Sunday, July 7, 2013

First Sunday Lecture Series: Smyrna, Georgia, 1930 - 1930

Smyrna historian Dr. William Marchione  presented a slide lecture entitled "Smyrna, Georgia, 1930 - 1930" focusing on how Smyrna evolved from an agricultural village into a fast growing commuter suburb in these formative years. 

The lecture was based largely on chapter 6 of his forthcoming book, "A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia," due to be published by the History Press" in the fall of 2013. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Photography Exhibit by Susannah Masarie Opens in Art Gallery

Artist Statement

Susannah Masarie is an artist who's medium is photography. Susannah has a love for the great outdoors. She feels that an appreciation of nature is important to the conservation of the earth. She uses photography to capture the little details of nature that are easily overlooked. Her love of nature started from growing up in North Carolina and having had many opportunities to experience the natural world. She has traveled and photographed in many of the United States and six other countries.

Susannah first became interested in photography when she took photography classes in high school. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Technology, with a photography concentration. Her work has been shown in galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, used for multiple websites, and several publications.

Susannah is currently working on archiving her past photographic work, and looking for ways to do more with her photography.

Sculptures Exhibit by Helen Helwig Opens in Display Gallery

Artist Statement

Active 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.

More 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.

Helen 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.

The 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.

Helen 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