By Kelly Ayers Sheehan
to April 30, 2017
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
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
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."
by Suzanne Kelly
March 1, 2017
to April 30, 2017
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.
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
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!
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 grandmothers collection.
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 lifes
story in miniature. I hope you will enjoy my collection.
Latex & Caulk
By Brandon Marshall
to July 30, 2017
is incredible to look back and appreciate how a leaky shower
changed my life. Armed with the blind confidence of new
independence and two tubes of mismatched caulking, I fixed
my first leak in my first apartment. As the caulking curdled
and dried along the shower's unforgiving fault lines, I
couldn't help but find beauty in the simplicity of its shape
and texture. I was intrigued, and decided to add color to
the equation. Using crude pieces of found scrap-wood as
canvas, I began to experiment and create, employing dyed-caulking
as my medium. Plastic lids, bubble wrap, beer caps and an
ever growing assortment of found objects began to creep
onto my canvases. As I continued to work in the film industry
I realized the amount of waste that was produced, especially
the waste of wood. I soon started to create my works on
set walls discarded after a movie was finished. Eventually,
my small living room morphed into a home gallery, and I
became numb with the realization that I finally knew who
I was and what I loved. What started as the inconvenience
of a leaky shower, progressed into the inner awakening and
ignition of passion that drives me to this day.
influenced by the brilliant works of Jackson Pollock, Gerhard
Richter, and Mark Bradford I strive 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.
I prefer to work big, with no visible frame, and avoid the
boundaries of the immediately recognizable.
and Glass Creations
By Randy Alhanti and
to July 30, 2017
By Kathy McCullen
to August 31, 2017
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.
By Shirley Giddons
to August 31, 2017
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Oils & Acrylics
By Nieves Diaz Lewis
to October 31, 2017
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.
Oil & Acrylics
By Steve Stoichev
to October 31, 2017
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.
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. Steves
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.
By Matt Blodgett
to December 31, 2017
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.
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
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.
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.
By Mike Sluder
to December 31, 2017
are most likely to find artist Mike Sluder in welding leathers,
elbow-deep in sand or brandishing a blow torch. As one of
the countrys notable metal artists, Mike has made
a name for himself by creating breathtaking and sophisticated
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.
Mikes art has been featured in the Museum of Design
Atlanta as well as in
national and international exhibitions and publications.