Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
Sculpture in Wood and Iron
by Toru Shimoji
January 3, 2011 - February 28, 2011
Toru Shimoji is a five time US and repeated international
champion in Traditional Karate, trained by esteemed Hidetaka
Nishiyama. Shaped by his Okinawan youth and the discipline
of Japanese Calligraphy, Toru explores the expressive potentials
of wood and iron.
works are abstract, interpretative and figurative, adhering
to compositional form I learned in Japanese Calligraphy. My
aim is to inspire an interaction between the sculpture and
the viewer, who can freely interpret and explore its evocations."
I can remember, I loved art. I used to make up imaginative
stories about the lives of the farmers portrayed in a small
faded print my mother had hung in our house. It was Millet's
The Gleaners. I remembered being captivated by this masterpiece,
used to lie on the floor and stare at it for hours. Connection
wasn't too hard since my mother's family were all farmers
from Miyako Island, one of many in the Okinawan chain.
introduced to art early through the Japanese education system
(K to 4). Even then, I gravitated towards sculpture, predictably
making clay monsters and wooden robots. By the time our family
immigrated to the U.S. in 1970, I was familiar with various
mediums and their basic techniques.
I settled in Atlanta, GA and opened a karate school. As a
hobby, I made a few wooden sculptures, but in the summer of
2002 something finally exploded within me. It felt like a
cosmic order-create or die! So I took a deep breath and jumped.
I enrolled in the Welding Technology Program at Gwinnett Technical
College and began making metal sculptures.
of inspirations are constantly germinating in my psyche. As
one sprouts I like to sculpt it in my mind before making a
few preliminary sketches or clay models. Sometime I skip this
process altogether. Visualization is dynamic and often vague,
leaving me in a mixed state of excitement and anxiety. The
piece will finally materialize in the shop, after struggling
with multitudes of adjustments in texture, composition and
angles. It usually flows well, but the real challenge is trying
to manage all the seeds at different stages, not to mention
the limitation of space-time continuum.
my work to be abstract, interpretive and figurative, adhering
to compositional form I learned in Japanese calligraphy, and
influenced by past masters like Musashi (17th century Japanese
swordsman/artist), Michelangelo, and Julio Gonzalez. A moment's
inspiration might come from a variation in my student's karate
movement or in my own examination of intricate detail in the
skeletal remains of a coyote's skull, but my aim is to inspire
an interaction between the sculpture and viewer, who can freely
interpret and explore its evocations.
in the muses. Mine are never subtle, they perpetually scream
in my head.. I can always count on troubling fellowship from
at least three, rarely fewer. My only solitude is in training
and teaching karate, which keeps me in sanity.
As a sculptor,
he is self-taught, concentrating mostly on wood and metal.
He is most influenced by three masters, Michelangelo, Julio
Gonzalez, and Miyamoto Musashi. He found his unique artistic
"voice" when he finally figured out the link between
self-expression and spatial composition.
Images from 1880 to 1925
by Cicero C. Simmons
March 1, 2011 - April 30, 2011
these photographs: These photographs were created by Cicero
C. Simmons (1857-1939) who specialized in documenting special
events and portraying rural life. He created wonderful images
spanning from 1880-1925. He had a special gift for composition,
use of lighting, and capturing the moment, which made his images
a treasure from the past.
these prints: These prints are a unique, high-quality enlargement
made from the original glass plate negatives which have been
cleaned and restored to their original condition. The negative
produces an image with extraordinary sharpness, detail, and
beauty. Glass plate negatives are very rare. Few have survived.
Most are lost to the ravages of time. Each print is a continuous
tone image on archive art paper, designed to provide a lifetime
of enjoyment. Each print is signed by the restorer, Richard
Stone, and the date of the picture, i.e., Circa 1885, as well
as the title. Both are handwritten in pencil.
Images prints can be purchased from
retrocollection.stores.yahoo.net/ . 11x14 prints are $35 plus
shipping and 13X19 prints are $45 plus shipping You can contact
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by Marlis Cornett
1, 2011 - June 30, 2011
been an artist as long as I can remember. It probably started
at the young age of five, when I decided to paint my dad's
car with the exterior
house paint. Needless to say, that didn't go over real well
and I experienced my first art critic.
journey has been painting with acrylics, oil, pastels - whether
portraits of people, pets, or landscapes, and then found I
could mix mediums with surprising results.
art: These unique works of art began with my own childhood
piano which was beyond reasonable repair but held such sentimental
value for the entire family that it broke my heart to simply
toss it out like trash. I took all the keys and the hammers
(little oval felt pieces that hit the strings) and made several
unique pieces of art for family members. To personalize each
piece, I added their favorite sheet music, special embellishments,
names from Scrabble tiles, and other sentimental objects to
make the family piano their own lasting piece of art.
these small sturdy brick size boxes were perfect to create
a unique canvas and "shadow box" for art. Glued
together, applied paper mache' and gesso for a painting surface,
turning one the opposite way for special objects and box art
was born. Again, recycled art.
creating art from precious objects buried in drawers or boxes
in the attic, but which need to be seen and enjoyed - through
Go GREEN! Buy recycled-to-art!
by Ruth Kramedjian
1, 2011 - August 31, 2011
| Ruth is
a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in drawing
and painting and art history. She has worked with fabric, designing
and making original quilts; she has worked in metal, designing
jewelry in silver and gold; her photographic work concentrated
on black and white infrared as well as large color landscape
prints. In recent years she has returned to abstract painting
and the art of collage or mixed media.
the current work, she has moved to a more intimate output
with the art of the handmade book. She incorporates her own
art forms and collage in the books that she makes. She is
exploring not only book forms, but also the art of handmade
her artists statement, Ruth says:
cycles chart the course of our days. Both mundane and magnificent,
they present themselves in the powerful circle of community
life, the changing of the seasons, the movement from dawn
to dusk and back again to light. Ethereal, concrete, and universal,
they frame our lives and they give direction to my spiritual
quest to find meaning in my world through art making. The
grid and its counterpart, the circle, often serve as a frame
for these cycles, and my emotional response to the inherent
rhythms finds expression in my mark making. The short view,
the long view, the universal view from these, I examine
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Public Library 75th Anniversary
by Bill Marchione
September 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011
William Marchione and his wife Mary Ann moved to Smyrna from
Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. Bill is a retired history professor,
a former member of the Boston Landmarks Commission, and the
author of six books and countless articles on aspects of Boston
and New England History. He also played a major role in the
establishment of two Boston area museums.
Since settling in Smyrna, Bill has been actively engaged in
researching Smyrna history and is currently serving as Chair
of the Williams Park Local History Committee and of the Smyrna
Historical & Genealogical Society's Program Committee.
This exhibit on the history of the Smyrna Public Library traces
the chronology of the library from its inception in 1936 to
the present day. Many of the items displayed in the exhibit
are on loan from the Smyrna Historical Museum. In putting
this exhibit together, Bill was ably assisted by Smyrna historical
Society President Harold Smith, and long-time FOSL President
by Barbara Robertson
November 1, 2011 - January 2, 2012
has always been drawn to Santa's. When I was a baby, my
parents purchased one of the Santa's with the Coke bottle
from Rich's. I loved it, so I guess that started it!
ones on display represent different parts of my collection
- some are considered collectibles (the Clothtique ones)
and others are from different parts of the country that
I've collected when I travel. I have numerous Santa tree
ornaments and artwork as well.
collected the Santas for more than 20 years. I love the
traditional ones the best and the #1 requirement is thatthey
have a kind face! I look for additions when I travel and
at all stores. Some have been gifts. Enjoy!