We are a loosely organized group of women artists living around metro Atlanta. We meet to discuss our lives, artwork and philosophy, and to learn new techniques from each other. Sometimes we exhibit together on a particular theme.
last whole-group show was in October of 2007, at the Atlanta Public Library - and we'll be back at the Library in 2011.
of us regularly exhibit around Atlanta.
I have worked in the challenging medium of clay for many years, but I am not necessarily a purist when it comes to my artwork. I use whatever techniques and materials come my way. I love to stop at junk piles on the side of the road. I look for odd bits of pottery shards in my creek. So, when I acquired several slip molds of doll parts and animals, I began experimenting with adding naturalistic elements to my architecturally inspired work.I am currently working on a series of "human situation" pieces. These works begin with an idea of a particular pose, emotion, or predicament. During the construction of the piece, thepersonality begins to develop. Sometimes the result is clearly a self-portrait of a part of my life. Other times, the arrangements are more playful and humorous. However, all of these creations are reflections of the world I see.
"Early Dislikes" is a continuation of my exploration into working with the human figure. As I was building it, I began thinking of things I disliked as a child: wearing lacy dresses, staying in the house. It is very much a self-portrait of my younger years.
Pam Beagle-Daresta resides in Marietta, GA, with her family. She is formally trained in drawing, painting, printmaking, and papermaking. A 1970 graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, Pam is also a paneled Artist-in-Residence with the Georgia Council for the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Fulton County Arts Council. She is listed in Who's Who of America and Who's Who of American Women. Her works were included in a Governor's Exhibit at the State Capitol, and her last solo exhibit was for Allied Arts in Milledgeville, GA.
My gender colors my work, my age gives it substance, my mind stifles or frees it. My friends support my efforts and we support each other as women and creators. I offer these objects in sincere reflection of myself in our spirit of sharing.
Marilynn Mallory Brandenburger
I paint both landscapes and the "stuff" found in landscapes - natural and human artifacts I come across outdoors. My most recent work is about transformations in nature. I find broken shells, rusted metal, animal bones, fossils, broken pottery, rotting wood, etc. to be metaphors for the great and mysterious changes earth, living things and human works undergo over time. Shell becomes sand becomes sea floor; iron becomes rust becomes mineral; wood becomes sawdust becomes soil; pottery becomes shard becomes clay. These processes grab my attention because of the raw beauty of the evidence: the bits of shell and bone and other fragments are a kind of rare sculpture wrought by time and decay. Their beauty inspires me to transform them into art, as images on paper. As I do so, I come to terms with my own small part in this immense flow of change and time.
I am an abstract expressionist working in acrylic, inks, watercolor, charcoal, and gold leaf. I love experimenting and pushing the boundaries. This type of painting gives me the liberty to express my heart and soul as no other painting style ever has. I think the most significant lessons in life and in painting come from within.
Light gives shape to everything we see. Black & white photography is all about capturing reflected light on film. I've always been fascinated by the images reflected from shiny surfaces such as glass or water. In my photographs featuring water, from the Pacific coast to small lakes in Vermont and Douglasville, Georgia, from rain-washed streets in Saratoga Springs, NY, to a snow-rimmed puddle on the campus of Northwestern University, the water's surface is elusive, its presence revealed by what it reflects. Storefront windows are another favorite source of reflection, overlaying three realities at once - the facade I am facing, a glimpse of details in the interior space, and the opposing scene reflected in the glass. This juxtaposition gives us a fresh perspective on our environment. The process of handcoloring allows me to revisit places I shot years ago and make a fresh statement about the place, adding a layer of mystery or revealing a possible solution to a mystery in the image.
Ande Cook has been an art "Jack of All Trades" - high school art teacher, Georgia State University art education instructor, Artist-in-Residence (with the Georgia Council for the Arts), and Director of Teacher Training (at Atlanta's High Museum of Art) - plus an exhibitor of fine art in several gallery shows throughout the 1990's. A series of gouache paintings she called "Botanica," when exhibited were reviewed as "delightfully surreal, precise yet lyrical, quiet, poetic and spirit-filled."
Gillian B. Gussack
My current body of work involves the inner clique of ideal images of our times. The cool dude and girl, the super mom, rich guy, jock, and supermodel are examples of this exclusive group. The outer circle includes the rest of us plain folk, the obese, disabled, elderly and children, the homeless and the artists are members of this population.
In "Reflections", "mini-er me" is my outer image. In my head, I'm like "Sheila", young, hip, hot and half my age. I've always been in conflict with my physical body and am fascinated with body dysmorphia. A lot of people are in our culture and that is what feeds my work.
I feel that the whole idea of meaning in art is to transcend a particular meaning. I think of artists as seekers of truth, searching out the secrets of the heart, a truth which goes beyond the ego. I want to communicate the "feeling", the "music", the "atmosphere" the color and shape rather than tell the viewer what something looks like. The meaning of the work is the work itself.
I'm crazy about watercolor! It is fluid. It is unforgiving. It is maximum challenge. My first love in art was and remains drawing and pencil rendering, so you will see much of that influence reflected in my new watercolor ventures. I draw and paint what is around me, striving to add a little something that may make the viewer relate or think deeper than the paint allows. In this show, "Reflections", the loose self portrait theme allowed me to go a little beyond a still life or my cat friends or Dad's cows Beyond myself to the future or is it back to childhood? You decide. Although watercolor is a relatively new (and not easy!) medium for me, my art has always depicted the everyday, commonplace and comfortable things nearby. You will see things you can smile or frown about, and hopefully something that makes you remember. I like to look for different angles,shadows and unique ways of viewing these everyday things -- the life in an antique shop window shadow, or the unobserved gaggle of 10-year old boys gazing out a train window.
Art in many forms has always been an important yet quiet part of my life. This won't change, but I do hope that through my sharing, you find something changes in you - something real or fun or good.
Staring into another person's face to capture their likeness is an activity I will never tire of. I've drawn portraits since I was 10 years old (they looked awful, but you must start sometime) and from that point it became the way I learned to define the world. A conventional portrait's tight constraints (good likeness, good drawing) leaves little room for interpretation, one that was equally mirrored in my work as a graphic artist (you want a million ideas in 10 minutes?). I was delighted to be able to merge my portraiture with the humor, style and satire that are the characteristics of my "label series". Besides being my homage to the great advertising products of the past, it blends the portrait artist and graphic artist in me. The series gives voice to my political, satirical, and historical opinions in a humorous and non-threatening way. Mining my own psyche and face brought its own unique challenges (Do I REALLY look like that???) and gave me an opportunity to chronicle my (mid)life journey as a woman.
With advancing age often comes a new kind of wisdom, perhaps reflections on one's past, while grounded in the present and looking toward an unknown future. "20" and "60" are part of a new series of introspective, dreamlike paper cutout mixed media drawings about finding the balance we seek in various stages or chapters in this journey called life. How can we find the inner self to portray emotions that may be veiled behind a facade? Using bits and pieces, or symbolic fragments comes to terms with "who I am."
Painting is my passion. I express that passion primarily through color and pattern. Occasionally through line. I paint what I see, although I may not see it all at the same time or in the same place. Media and style change to suit the subject or the moment or my mood. Making a connection to another person through the visual medium has always been extemely gratifying but the act of creating remains that, an act that may secondarily be a statement.
The ideas and motifs of my most recent work are based on the seed.
Seeds are my source of inspiration in an attempt to depict life and find a visual analogy for it. I am in awe of the diversity of the natural world and have grown to respect its laws and their significance to humankind.
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