In the last year, my work has explored the contrast between industrial sites and nature, not as an environmental commentary, but as a personal way of considering both equally.


When picturing industrial sites, I strive to reveal them as microcosms of beauty, rather than purely functional, underappreciated utilitarian objects.  Although some of the sites are unpleasant, for me they function as playgrounds that have forged both my sense of identity and place.  I am particularly interested in unusual silos and conveyers, and the eerie lights of these industrials sites at twilight.


The secluded, natural places that I encounter are sources of comfort and spiritual renewal.  The bareness of trees in winter allows me to study the expressive quality of their shapes and gestural form.  I have often used trees in my work as metaphors for the human figure and human condition.


The physical act of painting and drawing allows me to create atmosphere in my landscape works.  Gestural drawing provides me with a tempo.  Lastly, I strive to create expressive works where the formal process of making is undeniably linked to themes of identity, place, and grace.

Joanne Fogle's Solo Exhibit Opens at SCAC Gallery - Artist Reception Sunday, March 10th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

The winner of the 2012 Shelby County Arts Council Juried Art Show opens her solo exhibit at SCAC Gallery on March 4, 2013. Joanne Fogle captured the Best of Show prize for her oil painting titled “Woods in Winter”. This is her first solo exhibit as a professional artist. Joanne spends her creative time in her studio at Artists on the Bluff in Bluff Park, Alabama.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Joanne began her art education at the University of Montevallo in 1988. While attending Montevallo, Joanne won Excellence awards in both painting and printmaking and was accepted in the 1990 Southern Graphics Council Traveling Two Year Exhibition. Joanne returned to the Montevallo campus as an artist-in-residence to complete work on the Alabama Big Print project in 2002. The work from this project toured the state for two years and is placed in the permanent collections of the University of Montevallo and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Joanne is now enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete her Bachelor’s degree in studio art. She uses a variety of painting and drawing mediums in her landscape and figurative works. Joanne currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama.
The opening reception for this event is Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The exhibit runs through March 29, 2013. The reception and exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm. The gallery is located at 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL 35051 (205-669-0044)
The mission of the Shelby County Arts Council is to support, nurture, and promote the arts and cultural opportunities in Shelby County, Alabama.