Sharon Nichol - 2021
Sharon Nichol received an associate degree in fine art in 1978 and another in visual communication from Phoenix Community College in 1979. After college, she continued to study under Dick Phillips and various other artists. Her main medium is watercolor, but lately she has been branching out into acrylics. Most of her works are of florals and landscapes. Sharon exhibits at Expressions Fine Art Gallery and Artist Studios. Some of her work is also on display in Grayson at the Arts and History Center. Her work has also been exhibited in various galleries and shows in Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona. She is a member of the North Gwinnett Arts Association in Suwanee, Georgia.
Artemus Blue - 2021
Artemus Blue has been an artist for over forty years. He studied film production and photography at the University of Texas. After school he went into commercial printing, where he produced realistic pictures for publication. In his own work he enjoys manipulating and altering color. Mr. Blue has shown his work throughout the southwest, New York City, Georgia, and Florida. He was a board member of the Tarrant County Arts Alliance in Fort Worth, Texas and an active member in their art scene. Work brought him to north Florida. He joined a gallery that is a co-op and is called South of Soho in Tallahassee, Florida. He moved to Dacula for love and enjoys the change of seasons. He is looking forward to involvement in this art community. Hoping for a better year ahead.
Shirley Shepherd - 2021
Shirley Shepherd began her art training in the early 70’s, working in oils under the teaching of Peggy Sullens in Lilburn, GA. With working full time and raising two children, little time was left to explore art. In 1995, however, Ms. Shepherd was introduced to watercolor by a friend. She loved the boldness of color and the fluidity of working with this medium. She then studied under the tutelage of Lynn Weisbach of Roswell, GA when she was introduced to many forms of watermedia. With her love of color and the excitement of new techniques, this artist has succeeded in becoming a Signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won several awards in state and regional competitions.
Shirley works in watercolor, acrylic, watercolor pencil, watercolor crayons and loves using textures in the creation of art, including the use of stained Japanese washi papers, fabric, etc.
Meg Evans - 2021
Meg was raised in Columbus, GA to parents who were passionate about the cultural arts and surrounded themselves and their children with the world of art and artists, music and musicians, ballet and dancers, and Broadway. Drawing was a God-given talent for Meg, and as a child she drew and painted in her spare time, always encouraged by her parents. Meg majored in art at Florida State University, and photography at Massey Junior College in Atlanta (now the Art Institute of Atlanta). While Meg was raising her family, her art abilities were put to the side. One day, with her new-born baby in her arms, Meg picked up a writing pencil and the closest piece of paper, and drew her child in the crook of her arm. This peaked her passion to draw once more. Meg’s life is filled with color and movement, either with gardening or photography or art or music. She can be spotted at Suwanee Town Center taking candid photographs of the children at the water park, and often invites neighbors to sit for her in her home for photography shoots. Until now, Meg’s art and photography have always been given to friends and never displayed. With the recent passing of her parents who encouraged her to draw and paint, and in honor to their memory, Meg has found the motivation to exhibit her art for the first time here at the Suwanee Arts Center.
Sandy Tomey - 2020
My love for art began when I was about 8-years-old in St. Louis, Missouri, where I spent most of life. Surrounded by a large, loving and supportive family, including four sisters, one brother, and doting parents, I began my art journey with oil paint-by-number kits at that early age. I loved those! Since then, I have raised two daughters, am a grandma to four grandchildren and enjoy many nieces, nephews and friends. Through all of this, Ive realized that happiness is sharing my art with others. My favorite medium is oil, but also love watercolor for its' transparent, delicate beauty. My 20+ career in Student Affairs at Webster University provided opportunities to take art classes and enhance my skills. My travels with my husband inspired me to continue my love of painting florals, still-life and landscapes. Our nation is beautiful and those travels have given me not only the joy of seeing our wonderful country, but also of putting my visualizations on canvas. I have dabbled in pottery, love to sew, garden, and design floral arrangements but my favorite creative expression is and will always be painting.
Chris Anderson - 2020
I started my photography journey at a young age with a Kodak Instamatic and my Dad’s Kodak 120 film camera, whilst also learning from my older sibling who was an Emmy Award winning professional photographer. At fourteen years old I bought my own 35mm camera. I rolled, shot, and developed the film myself, which deeply connects the photographer to their work. I currently teach photography at the Suwanee Arts Center and I sell prints and complete commission work under Chris Anderson Photography, Inc.
Tim Haugh - 2020
T. J. Haugh, contemporary artist of history and the human condition. I am an award-winning artist with work in collections throughout the U. S. and in Europe that focuses on the human condition. I like to work in series and my most recent one is the Icon Series which features notable figures in history against a glazed metallic leaf background. This series has allowed me to experiment with a variety of textures, substrates and materials. It is closely related to my last series The Eyes of American History series. These works were 15 x 21 inch close up portraits of famous Americans. These were done with different effects and on different supports that allowed me to tell their stories in a close up and personal fashion. Only the eyes, the nose and part of the forehead are seen in these heavily cropped images. I have had my work exhibited since I was 15 and continue to share it with others. My works have also been included in exhibits at the Atlanta Artist Center, The Hudgens Center and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.