Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
by Kevin Rucker
January 3, 2013 - February 28, 2013
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.
an 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."
addition to his expertise in illustration and graphic arts,
Kevin Rucker is an avid woodworker and accomplished 3-D mural
by Jackie Chapman
March 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013
received my specialist degree from West Ga. College in special
education in 1989 and retired in May 2005 after 29 years where
I worked as a teacher, educational evaluator and program coordinator
for Douglas County Schools. I have been married to Robert
Chapman for 39 years and we have one daughter, Rebecca, who
is married to our favorite son-in-law, Mitch.
exhibiting my crafts at shows in 1980. Ive worked with
many different types of crafts and media including tole painting,
soft sculpture, sewing, and woodworking. I have always had
a love of pottery. After taking classes from a dear friend,
I purchased a kiln and some clay in 2000 and started on a
journey that would be more fulfilling than any other media
with which I have worked.
has its beginnings in a 25 lb. bag of stoneware clay and is
hand built or hand thrown and then decorated with flowers,
leaves, birds, frogs, turtles and glazes. My inspiration comes
from nature, whimsy and just about anything that I come into
contact with. My subconscious is always looking for a way
to translate the things I see into pottery.
is a little different in that I bring a crafters background
to the pieces that I make. I find it difficult to make a plain
piece of pottery. It has to have something attached to it!
I enjoy making pieces that are unusual in some way or bring
a smile to your face.
youre browsing or would like to purchase a little something
for yourself or a friend, I hope you receive as much pleasure
from my work as I had in its making.
& Paper Arts
by Janet Warren
May 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013
native of Alabama, Janet (Jan) Warren graduated from Jacksonville
State University and moved to Georgia in 1970. Her love of color
began in childhood with drives in the country on Sundays after
church with her family. At the time, she complained the only
thing to look at were green and brown trees. Soon she began
to notice the variety of shapes and shades of color each tree
Coming from a family of creative thinkers, she enjoys assisting
others in interior design and in the arts. Living in metro-Atlanta
has given her the opportunity to study under several local
artists and she continues to search for new avenues of learning.
She has painted with oils in the past, but recently she has
been working with acrylics and watercolor pencils.
Jans first challenge in acrylics was to paint a rooster,
suggested by her teacher. She found roosters make an exciting
subject and she continues this pursuit. Being a true Aquarian,
she loves versatility in her art and continues to seek out
new subjects to paint. She is excited to share her newest
creations with you during May and June, 2013. Jans love
of art can be found in her contemporary and traditional art,
greeting cards, and gift items.
Her client base extends from Alaska to Florida. Jans
art is also available at Donna Van Goghs in Decatur,
Mariettas First Friday ArtWalk during the months of
April through October 2013. Her work is listed as Janzart
Originals and is located at the Arts of Cobb, 19 Powder Springs
shares her art on Facebook under Creative Tapestry. Janzart
Originals and gift items are at (1) Creativetapestry.com,
(2) Fine Art of America and, (3) soon she will be on Etsy.
For more information about her work, you are welcome to email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Helen Helwig
July 1, 2013 - August 31, 2013
in art pottery since 1975, Helen Helwig studied at Ohio State
University and was an assistant at the Arrowmont School for
Arts and Crafts. She has been an artist-in-residence numerous
times, an art teacher and conducts workshops in clay techniques,
handmade tile, and mosaics. Helwig has participated in juried
art fairs for more than 20 years and enjoys the opportunity
to share her art work with the public.
recently, Helen Helwig has created mixed media mosaics and
sculptures that combine metal and sculpted clay. She is currently
working on several large-scale commissions and has completed
public art installations for hospitals, libraries, schools,
highway underpasses, bus shelters and corporate offices.
Helwig¹s functional art is created using wheel thrown,
hand built and extrusion techniques. These pieces often include
incised and relief sculptures of birds, animals, and plants.
The sculpted, textured and incised areas are stained and then
glazed in a manner that enhances the details and surface of
the images. Helwig formulates many of her own glazes to achieve
unusual effects and colors.
artist¹s decorative clay sculptures and mixed media mosaics
typically depict flora and fauna themes. The mosaics include
handmade clay pieces, broken tiles, rocks and glass beads.
The sculptures and mosaics are adhered to backer board, walls,
table tops, concrete bird baths and steel armatures.
Helwig is inspired by flora and fauna, the geology and the
geographic features of the region and the seasons. The stylized
and symbolic images she uses as well as the themes are often
derived from cultural, historical and environmental references
by Ann Wallin
September 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
first experience with clay occurred while attending Radford
University in Radford, Virginia from 1960 to 1962. During
a class in sculpture, I found that I really enjoyed working
with my hands to form the class project -- a bust. Twenty
years passed during which I was a wife, mother, homemaker,
secretary, bookkeeper and real estate agent. I was living
in Charleston, South Carolina, when memories of that long-ago
experience prompted me to take a pottery class at the Gibbs
School of Art. Once again, I found a real joy in working with
clay -- this time on the potters wheel.
Shortly afterward, a career change for my husband brought
the family to Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta. I knew even
before leaving South Carolina that I wanted to pursue a career
in pottery. I continued taking lessons in the Marietta area.
I also worked as a pottery studio assistant and that experience
gave me valuable insights into the requirements for setting
up my own studio.
In 1986, I entered the market as a functional potter, working
in high-fired stoneware. A short while later, I was offered
the opportunity to teach at a newly established art center,
sponsored by Cobb County, called The Steeple House.
I began my educational career by teaching creative clay projects
to kids, ages 6 through 12. I also taught wheel and hand building
techniques to teens and adults. In 1990, Cobb County recognized
the need for a larger art center and opened The Art
Place, where I continued to teach. At the same time,
I also taught similar classes at the Marietta Cobb
Museum of Art. Throughout this period, I marketed my personal
work through galleries and art festivals. Recently, I have
reduced my teaching activity to concentrate on workshops.
I have also recently focused my production activity to concentrate
on art festivals.
Early, the products and techniques of the Japanese Raku firing
process fascinated me. I took a three-week course with Rick
Berman at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in 1987. By
1990-91, I was confident of my ability with the new process.
I used this confidence to shift the central emphasis of my
work to the visual and decorative items that result from the
One of the highlights of my career occurred in 1998 when the
crew of the Lynette Jennings Design television
shows visited my studio to film my Raku creation process.
This series of television shows showcased artists and craftsmen
from around the country and was broadcast nationwide on the
Discovery Channel. The show segment that featured my work
has been rerun repeatedly after its initial presentation.
I have won many awards, I have participated in juried exhibits,
and I have been accepted in major regional and national shows.
I always have enjoyed contact with the public and I enjoy
the comments that are prompted by my work. I especially like
the idea that strangers may enjoy my art enough to decorate
their homes or to present my pieces as gifts. I look forward
to many more years of forming shapeless lumps of clay into
fresh expressions of my imagination.
by Marselle Harrison-Miles
October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013
up Marselle had always been surrounded by creative people.
Her Grandfather and mother both had flourishing singing careers
with a "9-5" by day and nights filled with rehearsals
and performances at church or at local events. Aside from
a passion for musicshe was enamored with dance, drawing and
the family glass menagerie. She continuedher love of visual
arts through high school by claiming to want to be artist
and taking as many art classes as she possibly could. Marselle
began Piedmont College with a major in the Arts supported
by a basketball scholarship. She completed her studies at
Georgia State University with her degree in Drawing and Painting
and minoring in African/African Diaspora Arts. Right out of
school, Marselle started working at the Atlanta International
Museum of Art Design and Culture, now known as MODA, in Atlanta
as an intern Docent/Education Coordinator. This is where Marselle's
love of glass and beads was reawakened by the Ndebele of South
Africa exhibit on display in the museum and the colorful Dale
Chihuly vessels on display in the gift shop. It was then she
started collecting beads, studying various bead weaving patterns
and making beaded jewelry.
Before long Marselle started working for The Boys & Girls
Clubs of Metro Atlanta as an Art Director who often gleaned
artistic inspiration from her student programs and other Artists.
Later she became the Program Director for Youth Art Connection.
Marselle loved the freedom of creation, art lesson development
and art instruction that exposed her to local and visiting
artists monthly. She then started working as an Arts Specialist
for Cobb County and slowly
but surely started to learn glass fusing and slumping techniques
from Teresa Barnes, a teacher at all three county centers.
Though glass instruction focused on small to large platters,
dishes and vessels, Marselle concentrated on developing jewelry
designs. Her fused glass jewelry consists of opal and transparent
glasses with irid and dischroic glass on the surface. Most
jewelry designs have fine silver fused into the glass so that
after firing, jump rings and other attachment mechanisms can
be incorporated into the
final creation as either a, ring, bracelet, necklace or pair
of earrings. Glass Artists Evette Everette, Kate Rothra Flemming
and Patti Cahill are all amazing jewelry artisans Marselle
Marselle is not limited to jewelry design but has also studied
alternative photography processes such as polaroid and emulsion
transfer techniques. A good friend and talented photographer
Michael Reese taught her the basics and inspired her to experiment
and find the story. While polaroid is no longer an active
company, she is always looking to push the limits of film
developing and transfer techniques to
unusual surfaces. For the current show "Remembering",
she uses special fusible paper
for fusible glass that allows her to combine her love of glass
fusing and special moments captured on film for moments forever
captured in glass.
Marselle resides in Metro Atlanta and works out of her home
studio to create both custom and inspired fused glass art
to wear and display.
Armor & Jewelry
by Helen Rule
November 1, 2013 to January 2, 2014
Rule lives in Marietta. She holds a degree in anthropology from
The Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore and an MBA from Emory
University in Atlanta. Her jewelry, armor and origami designs
reflect her extensive background in cultural anthropology and
archaeology, as well as her passion for East Asian art, history
and culture, and her lifelong interest in military history.
refers to the material produced by linking small metal rings
together to form a mesh. Helen has been studying and making
chainmaille for over ten years. Her chainmaille jewelry pieces
have hundreds (sometimes thousands) of hand-made links that
are woven into unique works of art. Because of the many types
of chain patterns that can be produced and her ability to
incorporate other elements (such as semiprecious stones, beads,
found objects, etc.), Helen's chainmaille jewelry pieces are
complex, beautiful, and unique. Her designs range from the
casual to the exquisite.
also designs wearable pieces of clothing and armor that incorporate
chainmaille, leather, metals and cloth. She draws much of
her inspiration from the techniques used in ancient military
garb. Helen's armor pieces are influenced by the traditional
shapes and techniques of ancient armor used around the world,
but incorporate her own unique designs and materials.
upon her interest in Asian culture, Helen creates unique origami
ornaments, sculptures, and jewelry, primarily revolving around
the iconic crane so prevalent in Japanese society. Origami
is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. It is believed
to have started in the 17th century AD and was popularized
outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has evolved into a modern
art form. Helen's origami pieces range from simple ornaments
to elaborate sculptures incorporating found objects and other
elements, even including chainmaille in some pieces.