- Last Updated on 07:33 AM 01/03/14
- BY Special to the Gazette
Parsons-Bruce Art Association will feature the works of local artist Wyatt Ramsey with an exhibit set to open Jan. 12 at The Prizery.
Ramsey, the son of Phil and Shelly Ramsey of South Boston, is a fine artist with an emphasis in painting and observational drawing. He plans a unique exhibition featuring portraits he completed in two-hour sessions.
“The idea of the exhibit is to bring people from the community together through the arts,” Ramsey said. “Since I have been away from South Boston for several years attending college, two hour portraits are a way for me and my clients to reconnect. Portrait painting for two hours gives me time to meet and talk and get to know people I otherwise would only be able to see on Facebook.”
Ramsey’s goal for the exhibit is to use social media to enhance community instead of isolating people from each other and added, “It also is a great practice to grow as an artist personally.”
By the age of 15, the accomplished artist had his work in various galleries including The Prizery and North Theatre in Danville, and he already had begun to teach art lessons at Halifax County High School through a non-profit charity school organization he founded, Art with a Heart.
After high school, Ramsey studied at Savannah College of Art and Design where he perfected his craft in painting. During his studies in Georgia, he gained gallery representation in several galleries, set up an artist residency for fine art painters, hosted several exhibitions and taught private art lessons.
The opening of the exhibit, sponsored by Parsons-Bruce Art Association, is planned for Sunday, Jan. 12, in the Bob Cage Gallery at The Prizery. A reception is planned from 3 until 5 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.
Ramsey will be accepting art commissions during the reception and plans to donate 30 percent of those commissions to The Prizery.
He said, “I fervently believe in what The Prizery is doing for our community and want to promote it in any way I can by showing them what a community arts center can offer Halifax County.”