individual art pieces will be exhibited at the Averitt Center for the Arts from March 6 through May 2, 2015. The children will travel to Statesboro on Friday, March 6 to help install the sculpture on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn.
    George Snyder’s work is based on geometric abstractionism. He works in two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional sculptural forms, creating geometric shapes but often including vignettes of idealized landscapes in his work. As a young art student he was highly influenced by his grandmother’s quilt patterns as well as optical illusion and pattern painters. Currently, his work often incorporates industrial materials such as paint technology from the automobile industry.
    Snyder has been the recipient of arts in public places grants and numerous awards. He has been collected nationally by private and public collectors. Averitt Center for the Arts Curator Sheila Stewart-Leach first saw an exhibition of his work when she was a graduate student in Chicago.
    "I am so pleased we can bring his work to our area and that he was amenable to 'reside' and teach for a week at Portal Middle School," Leach said. "He is articulate, patient and generous in the sharing of his talent." His work, featuring geometric forms, has been used several times on the covers of mathematics textbooks.
    In addition to Snyder's residency at Portal Middle School, the Averitt Center for the Arts is proud to present his exhibit "George Snyder: Lyrical Geometry" in the main gallery as well as a sculptural installation on the courthouse lawn from Feb. 28–May 2, 2015. This outdoor installation will be joined by the student installation the following week. The members' preview party will be Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. and will include gallery talks by both Mr. Snyder as well as his wife, artist Jennifer Snyder, who will be having a concurrent exhibition in the Legends Gallery. The exhibition is sponsored by Dalton Consulting and Financial Inc.    
    Ms. Snyder will also be offering a birdhouse art workshop Feb. 28 for teens and adults. For more information on the workshop, George Snyder or how to become a member of the Averitt Center, please call (912) 212-2787.

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