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Mixed Media
By Kelly Ayers Sheehan


March 1, 2017
to April 30, 2017

Art Gallery

I'm originally from Virginia, just outside of Washington. D.C. where art and creativity were strongly encouraged at home. My love of collage and "bringing the pieces together" began at an early age with quilting and sewing with my mother and grandmother. I attended Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (B.A.) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (M.S.). I've spent over twenty years working as a graphic designer and an interactive media designer while continuing to pursue my love of fine art in painting and collage.

Five years ago, I decided to pursue fine art full time. I work in my home studio and have been an exhibitor and sold art in shows close to home as well as in shows like the New York Art Expo. I draw inspiration from traveling with my family and friends, as well as from music and festive gatherings. I currently live in Decatur, Georgia with my husband and four children.

"When I decided to pursue my passion for the fine arts, there was a natural transition from graphic design to collage. As a graphic designer, just like quilting, I used various design elements (in this case text and images) and moved them around within design software before creating a finished piece. Now I take physical pieces of painted, cut paper, fabric, etc. and move them around on a physical canvas, experimenting with how it looks until finally adhering the pieces to the canvas. I love the element of surprise; how things come alive on the canvas when you least expect it."

Doll Collection
by Suzanne Kelly


March 1, 2017
to April 30, 2017
Display Gallery

My love and appreciation of dolls started in the 1950s with my first doll, Cindy. She is a large, life-like baby doll dressed in her original clothes who used to cry, “Mama,” when gently laid down in her cradle. Then I remember other much loved dolls; a princess doll, a bride doll and Tiny Tears who cried real tears and wet when she drank from her bottle. My little Ginny doll included clothes and accessories for all occasions. She came from The Play Box, our local toy shop in the Tuxedo-Buckhead area. Thanks to my mother, Mary Beth Kelly, my dolls were saved in the attic during high school and college years.

The dolls were forgotten until I spent three summers in the 1970s in Chautauqua (upstate New York). There I collected, in earnest, many “Yankee” dolls at estate sales and auctions as they were very plentiful and reasonably priced.

Later in the mid-80s, I started and owned a toy shop in Woodstock, Georgia, called Cherecobb Toy Book and Hobby. I carried a line of expensive Lissi dolls from West Germany and a line of Italian newborn dolls that looked, felt and smelled like a real baby. Also during that time my parents retired to cruise and travel the world and the USA, always bringing me a doll from their trip. Thus, my doll collection really began to grow!

From the 1980s to the present, I have continued my doll collecting by finding unique dolls at estate sales, antique sales, antique stores and thrift shops. My friend and penpal from Finland, Leena, has also sent me several traditional Finnish dolls over the years. Also my sister-in-law, Cheryl, has lovingly given me several Madame Alexander dolls from her aunt and grandmother’s collection.

My doll collection is now outgrowing their cabinet so I am happy to share them with the Smyrna Library. Doll collecting is a fun and rewarding hobby that really tells my life’s story in miniature. I hope you will enjoy my collection.

 

Silicone, Latex & Caulk
Mixed Media

By Brandon Marshall

May 1, 2017
to July 30, 2017

Art Gallery

Native to Davenport IA, Brandon is a self-taught, contemporary artist living in Atlanta. Working primarily with silicon/latex caulking, his mixed-media works combine vivid colors and textures over found objects, creating a unique energy on wood canvas. Humbly influenced by the brilliant works of Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter, Marshall strives to unite the anonymity of the abstract with the raw power of reflective association. Everything is relative; and what’s found woven within the thick layers of life’s strata, serves as innate inspiration. He prefers to work big, with no visible frame, and avoid the boundaries of the immediately recognizable.

Chinese Calligraphy &
Brush Painting

By Kuansoi & Godwin Kou


May 1, 2017
to July 30, 2017

Display Gallery

Godwin Kou

Godwin Kou is a well-known Atlanta based Chinese artist. In his earlier years, Godwin studied under Professor Wu, a renowned artist in south China, and diligently studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy.

In 1986, Godwin moved to The United States. He became one of the members of Community Committee of the Atlanta High Museum of Art for two years as well as one of the founders of Chinese-American Art Association of Atlanta.

In recent years, Godwin has been invited by several universities, companies, and other various organizations to teach and give demonstrations on both painting and calligraphy. Included in the list are: Emory University Georgia Power, the Atlanta Chinese Culture Center and the Atlanta Chinese Lion Club.

Godwin Kou also participates in various arts shows. He paints Chinese brush painting (Chinese watercolor) and calligraphy and his artworks are a favorite amongst the crowds.

Kuansoi (Christine) Kou

A traditional Chinese brush painting artist, Kuansoi (Christine) Kou was born in China. She began her study of the Chinese brush painting and calligraphy when she was a child.

She came to United States in 1988 and settled down in Atlanta. Before that, she worked as a commercial artist in Macao. In 1985, her artworks were first showed in an exhibition held by the Museum of Luís de Camões in Macao.

Christine continually works as a full time artist since she has lived in Atlanta. She has participated in various mainstream art shows during the years. In 1996, her art was selected along with others as part of an exhibition titled “Today’s Famous Chinese Artist” to represented Taiwan on tour throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

In 1998, her artworks were selected by “The First Macao International Art Exhibition”. In 1999, her artwork was selected by "The Exhibition of Observance for Discovery the Oracle of One Century” in Taiwan.

In 1999, she gave a solo exhibition in the Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University.

In 2000, she held a solo art show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

For more than thirty years in Chinese brush painting, what Christine has been pursuing is an art of harmony, elegancy, purity and freedom, an art that can soothe people’s mind.???

In 2012, her husband Godwin Kou and she both held an exhibition in the Brown Art Gallery at Mercer University.

In the recent years, she has been invited by many universities, companies, and other organizations to teach and give demonstrations on Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. They include Emory University, Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, AT & T, CDC, Indian Creek Middle School, New Life Academy, and the Families of Children from China.

Now she is teaching Chinese painting in her studio.

Still Life
By Kathy McCullen

July 1, 2017
to August 31, 2017

Art Gallery

My paintings reflect a faith in the beauty of the human experience and the belief that insight and purpose come from imagination. My art is focused on exploration: of process, media, or subject, and, although I may begin with an inspiration, each painting has its own secret and its own history. I build, deconstruct, explore, and excavate layers, until the painting shows me what it wants to be. Mine is an energetic, messy, and sometimes confusing process, but I've learned to trust my intuition. Whether my work is figurative or abstract, my art is constantly evolving, and, for me, every painting is a happy discovery.

Pottery
By Shirley Giddons

July 1, 2017
to August 31, 2017

Display Gallery

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Cuban Oils & Acrylics
By Nieves Diaz Lewis

September 1, 2017
to October 31, 2017

Art Gallery

By the mere fact of contemplating the paintings of Nieves, the spectator becomes aware that language is not necessary to express feelings. His paintings are full of color and energy. His style is expressionist and surreal at the same time, like a colorful and joyful fantasy. Nieves was born in Remates de Guane, province of Pinar del Río, Cuba. He worked for a time in Havana, and finally in 1959 he settled in the United States.


The combination of his Cuban upbringing and his life in southern North America has given him a unique point of view that comes to light on his canvases. Some of his themes reflect his childhood in the family farm in Cuba. Others emerge from their travels abroad and the impressions these journeys have left imprinted on the "creative mind's eye." Nieves is not limited to a single medium and has worked with pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, oil and metal sheets. Nieves' paintings have won numerous prizes at various sworn exhibitions and are represented in public and private collections in the United States, Europe and South America. The artist has shown her work in galleries and art exhibitions in the USA. And Europe.

Clay, Oil & Acrylics
By Steve Stoichev

September 1, 2017
to October 31, 2017

DisplayGallery

From a very early age Steve Stoichev's life has been connected with art. At 4 years old he had his first exhibit at his preschool, displaying clay figurines. That was the beginning. Throughout his schooling he began to paint and provided his art to many different community and school exhibits. Throughout the 1980's he concentrated on fashion design, and in 1989 he founded his own fashion design company where he designed and created high-end unique wearable art and accessories. After over 10 years in the fashion business, Steve returned to his first artistic loves and is realizing an old new dream.

Since that time, he has presented his paintings and sculptures in community exhibits in the Atlanta area starting with a 2006 solo show titled “Exhibit of Impressionism”. In 2008 he returned home to Europe for another solo impressionist paintings exhibit . Since then he creates and shows award-winning art through various community and national exhibits. Steve’s current interests alternate between design and creation of sculpture, jewelry and paintings. His sculpture and jewelry are inspired by his heritage and by the artifacts found in Thracian, Greek, and Roman archeological excavations, all of which evoke in him and his art a sense of mysticism and timelessness. His experiences with sculpture and fashion have influenced his painting style. He creates textured and brightly colorful modern or impressionistic paintings that are pleasing both to the sense of touch and to the sense of sight. Steve currently lives in Smyrna, GA with his wife and three children. He is a member of The Society of Sliven Artists and the South Cobb Art Alliance.

Paper & Acrylics
By Matt Blodgett

 

November 1, 2017
to December 31, 2017

Art Gallery

Matt Blodgett grew up on a rural Ohio farm, immersed in the beauty of plants and the creative energy of nature. Even in high school Matt showed great creative talent and artistic aptitude, winning a statewide student art competition with "Indian Princess," a mixed media collage with handmade paper and copper. The piece hung in the Ohio Governor's Mansion for one year.

Matt majored in Horticulture and Landscape Design at Ohio State University. Moving to Atlanta after college and working with some of the top landscape companies in the South Matt developed a keen sense for composition and texture. After more than 20 years in that industry he has now shifted his attention to his first and deepest calling, Fine Art, working primarily in collage, handmade and cut paper, and acrylic media.

He has shown at several Atlanta Art Fairs, including twice at Callanwolde Art Center, and has pieces in private collections from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. to New York City.

He is very happy to have the opportunity for this solo show, particularly because the library setting highlights the potential for the expressive use of paper (both handmade and cut paper) in ways that reach beyond its common use as simply a vehicle for the printed word.

Metalworks
By Mike Sluder

November 1, 2017
to December 31, 2017

Display Gallery

You are most likely to find artist Mike Sluder in welding leathers, elbow-deep in sand or brandishing a blow torch. As one of the country’s notable metal artists, Mike has made a name for himself by creating breathtaking and sophisticated metal art
from gritty, industrial beginnings.

Mike was formally trained in sculpture under internationally recognized artists at
East Carolina University, where he earned his B.F A. in 2006. He has worked at two leading fine art bronze foundries, overseeing the Metal Shop and serving as Patina Specialist. Mike currently lives in Atlanta and creates custom art for individual collectors and corporate clients, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He is best known for his bronze vessels and copper wall hangings, both noted for uniting inspired vision with enduring materials.

Mike’s art has been featured in the Museum of Design Atlanta as well as in
national and international exhibitions and publications.

 

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