The Studio Gallery announced a new show featuring local artists, Gary Patterson and Marian Barnes.

Patterson and Barnes have been painting together for more than 20 years. Their compositions incorporate the use of many mediums including acrylic, watercolor, India ink, collage and constructions. The expressiveness of many of their paintings is heightened by the use of a purposeful exaggeration and abstraction.

What makes the paintings even more unique is that each painting is a collaborative effort between Patterson and Barnes. They feel that an individual work is enriched by the infusion of their personal creativity, interests and past experiences.

Patterson and Barnes met in the late 1980s while studying under Alabama artist Bill Yeager. During this time they painted separately and critiqued one another's work. They first collaborated in 1990 and soon began developing a series of paintings based on jazz and blues musicians. This series was born from their mutual interest in these rich and original American art forms and the emotional power they expressed.

Their popularity spread to private and corporate collectors including Jimmy Buffet, Chris Rock, Peter Weller and Whoopi Goldberg. They have created commissioned paintings for the Country Music Association headquarters, House of Blues blues clubs, B.B. King’s Blues Clubs and the Hard Rock Casino-Hotel.

Visit The Studio Gallery and see Patterson and Barnes latest paintings — alligators, pelican, abstracts and a musician or two.

The Studio Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday on Hwy. 283, north of Highway 30A in The Shops of Grayton. Call 231-3331 or visit