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Julie Dice Wynn (and Friends)
Dandelions and Simple Pleasures
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Welcome to Columbus Artists Magazine, April edition! If you like what you see/read remember: our back issues are archived for your enjoyment at ColumbusArtistsMagazine.com.
This month I wrote the feature article in one day, March 31, when another planned piece was unexpectedly delayed. Luckily, there is no shortage of visual arts stories in Columbus and one involved a group of seven photographer friends (and friends of mine). Read Julie Dice Wynn (and Friends), Dandelions and Simple Pleasures, beginning on page 5.
One notable exhibit opens this month: Marina Dunbar's Solo BFA show Marina Savashynskaya, Painting and Sculpture, on April 14. Get the details on our Exhibits page. Don't miss it!
Columbus Artists Magazine and ArtCurrents operate on the belief that visual artists, individuals who often work alone, recognize the benefits of banding together for the common good; we are in the process of testing that belief.
If you are an artist who supports our mission and wants to join us, consider that for the cost of a lunch in uptown each month, you can have your own page in our magazine and share your work with thousands of area art consumers. Together we can change the landscape for the visual arts in Columbus.
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Brenda and I wish you a peaceful and art-filled April!
Silent Whispers ©Julie Dice Wynn Wynn
Julie is one of the biggest success stories from the aforementioned CSU program, the Rankin Arts Photography Center and Photopia. She earned a certificate in the program, became an expert macro photographer and now teaches macro photography for us. A few years ago, as Julie's mentor for fine art photography, I advised her to make a commitment to a project and to show me a new way of seeing her subject. The next time we met, she had hundreds of images of dandelions from her front yard, and many of them were phenomenal! Julie says, "After 3 years and thousands of images of dandelions, I still capture unique perspectives every single time.
Julie Dice Wynn (and Friends)
Dandelions and Simple Pleasures
by Kenny Gray
This article profiles seven local photographers, most of whom took classes in the CSU Digital Photography Certificate Program and are members of Photopia, a photography group that meets monthly at the Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) in Uptown Columbus. Although they are accomplished in other genres , all are currently included in a juried exhibit, Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show 2016, which runs through April 30 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum in Newman, Georgia. UPDATE, April 2: Julie Dice Wynn won First and Fourth Place and Honorable Mention awards from the juror.
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Marie Massey's photographs are elegant and sophisticated, no matter the subject matter: portraits, her beloved gulf coast shoreline, or trees. She earned her photography certificate form CSU and like Julie is an active member of Photopia. Here is what she says about this image: "My dad took our family for walks in forests when I was very young and in doing so gave me a love of trees. As a photographer, being able to capture the feeling I have on these forest walks and times of contemplation is a gift of remembrance and peace. There is something magical about the bokeh (the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light) created by the raindrops…almost like twinkling lights."
About a year ago (265 days to be exact) I started a year-long project...I called it #365DaysofDandelions. Every day I post one unique dandelion image on social media. The project has challenged me to continue capturing unique images and for each image to be better than the last. At the completion of #365DaysofDandelions, I hope to publish a book of all 365 images."
Raindrops and Leaves ©Marie Massey
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Lone Tree in Fog ©Elizabeth McAdory
Elizabeth McAdory also holds a digital photography certificate from CSU. Elizabeth states Lone Tree in Fog was taken early one morning in the fog. I love the beautiful mystery of a foggy morning. I have photographed this lone tree several times since I pass it daily. The other photos are with full leaves or a sunset. I think the bare branches, fog, and monochrome palette combine to create an eerie atmosphere-what is hiding in the fog? I am very excited to have this image in Simple Pleasures, the Nature Exhibit. "
Silent Abyss ©Lori Harrell
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Lori Harrell earner a digital photography certificate from CSU and is active in the Photopia Photography Group. She has an active imagination and a fascination with Brothers Grimm and dystopian literature and film. She recreated scenes from the movie Maleficent (Desire Downs in costume) for the exhibit Desire: Ten Photographers at RAPC in 2014. This might help to explain Lori's title and interpretation of her image.
Silent Abyss was captured in the "Enchanted Forest" , a favorite spot on my property. I was out early one morning, trying to learn how to capture fog, with a tripod and cable release in the low light. I captured several images of this scene at different settings, until I got what I saw in my mind's eye. The limb in the top right corner caught my eye. It seemed to be reaching towards the fog floating silently out on the lake. The silence just seemed to go on and on (in my mind), so that's how this image became Silent Abyss. "
Peaceful Pond ©Desire Downs
Desire Downs, Photopia member, is a beginner compared with the others in this group, as she often reminds us, and her best work features a dark, edgy approach to various subjects. Her nature photography is the result of a new appreciation for the natural world. She explains, "After receiving a camera and photography gear from some amazing friends (see article in January issue of this magazine), I decided to make some lifestyle changes. With my camera in hand and a nature trail ahead of me, I take off. Peaceful Pond was taken on July 4th of last year at Highfalls State Park, 90 minutes northeast of Columbus in Jackson GA.. My outings always start with me practicing with my camera and end with me introducing my friends and followers to places some have never heard of. I hope my images help spread the word about the beauty in State and National Parks. "
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Kevin studied in the CSU Digital Photography Certificate Program, starting in 2005, and is one of the most talented and resourceful photographers in the area. He is an active member of Photopia and his work with model/photographer Desire Downs was featured in the January Issue of this magazine.
After Life was an unplanned capture. I set out that day in the spring of 2014 to capture reflections in a pool of water that had collected at Flat Rock Park. But I couldn't help notice these dying leaves that were laying all around me and how, in their own way, they were beautiful. At this point the idea for a new project was born, After Life...A Beginning."
After Life ©Kevin Kelly
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Sand Dollar ©Lis Roop
Lis Roop will soon earn her digital photography certificate from CSU and is one of the most accomplished students in the history of the program. She is moderator of the Photopia Imagemakers and very active in the Columbus photography community. From Lis:
"There is something magical about viewing the world through a camera lens. The rest of the world -- all the stresses, the distractions, the worries -- fall away, and I'm left with the simple beauty of the object in front of me. I was mesmerized by the waves washing over this sand dollar, continually lifting and resettling the heavy trace minerals (the dark pieces) on the white sand in a circular pattern around the shell."
Update: Lis won two Honorable Mention awards from the juror.
Reflections ©Jennifer Bates
Jennifer Bates earned her Digital Photography Certificate in 2015 and shows great promise as a portrait photographer in addition to wildlife and landscape. She is a committed supporter of the gallery program at RAPC.
Reflections was taken on Fort Benning at Weems pond. Weems pond has the tendency to get taken over by lily pads, which is why I originally ended up here, only to find calm waters, blue skies and majestic clouds.
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Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley
Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker
Galleria, Columbus Museum
Through July 2016
Exhibits: Now Showing
Jane Robbins Kerr: A Way Back Home
CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center
March 18th through April 15
Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 6:00-8:00pm
We Tattooed Your Father/The Global Art of Tattoos
Galleria Cases, Columbus Museum
Opens February 21, 1-5pm
From the Studio: Recent Work by the CSU Faculty of Art
Illges Gallery, CSU Corn Center
Through April 9
Reception: March 1, 5:30-7:00
Master Printmakers 1920-1940
Selections from the Collection
Woodruff Works on Paper Gallery, Columbus Museum
Through July 3
Painting and Sculpture: Solo BFA Exhibition
111 12th Street, Columbus, GA. 31901
Opening Reception: Thursday April 14, 5:30-8:00pm
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Bodies of water have always fascinated me as an artist. The reflections of the sky or objects surrounding the water greatly influence the color scheme and mood of the painting. Those reflections are sometimes broken by objects growing in or floating upon the water, creating in turn, their own reflections. Whimsically, I dream up scenarios surrounding the microcosm below the surface and how those beings live out their lives and may influence ours. Indulging all of my favorite aspects of water is this fall scene of a water lily pond at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
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Geri M. Davis is an honored member of the Columbus Art Community, where she has taught for over 40 years. She works primarily in watercolor, earning Signature Membership in the Southern Watercolor Society (Past President), Georgia Watercolor Society, Mississippi Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Alabama. Geri graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Architecture and Art and holds a Master of Science degree from Troy State University in Counseling and Human Development with a concentration in Art Therapy. Geri teaches using a therapeutic approach and lectures on Art As Therapy. Geri is Vice President and Founding Member of Gallery on 10th, serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for Liberal Arts at Auburn, and is a member of the Columbus Artists' Guild and the Bo Bartlett Center Advisory Board.
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Brenda Stevens has been a watercolorist for twenty five years. Her paintings have been published in magazines, won awards in local and regional competitions, and are included in many private collections. Her painting Southern Magnolia won the Manfred Metcalf Award in the Columbus Artists' Guild 2013 Exhibition. In 2014, Cat Briar, Hadden Woods won the Carmike Cinemas Corporate Sponsor's Award at the Time For Art event. In 2015, she won the Laurie Bode Memorial Watercolor Award at the Columbus Artists' Guilds' Annual Members Exhibit for her painting Dune. Nine of her paintings appear in Leffel’s Tales, stories of her father’s childhood, which she wrote and self-published last year. Brenda has developed many watercolor and drawing classes and currently teaches adults at Columbus State and Auburn Universities, and at Sunnyside School in Pine Mountain.
Although her paintings include landscapes, still lifes, figurative and abstracts, Roseanne Peters' passion is portraits. She is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Portrait Society of America. Roseanne sees and focuses on the beauty in each face and attempts to create the most exquisite and compelling art possible. “I like to think that my art helps connect families from one generation to another. I create the ultimate hand-me-down” says Roseanne. She studied at The California Art Institute and in workshops and private understudies with such well-known artists as Daniel Greene, Michael Del Florio, Tony Ryder, Tom Browning, and Neil Boyle. Her works can be found in galleries, homes, businesses and collections across America, and in Europe and Singapore.
Adleyn Scott earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance at Auburn University, and taught at Columbus State University. In 2009, after retiring, Adleyn took an art class and discovered a passion for art. She studied with notable local artists, and in 2014 discovered the art of Iris Scott, a renowned artist and teacher, who paints in oil using only her fingers. Adleyn was inspired. As a member of the Columbus Artists' Guild, she arranged for the group to sponsor a Columbus workshop by Ms Scott in Fall of 2014. Since that time she has been developing her own impressionistic finger painting style. Adleyn's paintings are hanging at Riverside Galleria and can be seen at the annual Columbus Artists' Guild Exhibit each July.
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Susan Dolan studied on scholarship at the Art Institute of Chicago, earned her BFA at Drake University, and studied in Florence, Italy. Her paintings are inspired by travels in the U.S., England, France, and Croatia. She enjoys painting the Chattahoochee Valley in Plein Air. Susan has exhibited at Two Sisters Gallery, the Columbus Museum (“Let There Be Art”), the CSU Illges Gallery (annual Columbus Artist Guild show), and the Annette Howell Turner Center in Valdosta, GA,. She received a Purchase Award Ribbon at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga. in 2013. Her work can be viewed at Two Sisters Gallery and the Gallery on 10th in Uptown Columbus, GA.
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Garry Pound, a native of Columbus, Georgia, grew up in an artistic environment: his mother was a well-known painter and his father an architect and expert draftsman. Garry graduated with honors from Sewanee, the University of the South, in 1977. He spent a year at Indiana State University working on his Masters in Art, then he went to Ohio University where he was awarded the Siegfried Scholarship for overall achievement in graduate studies. He taught classes in art appreciation and critical analysis, receiving his doctorate in Comparative Arts, a cultural history degree, in 1985. Dr. Pound returned to Columbus, where he now works as a professional artist. He is well known for his portraits, and he has a strong interest in the human figure as well as landscape. Studio: 706-327-3024
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Frenasee Rathel Daughety, a Georgia Artist working in oil and watercolor, currently lives in Dublin,GA where her studio is located. She has strong ties to Columbus, has developed a following throughout middle Georgia and is currently taking new commissions. Primarily a portrait artist, she received a Senate Proclamation from the State of Georgia 2004 for her historical depiction of the life and work of Senator Hugh M. Gillis. She has recently completed a portrait of retired Congressman J. Roy Rowland. A former art educator, Frenasee also enjoys teaching and creating paintings of landscapes and architecture. Her work hangs in homes and institutions throughout the region. For available work and a list of shows and awards visit her website.
Amy Patterson is primarily a landscape painter, with a passion for the palette knife, texture and intense color. Amy holds degrees in art education from Columbus College (undergraduate) and the University of West Georgia (Masters). Her paintings have been shown in the Site 109 Gallery in New York, New York, Bank of America Plaza on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited in the National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibit (Atlanta, 2014), Georgia Art Education Association Members Exhibit (various cities, 2004-7), Governor’s Exhibits (offices of the Governor, Capitol, Atlanta, 2004, 2005), University of West Georgia Alumni Exhibits (Bruce Bobick Gallery,Carrolton,Ga 2011, 2013, 2015), Columbus Artists’ Guild Member Exhibitions, the Georgia National Fair (2011-2015), and the Art in the Armory Exhibit (Perry,GA 2015).
Juanita Barrow earned a Batchelor in Art Education from West Georgia College in 1975, and a Master in Art Education in 1980 from the University of Georgia. In 2010, after teaching art for 30 years, Juanita turned her interests to painting, printmaking, ceramics and metal fabrication. Juanita has received many awards since she began her “second career”. In 2011, she won the First Exhibitor Award from the Columbus Artists’ Guild Member’s exhibit, and in 2014 the Best of Show Award at the same exhibit. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the southeast and has won numerous other awards. Juanita’s work can be viewed at Front Porch Gallery in Columbus, Georgia and in her online gallery. She is also a member of Britt David Pottery Studio in Columbus, Georgia where she creates her ceramic pieces.
A quilter for almost 50 years, Cathy Fussell works out of her home studio in Columbus, Georgia, where she produces both hand-quilted and machine-quilted pieces. She makes traditional quilts, art quilts and modern quilts, and she salvages vintage quilt tops. Cathy often collaborates with a family member during the design phase, she sometimes exhibits work in shows, and she occasionally teaches a class. She is constantly evolving as a quilter.
Artist's Statement: Quilts are about history and art and politics and stories and patience and beauty and community and economics and place and expression and freedom and transition and family and warmth – and love. And they’re feminized and devalued. All that is why I’m so into quilts and quiltmaking.
A casual photographer for most of his life, Rob St. Clair finally found the time to work on improving his photography skills when he retired and moved to Columbus. Primarily a landscape photographer, Rob travels widely and recently added images to his website from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Japan, Israel and Jordan. He is currently president of the Columbus Artists’ Guild and a charter member of Gallery on 10th, in Uptown Columbus, where his photographs are on permanent exhibit. Rob’s photographs have also been exhibited at the Dempsey Arts Center in Auburn, Alabama, the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center in Columbus, Georgia, the Joseph House Art Gallery, also in Columbus, and in the concourse at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.
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Marie Massey has a Masters Degree in Art Education from Columbus State University. She taught art for eight years and primary grades for over thirty years in the Muscogee County School District, before earning her Digital Photography Certificate from CSU Continuing Education in 2009. Marie's fine art photography has been exhibited at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit three times (First Place Award in 2013), and the Desire: Ten Photographers and Linwood: Twelve Photographers exhibits. Marie is also a member of the Photopia Photography Group and an accomplished portrait photographer.
Born in Yorkshire, England and transplanted to Columbus in1999, Peter's love of photography began with his first camera at age 16. He earned a degree in Scientific Photography and an Associateship of The British Institute of Professional Photographers. He worked as a photographer for the Ministry of Defence until starting Amber Visual Photography, with clients throughout the UK and Europe. Peter's first photography exhibition was commissioned by The National Eisteddfod of Wales; his second opened at the Museum of Modern Art (Wales). Peter's images have been published in the UK and USA and won several awards with work appearing in public collections such as MOMA (Wales), The National Eisteddfod, The National Library of Wales, The Millennium Collection and private collectors in the UK and USA.
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Julie Dice Wynn is a macro photography specialist, and her photographs have been published in Country Magazine (twice) and Modern Luxury/JEZEBEL. They have been exhibited for three consecutive years in the Annual Juried Columbus Photographers exhibition at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center, where she earned a Digital Photography Certificate in 2013, and where she is an instructor teaching Macro Photography and Photoshop I. Julie's fine art photography has also been exhibited in Slow Exposures, a national juried exhibition that celebrates the rural South, and at CSU's Oxbow Meadows. She is a contributor for USA Today's Your Take feature. In addition to her fine art photography, Julie is a professional portrait, wedding and event photographer.
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Kenny Gray is Director of the Columbus State University Rankin Arts Photography Center, in Columbus, Ga. He is also Program Coordinator for the CSU Digital Photography Certificate Program and an instructor teaching advanced classes. In 1972, Kenny established one of the South's first galleries devoted to the exhibition of fine art photography, The Living Image, in Atlanta. His photography is included in many private collections and in the collections of the Lamar Dodd Arts Center in LaGrange, Ga., and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, in Atlanta.
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Kevin Kelly has been a serious student of photography for ten years, studying primarily at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) in Uptown Columbus. Kevin's fine art photography has been exhibited at the RAPC in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit four times, and the Desire: Ten Photographers and Linwood: Twelve Photographers exhibits in 2014. Eight of his photographs were published in the book Linwood Through the Lens: Contemporary Photographs of Historic Linwood Cemetery. In 2015, he had a print selected for the national juried exhibit Slow Exposures, part of a week-long celebration of photography each Fall in Concord/Zebulon, Ga. Kevin is also an active member of the Photopia Photography Group which meets monthly at RAPC.
Ricky Kammenga earned a Digital Photography Certificate from Columbus State University Continuing Education in 2011. That same year he had an image selected for Slow Exposures, a national juried exhibition in Concord/Zebulon, Ga., and was featured, along with photographer George C. Slade, in an exhibit, Southern Expressions, at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC). Ricky's photography has also been exhibited in each of the annual Columbus Photographers exhibits (2011-15), at RAPC, and in Photopia Interprets Nature, at Callaway Gardens, in 2013. Ricky is an active member of Photopia, a photography group that meets monthly at RAPC.
Lee Brantley has a BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University. He worked as a television art director for both commercial and public broadcasting stations, producing films, graphics, and sets. As his career took him from professional artistic endeavors and into management, he focused on photography as a personal creative outlet. Lee has had a solo exhibit at the Sautee Nacoochee Art Center in Helen, Georgia, and in 2014 was accepted into the Slow Exposures exhibit in Concord, Georgia. His images have been selected to hang in the annual Columbus Photographers exhibit where he won 3rd Place in 2014, and he shows his work each year at Arts on the River in Uptown Columbus, winning Best of Show on twice and First Place four times. Lee's images are on display at the Gallery on Tenth in Columbus, Georgia.
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DeDe Wilson studied art and photography at Auburn University, and digital photography at Columbus State University's Rankin Arts Photography Center, where her photographs were exhibited in the annual juried Columbus Photographers exhibit in 2014 and 2015. In those same years, she exhibited with the Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange in its annual exhibit at the LaGrange Art Museum. DeDe has a passion for photographing dancers and performers, whom she meets through her position as official photographer for The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts in LaGrange, Ga. She is owner of DD Photography, also in LaGrange.
Janet Hathaway has a B.A. in Language and Literature from Columbus State University and a Digital Photography Certificate with dual specialties (Portraiture and Fine Art) from the CSU CE Digital Photography Program. She earned a Certified Professional Photographer (CCP) designation from Professional Photographers of America in 2014. Janet's fine art photography has been included in several juried exhibits at the CSU Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) in Columbus: Desire: Ten Photographers, Linwood: Twelve Photographers, and Columbus Photographers 2014 and 2015. She also has work in the book Linwood Through the Lens: Contemporary Photographs of Historic Linwood Cemetery, published by Historic Linwood Foundation, Inc. in 2014. Janet is an active member of Photopia, a photography group which meets monthly at RAPC, and her writing on photography has appeared on ArtCurrents.net and in Columbus Artists Magazine.
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