On Thursday, October 11th we will hold the juried Chosen for Life Fine Art Exhibit & Auction! This is our 2nd annual local show, with local artists, benefitting local foster and adoptive families. All guests' attendance and purchase of artwork supports the work CFLM is doing to equip our community to care well for orphaned and vulnerable children - giving guests a chance to be a part of sharing beauty in this community while adding beauty to their home!
Art will be for sale, beginning at $50. We will also have pieces available in our Silent Auction that will take place from 5:30-7:15pm as part of the VIP event. Live music from Emily Hearn and friends will be enjoyed throughout the night!
We encourage you to pre-pay for your admission by clicking here!
If you would like your work to be a part of the Chosen for Life Fine Art Exhibit & Auction, please submit examples to email@example.com to be reviewed by our jury, fine artists Camden Bianco and Steve St. Claire.
On Thursday, November 9th, 2017 we held the juried Chosen for Life Fine Art Exhibit: The Small Works Show! A local show, with local artists that drew our community together for a lovely evening out to purchase affordable artwork, all while raising funds to help Chosen for Life Ministries continue to meet the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children and the families caring for them throughout this community.
Many thanks to our 2017 Participating Artists which included:
Susan Abell - Visual art has always been an integral part of Susan’s life. Since formally retiring from a career as an elementary educator in 2014, this hobby has become a full time pursuit. From the mountains to the shore, Georgia’s varied topography motivates Susan to capture her impressions with a variety of water-based media.
Cecel Allee - Cecel is a self-taught artist originally from Apalachicola, FL. She's a 1990 graduate of the Terry Business School at UGA. She lives in Athens with her husband of 27 years and has two kids Logan, 24, and George, 19. Painting is her passion and is a huge part of her life! She feels super lucky to call herself an artist for over 20 years.
Amelia Allen - Amelia is a textile designer and illustrator, currently designing toddler apparel at Target. You can often find her painting floral prints and woodland animals in watercolor and gouache.
Emily Berry - Emily is a pattern and textile designer working in Atlanta, GA. She is interested in the little areas where art and life intersect whether that's in a pillow, a plate or a greeting card. She is inspired to create designs that live with people everyday.
Camden Bianco - Camden received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting in 2008 from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2014. Recent showings of her work have been at the St. Louis Artist Guild, Art St. Louis, as well as a collection of commissioned work on view at Juniper Restaurant, and write ups with the St. Louis River Front Times and Covenant Magazine.
Camden was trained as an oil painter and only recently switched to working in watercolor due to time constraints when raising her 9 month old son.
She currently resides in Western Pennsylvania with her husband and infant son.
Elaine Burge - To Elaine, it is so surreal that she is living her dream of being a professional artist. She now lives in Riddleville, Georgia, with her wildlife-loving husband, four dogs…Toby, Skip, Luverne and George...and many chickens. Elaine also has a studio cat named Barbara Ann and her kitten keeping her entertained. She moved into her first studio in January of 2015. Her creative space is located in downtown Sandersville. She passes goats, cows, and sheep on her way to work every morning. Anything that excites her has the potential to become a painting. Elaine is currently focusing on animals and putting a funky spin on their natural beauty. She is so grateful for this creative journey!
Lucy Reiser Chapman - Lucy Reiser Chapman is an abstract impressionist painter based out of Brevard, North Carolina. Her work is influenced by the environment in which she paints including the scenery as well as relationships and experiences.
Laura Deems - Laura Deems is an abstract artist who has quickly been deemed noteworthy, with features in numerous publications before completing university. This early discovery of Laura’s talent recognizes that her work embodies a new interpretation of painting. The freedom and immediacy in her marks, wandering over the canvas only to be abruptly cut off, reveals both the fluidity and the harshness of gestural motion. The canvas ceases to serve as a window to convey images and ideas, rather it becomes a space invoking the very movements that orchestrated those marks. Her work has a sense of terroir, leading the visualizer to experience the very sights, smells, and motions that inhabit the space with Laura as she creates.
Her inspiration is rooted in her fabric design background, which was developed during her time at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art as a Fabric Design Major. Laura translates the markings and textures of the textile to her paintings. As a result, her paintings encapsulate the free flow of the patterned textile as they are loosely worn on the body, blending the inviting colors with the lively gestures of the human body.
Laura lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina.
Shannon Duley - Shannon is inspired by her surroundings, and influenced by seasons and their mood. Her favorite day is Saturday…enjoying a cup of coffee while flipping through a stack of catalogs and other recent musings, she reminds herself of all the inspiration she soaked up that week. She then gets to work creating something that’s happy; that brings light and life to the space around it. An element of optimism comes to life through her work, and she wants to give others some of that contagious spark!
Jake Gee - Freelance photographer and filmmaker living in Athens, Ga
Laura Hull - Laura is a glass and metal artist living in Marietta, GA.
Jackie Kirsche - Jackie grew up in Chattanooga, TN and received BFA degrees in drawing/painting and printmaking from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. She lives in Watkinsville, GA in her almost empty nest, along with her husband and golden retriever.
Jackie finds botanicals a never ending source of inspiration, as well as places and buildings with a story. She works primarily in acrylic, though drawing materials, collage pieces and other mixed media often find their way into her works. She enjoys employing pattern and texture -- the more, the better these days!
Jackie's hope is to convey a sense of joy and contentment within each of her works. She believes there is so much beauty in this world to be found and celebrated.
Katherine Miller Knuth - Katherine Miller Knuth is an artist specializing in lively land and seascape acrylic paintings. Each summer and winter she returns to her hometown in Northern Michigan to be inspired by Leelanau County's pristine countryside and lakeshore as well as it's charming, historic villages. Currently, she resides in North Carolina with her husband, Robert, working from their sunny guest-room-turned-studio.
Mary Catherine Lowery - The pieces Mary Catherine creates explore a process of letting go, enjoying the chaotic and spontaneous shapes and paths created by medium combinations, like water and spray paint, dye and bleach. Her work almost always begins with self reflection; how she often allows herself to become overwhelmed by her circumstances and situations, and her lack of control in those instances. These textures and movements are her thoughts and feelings externalized.
Phillip McClure - Phillip McClure is a contemporary artist living and working in Athens, GA. In his mixed-media abstract paintings, Phillip explores the relationship between memory, contemporary art-making, and spirituality. Drawing from his own memories and personal writings, he creates gestural, process-driven compositions that seek to preserve and monumentalize said memories. In doing so, he creates pieces of personal history, inviting the viewer to encounter the essence of that moment.
Katherine McCullough - Katie received her BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2009, then went on to receive her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. Her process-based abstract paintings and installations reflect on the hopeful materiality of the fleeting. Katie lives and works in Athens, GA.
Julie McKevitt - Julie Ann McKevitt is a visual artist in metro-Atlanta. She is particularly known for her large detailed flower paintings, her happy and bright images, and elegant event decor. Julie Ann brings whimsy and fun to canvas as well as non-traditional surfaces.
In 2014, Julie Ann’s postcard design was selected as one of the City of Decatur’s official postcards. Commissioned for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, Julie Ann painted the large “Dogwood Blooms” mural underneath the Westview Drive Bridge in Atlanta in August of 2014.
A large part of Julie Ann’s business has been devoted to using art to positively impact local youth. After witnessing a strong need for artistic outlets for youth, Julie Ann, along with her husband Aaron, began Paint Love, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that connects youth with talented artists. Julie Ann is the executive director of Paint Love as well as a volunteer artist. She believes in the therapeutic power art can have and strives to give young people the ability to grow through art.
Julie Ann currently resides in Decatur, GA, with her husband, Aaron, and daughter, Ansley.
Joseph Pruitt - Joseph is an engineer and Star Wars lover. His beautiful wife is his inspiration, and his daughter is the wind beneath his wings. Joseph loves to work and watch How it’s Made, unless Oklahoma St is winning a football game, because then he's definitely watching that instead.
Karla Pruitt - Surface designer and painter Karla Pruitt creates repeat patterns for product development in the home, apparel and gift markets. Karla licenses her artwork to companies and works with them to design products such as; wallpaper, fabric, and greeting cards. Karla works out of her home studio in Normaltown, where she lives with husband Joseph, toddler Lucie and corgi Okie.
Raven Roxanne - Growing up on the Gulf Coast in an artist’s paradise (her parents’ gallery), painter Raven Roxanne soaked up her surroundings and pursued her passion for painting at Auburn University. Her paintings are playful and filled with life via bold layers and pops of vibrant colors. She currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she is stimulated to paint through its mix of maritime culture and colorful city life.
Meredith Mejerle Rush - It wasn't an immediate transition from earning a BFA in Arts to pursuing art as a career. Meredith dabbled in various mediums and explored the floral design industry before making her way back to creating fine art. Using her knowledge and compositions gained through working with florals, delicate lines became the basis of her work. Throughout all of her work, creating an intimate and tactile experience has been a major component. Some work requires a nose to nose experience or a gentle brush along the edge of the paper thus aiding in the overall experience.
Katherine Schuber - Katherine started her pursuit of art when she first started asking if she could stay in from recess to color. Over the years she experimented with different types of paint mediums. Like many artists, she chose a very non-traditional route for her life. After spending several years living overseas, she returned to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia to study under renowned portrait artist Chris di Domizio.
During those five years with di Domizio, her love of portraiture was born. Through studying the old masters, she was equipped to begin a career in art. Some of her first clients were fellow students. Over time, word spread and her clientele grew developing into a full time profession.
With an emphasis in oil portrait paintings, Katherine now accepts commissions in a wide variety of subjects and mediums. She feels so fortunate to be able to pursue her passion of art as a career. She loves spending time getting to know her clients and discovering their uniqueness. Her goal in art is to create lasting works of beauty that not only portray a likeness, but tell a story.
She has the privilege to call Athens, Georgia home, and loves living here with her husband Derek.
Nan Siple - Nan enjoys using loose brushwork to convey light and movement. She graduated with an Art Education degree from UGA, following behind her grandmother, Lelia Freeman, who trained under Lamar Dodd. Most recently, she tries to squeeze paint sessions into a busy season on life. Her children (Lelia, Matthew, John, and Sam) love when mom brings out the paint, knowing it's time for them to create alongside her! Nan's husband, Matt, serves as chief encourager in her painting endeavors.
Sarah Cowan White - Sarah is an artist and art educator living in Athens, Georgia. Her work aims to tell stories of comfort and discomfort in familiar, yet non-specific interior spaces. Creating these vignettes allows her to examine themes of daily habits, rituals, intimacy, and one's relationship with their environment. She enjoys weaving personal and universal narratives of nostalgia into her work. The balance between stasis and transition is also a common theme of exploration for her.