At the opening reception of the Atlanta Fine Arts League's 2nd National Exhibition last Friday night, August 1, Charles' painting "Lavender Lace" was honored, quite unexpectedly, with what I thought was the most meaningful award of the evening - the Kerry Aube' Lingle Memorial Sunflower Award.
Unfortunately, Charles was out of town that evening and was not there to accept in person, so I stepped in on his behalf. Pictured above are Matthew Lingle, Pat Aube' and Tom Gray, and myself, with Charles' painting "Lavender Lace."
Kerry Aube' Lingle was the daughter of AFAL charter member Pat Aube' Gray. She was a very talented and creative graphic designer with a bright and giving nature. She was tragically lost to her family just last summer. Her parents, her husband and the Atlanta Fine Arts League created this award as a very special way to honor her memory.
Her mother, Pat Aube' Gray lives, teaches and creates her art in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. You can visit her website to view her lovely works, or read more about her daughter Kerry and the Memorial Sunflower Award on her blog, Art Matters.
The AFAL 2nd National Exhibition will remain on display until September 26, 2008 at the Roswell Visual Arts Center Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.