If there is something I truly love it’s the idea of coming home.  As much as I enjoy traveling, teaching abroad, interacting with other cultures, researching distant lands and tasting exotic foods….I truly enjoy the idea of ‘coming home’.  That idea for me is seen thru in my practice by exhibiting my work at the Kalmanson Gallery in Swainsboro, GA.  Those walls will always represent the idea of bringing my work home.

I have been granted an opportunity to exhibit there once again during the month of February 2011.  And for me this opportunity is an honor. Where else is a gallery packed with not only patrons of the arts, but friends, family, community members, students, colleagues and many more familiar faces? It’s that home town exhibition that rolls out the red carpet and shares smiles, comments, laughter and support.  I can feel the warmth already.

So, this February 6 from 2-4PM I hope to see you at the Kalmanson Gallery for the opening event of my latest body of work: Three Years in Paris.  This is a collection of images made during the years of 2001, 2009 and 2010.  2001 was one of those years that was spent adventuring across Europe and constantly passing back through the City of Light. Young with a broken heart and new friends scattered across Europe Paris represented a cold city where I felt claustrophobic and constantly in the mode of getting out.  In 2009 and 2010, East Georgia College supported my involvement in teaching for the European Council’s Paris Program under the direction of Dr. Holly Carter.  Those two years I was able to spend a total of 10 weeks in Paris.  The shift in perspective between 2001 and 2009 was greater than I could ever imagine it would be and from 2009 to 2010 Paris managed to stitch itself to my heart. A full circle was made.  You’ll have to make it out to the opening for all of the stories and of course….to see the new work.

I certainly hope to see you there.  For those of you in Emanuel County I look forward to seeing you soon and for those of you that might be traveling in….well, I would like to be the first to welcome you to our county.  I certainly hope everyone enjoys the show.

As always, thank you for your time, support and patronage.  You keep my studio light burning bright.

-desmal