The staff at the Art Station - Big Shanty is so excited to debut our newest project; Artist of the Week, now with interviews! We've been reaching out to local and surrounding artists and asking them some questions about their art and their processes. And to kick off this exciting new feature is local artist Kelly Wright!
Where are you from? Does your hometown influence your art in any way?
I was born in Roanoke VA, moved to Winston-Salem NC when I was 6 and have spent the last 30 + years here in Georgia. It's possible I am influenced by "hometown", in the way hometowns can be simple.... but since I've been a few places I'm not sure I'd take too much from that.
What advice would you give artists just starting out, young or old? What did you wish someone would’ve told you when you were starting out?
My advice....well I didn't start real art lessons till just this past year so if you have the urge to learn, or learn more, don't wait. Get you some lessons and Start making art.
Is acrylic painting your main form of creating art or do you work with other mediums?
I've always been artistic, my day time job is a floral designer and I've been doing that kind of Art since I was 17, and I've piddled in painting for quite a few years. For the charity project I have, I only paint in Acrylic. It's cheaper and dries quicker. But oil painting is where my heart is, and since I'm just learning and being trained by Helen DeRamus right now, that it's hard to not get frustrated with the learning process. I want to know it all!! Be patient, it takes a bit to train yourself.
What inspires you to create? Do you have to have certain music or work space when you paint?
When it comes to the painting space my spot is messy, and I don't really listen to music so I can hear my own thoughts.
If you could work with any other Georgia artist, who would it be?
Oh gracious, one of my favorite ATL artists is Chawn Murrah, I also love the work by Virginia Dauth and Mary Jane Huegel.
What are your future plans with your art?
I'm a two time cancer survivor, so the future is important to me.... as in, "don't waste time”. Make a difference while you can, so future plans? Hmm, I hope to get better at the oil painting and with my charity art, I look forward to giving lots more money back to groups making a difference.
We're so happy we heard from Kelly & get to share her work with you. We hope her art can even inspire you to share your work with us as well! Drop offs for our next show "Off the Leash" starts this week!
Find more of Kelly Wright's work at www.awrightcause.com or follow her of Facebook!
Last night, we invited our campers back for our annual Summer Camp Showcase! Students and parents arrived and smiles were all around. As the gallery filled, proud artists spotted their work to show off to their families. Hors d'oeuvres were served and bubble wands were made on the back porch.
The campers felt so special seeing their artwork displayed in our gallery and mingling with their teachers and fellow artists. We also had our Fall instructors demoing downstairs. Until next year!
Join us next week for our annual Art of the Art Teacher exhibit opening reception! This show features work from Georgia art educators and will display a variety of media such as printmaking, oil and acrylic painting, photography, and 3D art. Stay tuned for a sneak peak of the show!
Our Upcycle/Recycle/Artcycle theme this week is a success!
Mark your calendars for the Summer Camp Showcase to see some of this amazing work: Thursday August 2 from 6 to 8 pm. Also, this theme will be repeating the week of July 23 so don't miss out!
We are excited to welcome back Mostly Mutts for our Second Annual Off the Leash Pet Themed Art Show. Last year was a great success! Many talented artists and dedicated volunteers generously donated their time and artwork to raise money to help animals in need.
The Off the Leash 2018 exhibition will be on display in our gallery October 4-October 26. We will kick the show off with a reception Thursday, October 4th 6PM-8PM. Join us then for refreshments, raffles, live music, and more. This year participating artists may choose to donate 30% or 100% of their sales to Mostly Mutts. Artists may submit up to four ready to hang pieces to the show. For more details please see our artist agreement below.
On Thursday, we hosted our IMPRESSED Printmaking Show Reception. We enjoyed seeing the artists and teaming with Red Onion Press, Blick Art Materials, and Simmertime Cafe for an amazing evening with delicious food. There was even a double rainbow at the end of the night!
Our Best in Show award went to Rachel Burgener for Where the Sleepy Children Go. Rachel is a Kennesaw State University art student.
Honorable Mentions went to Rick Paller, Michelle Adams, and Daniel Arnold. The show will be displayed in our gallery until the first week of June.
What an active spring it's been so far! We're headed into May with thoughts of summer camp, fall classes and all of the great events coming up at the Art Station. Summer camps and teen classes are filling up, so be sure to register today to secure your child's spot. Fall class registration opens next week on May 2. We have a great line up as usual, and we can't wait for everyone to join us.
We'll be at Acworth's Smoke on the Lake Festival on May 11 & 12 with free crafts for the kids. We're really looking forward to this event as it's the first time we've attended. Bring an empty belly, and we'll see you there!