2018-06-06 / Front Page

Garwood reception Thursday

Everyone is invited to a reception and book signing for Galen Garwood 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library. His memoir, Sell the Monkey was released May 1, 2018.

Garwood was born in Blakely in 1944 and spent most of his young life growing up on St. Simons Island, Ga., and in Charleston, S.C..

In 1966, After one year of art at UGA, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he majored in art and music. He moved to Seattle in 1971 and began exhibiting his paintings at Foster-White Gallery.

His art has been shown in the United States, Europe, and Asia and his creative contributions have also been expressed in writing, poetry, multimedia, and film.

In 1976 he won First Place in Painting at the Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition, and in 1979 he received the Hassam Speicher Award at the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. In 1995, his multimedia piece ‘Adagio’ won the Bronze Award at the International Multimedia Film Festival in Philadelphia, and in 1996 ‘Adagio’ was included in the Venice Biennale’s ‘Xenograhia, Nomadic Wall’ and again at ‘Art Affair’ in New York.

In 1998, he sold his home and studio and took off for Thailand to do a documentary film, ‘Panom, a Story of Elephants and Humans’ about the plight of the Asian Elephant, released in 2007. Garwood has written several children’s books about elephants, including, Panom, and the Stone of Light. His film ‘Cadmium Red Light’ received First Place for Narrative/Documentar y at the Port Townsend International Film Festival in 2007 and his film ‘Ed and Ed’ received the First Place Award for Short Documentary for at DeReel Film Festival in Australia in 2008.

Since 2002, he has been living full-time in Northern Thailand, working on visual art, writing, and his newest project, ‘Of Water Sacred.’

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