Thursday, October 19, 2006
ORANGEBURG –SC State's I.P Stanback Museum & Planetarium and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present an exhibition of artist Jonathan Green’s work as a prelude to a ballet production based on his paintings.
The exhibition, Off the Stage & Onto the Wall: The Evolution of a Ballet, will be held in the gallery in the Fine Arts Building on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20.
The exhibition accompanies the Columbia City Ballet production of Off the Wall & Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green, which will be performed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20, at 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Green will be at the Oct. 19 performance and exhibition. In addition, Delores Nevils, the author of the children’s book, Amadeus, the Leghorn Rooster, illustrated by Green, will be available to autograph books. Green and Nevils are currently working on another children’s book.
This exhibition traces the evolution of the ballet, Off the Wall & Onto the Stage, created by William Starrett of the Columbia City Ballet. The ballet draws its themes from 22 works of art by Jonathan Green, the celebrated Gullah artist from Beaufort, S.C. The exhibition, Off the Stage & Onto the Wall, (a play on the title of the ballet) also explores the unique merger of the visual arts with dance and music.
Jonathan Green is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been featured in major traveling exhibitions, solo presentations and group shows. His paintings have appeared in such acclaimed publications as American Visions Magazine – the official magazine of the African American Museums Association – and several children’s books, including Father and Son, Noah and Amadeus, The Leghorn Rooster. He has been honored with awards and commissions from art-sponsoring institutions, human service organizations, and national, state and local humanities councils.
Today, the Gullah culture of South Carolina’s Lowcountry is recognized as a significant cultural heritage. From highly praised Seagrass baskets and gospel music to storytelling and boat building, the Lowcountry possesses some of the most recognizable cultural assets in South Carolina. The vibrant colors of the landscape, and the clothing of its inhabitants, make this region quite distinct. Out of Garden’s Corner, near historic Beaufort, come the rich colors, warm waters, communal identity and shared traditions depicted in paintings by Jonathan Green. He paints the world of his childhood and an ode to a people imbued with a profound respect for the dignity and value of others. His vibrant canvases, beloved for their sense of jubilation and rediscovery, evoke the meaning of community in Gullah society and display a reverence for the rich visual, oral and spiritual traditions of its culture.
The exhibit, Off the Stage & Onto the Wall, is supported, in part, by a contribution from corporate I.P. Stanback Museum member Joseph Rich of Sunshine Recycling LLC of Orangeburg. And, the exhibition is on loan from the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina.