ARTIST PROFILE: Stephen St.Claire

Stephen St.Claire was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, California, graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Working with oil paint since he was a child, he has spent most of his adult life exploring different facets of art and design, winning numerous international awards for his work.   

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SHOW OPENING: FRACTURE

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF FRACTURE. 

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY, 08.04.17 • 6PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme. 

ARTIST PROFILE: Jeanie Tomanek

"From Nothing" by Jeanie Tomanek

"From Nothing" by Jeanie Tomanek

Artist Jeanie Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry; exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales, fairy tales and her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genesee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. Dogs sometimes accompany the pale bald “Everywoman” protagonist on her journeys that often take place beneath a starry moonlit sky. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old.

Tomanek is self-taught, and has always painted for pleasure. It is only in the last decade that she has begun her full time artist career. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Dennis and two rescue dogs.

“I love to show the strength and optimistic attributes of women. Even when they are in a quandary or in danger, I always try to show a glimmer of hope and wisdom—that they will solve the riddle and make it through, stronger and with dignity. Being bald and shorn of any particular identity, they become all women.”
“Thoreau’s Pumpkin” was included in the Hudson River Museum’s “Paintbox Leaves, Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth.”

“Thoreau’s Pumpkin” was included in the Hudson River Museum’s “Paintbox Leaves, Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth.”

Tomanek is also a published poet and her paintings have appeared as cover art for literary journals and poetry collections.  Recently her painting “Thoreau’s Pumpkin” was included in the Hudson River Museum’s “Paintbox Leaves, Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth”.  Three images were also included in “Re-enchantment” a project produced for Australian Broadcasting Company that explores the ongoing effect of fairy tales in our daily lives.

Tomanek's work is held in many private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. 

 

Below is a gallery of Tomanek's works available at gallery43.

ARTIST PROFILE: Angie Sinclair

Angie Sinclair is interested in reflections. 

"My latest body of work has been focused on figures immersed in water. Water patterns fascinate me. My colorful long, loose brush strokes are visible in my work to convey motion. The human body is my favorite to paint. I try not to be too realistic but somewhat impressionistic. When I’m painting I notice everything; how fabric drapes, and if wet, how it hugs the body. A shadow is as important as the object casting it. I love the way light reflects on the surface of the water but the water remains translucent. I enjoy mixing an element of fabric images into my paintings to form new shapes and colors. 

Painting is a looser form of art and more freeing. Sinclair is always trying to challenge herself with subject matter. "Somehow I go from painting to mosaic and back," she says. "I love working in both mediums. They are completely different. Mosaics are precise and somewhat addicting  - like a puzzle that has to be finished." 

Sinclair's works are the anchor of our FLUIDITY show. In large part, this group show was inspired by her body of work. 

 

Inspired by a visit to gallery43, Georgia-based writer Gunnar Ohberg writes:

A man, in business shirt and jagged tie, swims submerged up to his neck in Angie Sinclair's mysterious "Cooling Down." Above the surface of the water we glimpse an obfuscated world of playful lights, a distorted realm lying just beyond the rippling waters. Bubbles and bursts of refracted colors hide the man's face and obscure his mood. Perhaps he has found himself in peril, flailing and helpless, as the waters threaten to devour him. But I, in the waves of soft and friendly oils, see an escape. A chance to exist, as much as possible, beneath the jagged pastel shards of a frantic world. A moment to relax and enjoy the cold clarity of calm waters.
 

Below is a selection of Sinclair's water-themed works available at gallery43.

Bubbles + Bites: pARTy at gallery43

Bubbles + Bites: pARTy at gallery43

07.21.17 marks one year from the day we signed our lease on the gallery space, and we think that's a grand reason to celebrate! 

Drop by the gallery Friday, July 21 from 6-9 and raise a glass to dreaming big and working hard.

 

07.03.17: I SAW THE SIGN (A note from Bonnie)

One year ago today, I was driving back from Stacy's house. We had spent a long, lazy day at the pool discussing potential sites for our new venture. Heading home, I noticed this small "for rent" sign posted inconspicuously on the back of a building we had been interested in. I turned my car around, walked through the overgrown lot, and dialed the number. "I know it's the holiday weekend and you are probably enjoying time with your family," I said, "but I am very interested in the property you have for lease. Please call me at your earliest convenience." I walked back around to the front, placed my face against the windows, and started dreaming of what would eventually become our gallery43. We have been blessed, and we have worked hard. And we have only just begun. So join us in celebrating 365 days of turning a dream into reality. We have big plans for July. Follow along, won't you? 

SHOW OPENING: FLUIDITY

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF FLUIDITY. 

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY, 07.07.17 • 6PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme. 

Artist Profile: Craig Ford

Craig Ford's bold and brilliant paintings of everyday objects and mixed-media collages capture the spirit of pop art and Americana. He is a career graphic artist who recently rediscovered his love for oil painting. We sat down with Ford and discussed how he started, what keeps him going, and what's next. 

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SHOW OPENING: METHOD

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF METHOD. 

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY, 06.02.17 • 6PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme. 

Artist Profile: Sabre Esler

Sabre Esler

One of Georgia's most exciting emerging artists, Sabre Esler's works are cutting-edge fresh. Esler, an Ohio native, graduated from Miami University with a BFA and an MFA in painting from SCAD, Atlanta. Best known for her dreamscapes, her current body of work is about Artificial Intelligence vs. the human “imperfect machine”.

Esler creates complex patterns using neurology as the inspiration to explore problem solving strategies. Starting with sculpture, exploring results of thought patterns, she creates imagery in other mediums. The artist, who is influenced by the Terry Winters and Antony Gormley, knows the importance of line and the energy and spontaneity it brings to a painting. Esler loves texture and the build-up of layers and achieves it in novel way; whether it’s carving through layers of paint on the canvas or using innovative mediums such as acrylic sheets lit with LED, she creates multi-medium art works. The artist approaches the creative process with the experimentation of a scientist to achieve the answer of “what if?” The results are a stunning display of patterns that weave endlessly.

 

My work explores the imperfect machine of the mind and their pathways and connections. Taking neurology, psychology and biology, I create hierarchies of pattern. I am interested in seeing the unseen; exploring personal truths based on perceptions. Thoughts are interpreted as complex mathematical hierarchies, that weave endlessly.  The process begins with fabricating a sculpture that showcases an aspect of thought patterns shaped by an event. From a sculpture, I create paintings and prints, which could be interpreted as residual after affects of a real event, much like a memory. This practice allows me to continue to change, adapt and explore the patterns and create hierarchies through layering techniques. I explore combining painting and printmaking or painting and sculpture to create hybrid pieces. By combining materials and practices, I am experimenting, much like a scientist does when exploring hypotheses. A recent body of work uses mapping of the receptor networks for neuron function in the brain during PTSD episodes. My current body of work examines problem solving strategies and innovation. The question in this case is, how does an idea take shape? Many of my pieces incorporate cloud and fog imagery where the pattern is elusive. The layers develop and crystallize as the structure of ideas form. The result is to seek a greater understanding of the complexities of the human condition, which is both universal, and yet unique and personal to the individual.

Esler's work is showcased in corporate collections such as the Ritz Carlton and SunTrust Bank and over 500 private collections. We are fortunate to have Sabre in our gallery43 family, and we invite you to discover her works in person. Here is a link to her current works in inventory.

WineDown Wednesday benefiting MINT

On the final Wednesday of each show, gallery43 hosts a local non-profit in the gallery for a fundraiser. During that evening, 10% of the proceeds go directly to that organization as a charitable contribution. Purchases may be made online for those unable to attend the event. 

This month's recipient is MINT

MINT is a 501(c)3 non-profit, arts organization dedicated to cultivating an innovative arts community in Atlanta and Georgia. They support emerging artists, patrons, and creative professionals by providing studio and exhibition space, curatorial opportunities, workshops and classes, conferences, an internship program, and other resources. Through these programs, MINT fosters a generous spirit, strengthens the regional economy, and enriches the creative community.

MINT was founded in 2006 by undergraduate students at Atlanta universities, as a space for emerging artists and patrons to find their voices. Over the past 11 years, via programs and exhibitions, they have presented 1,000+ contemporary and experimental artists. MINT is accessible to creatives through many opportunities to present work in both traditional and alternative media, such as installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, film, literature, and performance. Rigorously curated exhibitions and projects, community art programs, and open artist calls continue to engage and challenge the contemporary Atlanta art scene. 

Historically, MINT has hosted 8 -12 curated group and solo exhibits in its former gallery space, and now at satellite locations in Atlanta. They offer further visibility and support by purchasing emerging art for our Permanent Collection. Additional programs include Leap Year, MINT's emerging studio artist residency, and Invest-MINT, their underserved youth outreach and cultural enrichment program. Finally, MINT's intensive Internship Program trains 15 interns per year for a future in the arts. 

Artist Profile: Marcie Coltman

MARCIE COLTMAN

Coming from a family of artists, Marcie Coltman has always been driven to creative expression. Originally her passion to create led her into the hair artistry field. She quickly realized trying to appease people's expectations and interpretations of aesthetic beauty was not where she would flourish, so she turned her attention to the canvas. "Creating art on canvas allows me to fully express myself without the constrictions of complying to societal norms of visual beauty," says Coltman. "For me, art is about the emotion it provokes within the viewer."

When I stand in front of my easel with a paintbrush in my hand, I become so immersed that time seems to stand still. It is often the only place I feel calmness from anxiety; it helps me practice mindfulness as I become fully aware of my senses. Once I put the first stroke down, excitement builds as I anticipate the direction that the canvas wants to take me. A blank canvas is like the beginning of a new day: full of hope and aspiration, a fresh start.

Coltman's style of work is best described as contemporary abstract expressionism. Starting each piece by establishing a color palette, Coltman creates color studies on paper, which helps her define and refine her color schemes. Applying strokes of paint loosely and abstractly, she pays close attention to the piece's overall balance, tone, and contrast.  Adding strokes of graphite and oil pastels throughout the process adds a touch of chaos, mystery, and drama to the paintings. From afar, Coltman's paintings look soft and feminine; but up-close, viewers can explore the hidden edginess and eccentricity.

I find inspiration from colors and textures found in everyday mundane activities, things that others may overlook. I feel there is never a lack of creative stimulus if we look hard enough. I have been inspired by scars on the human skin, a rainbow after a thunderstorm, and even the texture of asphalt. The visuals of these subjects, and how I relate them symbolically to what I am going through in my personal life, have become my greatest source of inspiration. Each piece of my artwork begins with a personal experience of pain, joy, and/or self-discovery. Art gives me the courage to tell my story, to share it with the world in a way that reveals the universality of all our pain, joys, struggles, and triumphs.

We are fortunate to have Marcie in our gallery43 family, and we invite you to discover her works in person. Here is a link to her current works in inventory.

ON POINT with HIGH POINT

Twice a year, during the months of April and October, the furniture industry descends upon the town of High Point, North Carolina. Virtually every player - national and international - can be found in the city, as most product development centers around the High Point markets. Showrooms vie for the eye of buyers as they pull out all the stops to introduce their latest products. 

Working with designers on residential and commercial installations, we understand the importance of original art and its role in creating and defining an environment. So join us as we explore the Spring 2017 High Point Market and show how our artists' works complement the latest trends in furniture design.

Follow along on Instagram at @gallery43events as we explore the Spring 2017 High Point Market.

Show Opening: FLORA

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF FLORA. 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY, 05.05.17 • 6PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme. 

Featuring works by Marcie Coltman, Elisa Gomez, Chloe Hedden, Alea Hurst, and Cat Tesla.

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SHOW OPENING: EMERGE

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF EMERGE. 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY, 04.07.17 • 6PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme. 

WineDown Wednesday benefiting Amy's Place

Join us Wednesday, March 1 from 5-9 at the gallery for WineDown Wednesday!

On the final Wednesday of each show, gallery43 hosts a local non-profit in the gallery for a fundraiser. During that evening, 10% of the proceeds go directly to that organization as a charitable contribution. Purchases may be made online for those unable to attend the event. 

Our March event benefits Amy's Place

Amy’s Place, the home of Caring Together in Hope, 501(c)(3), is the country’s only free standing memory care café. A gathering place for those with dementia and their caregivers, the café offers social events for families, activities for the person with cognitive impairment and serves as a community resource center for those needing information about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. 

Amy’s Place provides community outreach to raise awareness about dementia, collaborates with local businesses to provide the resources and services available to families, and offers educational events by accredited healthcare providers. The café, located at 14 Sloan Street in Historic Roswell, will celebrate its 1 year anniversary on March 6th. To date, the café has hosted 68 events, all which are free to families.  

The mission of Caring Together in Hope/Amy’s Place is “to provide respite and support services to caregiving families who are selflessly serving those affected with dementia and related disorders.”

** Your donation allows the foundation to help families and is tax deductible. 

www.amysplace.net  ||  www.caringtogetherinhope.org

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM with additional hours available upon request. 

14 Sloan Street
Roswell, GA 30075
470.349.8349

Show Opening: BARE

DROP BY THE GALLERY AND JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF BARE. 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY. 02.03.17 • 5PM-9PM

Each month we mount a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait to see what our artists do with these themes. BARE will remain in the gallery through our WineDown Wednesday fundraiser, March 1, 2017. 

 

WineDown Wednesday benefiting Backstreet Community Arts

Join us Wednesday, February 1 from 5-9 at the gallery for WineDown Wednesday!

On the final Wednesday of each show, gallery43 hosts a local non-profit in the gallery for a fundraiser. During that evening, 10% of the proceeds go directly to that organization as a charitable contribution. Purchases may be made online for those unable to attend the event. 

Our February event benefits Backstreet Community Arts

Backstreet Community Arts exists to provide a safe, welcoming, creative environment to anyone who may benefit from the healing powers of art and community.  

Backstreet Arts reaches out to anyone who may not be aware of or have access to the proven healing power of art:  those who have experienced trauma, illness, or grief; veterans’ groups; at-risk teenagers; intellectually and developmentally disabled adults; homeless and low-income individuals who cannot afford art classes, those who are going through the recovery process, and anyone who wants to practice art in a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere.

Members of Backstreet Community Arts, including gallery43 artist Kimberly Ramey (far left). 0 Like

Members of Backstreet Community Arts, including gallery43 artist Kimberly Ramey (far left).

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Show Opening: ALCHEMY

JOIN US FOR THE OPENING OF ALCHEMY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (rescheduled from January 6)
5PM-9PM

Each month gallery43 mounts a new themed installation. Beyond the title of the show, artists have no constraints upon their interpretation. All we ask is that the pieces reflect what that word means to them - what emotion it evokes. Language, like art, is subjective, and we cannot wait for you to see what our artists did with this theme.

January's theme is ALCHEMY.

al·che·my
ˈalkəmē/
noun

  1. the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.

  2. a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

Featured pieces include those from gallery43 artists Wellon Bridgers, Gina Cochran, Chloe Hedden, Nicole Kutz, Jim Martin, Patrick Nevins, and Cat Tesla.

SAVE THE DATE:


WineDown Wednesday: Wednesday, February 1, 5pm-9pm

On the final Wednesday of each show, gallery43 hosts a local non-profit in the gallery for a fundraiser. During that evening, 10% of the proceeds go directly to that organization as a charitable contribution. Purchases may be made online for those unable to attend the event. 

 

 

 

 

January WineDown Wednesday Recap: Roswell Arts Fund

On January 4, 2016, we opened the gallery doors for our inaugural WineDown Wednesday. On the final Wednesday of each show, gallery43 hosts a local non-profit in the gallery for a fundraiser. During that evening, 10% of the proceeds go directly to that organization as a charitable contribution. Purchases may be made online for those unable to attend the event.

Our January event benefited the Roswell Arts Fund. The Roswell Arts Fund was founded to strengthen the scope of public arts in the city and to champion the ability of the arts to excite the imagination, strengthen public places, and encourage conversation. The Fund was established in September 2014 and was designated as the arts agency for the city in October 2015. It was created as a direct outcome of the Imagine Roswell Arts and Culture 2030 Study.

Below are select shots from the evening. We hope you join us at our next WineDown Wednesday, February 1, 2017 where we will wind down our installation: ALCHEMY. In the meantime, stop in the gallery and see the beautiful pieces of ALCHEMY in person.

Thank you for all of the love and support. We are blessed to do what we love!

Sincerely,

Bonnie, Richard, and Stacy

If you are interested in submitting your organization for WineDown Wednesday, please visit this page.

 

Many thanks to Thomas Spravka for covering our event.