Westobou Gallery

Stacie Wells

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been inside Westobou Gallery before this week. There have been many times when I’ve been downtown on Broad Street, but the introvert in me has never ventured past peeking through the windows. Until yesterday.

I’ve been following Dawn Cardona for a while now, and I’m a huge fan of her artwork and love of vintage ephemera. When I found out that Redemption Church (located in the Doris Building on Broad Street) had commissioned Dawn to be part of the #lovedowntown project by creating six mini Augusta-inspired public art pieces, now hidden in plain sight on Broad Street, I knew that I wanted to venture out and find them all. (Bonus points for getting in over 3000 steps in the process. Woohoo!)

As I was leaning down, taking a photo of the last little piece of Dawn’s artwork (hint: check the alley next to Powerserve), someone approached me with a smile on her face, made a sweet comment about Dawn’s artwork and my enjoyment in finding it, then walked off. A few minutes later she approached me again, this time with an invitation. As it turns out, this kind person was Kristi Jilson, Executive Director of Westobou, with an invitation for me to come inside the gallery and take a look at their newest exhibition.

Sentiments & Origins features flower and plant-inspired pieces of art by Cynthia Farnell, Juan Alberto Negroni, Frances de La Rosa, and Pandra Williams in collaboration with Jennifer Garcia-Green. I was mesmerized. If you’d like to see it in person, there is an artist talk today (March 2, 2018) at 4 pm along with an evening reception from 5-8 pm. Public viewing hours are 10am – 5pm from now until April 20, 2018.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from Westobou Gallery…

Bouquets by Cynthia Farnell:

Garland (Carolyn with Flowers) by Cynthia Farnell:

Photinus by Pandra Williams in collaboration with Jennifer Garcia-Green:

And the shot that started it all…