2015-09-11 / Society

Over the Mantel Gallery presents works by Salley McInerney

Contributed by Over the Mantel Gallery

“My Columbia,” a showing of works by artist and writer Salley McAden McInerney of the city’s most iconic and familiar images, will open September 17 with a reception from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Over the Mantel Gallery, 3142 Carlisle Street.

McInerney’s images include depictions of the large Zesto ice cream cone, the cupola on top of the Babcock Building at the S.C. State Hospital, the Sylvan Bros. clock on Main Street, the vintage CROMER’S P-NUTS marquis, and the old Greyhound Bus Station sign. To create her works, which are large and colorful, McInerney applies tissue paper, paint, and found objects to window screens.

“I grew up in Columbia, moved away for almost 20 years, and then returned home two years ago,” the artist said. “This collection of work celebrates how happy I am to be back and the places, scenes, and signs that make my hometown so special.”

The September 17 reception is open to the public, and the show will continue at the gallery (www.facebook.com/overthemantel) for two weeks.

The show will then move to Still Hopes Episcopal

Retirement Community in West Columbia where it will be displayed through the end of November.

McInerney is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She has studied art at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. She is also a contributing columnist for The State and has incorporated written memories of growing up in Columbia into each of the pieces in the “My Columbia” show. All works will be for sale, as well as Salley’s first novel, Journey Proud. For more information, please contact the gallery at (803) 719-1713.

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