Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center RockPaperScissors Exhibition Opening Features The Ramblin’ Mutts Performance


The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center are pleased to announce the new RockPaperScissors - Playing with Material Change exhibition, which will run Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 – Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. An opening reception will take place Friday, Sept. 28 from 7–9 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville. The event includes a musical performance by blues and soul band The Ramblin’ Mutts.

Curated by Anne E. Gilroy, RockPaperScissors - Playing with Material Change explores what happens when artists are inspired by the very materials they hold, stitch, carve, fold, print, cut, weave or shape. Each piece in RockPaperScissors telegraphs a bit of creative obsession with tactile satisfaction — from the way pigment integrates with the fiber of cotton rag paper, to the touch of silk threads intertwining, to the cold smooth feel of alabaster as it is endlessly polished by the artist’s hand. Materiality itself acts as muse in RockPaperScissors, giving viewers a glimpse into how artists both command and yield to their materials in the creative process.

Artists in the exhibition include Desserae Bassil, George Ferreira, Amy Freeman, Louise Freshman-Brown, Cindy Grisdela, Kana Handel, Lisa Iglesias, Lennie Kesl, Ellen Knudson, Maggie Kotuk, Sean Mahan, Julia Morrisroe, Kymia Nawabi, Jaime Puig, Genaro Ramos, William Schaaf, Emma Shen, Bradley Smith, Cindy Steiler, Amy Vigilante, John Westmark, Hiram Williams and David Zayas.

An image from the exhibition, “Elevación Animal” by David Zayas (2013 - mixed media over animal hide) and a photo of The Ramblin’ Mutts are available online at  

The Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed for observed holidays. For additional gallery information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit