Traci Dickson - 2022
Traci Dickson is a nature photographer living in Suwanee, Georgia. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia,
Traci spent her childhood surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by her outdoor experiences growing up on the west of coast of Canada, Traci's documentary and fine art photography reflect with gratitude and awe what we all see, but maybe never pay close attention to.
Traci began photography to document her children's high school years, milestones, and special occasions. Today, with both children now at college, Traci has the freedom and the time to explore and express her lifelong love of nature through this medium. Her nature photographs have been captured throughout the Southern U.S. during outings to wildlife refuges, nature reserves, botanical gardens, state parks, recreational areas and even within her own backyard.
As a nature photographer Traci's passion lies in capturing the beauty and wonder of nature, with light, story, and composition. Whether it be wildlife, landscapes or florals, Traci draws her inspiration from observing the natural world and portraying its character. Approaching her subjects with childlike curiosity and playfulness, Traci brings forth the intimacy of what's in her heart. Her images are an expression of joy, awe and wonder reflecting her reverence for nature.
Traci's photographic works reside in homes in the United States and Canada.
Francoise Lama-Solet - 2022
Françoise Lama-Solet was born in Paris in 1964 and grew up in the suburbs of Paris where she started painting and sewing at a young age. At the time, her media of choice for painting were gouache and pastel. She was inspired by her aunt, Jacqueline Gougis, who was an impressionist artist.
When Françoise went to college to pursue her studies, she stopped painting but kept on sewing, creating garments for herself, her family, and her friends. In 2004 she launched her fashion business as a children’s clothing designer. In 2012 she started her women’s wearable art fashion line and is now also designing, hand printing, hand painting and hand dyeing her own textiles. She designs and sews all her garments and scarves.
Françoise moved to California with her husband Claude in 2000, where they lived for 11 years before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she currently resides. She has two sons.
While Françoise was striving and growing in her fashion business, she was also missing painting. In December 2018 she grabbed some brushes, acrylic paints and canvas and started painting again.
Françoise had her artwork showcased in several exhibitions Johns Creek Art Center in Georgia in 2019 and 2020, and at the Suwanee Arts Center’s Juried exhibitions since 2021. Her work was also showcased at the Spring Local Artist Exhibition at P Fine Art Gallery in Suwanee. She sells her artwork online and through art festivals. She received a 1st place award during the Suwanee Arts Festival in May 2022. Francoise is also an active member of the Suwanee Arts Center.
Lexie Sipmann - 2022
Lexie grew up surrounded by art and design as both of her parents were accomplished illustrators and painters. Following in their footsteps, she received her BFA in graphic design at the Atlanta College of Art. For the last 20 years, she has been a successful art director for many clients in Atlanta. Though she has found success in graphic design work, her personal artwork has become an important creative outlet, especially after the loss of both her parents in 2021.
She has discovered that she loves the freedom of creating art for herself and explores that as a mixed media artist. Her work is bold, expressionistic and spontaneous. She creates her work often without a plan in mind, letting her intuition lead the way. Exploration of both creating and deconstructing layers through collage produces more surprises in the discovery process. She has found that trusting the process and not expecting an outcome yields more authenticity.
Betty Juodis - 2022
Betty Juodis is a contemporary artist living and working in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Free association is the start and finish to all of her paintings. The creative catalyst may be whatever social climate plays in the background at the time. Subjects that she finds beautiful include animals, birds and horses especially, and people. Her deep concern for human rights fuels a special reverence for immigrants and refugees.
Betty's first introduction to painting was at IUSB, instructed by esteemed abstract artist Harold Zisla. Her preferred medium is oil paint, creating rich color and depth through a technique of layers and glazes. Betty's style is best described as a mixture of realism and expressionism.
Jill Johnson - 2022
My love affair with horses started in childhood and since then, I have always loved bringing them to life in my art. In my opinion, horses possess an unequaled beauty and majesty, making them gorgeously rich subject matter. Over the years, I have discovered that every breed of horse has a story and specific characteristics uniquely their own. Therefore, to me, no one breed is more beautiful or intriguing than the next. I choose my subjects based on personal relationships I form with images or live horses that move me to tell their stories in portraiture.
My goal is to capture a moment, feeling or quality in my pieces that expresses the power, spirit and physical presence of the animal. I craft each portrait by wholly immersing myself in the creation process, spending as much time as is needed and carefully selecting materials, so that the subject will come to life in the finished product. Ultimately, I consider my art emotive portraiture where the essence of equine movement transforms into heartfelt beauty that people will experience when they view my work.
Debra Barnhart - 2022
Debra Barnhart’s artwork mixes the everyday world with a world of magic and surrealism. She begins with a photograph and utilizes Photoshop to create a kind of alchemy between the photo, what she wants to express, and the tools of the program. Her recent work explores images of female identity through symbols and magic realism. Debra was born in New Jersey where she lived until she moved to Georgia in 2001. A large part of her adult life in the north was spent working in the advertising industry in New York City where she was a media buyer for three different advertising agencies. The artist’s 16 years in New York allowed her to gain exposure to some of the most renowned galleries and museums in the world. Debra holds a Master of Arts, in Fine Arts from Montclair State University. As a full-time artist living in Suwanee, Georgia, Debra’s home away from home is her studio at Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, Georgia. Located in an historic tannery building which dates back to 1897, the colony is a collective of 20 artists.
Dominique “DICE” Carter - 2022
Dominique “DICE” Carter is a colorblind artist originally from Brooklyn, NY. He lived there in the 90s and early 00s a time in which he witnessed excess poverty and crime while toggling between foster care and homelessness. He moved to Atlanta in 2003 and would go on to have experiences similar to those in Brooklyn. Throughout these adverse experiences he would secretly write poetry coupled with abstract pencil work as an outlet from his environment. This has become an art form he still uses to this day.
He would go on to graduate from Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia Gwinnett College, respectively, making stops in Philadelphia and New York where he decided to paint full time.
Because of his colorblindness Dice’s painting style, self-taught and described as beautiful chaos emphasizing texture, flow, and a safe space to use your imagination while color is a tertiary consideration to his creations.
Meg and Bryan Galgano - 2021
Meg and Bryan Galgano are an Atlanta based artistic duo. They have spent their time over the last twelve years living in New York and San Francisco and finally, Atlanta. Meg has a long standing history and education in art while Bryan discovered his love of photography as a way to explore Atlanta. They each play an active role in creative direction for the other. Bryan gives color feedback on Meg's paintings and names all of her art while Meg gives cropping suggestions on Bryan's photography.
Catherine Susky - 2021
“I have had an interest in art as far back as I can remember. As a child, I preferred visiting art museums to other activities. I was born in New York and grew up in Manhattan, not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I was inspired by the works of renowned artists from all over the world. This inspiration led me to try my skills at landscapes, florals, still-life, and portrait painting. Currently, I have been concentrating on still life painting, striving to capture the beauty and luminous glow that bathes everyday objects I choose for my paintings.”
Deanna Fitz - 2021
Born in Utah, I lived there most of my life with a few years in Maryland and putting permanent roots down in Georgia near my youngest son and his family. Art has been a part of my life on and off through the years in various forms. Recently it has become a big part of my life.
Anne J Bradham - 2021
Anne J. Bradham is a watercolorist and a printmaker. She has studied drawing at the Corcoran School of Art, printmaking at the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian), both in Washington, DC, and both printmaking and watercolor at Brigham Young University where she earned a BFA degree. As a teenager, she spent 2 summers travelling all over the United States and Canada visiting museums with her dad, an art dealer, and Mr. Nat Leeb, an accomplished French artist, who when he was very young, studied color under Monet. Also at BYU, She participated in 2 semesters abroad studying art and art history. She exhibited both her watercolors and prints at BYU’s Harris Fine Arts Center where she won several first place prizes. She has had one-person shows there and in Kensington, MD; Jeppson Galleries in Bethesda, MD; Lucia Gallery in New York; and Gallery New World in Taipei. She has exhibited at the Tallahassee Watercolor Society at Florida State, one of them winning a yellow ribbon.
Vicky McCrary - 2021
Vickie A. McCrary paints in the truest sense of the expressionism genre, using her life experiences to translate and transcend emotions into art. The result is an intimacy in all her works that resonate with the viewer. This exposure of sensitivity has served to “shape what exits my brush. When I paint, I feel as though I am sculpting the canvas with the experiences and feelings that are within me.” This emphasis, to focus as much on the paint as the subject, borders on the Gestural Abstract style. Her use of bold color and texture has become one of her strongest attributes.
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.
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.
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.
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.