Four new exhibits will open April 5 at Gadsden Museum of Art

Four new exhibits at the Gadsden Museum of Art, including the annual Student Art Exhibition for Etowah County students, will officially open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 at the museum.

Along with the display of works by students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, Studio By The Tracks is presenting “Color Stories,” an exhibit featuring artists on the autism spectrum, according to a news release from the museum. John Paul Kesling and Miriam Norris Amura will debut the collective exhibit “Last We Spoke” and Lee Somers is presenting an exhibit of ceramics and mixed media.

Ribbons will be placed by the start of the reception denoting the Student Art Exhibition winners. The works will be displayed until April 25, according to the release, and visitors will have a chance to vote for a Viewer’s Choice Award that will be announced April 26.

SBTT, a community arts studio in Irondale. provides opportunities for participants to connect socially and express themselves creatively, according to the release; there’s no charge for the instruction and materials.

Kesling and Omura are both affiliated with the Ground Floor Contemporary art gallery in Birmingham. Kesling is a Kentucky native now based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose paintings “explore the emotional and psychological intricacies of intimate relationships, personal loss and our place in the natural world,” according to the release.

Omura is based in Birmingham and uses textiles, alternative photographic methods and ceramics, and explores genealogy and newspaper archives,  to “navigate the known and unknown details surrounding missing and unidentified individuals,” according to the release, focusing on her family history.

Somers, an art professor and instructor at the University of Montevallo, brings his interests in architecture, geology, landscape and material culture. His work has been displayed both nationally and internationally, according to the release, including China where he lived and worked for several years.

The museum is at 515 Broad St. in downtown Gadsden. 

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