Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
by Barbara Johnston
January 3, 2012 - February 28, 2012
natural instincts have led me in my artistic endeavors, although
I am not trained in the traditional sense. My areas of emphasis
are sculptural and functional clay, abstract art, and silver
jewelry. Ive dabbled in batik, weaving, silkscreen,
stain glass work, kaleidoscopes, silver-smithing, knitting,
quilting, glass torch work, auto body work, gourmet cooking,
ceramics, mosaics, home decorating, and landscaping.
Today I combine my hand building, wheel, and mosaics to create
sculptural/function pottery, unique furniture pieces, accent
pieces (lamps, picture frames etc.) utilitarian vessels, sinks,
and built- in countertops. I also like to combine my original
glass beads into silver jewelry Ive designed. Contemporary
painting is an emerging field for me as well. Im always
looking for new outlets for my creative urges. Different things
have inspired me over the years, at present most of my inspiration
comes from nature and organic textures(which is hopefully
evident in my work).
My work is presently on display in private and public forums
throughout Germany, Florida, Georgia, S. Carolina, Texas,
Colorado, California, Michigan, New York and Wisconsin. I
have been featured at Saks Fifth Avenue, and do fundraising
events whenever possible. I also have occasion to be a resident
artist at local schools.
by Kevin Rucker
March 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012
since I can remember, I have always loved to draw. In one
of my earliest memories as a child, I drew a 'friend' on the
garage wall with green chalk. At a very early age, my mother
encouraged me to create. In the summers of my youth, she would
provide me with reams of notebook paper to draw on. My life
has been devoted to art."
Ruckers remarkable, imaginative illustrations have gained
this award-winning Atlanta artist an enthusiastic following.
By combining detailed 2-D and 3-D images with abstract concepts,
Kevin creates illustrations that appeal to traditionalists
and modernists alike. As Kevin says, "Art evokes emotion.
When I am creating, I am at my best."
from New York, Kevin began his formal art education with a
degree in Commercial Design and then went on to earn his Bachelor
of Science degree (with a minor in Visual Arts) from the State
University of New York at New Paltz. After moving to Atlanta
in 1997, Kevin earned a degree in Computer Animation from
the Art Institute of Atlanta, achieving many honors as a student.
He was then invited to join the faculty as a 2-D and 3-D animation
went on to a distinguished career as a Graphic Artist, Illustrator,
and Creative Director. The quality and creativity of his work
has attracted numerous public and private commissions, with
past clients including Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, and Visa.
artist, Kevin has won numerous excellence awards and produced
illustrations that have had global influence. Working as a
commercial designer for over 20 years has now afforded him
the opportunity to pursue his creative passions full-time.
have considered myself extremely lucky to have had such talented
and patient art teachers and invaluable opportunities to make
a living doing what I love. I feel very privileged that God
has given me such a gift. Of course, I give Him all the credit."
to his expertise in illustration and graphic arts, Kevin Rucker
is an avid woodworker and accomplished 3-D mural artist.
by Charlotte Canup
1, 2012 - June 30, 2012
in high school, I happened upon a how-to book about quilling
(also known as paper filigree) and was immediately enthralled
by all of the beautiful designs that could be made with coiled
and scrolled bits of paper. I wanted to learn more about this
centuries-old art form that was enjoying a resurgence of popularity
in the craft world and amassed quite a collection of books,
each one showing me something new and exciting that could
be done with quilling. I lost no time creating framed quilled
art and dimensional pieces as gifts for family and friends.
These works were so well received that I entered my first
craft fair at the age of 16 and sold out the first day. I
have been a quiller ever since.
with participating in craft fairs, and giving demonstrations,
I teach the art of quilling to other paper craft enthusiasts
in my studio located within Art Things (a retail art gallery
located in downtown Dallas, GA). Various tools can be used
to curl the paper strips (slotted tool, corsage pin, needle
tool, and even the trusty toothpick) and I show my students
how to work with each. However, I still love the feel of the
paper between my fingers and prefer to finger roll my coils
designs have been published in Crafts 'n Things and
CardMaker Magazines. Two of my quilled cards ("just
ducky" and "Christmas Cheer") appear in the
book, 1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever
Correspondence, by Laura McFadden (Author), and Deborah Baskin
a proud member of the North American Quilling Guild and the
South Cobb Arts Alliance, Inc.
by Dorothy Fletcher
1, 2012 - August 31, 2012
|I am a
native of Atlanta. After graduating from Spelman College in
1962, I relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where for thirty-five
years I served as an elementary school teacher with the Chicago
Board of Education. Several years after retiring, I moved back
to Atlanta from Chicago in 2009.
been collecting miniature shoes and other "shoe stuff"
for over twenty-five years. As my trademark has always been
that of a "fashionista", I have always been attracted
to designs and styles for women that have an intriguing appeal.
One day while I was shopping in the Hallmark Card Shop in
Chicago, the glass case displaying the miniature shoes attracted
my attention. I was fascinated with the different array of
designs. Because I have always been fond of shoes, I finally
decided that I would make my first purchase. I bought two
of them and placed them on my living room etagere. When friends
and family came over to visit, they would comment about how
cute they were and became fascinated with them. I have purchased
only a few of the shoe things you see, for most of them have
been gifts for my birthday, Mother's Day, holiday gifts and
souvenirs from trips. I have received some of the "shoe
stuff" at other times from people just because the shoe
things they saw reminded them of my collection which also
showcases my favorite colors of yellow and pink.
As I am
an avid traveler, having visited London, Switzerland, Austria,
Amsterdam, Venice and Paris, as well as Alaska and the Caribbean.
Many of my shoe pieces have come from shopping while in Europe.
One such shoe is a perfume bottle that was purchased in Paris.
A favorite in the shoe collection is a canvas lace up shoe
I purchased in Barcelona, Spain. Another favorite shoe is
a black and white saddle shoe. The one furniture piece in
my collection is a shoe chair which is always the topic of
conversation. The shoe collection also includes a shoe calendar,
address labels, a shoe door stop, a floor shoe mat, a shoe
telephone, a shoe purse, shoe pictures, shoe note pads, shoe
stationery, jewelry, and a shoe address book. I also have
cake shoe mold for baking. This is short list of the many
shoe things that I have in my collection.
by Georgia Basketry Association
1, 2012 - October 31, 2012
purpose of the Georgia Basketry Association is to perpetuate
the art of basketry, stimulate interest and share knowledge
in all phases of basketry.
also work dilligently preserve the importance of basketry
as a heritage craft. Membership is open to anyone.
Georgia Basketry Association (GBA) was formed from the Greater
Atlanta Basket Guild. The GBA hosts a convention in the
Atlanta area in February each year with members attending
from more than 15 states.
more about the Georgia Basketry Association from their website.
Lilliput Lane Collection
by Joe and Susan Gilman
November 1, 2012 - January 2, 2013
and Susan Gilman are long-time residents of Smyrna, having
moved here in 1990. They are the proud parents of 3 daughtersEmily
Gilman, Natalie Gilman Powell, and Hannah Gilman. Shortly
after moving here, Joe was asked to lead a major project
in Australia for BellSouth which allowed him to travel extensively
throughout Asia and periodically meet with business partners
in Europe. On one of his trips to London, he purchased their
first Lilliput Lane cottage, Butterwick, as
a homecoming gift for Susan.
Lane cottages were the creation of David Tate in 1982. David
had a background in chemistry and materials and developed
the plaster-like material used in casting the models. The
material allows more intricate details to be formed. His
first cottage, done as a project for a school that was closing
that wanted to honor its students, was Cliburn School.
Only 64 of the models were made and were given as gifts.
The value of one of these models today on the secondary
market is approximately $2500.
models have now been produced, ranging from tiny cottages
to large landscapes. Each is made and hand-painted in the
borderlands between England and Scotland. The display here
is only a small portion of the Gilmans collection
and captures several different phases and types of Lilliput
cottages. The displays include the original American Roadside
series, European collections, and, in honor of the season,
snow-covered cottages. The snow-covered cottages are among
the Gilmans favorites, especially during the holidays.