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Kim Foster, who has been a professional photographer for over 16 years, resides in Manchester, Georgia with her husband Brad, and children, Grace and Raines. Kim Attended Georgia Southern University with an Interior Design Major. She later attended Columbus State University where her photography instructor encourage her to pursue a career in photography. She opened Kim Foster Photography on Main Street in Manchester and quickly discovered her niche in portraiture. Her specialty is children and family portraits and, more recently, wedding photography.More recently, Kim has enjoyed learning to paint oil portraits at The Village Art Studio in Manchester with many accomplished artists. Their encouragement and support led to her submission of “Don’t Go” to the Georgia National Fair amateur division in 2013, winning first place and Best of Show. She has also won Merit awards, Ga Artists Awards from her peers and just this past year won the $1000 purchase award from The GA National Fair. She has been doing commission work for her photography clients for 5 years. She specializes in oil portraits and pet portraits and also enjoys plein air painting.You can enjoy more of Kim’s work at www.thestudiobykimfoster.com
Steven has traveled the world, but says that his greatest inspiration ‘comes from this pot, under this tree, on this land.’ It is a chosen spot in the middle of his acreage which has been transformed into a beautiful garden. It is in this garden he maintains his closeness to nature. His artwork confirms that he is a child of the earth, but also manifests a spirituality that we usually seek in the air, in the firmament. Steven embodies the line of the poet: ‘…while some men pray with the work of their hands.
I’ve been creative all my life, and in 2014 I went to a gallery in Savannah. I’d been there a hundred times before, but for some reason this time it just struck me that all the art there was so bright and beautiful. It was not the stuff that I normally did, and I thought, “If this is what I’m attracted to, why am I not doing this?” And so, I got home right after that, and I started doing these wild crazy colored paintings, and have just had a ball since then. The first one I did, I sat at my easel and cried. I just thought, “This just feels like art.”
I started doing a lot of movie stars just because they are forgiving. It’s not family members. If I mess it up they’re not going to come back and tell me how ugly it is, so it is pretty forgiving to just paint somebody random. I stared out doing a lot of movie stars, but I’m really trying to move into my own thing now, so that’s it really. People mostly. I’m wanting to do a few new things. I’m wanting to try some animals and some fruits – still life sort of stuff – but we’ll see. I’ve had people give me things that they want me to paint, and I’m like, “Ugh, I’m just not feeling it.” And I used to paint those things, but if I did feel it and they wanted it, I’d paint it anyway, and I’ve just gotten to where I’m too old for that. I’m going to paint what really makes my heart soar, and I’ve just learned to follow my instinct a lot more than ever, and in doing that, my art has gone so much further.
Wendy was born in New York City with a love for design, creativity and drive to succeed in anything she focused her energies on.
Horses were always a main focus in her life, she was blessed to have a beautiful Thoroughbred gelding named Louie for 14 years. He started out in life as a race horse, and was bought to move on towards being the dressage star of Wendy’s heart.
After visiting her first art show, the desire blossomed to design motivational quotes to lift people up. motivational quotations morphed into many different categories to attract a diversified clientele at art shows.
She spent many hours learning to draw from library books, and working on her calligraphy. The more her work grew, the better her art shows grew in sales. She participated in juried art shows from1988-2008 throughout S. Florida, New England, the Midwest and Iowa.
Wendy now sells to galleries, gift shops and does consignment to up-scale venues.
She now resides in the small Georgia town, Thomaston, and is pictured with her niece’s beautiful son, Jordan, and her beloved Louie.
Bobby Vaillancourt was born in Rome, GA in 1958. He received his BBA from the University of West Georgia in March 1982 with a major in marketing and a minor in art. Bobby was introduced to clay during his senior year of high school at Woodward Academy. A former student demonstrated a new potter’s wheel and from that moment on clay became his medium of choice.
During college Bobby won two scholarship awards for his Raku pottery. He was also honored to be the first student selected to exhibit in the office of Congressman Newt Gingrich. In addition his work was selected to be shown in RJK International Gallery in Atlanta. Bobby has been a featured artist at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, a five star restaurant and hotel in Dallas, TX.
Over the last 25 years Bobby has concentrated on commissioned work for individuals and corporations such as Re/Max Realty and his work is included in many private collections throughout the United States.
On a local level there have been many opportunities with businesses and galleries in and around Atlanta. He was the featured artist at Espresso Lane Coffee in Atlanta and Main Street Gallery in Fayetteville, GA. He was an artist in residence at Gumbo Limbo Gallery in Key Largo, FL for six weeks during June and July 2015, and also served as a guest instructor at Miami Ceramics League. Bobby has also been the featured artist for four years running at the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance where he was recently featured in a short documentary film demonstrating the technique of Horse Hair Raku.
Currently you can view his work at the Print Shop Gallery in Greenville, GA and The Historic Moreland Mill in Moreland, GA.
When creating pottery I feel a strong connection with the earth. Whether it is hand molded or thrown on the wheel, the process can be meditative and calming while at the same time very satisfying. Whatever comes to my mind’s eye can spring to life through the clay. A perfectly centered piece of clay on the wheel spinning at the right speed and being pressed between the fingers is empowering for me.
While clay can be so challenging to control I believe the challenge is part of what attracts me. Simply put, I like the way it feels! What used to be the standard five or ten years ago is not the same measure that it is today.
The satisfaction I receive from my work is what drives me. Many pieces get my stamp of approval but rarely do I consider the end product to be perfect. So whatever that says about me as a potter is a part of my core makeup and my attitude about the work.
It can be something as simple as a bowl or a well-shaped teapot, large or small, it doesn’t matter. All the steps have to be executed well before any piece gets two thumbs up. My inspiration comes from the satisfaction and enjoyment I experience during the process itself while creating each piece. I consider myself to be neither artist, artisan, nor craftsman. I am a potter.
Having just graduated at the “young” age of 53 from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton with a degree in Visual Communication, I came back to my roots here in Meriwether County. I love my Lord with all of my heart, feeling the earth with my bare feet, exploring the mountains, the ocean and seeing this beautiful world we live in through artistic eyes and the lens of my camera. My photographs have been featured in several magazines and on billboards in Little Rock, Arkansas.
I do lots of portrait photography & love my clients reactions when they first view their portraits through
Blessing to you!
Robin grew up in Thomaston, GA, attended R.E. Lee Institute and then Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville. He received his AB degree from UGA in Graphic Design with emphasis on snack food package design. For several years Robin lived and worked in Atlanta where he taught, was art director at Conger Printing, and was Senior Designer at Printpack Inc., a flexible packaging company. Here he created package designs for over 200 companies, including Tom’s Foods, Brock Candy, Frito Lay, and Eckridge Farms.
After retirement from Printpack, Robin started Semi-Storage, a container rental business based in Thomaston, and built a self-storage complex in Barnesville. Since he no longer works in package design, he has found he has more time and opportunity to explore and experiment with some of the other areas of art which have always interested him, including drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. Several years ago, when his wife, Tracy, began growing gourds to decorate, Robin saw the many possibilities of gourd “sculpture”. Since then he has created birds, fish, and other creatures, using gourds as his medium. Some are fairly representational, while others are humorous and/or whimsical. He prefers to work with natural and found materials, so the possibilities are endless on a farm with woods, creeks and fields—and a good supply of gourds.
My paintings (with the exception of the painting of the manatees) are all based on photographs that I’ve taken during my travels. I can tell you exactly where and when this small slice of the wild was captured for posterity! I strive very hard to depict not only the details but also to portray the character and the soul of the subject.
A graduate of the University of Florida, I served six years as an officer in the US Air Force and then worked for 11 years as head of the crime scene investigations section at the Orlando (Florida) Police Department, where I also had the privilege of serving as the department’s forensic artist. In fact, my forensic art courses through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and at the FBI Academy are the only formal art training I have ever had. While living in Orlando in the 1990s I began painting manatees, first in watercolor and then in pastel, and I exhibited from time to time at art shows in Central Florida. I was fortunate enough to be honored with the award for “Best Manatee” at the Blue Springs Manatee Festival in 1993. Over the years I donated some of my manatee paintings to the WMFE charity auction to raise money for the Public Broadcasting Service in Central Florida. In addition to my paintings of manatees, I also produced a series of pastel paintings of various players on the Orlando Magic basketball team. These paintings were donated to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and were auctioned as part of their fund-raising campaigns. On two occasions my paintings have earned Honorable Mention in the international “Pastel 100” competition and one was a finalist in the annual competition from “The Artist’s Magazine”. In February 2009 my work was profiled in a feature article in “The Pastel Journal”.
I’d like to make a special point to thank my wife, Kimberley, and my parents for their fantastic support of my artwork and my efforts to one day become a full-time professional artist!
2012 – “Amboseli Dry Season”
Selected for exhibition in “Art of Conservation 2012 – An International Exhibit of Nature in Art”, virtual exhibit
2010 – Susan K. Black Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Awarded one of only 20 scholarships to participate in the 9th Annual Susan K. Black Foundation Workshop and Art Conference
2008 – “Sundowner”
Honorable Mention in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 International Competition
2008 – “Nakuru White Rhinos”
Selected for exhibition in “Art of Conservation 2008 – An International Exhibit of Nature in Art”, at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
2007 – “Periscope Depth”
Honorable Mention in the 8th Annual Pastel 100 International Competition
2007 – “Hog Heaven”
Finalist, 24th Annual Competition from “The Artist’s Magazine”
The Pastel Journal (2009)
More about The Pastel Journal
– Featured in the February 2009 Pastel Journal magazine (“Pastels on Safari”)
Organization Membership: 2006 – ACF
Proud to be a member of the Artists for Conservation Fund!
I was interested in art for most of my life but never had the opportunity to indulge my dreams. I pursued painting on and off throughout my work career, but it was not until I retired that I had the opportunity to study painting under an accomplished artist by the name of Corinne Gallo.
Corinne is an extraordinary artist and instructor, and it is through her passion and creativity that I have been able to produce paintings with my own interpretation.
I was born in Statesboro, GA and grew up in a farming community about eight miles from town. My grandparent’s farm was within walking distance of our house and I spent the summers helping them with the tobacco harvest. After graduating from Southeast Bulloch High School, I served in the US Navy, then attended GA Southern Univ, on the G.I. Bill, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and Industrial Arts Education
My interest in pottery began when I took a ceramics course in college. Using Georgia’s natural clay and mineral resources to make pots appealed to me as well as the aspects of the craft that allow a way to be creative in an industrial environment. I honed my skills by working in Macon as a production potter for
Since 1995 I have been living and working in Meriwether County at the former home studio of the late D.X. Gordy, one of several Gordy family artists and craftsmen revered throughout Georgia for their pottery making skills. Working in this historical environment has enhanced my perspectives and appreciation of mid-twentieth century potters who had to adapt their methods to the changes in handmade pottery technology and taste.
I mix stoneware clay in a motorized washtub and produce wheel thrown pottery on an electric wheel. Some of my glazes are derived from local minerals including iron sand, hardwood ashes, and a gneiss-hornblende stone. The minerals are pulverized using a hammer mill and jar mill to produce a fine powder that is mixed with clay and water then applied to a bisque-fired pot. Most of the stoneware is fired in a wood burning kiln where it reaches temperatures hot enough to melt the homemade glazes. Hot embers and flames enhance the clay and glazes causing glaze runs, pooling, and flashing marks on the clay.
Keith Moore enjoys the solitude of working in his studio/workshop on Lake Harding near Valley, AL. He named his studio “Crowfeather” after finding feathers from the many crows that gather in the treetops. Keith is a creator of many things using wood, metals, paints, stains, and “found” objects. He has a special talent for creating something unique for each client and location. His skills are versatile enough to create hand lettered and painted signs, logos, furniture, creative interior and exterior finishes, as well as wonderful paintings with custom designed wood frames.
Keith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Georgia State University in 1989 and worked in the graphic design field for several years, all the while developing his painting skills and becoming interested in custom furniture and woodworking. His distinctive painting style shows a western influence with bold colors, texturing and three dimensional qualities. He is not afraid to experiment with paints, faux finish products, stains, metals and a variety of wood types to create unique pieces.
Jim Sibley’s appreciation of wood began at a very early age – his father was a carpenter.
A native of Woodbury, GA, Jim graduated from Meriwether High in Woodbury in 1954, attended North Georgia College for two years, transferred to Auburn where he earned a Civil Engineering degree and also his pilot license through ROTC. He flew fixed wing and rotary wing in the military, then enjoyed a 33 year career as a pilot for Delta Airlines.
Time for developing his interest in wood crafting increased after Jim retired in 1996 and was able to spend more time at the Sibley family farm in Woodbury, where he built an impressive wood working shop. He became interested in woodturning after taking a class taught by master wood turner Nick Cook at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. “The Woodturning Lathe is a very versatile tool which allows great flexibility for the artist’s imagination and experimentation.”
“I believe that Trees are an important part of God’s creation for this great planet Earth that we occupy so briefly. Each tree is a living, breathing object with individual identity that can live on after it has fulfilled its mission as a contributor to the ecological health of our planet. I strive to use only trees that are from storm damage or are being removed for some reason. Evaluating a new tree is like going on a treasure hunt. I never know what beauty is hidden inside and I look for ways to expose and preserve the beauty created by Mother Nature. My wish is that when you look at a tree, you view it as you would a person and seek the beauty hidden beneath the surface.” Jim Sibley
I’m a “people watcher”. Growing up in New York City as I rode the buses and subway, I watched. I took note of the lines and angles in faces. I observed expressions, movements and gestures. I was always fascinated, never tiring of the subject matter.
I continue to be fascinated by the human animal- the only mammal that elevates life experiences in the form of the arts.
On reflection- I consider this the beginning of my informal training. My formal training in the arts consists of a few classes in junior college and two beginner pottery classes at a local arts and recreational studio. I continue learning by doing.
In 2015 I ventured into juried shows. I won the President’s award at the Columbus Artist Guild Members show in July and First Place in the Fine Arts Amateur Division at the Georgia National Fair in October.
My fascination with homo- sapiens is reflected in much of my work. It is the subject matter in my sculptural work and is often reflected in my functional pieces.
I am in the company of all the artists throughout the ages, who watched and observed and found the subject matter of “people” worthy to be elevated in the form of the arts.
Born in Australia and raised in California, Marilyn moved to Georgia in 1973 and taught art in Meriwether County schools for 30 years. During these years, she hosted numerous student trips to the great museums in Europe.
Marilyn earned a BA in Art from San Diego State University in 1972, an MBA in Art Education from Columbus State University in 1980, and spent the summer of 1985 studying in Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Since retiring in 2004, Marilyn continues to study and share the joy of art with others. She particularly enjoys experimenting with whimsical and unique mixed media pieces. Her love of the artistic extends to her avid gardening and her menagerie of various breeds of colorful chickens.
Marilyn has received “Best of Show” and her work has been represented at the Harris Arts Center and other local galleries.
I was born in Brunswick, Ga and lived most of my life in rural McIntosh County, Georgia. I grew up loving arts and crafts of all kinds. One of my favorite gifts for Christmas was a “Spirograph”. I decorated every room Mom would allow with my colorful designs.
I graduated from McIntosh County Academy in 1976, married and had 2 children by 1980. I began working for the State of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety as an enforcement officer in 1982. At that time my creative talents leaned more towards sewing, macrame, embroidery, and art crafts of any kind I could afford.
About the same time my children became adults and began lives of their own, I met Barbara Smenner. She is an artist/instructor from the Manchester, GA area. I took my first “lessons” from her in 1997 and was “hooked” on fine arts.
I have studied with many fine artists over the last 15 years, Buck Paulson, Karen Patton, Gary Jenkins, Dalhart Windberg, Michael Windberg, Dorothy Dent, Mary Carole Larson, and last but certainly not least, my mentor, Barbara Smenner.
I retired from the GA DPS October 1, 2011, and have since really delved into my artistic side. Portrait painting of children and pets, landscapes and still lifes are my favorites. And I am always available for commissioned pieces.
Formerly from Talbot County, Miriam has become a serious artist in the last ten years, after retiring from teaching.
She excels in both oils and watercolor, with a particular love for landscapes, portraits, still-lifes and florals.
Miriam is a graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.S. degree in Home Economics in Art. She spent her career teaching Family and Consumer Science and painting as a hobby.
She has studied oil painting with nationally known artists – Dalhart and Michael Windberg, Robert Warren, Gary Jenkins, Fred Witzel, Mary Carole Larson, Dorothy Dent, and portrait artist Karen Patten. Miriam has also studied watercolor with Mark Polomochek and Joseph Fettengis.
Miriam exhibits her work throughout middle Georgia and wins awards at almost every show she enters, including the Member show of the Columbus Artist Guild and the Fine Arts Show at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, a juried art show. In the 2014 fair in Perry, Miriam’s “New Calf” won Best of Show in Amateur Fine Arts, which is selected from first place winners in 12 categories, in addition to winning 1st place awards in the livestock and adult portrait categories, 2nd place in fair life category, 3rd place in miniatures and honorable mention in group portraiture. In 2015, she won 3 awards in the Professional Fine Arts Division at the Fair.
Miriam paints with friends and also teaches in her home studio. This keeps her learning as she paints.
Lugenia Dixon is a Georgia born and mostly self-taught visual artist who works in several different media including watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastels and pencil.
She is currently living in Phenix City, AL but was born in Muscogee County, GA where she grew up in Upatoi. She is the oldest daughter of Sam and Ola B. Dixon and has three children, Dexteralan Keith, Craig Jeffrey and Olivia Dara.
Lugenia has participated in art most of her adult life but her educational background is not in art. Most of her college education is from the University of Georgia where she earned a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a PhD in Educational Psychology. While at UGA, Lugenia took art courses such as Teaching Art in Elementary Schools, Art Structure and Figure Drawing.
She has a Certificate in Drawing from Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lugenia’s work was included in AIS’s 1996 and 1997 Annual Art Competitions and in 1995 she received the Blue Ribbon Art Award.
She also studied watercolor with Joe McFadden at Florida Arts Gallery in Havana, FL, oil painting with Dargan Long in Bainbridge, GA and acrylic painting with June Stewart in Phenix City, AL.
Lugenia’s work has been shown at Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, FL, the Decatur County Artists’ Guild Annual Artsfest Exhibit, the Decatur County Artists’ Guild Southwest Georgia Regional Library Fall Art Exhibition, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts Annual Art Gallery Show, Southwest Georgia Regional Artists Cooperative, Phenix City Art Center, Columbus Artists’ Guild Show, Front Porch Gallery, Keller Williams Realty, Joseph House Gallery and other locations.
Some of her work may be seen at www.fineartamerica.com. Lugenia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathi grew up in Forest Park, Ga. After graduating from Forest Park Senior High she began a career with Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, GA. And retired in 2006.
She always wanted to learn to paint so in 2009 when a friend invited her to join an artist group at her home she jumped at the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. Since then she has enjoyed art instruction and workshops at the Village Art Studio in Manchester with many nationally known artists.
Today Kathi spends most of her free time with brush in hand. She has won numerous awards for her art at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga.