Scenes from down under


George Ligon

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

"Cassowary" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
"Waterfall To Nowhere" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
"Fern Forest" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
"The Sydney Opera House I" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
"I’ll Have Nun Of That" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
"Aborigine Boy" is one of the many photos in the "George Ligon Journey Down Under" exhibit now on display at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union. The exhibit features photos took by Ligon during a summer trip exploring Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. A reception for Ligon will be held at the Art Gallery this Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

UNION — A beach scene featuring a nun playing volleyball, the Sydney Opera House at night, a “Waterfall To Nowhere,” a “Fern Forest” and a portrait of a smiling “Aborigine Boy” are among the photographic works produced by George Ligon during his explorations of the lands down under.

The Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union is currently hosting the “George Ligon Journey Down Under” exhibit. The exhibit features photographs of landscapes and people Ligon took during a summertime trip exploring Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Among the photographs on display are:

• “I’ll Have Nun Of That,” a beach scene featuring a volleyball game whose players including a nun in full habit.

• “The Sydney Opera House I,” a photograph which captures the iconic Australian landmark at night.

• “Waterfall To Nowhere” which captures the cascading waters of a waterfall amidst a lush tree covered mountainside.

• “Fern Forest” which shows the rich greenry of a forest dominated by ferns.

• “Aborigine Boy,” a portrait of a smiling young aborigine child.

• “Cassowary” captures in profile a member of a species of large, flightless birds indigenous to northeastern Australia.

Persons interested in seeing these and the many other examples of Ligon’s work on display at the Art Gallery will have the opportunity to do so and to also meet the artist himself this Thursday when the Arts Council hosts a reception for Ligon. The reception will be at the Art Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Refreshment will be served during the event.

Ligon was born in Harlem in New York City and began his career in New York City, specializing in commercial and fashion photography for 27 years. He now lives in Greenwood where, according to the Arts Council, he is an active member in the artists community there, “continuing to ripen his photography and shift his focus to fine art.”

The entry on Ligon at www.agoragallery.com states that “Ligon’s greatest muse is the natural landscape, and his brilliant photographic work takes a classic formal stance which foregrounds beauty and composition. Mounting his photographic images on canvas, metallic paper, and metal, his works have a painterly sensibility which both grounds and emphasizes the mediumistic qualities of color.”

The entry further states that “coming from a background in commercial photography, particularly beauty and fashion, Ligon’s expert touch and sensitive eye for composition transfer equally well into the realm of fine art. Crisp details, expansive color fields and majestic snapshots of earthly splendors and natural landscapes express a distinct longing for the communion of man and nature.”

The entry describes Ligon as “a world traveler” whose “works of distant lands explore notions such as foreign/domestic, home/abroad and the inherent, universal pleasure we take in vision, wherever we are in time and space.”

The “George Ligon Journey Down Under” exhibit will remain on display in the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union through June 28. The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday anf Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information contact the Union County Arts Council at 864-429-2817.

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