Art Gallery Exhibits Archive
Lives: Peasant Art of China
Ed and Sylvia Krebs
January 3, 2009 - February 28, 2009
Lives: Peasant Art of China" focuses on rural China where
some 65% of the country's 1.4 billion people live. The exhibit
includes the work of peasant artists in Hu xian (Hu county)
about fifty miles south southwest of Xi'an, the capital of
the 1950s and 1960s, Hu xian artists made colorful art that
celebrated socialist ideals and communal achievement. They
became models for artistic work in socialist China. By the
late 1970s in the immediate aftermath of the Cultural Revolution,
the peasant paintings had declined in popularity. Then in
the 1980s, as China initiated economic reform and more foreign
connections, the peasant art movement revived. At this point,
the political content disappeared almost entirely. The artists
retained the brilliant colors while focusing on the life around
Jitang, president of the Shaanxi Peasant Painters Association
has written: "The artists use the language of a simple and
unadorned painting style to represent what they see and hear,
to express their rich imagination and feeling. These painters
use a bold, sometimes exaggerated style to extol the life
together, the work of the Hu xian artists presents a view
of rural life which is far removed from the explosive growth
and change occurring in China's cities. And it reflects active
way of life still enjoyed in China's countryside.
more at www.peasantpainting.com
American Family Quilt
by Pat Drew
1, 2009 - April 30, 2009
Drew creates her unusual style of art by combining quilts
and family photos to capture memories of families and relationships.
Pat Drew uses Xeroxed copies of photographs from family archives
to create a paper quilt which she then laminates on a canvas.
She then paints over the quilt with transparent paint. Finally,
she uses an enlarged Xeroxed image of a single photograph
to obtain a transparent photo-transfer. This image is laminated
on top of the quilt by using transparent paint in layers.
from an extremely large and very diverse family. Both her
mother's family and her father's family made quilts. Her Grandmother
Drew created a special quilt for Pat's college dorm room.
Her Grandmother Clyatt created patchwork quilts from old fabrics
and elegantly embroidered around each piece. While working
on the Drew and Clyatt family paintings, Pat realized that
America is comprised of a lot of family groups which merge
into the rich fabric which we call America. Pat's subject
matter for her paintings includes: Families, Immigrants, and
be conducting a workshop at the Smyrna Library the morning
of March 7th for parents and children. Contact Lisa Tarr,
Youth Librarian, for more information. Pat will also be giving
a gallery talk on the "American Family Quilt" on
March 21st at 4:30 in the second floor gallery at the library.
Pat Drews website
Carver of Fish
by David Kelly
1, 2009 - June 30, 2009
Kelly of Dallas, Georgia has been a fisherman all his life
and enjoys few things more than a visit to a choice fishing
spot. After moving to suburban Atlanta and no longer living
by the water, he didn’t have time to fish. So David
went in search of a new hobby.
to experiment with wood and carving tools and see if he could
make a fish emerge from the wood. He knew he would have to
cut away the background. The first carving was pretty bad
but after several more tries he began to see improvement and
was having a good time. “It’s not like painting,
where you might be able to add a new layer. You can’t
put a piece of wood back, and you can ruin the whole thing
with a slip of attention,” he says.
a year of carving, Kelly felt it was time to “make a
splash” and get some exposure for his art by donating
it. He called the High Museum in Atlanta. Although not invited
to donate, he got words of encouragement. He was told that
his work was good, marketable and that he appeared to have
natural talent. “That meant a lot to me,” says
step in self-marketing was to introduce himself to the staffs
at various public organizations in his community and offer
a donation. This strategy was successful; his works are now
owned by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, the Mable
House Cultural Center (run by the South Cobb Arts Alliance)
and the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
makes it a point to donate his time demonstrating his woodcarving
technique at events such as “Pioneer Days,” sponsored
by Douglas County and the North Georgia State Fair. “I
like doing educational things for kids and families; it’s
great to see how interested people are in what I’m doing.
It makes me feel good about myself, and I like to think I’m
inspiring some people along the way. All day long when I demonstrate,
I have a crowd around me of kids—from 5 to 80!”
has progressed from focusing on single items in his carvings—such
as an individual fish or bird—to complex and detailed
scenes. As an outdoorsman, he likes to depict wildlife and
their natural habitat.
Contact David Kelly at (678) 363-7220.
by Dimitri Walker
1, 2009 - August 31, 2009
Walker of Marietta, Georgia grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and
its surrounding suburbs. His mother, upon discovering his
talent when he was six years old, became a huge supporter
of his artistic endeavors. With almost zero access to art
supplies or any real art education, he began drawing at a
very young age.
Dimitri’s favorite subjects were anything that was in
front of him or any wild fantasy that popped into his head.
Growing up with no outside influences except comic books and
his own desire, he would simply render objects as faithfully
as possible while still giving them his own flair.
As a senior
in high school, he managed to acquire an art scholarship and
attended Reinhardt College. Unfortunately it was not a good
fit and after two years of minimal growth he left.
the next 21 years honing his craft, fulfilling portrait commissions,
custom picture framing, and for a short while owning a small
art gallery in Southeast Atlanta.
he returned to Reinhardt College and graduated in 2009 with
a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. His education at Reinhardt
helped him to focus on the importance of process and to investigate
a subject by going beyond the obvious and to question why
he was painting the object.
is drawn to still life, portrait, and landscape painting and
will quite often combine any or all three subjects. His work
also tends to lean toward surrealism, but not so much that
the idea behind them is impossible only extremely unlikely.
he is preparing to continue his education by attending Georgia
Southern University to earn a Masters degree.
more of Dimitri’s work, visit his website at www.studio66.zoomshare.com.
by Alex Neely
1, 2009 - October 31, 2009
of Smyrna, Georgia is a dog lover. Alex has combined his love
of dogs and his love of photography into a successful career.
our lives. Dog and man have been companions for at least 15,000
years. Both are social animals and need interaction with other
members of their species. “Off-Leash” is a collection
of images of dogs being dogs at the off-leash dog areas at
Lake Court and Burger Parks in Smyrna, GA. Its purpose is
to call attention to the benefit of these areas with the hope
that more of these parks will be added not only in Smyrna,
but in all communities.
"My love of photography started when I was 9. My Grandmother
always wanted "snapshots" of special occasions or
when family members would visit. If my memory serves me well,
she had an Ansco box camera that used 620 film. Everyone would
take a turn with the camera so that all combinations of those
present would be captured. She gave me my first camera, a
a friend whose father was an avid photographer and had a darkroom
where he learned the process of developing film and printing
black and white photographs. He also had a Zeiss Ikon 35mm
that fascinated Alex. It was his introduction to exposure
control and depth of field. He was hooked.
that Alex was 15, he got a job washing windows for a portrait
photographer. His film processor was returning to college
that fall and he needed a replacement, Alex had a little experience
and was cheap labor. Occasionally the portrait photographer
would let Alex print. “I learned a lot."
is an active member of the Atlanta Photography Group and has
exhibited several prints at their gallery on Bennett Street
in Atlanta. His last major exhibit in Smyrna was "Moments
in Time" at REV Coffee during Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Samples of his work can be seen at www.aneelyphoto.com.
by John Lander
November 1, 2009 - January 2, 2010
up around his fathers Dodge dealership left its mark on
John Lander. John became fascinated with vintage cars especially
sports cars. My ambition was to be a magazine illustrator
and I took a place at the Los Angeles Art Centre where Pete
Brock (the Daytona Cobra designer) was a fellow student buddy
says Lander. John completed his art study at the
Atlanta Art Institute.
artistic talents were redirected into the exhibition business
until his retirement when he returned to illustrations of
vintage cars. Johns art work quickly began appearing
in classic car magazines like Car Collector, MG Magazine,
Vintage and Motor Sport.
John uses a colored ink technique for drawing his cars. Ink
has the vitality of oil but is quicker drying and is great
for showing detail. Lander sells originals and signed prints
of most of his works and also does commissions for enthusiastic
contact John Lander at 678-322-6105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.