Steven Lee & Max Alderman
May 9th - June 28th, 2024
About the Artists
Max Alderman has served as an ordained minister for over fifty years, including pastoring 27 of those years in his hometown of Statesboro, Georgia. Dr. Alderman and his wife Rhonda have been blessed with five children and 12 grandchildren. They often become his subjects as he is “painting with light”.
He also has written and published over twenty books on theology, which includes a number of Bible commentaries that have been used in Bible colleges and universities. His ministry has given him the opportunity to travel to over 45 countries being involved in Bible crusades and mission work. Wherever he goes, he carries not only his Bible, but his camera is right there with him. He studies diligently while preparing his sermons to engage with, and minister to his congregations which are scattered throughout the globe. His photography will reflect where he has been as he is constantly “capturing a portion of God’s creation” in his dedicated travels. Just as he gives precious time to his studies, in his sermon preparation, he also studies the craft and the art of photography. His latest discipline involving photography is bird photography which requires much skill in learning about the bird and its habitat.
Stephen W. (Steve) Lee, Jr. is a painter and sculptor. He is a Statesboro native and Statesboro High School alumnus. Steve’s interest in art began as a child and resulted in his desire to major in art. His journey in the arts has had a long and circuitous route. Georgia Southern and the University of South Carolina were where he received his initial training. While at Georgia Southern he studied painting with Roxie Remley. He received a BA from Saint Leo University and an MA from Central Michigan University. He is an Air Force veteran and a retiree of the Federal Aviation Administration. He has been involved in many art projects over the years. Beginning in 2013 he completely immersed himself in art courses at Gordon State College. He studied painting and sculpture with national award-winning artist and art Professor Emeritus Marlin Adams. Steve continues to meet twice weekly with a painting group at the college. He has exhibited at various venues in middle Georgia and has sculptures in a private collection in Atlanta. Steve currently resides in Macon, Georgia.
Gallery Opens: 5:30 pm
Artist Talk at 6:00 pm
Steven Lee: The guiding principle of my art, whether it be painting or sculpture, is realism. Starting with a base in realism allows one to venture forth in any direction. I attempt to present subject matter as it is seen, trying to give an accurate depiction of nature. My interpretation of what I see is the core of my art and brings me satisfaction as an artist. Measuring with one's eyes and putting the right color of the right value in the right location are my primary goals. Of these three I consider value as perhaps the most important element. Contrast, going from dark working to light, is essential when working with oil. I enjoy the challenge of a complex landscape with its incorporation of various vegetation including trees, bushes, vines and usually water. In my opinion all art, including portraits, should be based on good design elements. I embrace asymmetry and believe a painting should have a sense of equilibrium and be balanced, even if it is viewed inverted. Believing that art is a continuum, where one's work falls on the line is not important. The devotion to one's art and the effort to make each ensuing piece better, to be more pleasing visually, or to better convey a message should be the artist's goal. I have predominantly painted landscapes, but I enjoy painting architectural subjects and the human figure. My ceramic work is included as a facet of my sculpture. I have done full-figure sculpture and numerous life-size portrait busts. I derive a special satisfaction from creating busts and sculptural forms from a mass of clay. Art that tells a story is also something I embrace, and I have enjoyed painting several humorous illustrations. My purpose is to self-actualize as an artist while producing work that not only I enjoy creating but that others will enjoy viewing.