Hillary Whitaker Gallery features fall season show, which opens Oct. 23


Hillary Whitaker Gallery will exhibit the work of nationally recognized painters Jennifer J.L. Jones, Erin Gregory and Page Jones Davis during the fall season show running from Oct. 23 through November.

Here’s a look at the featured artists:

Jennifer J.L. Jones

Jones has been with the gallery since 2004. She is an American artist raised in rural Virginia and on the central east coast of Florida, receiving her bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Jones’ mixed-media paintings are a meditation on the dichotomy of the existence of nature both as corporeal reality and intangible spirituality.

Employing multiple layers of abstraction and combined mediums, including a refined glazing technique, Jones creates rich, organic patinas that evoke universal emotional and physical connecting points for the observer. Layers of paint create a palimpsest quality to the work, while the elegant, ever-shifting paintings combine a poetic, sensual grace with consistently bold execution.

Jones’ long-established career is highlighted by exhibitions in select national and international galleries, including a 2013 group exhibition in Paris, France, and numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States.

Her highly sought paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections worldwide, such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Studios, Scana Energy and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.

Jones currently resides in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Erin Gregory

Erin Gregory’s focus as an artist emphasizes contrast and variety within the composition of each painting. She vividly captures the light and color of her subjects in florals, landscapes and figures. She paints in acrylic and oil with close-up and distant bold colors and lively layers and washes.

Erin Fitzhugh Gregory, originally from the Mobile and Fairhope area of Alabama, has lived in her husband Tim’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, since 2002.

She has been fascinated by art as far back as she can remember. As a child, art was always the highlight of the school day. Upon graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting in 2000, and after her first solo show in 2001, she realized painting would be her full-time career.

Throughout that career, she has had numerous one-woman shows and participates in many group exhibitions. Gregory has received numerous awards for her art and has been featured on many blogs and in a variety of magazines. She is a highly sought-after artist with a vast following across the U.S.

Page Jones Davis

The art of Page Jones Davis includes works on canvas and paper. Her mixed-media art is heavily inspired from nature as well as the aesthetics of the modern marketplace found in places such as advertisements, apps and catalogs.

She uses her subjects of color and form to build compositions that exude the connectivity and disparity between the subjects. The forms and colors “speak” to one another and fuel relationships due to their proximity, contrast and accordance. Her work is created with the intention of defining the visual space as a stage in which viewers are free to imagine their own stories.

Jones Davis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and she resides in Inman, South Carolina, with her husband, where she works from her home studio nestled in the solitude of a hardwood forest. She earned her master of arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She has pursued continuing education from Boter-Santalo in Barcelona, Spain; earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, and studied painting at the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy.

A piece of art by each artist will be raffled as a fundraiser to benefit Art with a Heart in Healthcare programs and services. Art residents create individualized art sessions that meet the needs of patients at their bedsides and in groups. The nonprofit has served tens of thousands of patients and their families in Northeast Florida at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Clinic, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Mayo Clinic.

Raffle tickets will be available at the show for $25 each. For more information, go to artwithaheart.info. The Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/artwithaheartinhealthcare/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf.

Hillary Whitaker Gallery is located at 240 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. It is open from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 904-273-6065 or go to hwhitakergallery.com.