Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The Defoor Centre Blooms into Color Wheels

March 18th Party for Artists

March 18th Reception from 2-4PM

Atlanta, GA- Color always blooms at the Defoor Centre for Spring and this season is the one the most quirkiest and playful yet. With creatures, flowers, dream-land subjects we will be mesmerized with them. There are some local artists, Philip Myrick, Jennifer Squires, Suzanne Huff, Carla Powell as well as Rebecca Caringella from Salt Lake City and Ashley Cooke from Maryland. The exhibit will be up from March 18 to May 31 with a Sunday afternoon reception on March 18th from 2-4pm. The event is free and a cash bar will be open.

The Forum – Philip Myrick – local artist and always using great combinations of found objects and textural paint this will be a huge endeavor for Philip being in the big room. He will be showing his creatures called the Dunces – who look mischievous and silly but always questioning us- as well as some new works with found objects. The different things he finds and tells a new story from them is quite a conversation.

The Encore – Jennifer Squires – as you view Jennifer’s work you will get the sense that she dances as she paints the movement and the vitality of her brush strokes are contagious so you begin to dance too. Jennifer’s work comes from within, as she states, “I work until the paintings have acquired an essence of time, depth, presence and, most importantly, grace.”

The Rhombus – Rachael Caringella – The girly girl from Salt Lake City, Rachael takes her fondness for tea parties and her love of the tree, and depicts these quirky faces, trees and other subjects turns it in to poetry. She is an avid Etsy seller who takes all her favorites things, including her pink hair and makes a day of it. Visual poetry – isn’t that was it all about?

Bar/CafĂ©-Suzanne Kennedy Huff – Our art teacher from Hiram, GA ! Who uses escapism in her visuals by using birds, dragons, swirling colors and many lines to that make them attention grabbing. She has been a graphic artist, a sign creator and hand painted clothing! Her work has been seen and bought from all over the southeast. A very encouraging person at heart and I bet her students love catching her spirit!

The Gatsby - Ashley Edmonds Cooke – a psychologist from Annapolis with a macro-lens for an eye towards flowers. She like Georgia O’Keefe meets Kodak – up close. The element of abstract and expression of the images that come after the photo has been taken are quite adventurous. This is like a personality test in a way for when viewing them, for there’s a question being asked: are they talking to you or you talking to them? If you can pass their test they are yours….for life.

Lobby – Carla Powell – Using a process that is used commercially, Carla takes sublimation to another level. Sublimation is a chemical process that transfers the dye by transforming it directly from a solid state to a gaseous state and then back to a solid state, without ever becoming a liquid. As a creative mind, Carla uses satin to create a mono print type image, using it alone or freehand embroidery or the loom. The final result is elegant and one of a kind.

These artists are a wide vast of the many materials, surfaces and colors that are used to get their pieces just so. I encourage you come and have your breath taken away, your eyes transformed and your whimsy tickled. Come out for lunch, a coffee and a dessert or just to stroll around to see what is going on.

About the Defoor Centre:

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 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: www.defoorecentre.com or just come by Tues-Friday to get something to eat and browse – 1710 DeFoor Ave Atlanta GA. On Facebook-www.facebook.com/defoorcentre or search for the Defoor Center ARTS group!

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