- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Carol Jo Smidt paints bold canvases of animals.

She does not paint photographic pet portraits. She allows herself a free and open palette where the viewer may find green and orange shades in a dog’s fur.

Smidt seems to capture the spirit of the animals. The bright aura that only makes an animal a beloved pet but an individual soul.

Smidt’s “Colors of Life” is on exhibit in the Price-Campbell Gallery at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

She said she tries capturing the inner being of her subjects.

“My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process,” she said in an artistic statement. “Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting.”

The Woodbine-based artist said she strives “to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As I create, I want the viewer to feel a deep, positive connection with my art.”

What: Carol Jo Smidt’s “Colors of Life” is on display in the Price-Campbell Foundation Gallery, along with Todd Wessel’s “Impressionist Landscapes,” Sallie & Harmon Boyette Gallery; Glenn Simmions’ “Reborn,” Josette’s Gallery; City of Valdosta annual People’s Choice Photography Contest, Tillman Gallery; Art Explorations Student Exhibition, Roberta George Children’s Gallery.

Where: Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St.

Run dates: Shows continue through July 27.

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays.

Admission: Free.

More information: visit www.turnercenter.org; or call (229) 247-2787.


Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, https://valdostadailytimes.com/

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