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Exhibit: Ted Jordan's "Tribute" runs from Tuesday to Dec. 5 at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery in Pineland Station.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. An artist reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Background: A native of Ohio, Jordan moved to New York City to work as an artist in 1972 after graduating with a master of fine arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Iowa.
He eventually moved back to Ohio to teach painting at Lake Erie College for Women. Shortly after, he landed a job as a designer at American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland. Five years later, he joined Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and moved up the ranks to oversee four different lines of cards.
Jordan helped launch Hallmark Cards' line, Mahogany, aimed at the African-American community. He retired to Hilton Head in 2002 and frequently shows on the island and in Savannah.
Style: Watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 brought back memories of his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, which suffered a flood in 1959. The flood, like Katrina, displaced many of the city's poor, black inhabitants, the people Jordan grew up with.
He started on a series of pencil drawings, some with a watercolor wash, shortly after Katrina hit. What resulted is 50 or so drawings -- some heartbreaking, some hopeful, some whimsical.
In his words: "It's a show about making the rebound from tragedy."