Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
by Renée Coleman
January 3, 2010 - February 28, 2010
Coleman is originally from Rocky Mount N.C., and has resided
in the Smyrna/Marietta area for the past 17 years.
her Bachelors of Science Degree in Art Education from North
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in 1989.
She taught Art for a few years and quickly realized that teaching
is a calling and "it's NOT calling me".
always been a creative person and an admirer of beauty. She
loved dolls as a child, but unlike most little girls that
loose interest in them around age twelve, she didn't. At age
16, her grandmother would ask "Aren't you too old to
play with dolls?"
collecting dolls about 15 years ago, and in the past five
years more seriously. She would buy dolls and store them under
her bed. (closet collector). One Saturday morning while driving
past the Cobb County Civic Center, she read the marquee that
said "Doll Show". She went in to find hundreds of
other collectors that shared the same passion for doll collecting
as she did.
she could take herdolls out and display them...it's okay.
Since then she has enjoyed learning more about doll collecting.
Some of her favorites are the Dolls of the World Series, Treasures
of Africa Series, Lucille Ball, and the Coat Collection.
by Herschel Kranitz
March 1, 2010 - April 30, 2010
business career began to wind down in 1998 he discovered that
he possessed an aptitude and interest in mosaics. He started
by teaching himself and then went on to study in Ravenna,
Italy. His work has been displayed and sold in galleries in
New England, Georgia, Arizona and Alabama. While his formal
training is in Roman classical mosaic he most enjoys working
in the folk art genre
doing utilitarian pieces (belt
buckles, pots, tables, mirrors, trays) as well as more traditional
portraits and still life. While the inspiration for most of
his work grows out of his own cockeyed view of the world he
also enjoys working in collaboration with others translating
and adapting their visions into glass mosaics.
be found every day....from early morning until dinner....toiling
in his studio in Norcross, GA fighting off the ravages of
age and the uncooperative muses while making works of mosaic
art that he finds (and hopes you do as well) fun!!! He teaches
classes - sharing the last great passion of his life with
unsuspecting students. He appreciates feedback (particularly
positive), enjoys collaborating with other craftspeople and
will accept your money if you insist on buying one of his
creations or take one of his classes.
more about Mr Kranitz from his website.
by Hank Hogan & Janet Erickson Hogan
May 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010
studio pottery by Hank Hogan and Janet Erickson Hogan is featured
in the display cases through June 1, 2010.
Atlanta, Hank Hogan has been a studio potter since 2004. His
functional stoneware vessels are fired in an electric or gas
kiln. The vessels are wheel thrown and use a vast selection
of high-fired food safe glazes for his finishes. He and his
wife, Janet, work out of the MudFire Clayworks & Gallery.
Erickson Hogan has a vast background in many mediums including
quilting, drawing, and painting. She began pottery with husband
Hank in 2004 and incorporates her skills in fabric design
and drawing to create hand-built carved pieces using many
different glazing techniques. Her work focuses on nature,
people, and places, with a whimsical attitude.
Janet can be reached at email@example.com and 404-915-6425.
by Steve Pritchard
July 1, 2010 - August 30, 2010
Pritchard was born in a small town in South Dakota, growing
up on a farm. He developed an interest in working with wood
while helping his father build pole barns, cattle sheds, and
even a grain elevator. Steve graduated with a BS from South
Dakota State University in 1970 and joined the Air Force becoming
a pilot instructor. He also worked for the Federal Courts
as an instructor of their computerized case management system.
In 1995 he moved to Atlanta to become the IT manager for the
US District Court and retired in 2007.
lifetime interest in working with wood led him to consider
woodturning and in 2000 he purchased an inexpensive Craftsman
lathe. After making his share of bowls, boxes and weed pots,
he focused in the exploration of three areas:
Forms - This involves shaping the outside of a vessel
and then using specialized tools to remove the wood from the
inside. The walls of the vessels are usually about ¼
inch thick or less.
Piercing - The process of using a dental drill to create
holes in very thin walled vessels. The holes form patterns
Coloring - Much of the work is finished with a clear
lacquer, oil, or shellac. Some of it is painted, or pierced,
or both. He uses a variety of paints including acrylic, airbrush
paint, and milk paint (his favorite). Milk paint is made using
the cassien from milk as the binder. Because of its thickness
it is great for distressing pieces.
process used in most of Steve's woodturning involves turning
the piece twice. He starts with wet or "green" wood
and produces a rough version of the piece with thick walls.
After the piece dries he returns it to the lathe and produce
a finished piece.
favorite woods are Bradford pear, cherry, and maple but he
uses almost any wood except pine. Bradford pear heads the
list because it turns easily, finishes like glass, and is
a wonderful blank pallet for woodturning, painting, and piercing.
everything in nature, each piece of wood has its own character
and also its own personality and appeal. Being able to see
that personality emerge from a large wet lump of wood is very
all of the wood that Steve uses comes from trees that have
been felled due to disease, storms, or development and destined
to be ground into mulch. Woodturning is one of the few ways
that we, as individuals, can preserve a little of a tree that
once stood tall and proud in our community.
is president and webmaster for the Georgia Association of
Woodturners (GAW) and a member of the American Association
of Woodturners (AAW).
Paintings and Nature Photos
by Nicole Lohr
September 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010
is Nicole Lohr, I was born in 1980 on Long Island, New York.
I am a self-taught artist and work in a variety of media including
acrylic paints, oil pastels, clay, photography and writing.
Photography and writing are my favorites. My favorite style
of art is abstract. I enjoy the freedom that the abstract
expressionist style gives me to explore moods and ideas.
I am an
avid photographer, which has been a passion for me since I
was twelve years old. I take my inspiration from nature and
love to photograph animals and birds. I hope that my photography
reflects at least some of the beauty, peace and harmony I
find in the natural world.
for art began with my grandma Stanco who helped to raise me.
We enjoyed many hours together making homemade cards and gifts
for Christmas. We experimented with different kinds of art
forms such as projects made from shells, pom poms, animals
and much more.
photography has become the art form that is most special to
me. I experienced a very difficult home life and because of
that, while growing up, I started taking pictures of family
events trying to capture every good moment I could. I slowly
found myself being more and more drawn by the beauty of nature
and then wanting to capture every cool encounter I had with
these wild creatures, whether it be birds, squirrels, bees,
butterflies, dragon flies or even turtles and fish. I wanted
to capture them all on my camera. I never try to pose anything,
I just observe. I then listen and wait and watch and see what
happens. I have a lot more patience with the animal world
then I do with the people world.
my nature shots are taken in Cobb county with several taken
at the pond near the Smyrna Library. I enjoy traveling to
take my shots and include places like the Chattahoochee Nature
Center, Chattahoochee River trails, and Amicalola Falls.
really enjoy being playful with my oil pastels and my acrylic
paints. I just sit down, pick up some colors, and start to
create, never knowing how it is going to come out. I don't
really think much when I'm doing it. I just clear my mind
and something will come to me after I start to put the colors
to the paper. I love to use my fingers and to use smudging
techniques. I enjoy sharing my art, and I hope everyone enjoys
I welcome all inquiries about my work and can be reached by
by FOSL Volunteers
November 1, 2010 - January 2, 2011
it's that time of the year again to think about the holidays.
For your enjoyment our November and December display gallery
will feature ornament collectionss from around the world presented
on miniature fir trees.
beautiful ornament collection, lent by FOSL Volunteers Dorothy
Sibert and Jane Lamkin, will enhance a winter village scene
lent by FOSL Volunteer Louisa Cohn. Combined, they make a
beautiful and festive presentation for the holiday season.
collection of ornaments represents the following countries:
Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, India,
Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Turkey and USA.