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Fine Arts Exhibition 2024

Forced Perspective

May 2 to June 14

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 pm
Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA

Inside the Fourth Floor Gallery

Closing Reception: Friday, June 14 from 6:30-9:00 pm

The 35th annual Fine Arts Exhibition explores “Forced Perspective” as the 2024 theme. When experiences challenge our worldview, when encounters lead to a reexamination of long-held beliefs, when we realize jarring truths or witness inescapable realities… artists and audiences are invited to consider how enduring discomfort affects how we relate to ourselves, each other, and the world.

The 2024 Exhibition

Explore this year’s exhibition. Click on the images for more details of each artwork.
Interested in purchasing a piece? Contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here

*Unless otherwise noted, photography credit for each exhibited work belongs to the artist.

Interior

Interior

by Leylis Burnette
Oil on Canvas
24" x 20" x 2"
2022

Artist Statement

This piece represents the emotional immaterial human Interior that no one reaches to see from the outside. It contemplates the effects of discomfort on their self-perception, interpersonal relationships, and/or personal cosmovision when individuals are confronted with dissonant experiences. People are presented with an opportunity to reassess their long-held beliefs or disassociation that she or he is going through. This process of introspection can be a profound and transformative experience… Answers are in yourself with the potential to impact both the individual and the broader society by loving who you are.

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Tattoo Floral Vase – Purchased

Tattoo Floral Vase – Purchased

by Rachel Burns
Ceramic
6" x 4" x 4"
2024

Artist Statement

This piece is inspired by American traditional tattooing. I love the composition of American traditional tattoos, so I took my personal style of black linework and tried to combine the two. I chose this particular vase to apply this design to because I threw it with a lot of curves. This design and piece together behave like a tattooed body, which I find really fascinating.

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Froggy Pasta Maker Vase

Froggy Pasta Maker Vase

by Rachel Burns
Ceramic
5.75" x 3.5" x 3.5"
2024

Artist Statement

This piece has a scene of a frog making pasta from scratch with a pot of water boiling on the stove. The frogs are a common motif in my work. They are inspired by Beatrix Potter, Studio Ghibli movies, and Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad. I love imaging the frogs in different settings, each with their own apartments and personalities.

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Hissing Infant

Hissing Infant

by Emma Callicutt
Soft pastels on paper
22" x 30"
2024

Artist Statement

This work grapples with loss as an entity that can be viewed from ever-shifting perspectives. A personal loss can be shocking – alien and incomprehensible. It can draw us back into infancy and can introduce us to unfamiliar, reborn versions of ourselves. Those lost to us may seem to hang suspended in the past, present, and future. They come to exist at the intersection between the threads of those who remember them. This work seeks to explore the mystery of what we feel and how we perceive and communicate our experiences to others.

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TOGETHER

TOGETHER

by Armando Chacon
Oil on canvas
24" x 24" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

In my art, I explore the depths of human experience, weaving emotions into visual representations that resonate with the inner sphere. Each stroke and color reflects a passage in the universal experience, inviting viewers to contemplate their own spiritual voyage. As I navigate the canvas, my art serves as a visual testament to the shared human odyssey, a reflection of the profound and intricate narratives that unfold within everyone. Through this creative exploration, I aspire to foster a deeper connection with the universal threads that bind us and illuminate the beauty inherent in our collective spiritual sojourn.
In my artistic pursuit, the soul quest becomes a central theme, transcending physical landscapes into metaphysical realms. Through symbolism and expression, I delve into the complexities of self-discovery, transformation, and interconnectedness of souls. My creation aims to evoke introspection, guiding viewers on a contemplative exploration of their own unique paths.

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*Souvenirs

*Souvenirs

by Erin Dixon
Acrylic, ink and chalk pastel on paper
34" x 46”
2024

Artist Statement

Invitational artwork, on loan from Spalding Nix Fine Art
Exploratory drawing of a collection of objects in my possession.  A contemplation of people and places recently seen, inhabited, visited, and also long forgotten.

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Disconnected and Wounded yet Still United

Disconnected and Wounded yet Still United

by Cecelia Dunn
Mixed media, collage. Burlap with cardboard and stitching
30" x 48" x 1.5"
2023

Artist Statement

This representation of our Stars and Stripes, titled “Disconnected and Wounded, Yet Still United” evokes the violence of the many mass shootings we have experienced as a nation. I wanted to convey the disconnect we have between our national horror over the deaths of children and adults who were taken so suddenly. The inability of our leaders to act to protect us has kept us in a state of disconnect. The puzzle pieces are all disconnected, yet organized to resemble a flag. The black bullet holes jar our sense’s and the stitching represents our efforts to remain united. I want the viewer to see the glimmer of hope in the colorful pieces as an effort to bring us all together again.

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The Bed

The Bed

by Cyndy Epps
Acrylic on canvas (2 panels hung together)
24" x 48" x 2"
2017

Artist Statement

Using subjects that could easily be overlooked and considered dismissible I endeavor to bring light to the idea that beauty can be found anywhere, in anyone. I often experiment with splicing together variations of images and altering colors to demonstrate how easily our perception of things can shift and change. In an instant a situation can go from hopeless to full of promise. Too often we focus on the moment we are in and can’t see the hope that lies beyond circumstances or the beauty that lies beneath the surface.

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*Spring

*Spring

by Jonathan Fisher
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 20”
2022

Artist Statement

Invitational artwork

The painting was a part of an abstract series reflecting the seasons.

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*Bitter Southerner

*Bitter Southerner

by Ruth Franklin
Charcoal on canvas
10" x 10"
2020

Artist Statement

Juror requested invitational artwork

One of a series of small charcoal drawings done in Winter in the middle of the pandemic. It was really cold in my studio and outside was quiet and empty. I was grimly determined to keep working.

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Spiral Stairs

Spiral Stairs

by Cyndy Epps
Acrylic
60" x 20" (three 20 x 20" panels hung directly above each other)
2017

Artist Statement

Using subjects that could easily be overlooked and considered dismissible I endeavor to bring light to the idea that beauty can be found anywhere, in anyone. I often experiment with splicing together variations of images and altering colors to demonstrate how easily our perception of things can shift and change. In an instant a situation can go from hopeless to full of promise. Too often we focus on the moment we are in and can’t see the hope that lies beyond circumstances or the beauty that lies beneath the surface.

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Looking Back, Seeing Ahead

Looking Back, Seeing Ahead

by Cyndy Epps
Acrylic
54 x 54" (sixteen 12 x 12 " panels hung together)
2017

Artist Statement

Using subjects that could easily be overlooked and considered dismissible I endeavor to bring light to the idea that beauty can be found anywhere, in anyone. I often experiment with splicing together variations of images and altering colors to demonstrate how easily our perception of things can shift and change. In an instant a situation can go from hopeless to full of promise. Too often we focus on the moment we are in and can’t see the hope that lies beyond circumstances or the beauty that lies beneath the surface.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Raise Me Up

Raise Me Up

by Cynthia Frigon
Cut paper collage of postage stamps and envelopes
20" x 16"
2024

Artist Statement

Based on an original photo looking up at the underside of one end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this hand-cut collage is made entirely of cut postage stamps and envelopes (and a wee bit of paint pen).

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Dr. Sagan Explains “Mixed Metaphors” to Joey and Buster

Dr. Sagan Explains “Mixed Metaphors” to Joey and Buster

by Darryl Halbrooks
Acrylic and epoxy on Plexiglas
36” x 24”
2024

Artist Statement

I am interested in the look of religious icons from an era prior to the Renaissance, especially those with somewhat primitive qualities, while at the same time applying modern sensibilities and modern techniques and materials. In this case, the paintings are acrylic and epoxy on plexiglas.

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Release

Release

by Sam Harris
Glazeware
9.5" x 13" x 6.5"
2024

Artist Statement

Release is a portrait of a subject’s struggle between a negative internal monologue displayed through a variety of mouths exhibiting obstructive expressions and the subject’s ability to release themselves from that discomfort. The glazed bursts of color acts as a positive shell made to resemble a kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope to me, means a new beginning with every turn. The subject is visibly tortured by their inner voices seen by the somber facial expression but silences those voices by pulling the rope away from their neck allowing for a new beginning.

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Goodnight Stars

Goodnight Stars

by Kym Hepworth
Mixed media: beads, thread, fabric, found objects, ribbon, wax, paint, wood
16.50" x 21" x 4.50"
2023

Artist Statement

Goodnight Stars is inspired by the classic children’s bedtime book, Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown in 1947. Goodnight Stars is contemporary mourning art for America & reflects the grief I felt in response to police violence, social unrest, and political polarization during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

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My Body

My Body

by Kym Hepworth
Mixed media: beads, thread, fabric, found objects, paint, wood, plexiglass
14" x 16.50" x 2.75"
2023

Artist Statement

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022 declared that the constitutional right to abortion no longer exists. The assemblage, My Body, is a pro-choice response to Roe v. Wade being overturned.

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The Day Before Independence

The Day Before Independence

by Kym Hepworth
Mixed media: beads, thread, fabric, photo transfer, found objects, lace trim, paint, wax, wood, plexiglass
12" x 57" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

The center of the triptych, The Day Before Independence, is dated July 3rd – the day before Independence Day or the Fourth of July. The piece alludes to America’s celebration of freedom and independence while expressing sorrow at the delay in progress to attain legal gender equality. The assemblage incorporates mourning motifs of weeping willows and the Lover’s Eye with an image of a group of women from the early 20th century. The women are partially obscured by stars and the central figure is dressed in black.

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Deconstructing

Deconstructing

by Dorian Hill
Encaustic, mixed media
18" x 18" x 2.5"
2024

Artist Statement

Encaustic mixed media. We go through life constructing, building, & learning… Sometimes things fall apart and we must pick up the pieces and start the reconstruction. I created this piece created using found materials, imprinting them into the beeswax and then filling with pigment as well as encapsulating a piece of textile.

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Ruins and Roads

Ruins and Roads

by Dorian Hill
Encaustic Mixed Media
12" x 12" x 2.5"
2024

Artist Statement

Encaustic on birch panel, as we pass through the ruins we find new roads that open to us with adventure and happiness along the path, there are many roads to choose from. Created using beeswax, damar resin, and pigment.

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Tapestry of Night

Tapestry of Night

by Dorian Hill
Encaustic Mixed Media
12" x 12" x 2.5"
2024

Artist Statement

Encaustic Mixed Media. As we find our way through the veil of darkness, we search for the light to show us the way, and the road in which to take.
Created using beeswax, damar resin, pigment and textile.

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Perceptions

Perceptions

by Kelly Irby
Acrylic petals on canvas
48" x 48" x 3"
2023

Artist Statement

When you look at this canvas and it’s many petals do you interpret it as a tunnel or a tower? Does the white section pop out or does it seem to fall away? Can you alter how you see this in your mind?

Likewise, how do you interpret authority? Do you see it as oppressive or freeing? Do you see it as cooperative or contentious? Can you alter this too in your mind?

At times I rage against the idea of submitting because I want the control. I want to control the world I live in and the world to which I am exposed. But if I shift my perspective, I can see submission for what it truly is – giving honor and considering others above my own selfish way of life.

Submitting to one another and to authority can foster collaboration and harmony within our relationships and communities. It demands empathy, understanding, and mutual respect. It allows one to acknowledge and appreciate the diverse perspectives of others. Practicing shifting our perceptions is truly a practice of humility and love.

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Contain the Meltdown – Purchased

Contain the Meltdown – Purchased

by Carson Keller
Textile
48" x 34" x 1"
2024

Artist Statement

This quilted piece is inspired by my experience as the mother of a child with autism. When public spaces were too overwhelming for my son, and he would have a “meltdown,” people always looked to me to contain and put an end to the disruption. I saw it as his reaction to the chaotic environment they had created. They saw it as a temper tantrum due to bad parenting. I chose fabric as the medium for this piece because of its comforting qualities. Coming home, draping it on my lap and sewing it piece by piece calmed my mind after such encounters. Like the dripping ice cream into the hand on my quilt, you cannot contain a meltdown. You just have to ride it out and let it run its course. Trying to contain it is just a performance to the surrounding observers.

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Savannah – Purchased

Savannah – Purchased

by Katya Kim Holmes
Paper on paper, acrylic ink
14" x 14" x .1"
2024

Artist Statement

The presence of a vast body of water has consistently evoked a sense of awe within me. This particular piece was inspired by visiting Savannah, shortly after celebrating my son’s first birthday. Already a momentous time in our lives, the proximity to the shoreline amplified my feelings of joy and gratitude as we marked yet another significant milestone together.

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Winter Rest – Purchased

Winter Rest – Purchased

by Katya Kim Holmes
Paper on paper, acrylic ink
17" x 14" x 0.1"
2023

Artist Statement

There’s power in stillness! Carving out time to pause, listen, and reflect is a necessity for me as an artist and as a human being. This piece is all about slowing down to energize and inspire the power that’s already in us.

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They the People

They the People

by Ryan Lewis
Single channel video
1080p or 4K resolution, duration 2:59
2022

Artist Statement

Symbols come with intended messages, but their most enduring associations accumulate over time. Symbols are not content, but are instead vessels in which content is stored. As designer Paul Rand said: “It is only by association…that a logo [symbol] takes on any real meaning. It derives its meaning and usefulness from the quality of that which it symbolizes.”

They the People invites reconsideration of a familiar national symbol. Animated fibers form a fragile, loosely-connected fabric that precariously hovers between order and chaos. This delicate vision is disrupted by fields of digital texture. We are reminded that symbols are what we make them—they can represent our ideals and successes, but also our collective failures, insensitivities, overconfidence, and divisions.

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Rooted Home

Rooted Home

by Pam Meyer
Acrylic and mixed media
36" x 44" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

My paintings explore the interconnection of humanity with nature and my search to understand this relationship. I work in an expressionistic and intuitive manner allowing the painting to evolve through the process of discovery while making considered decisions along the way. Colors layered with bold, heavy brush strokes and gestural marks are used to create a richly textured surface from which images emerge. The personal symbolism of the flat deer and birds along with the house becoming a mountain create a narrative which welcomes the viewer’s curiosity. Using layers of earthy, desaturated colors along with glazing and a few areas of brighter colors against the stark black and white areas creates contrast. A journey of discovery, guided by the interplay of line, color, shape, layers, contrast; which reveal history, and texture. I enjoy the brushstrokes of paint, the variety of marks from pencil and the fun of posca markers and crayon.

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Suprspreadr

Suprspreadr

by Robin Miller
Acrylic on fabric mounted on panel
10.5" x 10.5" x 1.5"
2022

Artist Statement

From a series of paintings based on collages of old Archie comic book pages.

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Furiana

Furiana

by Diana Newton
Assembled sculpture
6’ x 40" x 40"
2023

Artist Statement

Furiana reimagines the impact on women when we lack control of our own bodies. As a subverted depiction of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, she reminds us that one of the most powerful women in history could only retain her power if she chose not to have children.

Channelling the retributive energy of a Greek Fury, today her rage is directed towards conservatives who insist on birth regardless of circumstances, politicians continuing to drive repressive legislation and Supreme Court Justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Without freedom of choice, Furiana’s innate vitality has darkened and desiccated, turning even the lace and gems of her once regal Tudor garb into brittle decorations that reveal desperate options.

Yet she stands at the moment of transformation, igniting her spirit to defy further repression and regain control of her reproductive rights.

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*Source Strength

*Source Strength

by Cristina Montesinos
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
36" x 48" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

Invitational Artwork
When our world feels overwhelming — full of sadness, disrespect, war, tragedy, hate and unfairness — I turn to my source for comfort and strength. I go outside to bathe myself in the natural world. To breathe deeply. To take in the sun and the earth. To reground myself. To find healing in the flora and fauna that surrounds us. It is then that I’m reminded that love, compassion, calm, peace and hope still exist, even alongside the difficult.
In this piece I seek to offer a fresh perspective, another way to look at our world, by pointing out the mystery found in our natural world. I seek to capture the meditative experiences that we can all feel when we slow down and simply experience the pureness, love and strength of nature. I hope that my work transmits this healing power by sending out gentle, positive ripples of love, light, compassion and hope.

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Cannonball – Purchased

Cannonball – Purchased

by Susannah Pearson
Inkjet Print
20" x 16" x 0.05"
2024

Artist Statement

We live in a culture obsessed with drinking. We drink at weddings and sporting events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Drinking has become so normalized that no one ever questions the fact that alcohol is everywhere. In fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn’t drink.

Someone I love is in recovery from alcohol use disorder. As they strive for sobriety, it has undoubtedly changed how I think, speak, and act on the topic of alcohol. Going out for a drink used to be the default activity. Now, we participate in activities that help us connect in ways that a conversation over a few glasses of wine never could.

This body of work is an invitation to examine your personal attitudes and actions around drinking and how it may affect those in recovery. I hope it serves as encouragement to be sensitive and supportive to those who have a different relationship with alcohol than that of your own.

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Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End

by Susannah Pearson
Inkjet print
10" x 10" x 0.05"
2024

Artist Statement

TW: Alcohol misuse

We live in a culture obsessed with drinking. We drink at weddings and sporting events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Drinking has become so normalized that no one ever questions the fact that alcohol is everywhere. In fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn’t drink.

Someone I love is in recovery from alcohol use disorder. As they strive for sobriety, it has undoubtedly changed how I think, speak, and act on the topic of alcohol. Going out for a drink used to be the default activity. Now, we participate in activities that help us connect in ways that a conversation over a few glasses of wine never could.

This body of work is an invitation to examine your personal attitudes and actions around drinking and how it may affect those in recovery. I hope it serves as encouragement to be sensitive and supportive to those who have a different relationship with alcohol than that of your own.

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Main Bathroom 1

Main Bathroom 1

by Maya Perez-Lugones
Oil on canvas
30” x 40" x 1.5”
2024

Artist Statement

I am a multimedia artist that uses oil, graphite and charcoal to enforce my analytical analysis on intimate relationships regarding power in different perspectives. The use of these materials allows me to explore technicality and emphasis on details. Figuration in the work gives myself the power to hyper-fixate on anatomical movement. Through forced and natural posing, I emphasize my relationship with abusive heteronormativity psychologically and emotionally relating to the importance of accountability in consanguinity. Recognizing the duality of responsibility, the work highlights myself as a victim and perpetrator to mental health.

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American Dream

American Dream

by Louise Plonowski
Analog paper collage
12" x 10" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

What is the American Dream? Is it dead? Are we in mourning?

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Oblivion

Oblivion

by Louise Plonowski
Analog paper collage
12" x 10" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

Are we oblivious? Whistling in the dark? Or have we entered a state of oblivion?

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Millatmore

Millatmore

by Jill Pope
Acrylic and paper (map) on canvas
40" x 40" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

My paintings are imaginary, layered landscapes that seek to root my history in place. I use paint and the act of painting to delve into how my sense of identity and sense of belonging are intertwined with particular locations but not singular ones. Referencing places I have lived in but never fully belonged to, I merge a variety of maps from different sources in my paintings and drawings. In addition to these maps, I include layers of mapping symbols and my personal iconography, the wave. I aspire to create a new sense of belonging by combining these elements.
Photography credit: Mike Jensen

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dancer at the Dia de los muertos

dancer at the Dia de los muertos

by Marla Puziss
Photography - archival pigment print
16" x 20" x 0.5"
2022

Artist Statement

I use my camera to try to capture the essence of ordinary people, places, and things, to see them with fresh eyes and reveal them in a new way. I am drawn to the smaller towns, rural areas, and byways – the “blue lines” on the old maps – and to quirkiness and eccentricity.

In this photo I tried to capture the vibrant movement of a young woman performing traditional Mexican folkloric dances at the Dia de los muertos celebration at Oakland Cemetery in November 2022. Mexican immigrants are becoming ever more integrated into life in Atlanta and leave their mark on the culture and society.

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the wasp nest

the wasp nest

by Marla Puziss
Photography - archival pigment print
16" x 20" x 0.5"
2022

Artist Statement

I use my camera to try to capture the essence of ordinary people, places, and things, to see them with fresh eyes and reveal them in a new way. I am drawn to the smaller towns, rural areas, and byways – the “blue lines” on the old maps – and to quirkiness and eccentricity.

In this portrait a young girl holds a wasp nest she discovered while walking on the grounds of her family farm on the outskirts of Atlanta, GA. Her gesture and grave expression symbolize for me the fragility of our environment and the role of humans as stewards of our natural world.

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Vestido Caribe

Vestido Caribe

by Vanessa Coaí Rodríguez Ortiz
Textile art (cotton ropes, wood)
36" x 30" x 9"
2023

Artist Statement

The creation of sculptural pieces through knots makes me take different routes, and when on these paths I can dress what I have made, the artistic development becomes a mobile stage and a dancing museum. ‘Vestido Caribe’, it has a lot of intensity, its hanging threads suggest constant creations or roots searching for fertile soil. After surviving Hurricane María in 2017, the exploration does not stop, the roots walk with me.

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Vestido Matriz

Vestido Matriz

by Vanessa Coaí Rodríguez Ortiz
Textile art (cotton ropes, wood)
36" x 26" x 9"
2023

Artist Statement

‘Vestido Matriz’ widens and encompasses with its fruits. Illusions combine with discomfort to keep me dancing. In these times I have felt how the matrix that lives in my body is transformed. This piece grows with me. The belly extends, like a sculpture of great elasticity.

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Facile bersaglio (Andrate qui!)

Facile bersaglio (Andrate qui!)

by Debrah Santini
Linocut, chine colle and suminagashi
12" x 12" x 0"
2022

Artist Statement

Personal memories are at the forefront of my hierarchy of subject matter, yet my current prints are representative of my reaction to the ever changing socio-ecological and political landscape we currently navigate. Permeated by the malicious distractions of injustices towards human and animal kind the animals in my prints are my protagonists: hyper aware and without recourse they attempt escape.
Additionally the images include a collage of anomalous colors and patterns, safety pins and milagros, to distinguish a split with what may appear real or imagined or the fervent hope of what might become.

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La Casa della Nonni

La Casa della Nonni

by Debrah Santini
Linocut, chine colle and milagro
12" x 18" x 0"
2022

Artist Statement

Personal memories are at the forefront of my hierarchy of subject matter, yet my current prints are representative of my reaction to the ever changing socio-ecological and political landscape we currently navigate.
Permeated by the malicious distractions of injustices towards human and animal kind the animals in my prints are my protagonists: hyper aware and without recourse they attempt escape.
Additionally the images include a collage of anomalous patterns & color, safety pins and milagros, to distinguish a split with what may appear real or imagined or the fervent hope of what might become.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Il Scampo (The Escape)

Il Scampo (The Escape)

by Debrah Santini
Linocut, chine colle
15" x 12" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

Personal memories are at the forefront of my hierarchy of subject matter, yet my current prints are representative of my reaction to the ever changing socio-ecological and political landscape we currently navigate. Permeated by the malicious distractions of injustices towards human and animal kind the animals in my prints are my protagonists: hyper aware and without recourse they attempt escape.
Additionally the images include a collage of anomalous colors and patterns, safety pins and milagros, to distinguish a split with what may appear real or imagined or the fervent hope of what might become.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

The Seasons

The Seasons

by Sara Schindel
Playing cards, lattice support, acrylic paint
39" x 72" x 7"
2023

Artist Statement

The Seasons is a wall piece made from playing cards. It is part of a series of “flying carpets” that I’ve created for many years in various medium. The flying carpet imagery is symbolic, for me. It indicates freedom, transcendence, and joy.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Meow Town

Meow Town

by Arlene Schler
Oil on canvas
20" x 16" x 1.5"
2023

Artist Statement

Meow Town offers a whimsical escape from the discomfort and disappointment of daily reality. It forces a new perspective on the viewer by plunging the viewer into a colorful and active world ruled by fictive and real cats. From the golden glow of sunshine to green fields of catnip…why not enjoy this moment of diversion and smile or purr.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Volcanism on the Moon

Volcanism on the Moon

by Mark Schoon & Casey McGuire
Albumen Print
8" x 8" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

“The Great Moon Hoax” merges science and art by exploring the complicated relationships between observation, representation, and understanding. This collaboration springs out of McGuire and Schoon’s individual research that address different aspects of the real, the artificial, and unattainable.

These images were realized through the creation of sculptures for the purposes of making photographic prints. At times referencing lunar models, Apollo era images, and telescopic astrophotography, this body of work bridges a gap between historic and modern modes of scientific representation while re-contextualizing and bringing them into a contemporary vernacular. The images of the sculptures are presented using historic photographic processes such as salt prints, albumen prints, cyanotypes as well as more contemporary means. In their presentation, the images encourage the viewer to take a closer look at science, the imagery that represents it, and how it impacts understanding.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Divine Decay

Divine Decay

by Sabrina Skinner
Ceramic slipcast vessel, carved and water etched, raku fired
16" x 10" x 10"
2023

Artist Statement

Ceramic slip cast vessel, carved and water etched, raku fired with a white crackle glaze.

Designed with imagery of insects, wilting flowers, and bones; the ash from the raku process is partially preserved to further instill the sense of cyclical decay and rebirth found in nature. Surface finished with white crackle glaze; negative space is defined by the dark, exposed, recessed clay.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies

by Sabrina Skinner
Lowfire Ceramic Sculpture
2" x 8" x 8"
2023

Artist Statement

A trompe l’oeil ceramic sculpture representing nostalgia and southern textile history through a rural perspective; showing a cookie tin (with sewing supplies hidden within), and a tomato pin cushion- all can be physically handled. Incorporates frit painting, gold lusters, and acrylic medium.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

We’re Not Going Anywhere

We’re Not Going Anywhere

by Brandi Smart
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 16" x 2"
2023

Artist Statement

“We’re Not Going Anywhere” is part of my ongoing “Burning Series” about displacement, estrangement and the loss of a place which we can never return.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Oscarville

Oscarville

by Miles Sollars-White
Acrylic ink on paper
24" x 18" x 0.006"
2024

Artist Statement

This work aims to shed light on the history of Oscarville, a city submerged beneath the waters of Lake Lanier. It began with the expulsion of its original inhabitants, members of the Cherokee Nation, by the U.S. government, becoming one of the most southeastern points of the Trail of Tears. Later, it became inhabited by a prosperous black farming community of freed slaves after the Civil War. The year 1912 marked a turning point when Oscarville, a thriving Black community, fell victim to racial violence and horrific lynchings. Following these lynchings, a white terrorist mob known as “night riders” raided the town, set fire to homes, businesses, and churches. This violence devastated the community, resulting in the exodus or murder of 98% of its Black residents. By the 1950s, the government had purchased much of the stolen land and constructed a dam, flooding Oscarville and giving rise to Lake Lanier.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Under Gods

Under Gods

by Miles Sollars-White
Acrylic ink on paper
24" x 18" x 0.006"
2023

Artist Statement

Underneath the roots of a tree that is both holy and demonic a ‘Dancer’ rests with a daisy of thought growing from their mind. This work seeks to visually depict the oppression of free thought existing within the framework of religion and a society that places religious bigotry above the well-being of its people. It highlights the struggles faced by individuals trapped within the confines of dogma. Ultimately, this work serves as a visual testament to the enduring power of critical thinking and the importance of fostering an environment that nurtures free thought.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

No Escape

No Escape

by Joan Sowada
Fabric and plastic lids
16.00" x 19.00" x .5"
2023

Artist Statement

There is no escape from the damage of war, climate change, and pollution. Families with children try to flee.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Democracy Under Attack

Democracy Under Attack

by Joan Sowada
Fabric and paint
49" x 37" x 0"
2018

Artist Statement

The fabric of democracy is being torn apart by social media and lies. Putin and Trump have changed the world.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Celebrating Free Food for the Voyage

Celebrating Free Food for the Voyage

by Randy Taylor
Ink on paper
22.25" x 30" x 1.5"
2022

Artist Statement

This work is part of parade. Parades celebrate, show gratitude, and honor others. What happens at times is the celebrant might reveal what is something that in the long run is harmful for the planet. Sailors once took animals, which are now considered endangered or extinct for easy food sources. This is what happened to the Galapagos Tortoise and the flightless Dodo.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

The Georgia Gazette

The Georgia Gazette

by Patricia Turner
Mixed, silk and paper on 9 wood panels
50" x 38" x 2"
2022

Artist Statement

Two million Africans perished on the gruesome sail to the United States after capture in West Africa. The arrival of survivors in Savannah was documented by The Georgia Gazette in advertisements for the sale of these men, women, and children on the auction block. “The Georgia Gazette” documents the horrors of human cargo and enslavement but also relates them to the turbulent times in which we live. After 400 years… through Jim Crow, the lynchings by the KKK, white supremacists, and police brutality, Black Americans continue to be redlined, murdered by gun violence, and doomed to poor education and poverty as a result of our country’s history of white domination. Monetary reparations cannot erase this inhumanity but we, as Americans in all of our glorious colors, can begin a course correction at the ballot box. Let us step up and vote for those who both acknowledge our history and allow our children to learn that history… because we are only scarred by the past if we ignore it.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Faces in the Crowd – Purchased

Faces in the Crowd – Purchased

by Judy Vienneau
Mixed - Wire sculpture, acrylic paint, pastel on birch board
40" x 30" x 2"
2020

Artist Statement

This piece depicts my impression in mixed media of faces and expressions, created individually in wire, on a busy city street. I conceptualized this work before the pandemic of 2020, however, it was not completed until 2020. It was inspired by a typical street corner scene in New York City.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Survival

Survival

by Judy Vienneau
Mixed media - acrylic on canvas with wire sculpture in relief
22" x 28" x 3"
2018

Artist Statement

I am making a statement about homelessness, with a stereotypical scene of men (sculpted in wire) under a bridge keeping warm. However, the fantastical colors place the image in an imagined setting as opposed to a bleak reality. Homelessness is a problem that many try to pretend does not exist by imagining a different reality.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

The Serpentine Dance

The Serpentine Dance

by Krista Voto
Fabric and mesh screen
9’ x 4’ x 4’
2023

Artist Statement

The Serpentine Dance is an installation sculpture focusing on the transience of a moment frozen in time. This work is representative of Loïe Fuller’s Serpentine Dance, a performance in which dancers would create forms with long silk garments and thoughtful lighting.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Purple Mountain Majesty

Purple Mountain Majesty

by James Wakeman
Oil paint on canvas
34" x 54" x 0"
2022

Artist Statement

Am I dreaming? Are we going back in time? Is it the 1960’s for women’s rights today?

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

FRAGILE

FRAGILE

by Zack Wasson
Mono-type
30" x 22" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

FRAGILE is a layered mono-type featuring a self portrait of the artist’s legs in a dry-point. Sensually segmenting the body allows for the legs to be disconnected from the host and easier to gaze at without the eyes of the subject looking back at the viewer.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

The Writing is On the Wall

The Writing is On the Wall

by Zack Wasson
Cyanotype and Monotype on Paper
26" x 19" x 0"
2023

Artist Statement

The Writing is On the Wall, is a layered mono-type that illustrates turmoil of a devastated mindset in a cliché way. With macabre imagery of pills, a skeleton arm, and overlapping repeated text, this piece toys with the melodrama that comes with feelings of grief and anxiety.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Made in Ukraine

Made in Ukraine

by Joshua Williams
Lustre paper
19.89" x 13" x 0"
2022

Artist Statement

I spent the past year photographing people and when I look at my body of work some of those individuals show their struggles. Whether it be a woman forced to leave her country that’s torn by war, or others simply struggling to survive in the streets of Atlanta. It’s a perspective that I can’t identify with but through photography we can show the hardships going on in our communities and even abroad. All these pictures have stories and I hope at least one person through examining my photography can find empathy for someone they can’t relate to.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Halo

Halo

by Kathy Yancey
Mixed Media Collage
30" x 36" x 1"
2022

Artist Statement

Abortion is depicted in a way to speak to all sides of the issue – of women’s compassion for each other, the eternality & spirituality of the human condition, the pain & visceral nature of being female. It lays bare the prayers that hang in the air over hard decisions. It pulls the universe in.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

Gallery Awards

Jurors selected the following artworks for recognition. $1,000 is awarded for Best of Show, $700 for Gold Award, and $500 for Silver Award.

Best of Show

Kelly Irby
Perceptions

Gold Award

Patricia Turner
The Georgia Gazette

Silver Award

Sabrina Skinner
Divine Decay

City of Decatur Purchase Awards

The City of Decatur selected the following artworks to become part of the city’s permanent art collection.

Permanent Collection Purchase

Judy Vienneau
Faces in the Crowd

Permanent Collection Purchase

Katya Kim Holmes
Savannah

Permanent Collection Purchase

Katya Kim Holmes
Winter Rest

Last Call – Closing Reception

Friday, June 14, 6:30-9:00 pm

Join us for the closing reception of the 2024 Fine Arts Exhibition “Forced Perspective” with light refreshments provided by Kelly’s Market and featuring artist talks and an award ceremony.

**Registration is required but there is no cost to attend the event.**

Organizing Committee

Angie Macon, Director, Decatur Arts Alliance
Joe Davich, Director, Georgia Center for the Book
Cynthia Lollis, Lockey McDonald, Cristina Montesinos, Emily Mottola, Ally StoneWright

Jurors

Erin Dixon

ABOUT
Erin Dixon
is an award-winning artist and senior lecturer of drawing, painting, and foundations at University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, where she has been teaching for fifteen years. Dixon exhibits across the Southeast, most recently at Spalding Nix Fine Art in Atlanta, GA in Meaning/ Making, MOCA GA in Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists and Georgia State Perimeter College in  I, We, and the Space Between in 2024, the Masur Museum of Art in LA in 2023, Artfields in Lake City, SC in 2022, LaGrange Museum of Art in LaGrange, GA in 2022, Drawing Discourse at UNC-Asheville in 2021 and 2019,  and her work has been published in a number of catalogs and held in private collections.

Jonathan Fisher

ABOUT
Jonathan Fisher has resided in Atlanta for almost 20 years, and is an Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of Studio Foundations at Kennesaw State University. Originally from Hickory, NC, he holds a BFA in Art with a concentration in printmaking from The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and an MFA in Art with a concentration in printmaking from Ohio State University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including Canada, Denmark, and South Korea.

Shawn Vinson

ABOUT
Shawn Vinson is an art world veteran with 30+ years of experience as a dealer, curator and gallerist. He opened Decatur’s first contemporary art gallery on the Square in 1998 and was invited to join the Atlanta Gallery Association as a founding member. He currently runs Different Trains Gallery in the Old Depot District, which he co-founded in 2017. Shawn has served on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Arts Alliance for two decades. He was honored as a 2023 Decatur Hometown Hero for his contributions to the arts and culture.

 

Volunteer as a Gallery Sitter!

Do you have a good book to read, some homework to complete, or remote work availability?  Help us keep public art experiences free to the community by supervising the gallery while visitors view the art!

**Please email [email protected] to check volunteer shift availability.**

Extended Hours During the Decatur Arts Festival

Friday, May 3, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Fine Arts Exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2024 Decatur Arts Festival. Join us in Downtown Decatur May 3-5 for an artists market and a weekend of music, theatre, dance, comedy, and other performances!

Visit the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Decatur Library during the ArtWalk on Friday night or during the Decatur Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday!  Be sure to enter the Library through the doors on the top floor of the parking deck, then take the elevator on the right to access the fourth floor gallery.

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