Art Gallery Exhibits Archive
by Dorothy Johnson
January 3, 2011 - February 28, 2011
Johnson's calling as an artist started by chance back in Kenya
in January 2009. One day she was just lounging the afternoon
away, "when a figure suddenly appeared in my mind. It
was full of flair and color, beautifully decorated with beads."
That stirred her heart and the next thing she knew she badly
wanted to paint that image. She drew inspiration from the
culture preserved by Kenya's indigenous tribes- mainly the
Maasai and the Turkana. In it she saw the importance of sharing
their legacy in visual imagery. She immediately bought cloth
and dye, and that marked the beginning of her "Back To
The Roots" story-telling painting technique.
came to America three months later, she transitioned from
cloth to canvas, hardboard surfaces and taught herself to
work in acrylics, oils and 3D. As much as she enjoys African
art, she also paints scenics in spontaneous compositions,
with distinctive brushwork and emotional "feelings".
A friend once bought a landscape painting because it reminded
her of home and she says, "that made me very happy that
I was able to bring someone's home so close to her living
room. That means a lot to me." The things she sees in
everyday nature, their depth in textures, layer formations
in rare skies, give her a desire to convey great depth and
perspective and to focus chiefly in color detail and vibrancy
in her landscapes and seascapes. She doesn't have a specific
medium of choice but loves to experiment with them all, her
happiest moments being when she uses what lies beneath her
heart with passion. She loves seeing that energy transfer
to someone else. "It is so fulfilling. To me a good piece
of art is one that inspires."
help of her adoring and supportive husband Darron, Dorothy
was able to exhibit her work for the first time at the 2010
Smyrna Jonquil Arts and Crafts Fall Festival. She aspires
to become a professional artist, gain her entrée into
the Paris art world and become affiliated with art galleries,
museums and associations around the world. Her primary goal
is to teach art to children and by giving back sense of who
they are, make them learn to appreciate art and themselves
through images, paintings, sculptures, and fine art. Currently,
she lives in Smyrna, GA, and is pursuing her dream at Chattahoochee
by Cobb Photographic Society
March 1, 2011 - April 30, 2011
Photographic Society welcomes photographers of all skill and
ability levels. The common bond among members is a desire
to become better photographers. Whether your interest is mainly
in capturing memories, sharing pictures with friends or family,
or becoming a semi-professional or professional photographer,
the club offers many ways for members to enhance their skills.
and Tutorials. The club offers member-led tutorials and workshops.
Recent topics have included how to shoot flowers and panoramas,
and tutorials on Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 8 and Lightroom3.
Speakers. On the third Monday of each month the club hosts
a speaker on a photographic topic. In the past year topics
have included architectural photography, natural light portraiture,
pet photography, and planning a photographic trip.
On the first Monday of each month there is a themed competition
in which an outside judge evaluates and critiques the images
entered in the competition. Even if one does not enter the
competition, hearing the judge evaluate and critique images
makes it a valuable learning experience.
Trips. The club sponsors a number of field trips throughout
the year. Many are one day, local trips to places like Providence
Canyon, Arabia Mountain, Oakland Cemetery, and the Booth Museum.
The club also sponsors one major trip each year. In the past
two years members have gone to Yellowstone and Acadia National
Park. Regardless of whether it is a one day local trip or
a 10 day trip to a place like Yellowstone, shooting side by
side with friends from the club and sharing results is an
excellent way to learn.
meets from 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Monday of each
month at the
Marietta Enrichment Center
American Business Center, Building 700, Suite 702
1395 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30067
website--www.cobbphotosociety.com--provides up-to-date information
on club activities and events. Hope to see you at our next
by Mike Nalley
May 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011
Nalley is a professional photographer specializing in fine
art portraits and commercial photography. Mike works a lot
on series or themes such as The Abandonment which involves
abandoned homes and the things left behind. Mike's major interests
lie in abandoned buildings, factories, and homes. Also people
down on their luck or in desolate circumstances. Mike spends
time each year teaching and giving workshops across the southeastern
US. Mike is the founder and president of the Paulding Photography
Club, and president of Paulding Fine Arts Association. He
is a member of The Artists Guild of N. W. Georgia, Marietta/Cobb
Museum of Art, Atlanta Photography Group, and Museum of Contemporary
a native Georgian, was born in Carrrollton, GA in 1955 and
now resides in Dallas, GA, a small rural area in a larger
metropolitan area. Mike first started using an SLR Minolta
SRT 101 in 1974 at the age of nineteen. He began shooting
and teaching himself photography and really fell in love with
the process. In 1978 Mike started his schooling at the Art
Institute of Atlanta, receiving an Associate of Arts in Photography
in 1980. Mike worked at Foster and Associates as a custom
color and black and white printer from 1979-1981.
opened his first studio in Marietta, GA in 1981, and concentrated
mainly on commercial work including lots of annual reports
and architectural work. He stayed with the studio until 1984,
when he opened a new business in irrigation and got married
in 1985. Mike stayed away from photography for almost 21 years.
went on to become a successful Realtor and after a great year
in 2005 he decided to spend a month on St. George Island on
the panhandle of Florida. He took along his old 35mm equipment
and decided to try his hand at his old field. After a month
of shooting all over the panhandle he actually had few printable
images, but he was hooked again.
went digital in early 2006 and since has won many awards and
competitions. Mike now works with Canon digital cameras and
has a great career in Fine Art Photography. He shows his work
all across Georgia and surrounding states. He does workshops
and classes in Georgia, Florida. and North Carolina. You can
reach him at the following:
by Karen Johnson
July 1, 2011 - August 31, 2011
I am a
Medical Techologist and amateur hotographer. The photography
bug didn't really hit me until I moved from my home, just
outside of Baltimore, Maryland, to Nashville, Tennessee. I
explored all of the
nearby parks as well as part of the Natchez Trace and took
pictures to show friends and relatives the natural beauty
of the area. After 5 years there, I moved to Temple, Texas
and joined a Photography Club to learn more about the art.
Again, I visited as many parks as I could, documenting my
explorations with photographs. In 1996, I moved to Smyrna,
Georgia and continued my park explorations as well the Atlanta
Botanical Garden. At work, we would have craft fairs and I
discovered that others liked my pictures well enough to purchase
them as enlargements or as note cards. My favorite subjects
are reflections in water and flowers as I enjoy the extraordinary
beauty and color of nature and photography enables me to share
it with others.
by Debra Cook
September 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011
am an observant human being. I find delight in the small
moments of life - when the light dances from a surface or
the shadows make an interesting shape on a structure. Nature
holds boundless interests as does the common and ordinary.
My favorite medium is pastel and my favorite genre is historical
fiction. When I can paint and combine the two, it can be
magical for me! I am pleased and proud to paint landscapes
and cityscapes that capture our heritage as southerners.
love living in Smyrna! It is the best of both worlds. Smyrna
is near the big city and yet maintains a small
town feel. I have chosen to paint some of my favorite places
and I have chosen to paint them in an energetic style. Having
visited Smyrna all my life and having lived here now for
over 25 years, I have seen many changes. I hope you enjoy
my attempt at capturing Smyrna then and now.
This body of work is dedicated to my husband, Jim, whose
support seems endless.
Cook has studied pastels for 5 years. Studying steadily
with artists Marsha Savage and Karen Margulis, Deb enjoys
painting plein air (outdoor air and light) and participating
in various workshops. Deb also belongs to an artist group
known as the Art Spirits who have traveled around the south
and to Wyoming on painting expeditions. In 2010, Deb opened
a gallery in Nest Home and Garden with fellow artists Paula
Landry and Barbara Kincaid, the gallery is formally known
as The Drawing Room. Deb is a member of the Southeastern
Pastel Society and teaches young artists at Pace Academy.
Her work is owned by many local residents and businesses
in the state, hangs in the youth building at Smyrna First
United Methodist Church and in Pace Academy. An Atlanta
native, Deb has lived in Smyrna, GA for 25 years where she
and her husband, Jim, have raised their three children.
Deb is currently the Learning Specialist at Pace Academy
where she has taught for over 30 years.
by Whitefield Academy
November 1, 2011 - January 2, 2012
art pieces on display were created by Middle School and Upper
School students at Whitefield Academy, a Christ-centered college
preparatory school serving more than 650 students in PreK-4
through grade 12. Whitefield Academy is located on a 75-acre
campus in the Smyrna/Vinings area of northwest Atlanta.
Whitefield arts program encourages the exploration of artistic
talents in a supportive and enjoyable environment -- recognizing
God as the giver of these talents. The purpose of the Whitefield
fine arts program is to allow student self-expression, as
well as to inspire students to create sincere and significant
work. Whitefield Academy believes that art enables students
to reach their community as no other vehicle. Through visual
art, dance, music, singing, and drama, students may communicate
in a manner that transcends cultural, social and economic
boundaries, and speaks to the heart of man