It was symbolically appropriate that the Markay Cultural Arts Center began 2021 by featuring two “new-generation” artists in its first exhibit of the New Year.

The New Generation exhibit, showcasing the artwork of Geremy Woods and Danny Pierce, was unveiled in the Markay Gallery at an opening-night reception on Thursday evening, Jan. 7. Both artists feature mainly acrylic painting in their collections and the great majority of the pieces are for sale. Their exhibit will remain on display through February, according to new Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) President Mindy Barry Eisnaugle.

Pierce is a self-taught artist/designer whose artistic work sprang from when he started mailing coloring-book pages that he shaded to some of his relatives. This evolved into drawing, sketching and eventually painting. More recently, he has passed along his artistic knowledge and art skills to incarcerated persons.

“I believe that art, among many other skills and gifts, give a person a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment,” Pierce commented. “I love to see the pride in someone who has created something that they can share with loved ones and clients.”

Woods grew up in Jackson County and excelled in both academics and sports in school-age years. However, his life then took a “detour full of lessons in the drug world tied in with emotional trials that lead many directions.” His biography states he has “found his way through his travels that he now expresses through his art.”

Since he went public with his art just two years ago, Woods has found success featured in magazines globally throughout the world, while also placing first for his portrait work throughout the Lakewood and Cleveland area.

Regular public hours for the Markay Gallery are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. The Markay is located at 269 E. Main St. in downtown Jackson.

For more information on The Markay, including upcoming events, check out the Markay Facebook page or the website: www.markayjackson.org.