Selma Art Guild best in show returns

Published 10:28 pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Selma Art Guild chose a Best in Show winner from their June juried art show, and that winner is making a return to the gallery this weekend for a solo show.

Durand Seay is not only an architect, but also an artist form Montgomery, and he says those two things crossover often in his line of work.

“I have a fascination with natural structures,” Seay said. “The veining in leaves, trees, microscopic animals and plankton are all structures in nature and through those structures it’s a way of expressing an infinite complex.”

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And all of those features in his work that have gained him a fan base will be displayed at the Selma Art Gallery this weekend, with a reception on Sunday night.

He said he takes elements from several different things in nature and different landscapes, like the reflection of water as a symbol and has a process that lets the picture almost create itself.

“I work in sort of a spontaneous method and let piece talk to me as I go,” Seay said.

The Seay exhibit will boast his work in retrospective, he said, and will include lots of mixed media as well as photography along with his oils on canvas that he has become known for. His oils are abstract works that deal with those natural structures that he so often utilizes in his work as an architect.

Selma Art Guild director Sally Jordan said she is delighted to present the Seay show this weekend and hopes that the community will come and see it because admission is free.

“I will be very interested to talk to him about how he does his work the process,” Jordan said. “This is a very special show and we hope the public will come out and see his work.”

The official reception for the show will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., but the exhibit will be open on Friday and Saturday as well at the Selma Art Gallery’s normal operating hours.