JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Local artist Ruth Jones is debuting her first solo show at Emory Johns Creek hospital from Jan. 12 to April 19.
“It’s very exciting,” Jones said. “I’m turning 65 in a few weeks. It feels like I should have done this before … I am really humbled and really thankful for this opportunity.”
The exhibit features acrylic on canvas paintings of landscapes and flowers in an impressionist style. The show is titled “Reflections.”
“When I paint, I just try to reflect God’s glory,” Jones said. “I just am so inspired every day. My husband laughs at me. Almost every single morning I’m like ‘turn the kitchen lights off; you have to look at this sunrises.’”
Most of the art was painted from photographs: some of the beach, some from when Jones lived in New Mexico. Many of the paintings depict sunrises or sunsets.
“I paint just about every single day,” Jones said. “When I wake up in the morning I think about what I’m going to paint that day.”
The paintings in the show were made over more than five years. Jones said she can easily tell which ones are newer because her style has become more impressionistic and “looser.”
“The color palates have stayed almost identical,” Jones said. “I use a lot of blue — I do a lot of skies — and it’s a lot of earth tones. It’s browns, golds and oranges.”
Jones graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in painting and drawing. She has been a member of the Johns Creek Arts Guild for several years. The Arts Guild supports the Johns Creek Arts Center and other visual arts projects around town, such as the shows at the hospital.
“The Arts Center is such a wonderful piece that I feel is oft overlooked because people don’t realize how important art is,” Jones said. “The guild exists to help put the word out in the community about the Arts Center.”
There was an opening reception Jan. 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. hosted by the Art Guild. See the show downstairs at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway. All artwork will be available for purchase during the show.