Local gallery launches virtual exhibition


211 South, formerly known as The Gallery at Midtown Associates, has launched a virtual gallery tour for an exhibition that was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Poetics of Places exhibit includes a selection of paintings, sculpture and fiber art from Ziba Rajabi and Suzannah Schreckhise curated by Kellie Lehr.

The virtual space utilizes a template and is not the actual gallery space at 211 South. Desktop and laptop users can view the works at exhibbit.com. Mobile users will need to download the free Exhibit app after clicking the gallery link.

The virtual gallery is scale accurate so visitors can view each artwork at its real-world size and get a feel for relationships between works. The art is available for purchase and will remain up through the exhibition.

From the gallery:

Both artists highlighted in this exhibition work in abstract forms. Materiality, texture, color, and shape all play essential roles in their work, which contain gestures and forms that evoke specific times and places, and question historical narratives. Salvaged pieces of wood from a dying tree in Schreckhise’s front yard have been bent by hand into new sculptural forms. Rajabi’s drawings from memories of a now far away home evoke familiar feelings of both reconciliation and longing. Viewer interpretation and participation are encouraged.

» Click here to visit the virtual gallery

About the artists

Ziba Rajabi received her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her BFA from the Sooreh University, Tehran. She is the recipient of the student artist grant for the Artist 360 program sponsored by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions, nationally and internationally, such as Masur Museum, LA; CICA Museum, South Korea; Aran Gallery, Iran; Art Fileds, SC; Pensacola Museum, Florida; Site:Brooklyn, NY; Amos Eno Gallery, NY; Millersville University’s Skyes Gallery, PA; and Mim Gallery, Los Angeles.

Suzannah Schreckhise earned her BA at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville and was a 2018 Artist INC Fellow. She has participated in numerous state and national exhibitions, receiving 1st place at the 2019 RAM Invitational and the NEA Big Read Recycled Art Exhibition at the Windgate Gallery at UA Fort Smith, as well as Best Sculpture Award for her piece “Falling to Pieces” in the 2018 Artists of Northwest Arkansas Exhibition. She has participated in group exhibits, including Our Front Porch, sponsored in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Her work has been featured in the international juried art magazine Studio Visit and several other local and national publications. Suzannah was juried into the Arkansas National Committee for the National Women in the Arts Museum artist registry in 2019 and the ANCNWAM 2021 Arkansas state Woman to Watch exhibition, Paper Routes, curated by Allison Glen.

Kellie Lehr is the Gallery Director for 211 South and an artist. Lehr holds a BS in International Economics and spent 2013–2018 studying in the Drawing and Painting program at the University of Arkansas and is now a Master of Fine Arts Candidate at Lesley Art & Design in Boston, Ma. She resides in NWA. In 2019, she was selected for Art File by The Painting Center in New York and the 2019–2020 National Museum of Women in the Arts juried registry by its Arkansas committee. Recent exhibitions include 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Tapped at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, and New Optics at The Painting Center in NYC. Her work is in private collections throughout Arkansas, California, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and New York.