Scenes From A Barrier Island

Scenes From A Barrier Island

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery presents “Cumberland Island: Land, Water, Wind, and Light,” a collaborative project featuring photographs, drawings and sound art that will be on display through Feb. 7. The project by artists Christa Bowden, Emily Gómez and Ernesto Gómez documents Cumberland Island, a barrier island about the size of Manhattan located off the coast of Georgia. The artists will give a public presentation, followed by a reception, on Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. All three artists are professors of art. Bowden teaches at W&L, where she established the photography program in 2006. The Gómezes’ are on the faculty of Georgia College. In their project statement, they express their hope “to expand the existing photographic documentation of Cumberland Island to increase awareness of its significance and fragility, as well as to provide a record for future generations, should the island be irrevocably altered due to climate change.”

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