Sunday, November 3, 2013

First Sunday Lecture Series: Wilbur Kurtz, Artist and Illustrator

Wilbur Kurtz III (Bill) spoke on the life and career of his grandfather and namesake, noted Atlanta area artist, illustrator and historian Wilbur Kurtz.  The artist moved to Atlanta from the Midwest in 1912. His adventures with pen, paintbrush, and sketchbook spanned 55 years and his works are now on display in major American art museums.

Mr. Kurtz became technical adviser for three notable Hollywood films that treated of Georgia themes: “Gone With the Wind” (1938); “Song of the South” (1946); and Walt Disney’s “The Great Locomotive Chase” (1957).  The speaker displayed various items of his grandfather's paintings, sketch books, and memorabilia in this fascinating talk.

The "First Sunday" lecture series is held in the Smyrna Public Library Meeting Room and is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Illustrations In Graphite, Pen & Ink Exhibit by Bill Needs Opens in Art Gallery

A resident of Marietta for nearly 40 years, Bill Needs followed an unusual route into the field of art. A few years after retiring from a career in Vocational Rehabilitation, curiosity prompted him to enroll in a drawing course at Kennesaw State University, (OLLI) Continuing Education. With no prior interest in art, that brief exposure to the creative powers of a pencil and pen revealed a hidden talent! For over five years, Bill has continued to experiment and expand his artistic perceptions with these simple tools. 

His art is eclectic ...

-capturing motion and mood of weather upon landscapes and seascapes;
-reflecting a range of human emotion in faces, postures and interacting cultures,
-sculpting memory-evoking images of and bonds with animals and pets;
-even offering whimsical views of Marietta’s fabled icon, the “Big Chicken”.

Poignant illustrations to supplement love poems authored by Dr. Bruce Gillett in Quarter Peeled Oranges; cover illustration to the historical treatment of letters from civil war soldiers interred at Marietta’s National Cemetery, titled Rest Brave Comrades – Your Work is Done, published by historian Brad Quinlin; and more.
This talent continues to evolve, to his delight and to the surprise of those who know him. His art can also be found in DuPre’s Antique Market – Artist’s Forum”. You are invited to enjoy his art, add your comments, request a commission, or make recommendations for other scenes you’d like to see Bill bring to the sketchbook. -rendering precise architectural lines to describe buildings and monuments;

Bill’s art has been featured in local juried exhibitions at Marietta Art Museum, Acworth’s Gallery 4463, and Kennesaw’s Smith Gilbert Gardens. Bill has donated architectural illustrations for Marietta’s annual “Pilgrimage” holiday tour of homes. Bill has offered drawing classes (titled “Beyond Doodling”) to Marietta’s Enrichment for Life Movement (“ELM”), and other venues around Cobb.


Origami, Armor & Jewelry Exhibit by Helen Rule Opens in Display Gallery

Helen 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.

Chainmaille 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.

Helen 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.

Also drawing 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.