Thursday, December 2, 2010

2011 Defoor Centre Artist Schedule

DeFoor Centre 2011 Gallery Schedule

2011 is to be a great year at the DeFoor Centre Galleries – I say plural cause there are more than just one. The following schedule has some holes in it so we will be filling in and announcing as we go. Receptions will be announced during the year – subject to change.

The Girly Show is back for the summer – this year with Vicki Martin as the featured artist in the Forum Room. New artists are always the focus of the Defoor and we always welcome back old friends. We will have photographers, sculpture and mixed media along with traditional paintings. Bright colors, big images are the rave this year so come on out to our openings, to get engaged with the work and the artists.

January –mid March
The Forum – Shijun Munns with Corey Blakesdale, Alicia Aya, Ailan Olsen, Mark Collins, Gay Allen in the other surrounding gallery rooms

Mid-March – May
The Forum – Andrea Allegrone with Paola Seguel, Alvaro Hernandez, Suzanne Clavert, Tammy Josephson in the other surrounding gallery rooms

June-July-August – ALL THE GIRL SHOW
The Forum-Vickie Martin with Laura Parker, Jackie Allison, Tina Jones Ciranni in the other surrounding gallery rooms

Sept – November – Dec
The Forum -Jenny Sulhoff King with Donna Thomas, Jason Harris, Cheslie Neiman

The Photography Salon group of Atlanta Artists Center will hold their annual juried exhibit.

For more information on this year’s exhibits, please contact Art Director, Jill Kettles at

Thursday, October 21, 2010




Atlanta GA – The Defoor Centre will end the year in the Forum Gallery with local favorite John Tindel and his paintings. The collection will be up from November 7 –through December 31st with an opening reception on November 11 from 7PM to 9:30PM.
The event is free and all ages are welcome.

This exhibit aptly titled, Imaginary Beings is a collection of art based off the book by Luis Borges of the same title. Tindel explores the creatures dreamed by philosophers and writers. The show will also feature collaborative pieces with artists Sam Parker, Alex Feliciano and Michi Meko.

John Tindel was born and raised in the South has been a fixture on the Atlanta art scene since graduating University of South Alabama in 1999. His keen eye on design and color exposes the content of the imagery. He’s always working on a new view or angle to convey to the viewer pushing the envelope. With his design and marketing background Tindel has had success with fashion merchandising that was featured at Bloomingdale’s.

For more information and his vibrant career:

The Defoor Centre is located off Howell Mill Rd in Atlanta in the reviving Westside neighborhood, where a lot of local vendors that cater to the interior designers have been going to for years. The Defoor Centre has been a growing facility hosting major fundraisers to corporate meetings to private weddings all in house catering with a full bar. 100 years ago this place was a hospital for the soldiers fighting at the Battle of Peachtree Creek and to this day they are “still there.”

For more information on the Defoor: or just come by Tues-Friday to get something to eat and browse – 1710 DeFoor Ave Atlanta GA.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Weekly Skirt Report

Hey folks we are changing again.

Looks like the end of the year is looking like this:
Defoor Centre Fall Season:

The AAC Show is still running - through the end of the month. This is a great collection of black n whites and color with various treatments traditional and electic.

John Tindel will be in the Forum Gallery starting 11-8 through the end of the year. We will have a 11/11 party for his collection of unique styles of work.

Lance Carlson will be in the Bar/Cafe with his abstracts.

Philip Myrick will be in the Rhombus Room

Julia Tinhan in the Gatsby room.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Defoor Shows: Photography, 3 Femmes, and John Tindel

The Weekly Skirt Report

Yeah I've been slacking on this, but as we look at fall - I think sweaters, cool night air and look towards the holidays.

This Fall -
AAC: Their photographers will be setting up for the month of October in the smaller galleries at the Defoor - annoucement of party will be up this week.

3 Femmes -Rebecca Salcedo,Katherine Timer Hagan, and Amy Pochyla will be showing starting in November along with John Tindal through the holiday season.

So watch for announcements here for reception parties.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


OFF THE WALL IS TWO WEEKS AWAY - 9/9 at the Defoor Centre-if you are an Atlantan artist, please contact me to get a contract for that night. Everyone needs one.

Monday, August 23, 2010

17 More Days til Off the Wall 9/9

So if you are an artist and want to be apart of this... PLEASE contact me via here and I will send you a contract and info on how to get yourself ready.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


September 9 2010 at the Defoor Centre

Atlanta GA- Defoor Centre continues its tradition of the Off The Wall show on September 9 2010 at 7PM with an opening around the large facility showing off local Atlanta artists and their wonderful works! Choose from many pieces varying in mediums, sizes, and get this selling at these following prices $100-$200-$300 – so be apart of this crazy idea!

Here’s the plan layout:
1- Go through your studios find pieces that fit those three price ranges get them ready for showing – meaning wires on paintings, sculptures on stands, etc. ONLY ONE PIECE PER PRICE! You can show up to three pieces or you can just sell one in one price range.

Yes there is a gallery split 60/40 and tax will be applied to the sales.

MAKE YOUR OWN PRICE TAG CARD-please include your name-title of work-medium and what price point it is, so we can separate them in groups. You maybe bring all the cards and brochures you want to pass out.

2- Bring your work, display cards, and signed contract in by September 3rd (late comers are fine and if you can’t bring them in anytime sooner – game day is fine just but by 7PM is the cut off time)
3- Contracts will be available via email me and at the Defoor Centre- please contact me at or via the all the links listed below: (under Jill Kettles)

This is a chance for artists to get their work out there, meet other artists and possibly sell. There have been artists that have done this for the past three years and they have had success at the show and after, where it gave them a little push to get their work out there.

The Defoor Centre is located off Howell Mill Rd in Atlanta in the reviving Westside neighborhood, where a lot of local vendors that cater to the interior designers have been going to for years. The Defoor Centre has been a growing facility hosting major fundraisers to corporate meetings to private weddings all in house catering with a full bar. 100 years ago this place was a hospital for the soldiers fighting at the Battle of Peachtree Creek and to this day they are “still there.”

For more information on the Defoor: or just come by Tues-Friday to get something to eat and browse – 1710 DeFoor Ave Atlanta GA.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Artist Opp-Hands On Altanta-Check it Out

Hands On Atlanta is a non-profit organization that helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools.

Hands On Atlanta, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special event June 19, at the DeFoor Centre. To commemorate the occasion, Hands On Atlanta is asking artists to contribute artwork inspired by the handprint in its logo. There are no rules about the art – it could be a painting, sculpture etc. The artwork will be displayed at the event and used in an auction to raise funds for Hands On Atlanta.

For the artist -- two tickets the event and a receipt for a tax deductible contribution. The event includes a birthday cake decorating contest from 2 – 5 and a gala birthday bash that starts at 7. Participating artists can come to the entire event or any portion.

Please contact me if you would like to participate: Ray Harbour,, 404 547 711, Ray Harbour on Facebook. I need an artist statement or bio and description of the artwork by June 14. The artwork needs to be at the Defoor Centre by Wednesday, June 16. We expect a couple hundred people to attend the event.

For more information about the services provided by Hands On Atlanta, go to the web site

Thank you so much. I appreciate your spirit of volunteerism and willingness to use your talents to make a difference.

Best regards,
Ray Harbour

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Weekly Skirt Report May

On May 16 at 1:30PM the Defoor Centre will be hosting a show for Ray Harbour and Shijun Munns for their unique pieces of work:

Soul Visions will be a month long show for local Atlanta artists: Ray Harbour and Shijun Munns - two very innovative artists that take viewers on their life journey through their native cultures.

Healing of Mother Earth, humanitarian efforts, community building, and social concerns are integral to Ray’s offering as an artist. She is committed to participating in the great journey of healing and transformation. Through art and writing, Ray discovers her inner truths and revelations about the outer world. She shares her journey, fears, wounds, struggles, joys, and learnings in a stream of consciousness style through images and words.

Shijun cares about everything that could touch off an old days feelings; ancient poetry with implied meaning, ancient pottery with rough and simple design, flying faeries on the ancient silk road. Indeed, Shijun seems to look back into space-time while her paintings spring forward into our time to bring us images of deep and profound souls glimmering in soft, golden light.

So come spend this special Sunday afternoon at the Defoor Centre for an unforgettable journey!

Friday, March 19, 2010


Translated Landscapes
Shorter College Professor and His Paintings Up Starting March 21st

Atlanta GA- Spring has sprung at the DeFoor Centre with Brian Taylor’s abstracts of color, form and texture that spring from nature. His work will be up from March 21st to April 30th. This will be brief but a solid collection of what this wonderful artist has been up to.
Brian is the Chair of the Art Department at Shorter College in Rome GA as well as he teaching, speaking and finds time in exhibiting around the world. A graduate of University of Memphis he has believed in the basics of painting; light, color and form. His own works evolves from nature and how it moves, develops and almost sings with such titles of paintings, “Clearing Through the Wisteria” or “The Wind and Light within a Hayfield” bring many other images to the viewer, perhaps literary. Taylor states: "I believe that writers become writers when reading is not enough and artists become artists when observing is not enough.”
“He suggests that the lack of defined edges in his work is the purposeful strangeness necessary to distance oneself and to be intimate at the same time, keeping "the edges between the real and unreal blurred." It is by letting go of a learned sense of being in control that we can reach higher planes of understanding in relation to both nature and art. “- taken from his artist statement Translated Landscapes, written by Denise Carvalho
So come out for a salad, soup or a cocktail at the DeFoor Centre and check out Brian Taylor’s beautiful work. This might give you some inspiration to lead to your next function.
The DeFoor Centre is a unique facility that combines fine art as the focused d├ęcor and in each room it’s a different style and taste that creates a mood within these old historical walls. Located on 1710 DeFoor Ave, conveniently off of I-75 it’s in the middle of Atlanta’s Howell Mill/Westside district.
The center’s hours are Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 5PM with the weekends based on availability and through appointments. You can read more at and on their Facebook page filled with more photos and videos: Defoor's Facebook page

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Weekly Skirt Report

Someone I was talking to asked me what a press release was and how about to write one. I wish I could get a dollar for every time I explained but alas I am such a good hearted person and shared my version of one. So here I sit in the sandbox....

By basic definition it's basically to bring light to an event or a product for both the media and a targeted audience to be aware of.

So, to start off with, I always try to come up with a title that will be eye catching, quirky but simple. Serious is good and always welcomed just be careful in that sometimes the somber can be a quick turn off. If you mix in hope or faith in it - it creates better imagery.

The first paragraph should read as who what when where why and how. Remember those invitations:

Actually I love that... don't you?

Anyways, keep in mind you need to get in all the vital information in that first paragraph. For example:

The MOMA is proud to present Andy Warhol: His Work from The Factory Years starting January 1st 2010 through April 1st 2010 in the modern art wing of the museum located on the east side of the building. The MOMA was chosen by his estate to unveil this unique grouping of work .... you get the picture. A public reception will be held on February 14th with a cash bar and appetizers.

The second paragraph should explain who/what is being annouced: if it's Andy Warhol: it will be a brief bio on him. And then maybe a 3rd paragraph to talk about the Factory years etc etc etc.

Then the closing parapgrah should be something to tie it all together, by using the mission statement for your cause, the event or the company. Then state where it's located and anything else, that might be useful for your media folks.

Attach a press photo which could be an image from the art catalog, or a logo or a person in charge photo...etc etc. So folks can be all set to make sure they have everything and if they don't they will get back to you.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Ok this year will be calmer not as wacky and so far so good. Knock on wood...

Check out my site for new paintings and news about upcoming events for moi!

This year is going to be a little different with DeFoor Centre:

THE ART OF SEDUCTION: CAROLINE PYLES (Jan 11 through March 19) with a special Valentine's reception on Feb 12th from 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Come out!

IN SPRING: Shorter College Faculty member Brian Taylor - whose multi-media 2-D paintings are emotive and passionate. His use of brush strokes and color are intense and vibrant.

Folk artist: Al Simpson will be in the bar/cafe area with his quirky images that will remind you of Howard Finster.

MAY ONLY: Ray Harbour and Corrina Sephora - Ray is a local favorite at the DeFoor Centre for a long time with her finger paintings depicting raw human emotion as well as colorful abstracts. Corrina is a blacksmith with various designs that hang or free stand! and

THE GIRLY SHOW: Albany GA resident artist: Cindy Davis will be there all summer and early fall with her fabulous paintings!

NOVEMBER: John Tindel: the man himself with his cultural, social and personal abstracts will grace the Forum walls through the end of the year -

OFF THE WALL- SEPTEMBER 17th is the show opening date: 7:30 to 9:30PM is the opening party. 3 Pieces for 3 Prices: 100 200 and 300... it will be up for a whole week and I hope you will be able to be apart of it! At the DeFoor Centre.