Gainey Hall is an event space run by the Inn at Serenbe. Art Farm curates art exhibitions for the walls of this beautiful venue, rotating every 6-8 weeks. Artists featured are Serenbe residents and regional artists, emerging and established. Gainey Hall as a venue provides artists with a rich, diverse audience of visitors, corporate event guests, neighbors and residents. Proceeds from artwork sales support local artists and the Art Farm. Gainey Hall is open to the public on Saturday from 11am-6pm, pending event rentals. To make an appointment to view work privately please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can You Feel It?
WORK BY JANE WHITEHURST, JUlIE MCKINNEY, & Jessica ashley
ON VIEW July - Sept 2019
The title of the show points to the visceral nature of the work. Between the texture of Jessica Ashley's paper sculptures, the lighthearted layers of Julie Mckinney's paintings, and the confident gestural strokes of Jane Whitehurst... can you feel it?
Serenbe Summer Salon Show
WORK By Adrienne anbinder, Dianne Cutler, ali harper, billy newman, paula susarte, judy walker
ON VIEW JUNE - JULY
This summer salon show features six artists that have had previous exhibits in Gainey Hall, almost all of them living in Serenbe as full time residents.
Turn Again to The Earth
WORK BY STEVEN L. ANDERSON, MARK LEIBERT, MALINDA LIVELY, JOHN FOLSOM, GAIL FOSTER, AND TOM SWANSTON
ON VIEW through june, 2019
About the artists:
Steven L. Anderson, graduate of University of Michigan and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has exhibited in galleries through the United States for twenty years. Currently, Anderson is an exhibiting artist and Co-Director of Day & Night Projects—an artist-run gallery in Atlanta he helped initiate in 2016. In 2019 his work will be on display at the Lyndon House in Athens, GA, the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France, and at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta.
Mark Leibert is an Atlanta-based painter. He received his B.A. in Studio Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in Fine Arts Studio. He has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, received the RIT Creative Arts Grant, and is currently represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Malinda Lively, a native Southern Californian, completed her first horse drawing at age 3, and has since then pursued this path of mostly animal portraiture. She has sought out mentors for information on color theory and classical technique and incorporates a lot of oil paint, watercolor, mixed-media, and pastel. She lives in Serenbe with her husband, Steve.
John Folsom, originally from Paducah, Kentucky, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. Folsom is a mixed media artist and his work demonstrates intersectionality of painting and photography, demonstrating the narrative potential of images. He is currently represented by Hathaway Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Gail Foster has been exploring elemental photography of ‘trash-to-treasure’ assemblages, low-VOC acrylic paintings and mixed media on paper. Her art provides an uplifting and impassioned view of the human condition and the inner power of the spirit. Her work has been included in 12 museum solo and group exhibitions, 32 solo private gallery shows, and 72 private gallery group shows.
Tom Swanston, a graduate of Hobart College and Parson’s School of Design, currently has been incorporating the themes of migration in his art work, interested in its multiple connotations. He is drawn to its nuances of the mystical movement through space and time, with an ultimate return home. Swanston sees a mirroring between humans and migratory birds in that both are physical and spiritual travelers, exploring new or familiar places, always returning to the one special locale that they call ‘home’. His work has been in several solo and group exhibitions across the country.
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Artifice + Artifact
ON VIEW Jan 26, 2018 - Mar 16, 2019
About Jack Michael + Georgia State University School of Art & Design:
Jack Michael is a trash man’s daughter and an instructor at Georgia State University. Her work in painting, textiles, sculpture, and printmaking explores trash, consumer culture, labor, and sustainability from an ecofeminist perspective. Through acts of mending, weaving, and ornamentation, she investigates the human domestication of wild environments and the industrial domestication of humans. When not in the studio or classroom, she is often exploring America on her motorcycle through extensive solo treks, gathering imagery, trash, and research integral to her studio practice.
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, of the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an MA in Art History, MA in Art Education, MAT and MAEd in Art Education, and an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.
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THE FOREST BATHER: MEMORY JOURNEYS
ON VIEW: Nov 10, 2018 - Jan 10, 2019
The images from this group of works transcend specific age or gender and reveal the constant, internal and evolving self, found in the private space of thought, body and the personal. At the core is a concept developed by anthropologist, Victor Turner called, “the center out there”. We maintain connections to our home-place, our kindred and to the earth, while discovering links to unknown places from our past and future. My work includes a collection of inter-related mixed media books, paintings and prints created simultaneously. Each of the included segments interweaves my areas of interest as an artist. As a printmaker, I have always been interested in the technical overlay of various print methods in creating images. My artist books and prints are meant to be viewed closely. Creating an intimate and layered interaction between artist and viewer, are at the center of my visual exploration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anne Beidler has been on the faculty of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta since 1992, where she is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History. She has been a practicing artist, scholar and teacher for more than 25 years. Beidler’s work has been selected for inclusion in exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. In the past year, she has been included in more than twenty exhibitions in the USA and abroad. Her work is currently included in the international exhibition: The Book as Art: Flight Edition at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport concourse E. She has been a visiting artist and speaker at a number of colleges and universities including Rollins College in Florida; the University of Georgia-Cortona Program, Tulane University and Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Beidler served on the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Board of Directors from 1996 through 2002 as the representative from Georgia. She has presented papers at numerous professional conferences including the College Art Association, the Asian Network Conference at Emory University, The Southeastern College Art Association and the Southern Graphics Council. She recently published an article on her creative work and process in the ASIANetwork Journal.
“Collected”: A quiet moment, object or animal — each photograph made is a discovery and elevation of graphic, interconnected patterns and textures — naturally found, arranged or assembled.
The inspiration for this work began years ago when my son and I walked the trails together at Serenbe, picking up items we found along the way. Once home, we freely arranged collages of these collected treasures. It became a way to appreciate the small details surrounding us, and observe objects in a different light. Over the years it has become somewhat of a ritual to forage and create still lives, to search the woods for quiet moments and pieces of nature we feel must come home.
Ali Harper lives and works in Serenbe as a lifestyle photographer. Once a Creative Director, she left the advertising industry seven years ago to pursue her love of being on the other side of the camera. Known best as a visual storyteller for brands large and small, she utilizes her extensive design background, combining it with her passion for food, interiors and landscapes to create uniquely scripted imagery.
Her work has been featured in Garden & Gun, Kinfolk, Martha Stewart, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Southern Living, Outside, Culture, Matchbook, Where Traveler and Flowers Magazine.
DREAMING OF FLOWERS
On View June 28 - Sept 9
"Flowers leave a part of their fragrance in the hands that bestow them.” - Chinese Proverb.
Dianne grew up in Vermont on the edge of a patch of woods. As a child, she would wander around the fields and forests, picking wildflowers to return home to my mother. These are some of my most precious memories of my formative years. Dianne worked with glass for over 10 years before branching out to a new medium. Drawing upon her wanderings in nature, Dianne seeks to capture the essence of the leaves and flowers that she loves so much in a plaster casting. Her castings reflect a brief moment in time, like a fossil unearthed from an archeological dig. Made with the finest plaster and colored with minerals and pigments mined from some of the last remaining quarries in France, Dianne has found a new way to express my love and joy for nature. Dianne is a self taught artist on a never ending journey to create something that will speak to your heart and bring beauty into your home.
UNEARTHED: THE ENCHANTED GARDEN
on view: June 23, 2018 - July 24, 2018.
Adrienne grew up in New York where she attended the School of Visual Arts and The Art Students League, and has worked in advertising for over twenty years. She art-directed numerous ad campaigns for clients such as Kroger, The Weather Channel, and Mercedes-Benz. A Brooklyn native, Adrienne has always been inspired by the natural world and the often-overlooked secrets that nature holds. Anbinder often uses a variety of mixed-media techniques to bring out the mystical quality of her subjects which include a Majestic Sheep, Lush Orchids, Floating Green Tomatoes, and more.
Many of Adrienne’s enchanting, vibrant photographs were inspired by life in the bucolic Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia. She lives and works in the artistic Serenbe Community. Together with her partner and husband, Barry, she runs an Atlanta boutique ad agency - Creative Consultants, Inc, Advertising From The Heart - where Adrienne is Co-Creative Director/Principal.
ART FOR GOOD
Work by Gail Foster + Tom Swanston
EXHIBITION & LIVE AUCTION: May 15 - Jun. 17
We previously celebrated the artwork and creative process of Tom Swanston & Gail Foster. Tom and Gail are longtime friends of the Serenbe community and the Nygren family, helping to establish Serenbe’s artist in residence program and develop the Art Farm as we know it today. Their creative contributions were celebrated in the Serenbe community. Proceeds from this event were donated to the nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Gail Foster via the Southeast Catastrophic Injury Fund.
In 2013, Gail had an accident that left her with a spinal cord injury. With 4 weeks at Northside Hospital and 6 weeks in the Shepherd Center and intense rehabilitation ever since, she has continued to paint and inspire everyone she has met along the way, with husband and fellow artist Tom providing support since the beginning. Serenbe and the Art Farm were excited to partner with Help Hope Live to exhibit artworks in Grange Hall by both Tom and Gail, all of which were up for auction on GiveSmart to support the necessary home accessibility renovations to their house. These improvements provided Gail with a safe space for continual recovery after her early 2018 surgery for years to come.
On view feb. 3 - mar. 8
Artist’s Statement: With my camera, I reveal images unseen through our normal human vision. I explore plants, flowers, ice, light, motion… almost anything in which I can discover new images.
From that experience, I was intrigued with this new vision and began pressing parts of flowers or plants against the front of my camera lens, while shooting botanicals. Those petals or stems were so close to the lens and so far out of focus, I could no longer see them, but the distortion they provided changed the image. No longer was a flower, just a flower. It was a flower that appeared to vibrate or dissolve away. Realism gave way to impressionism and abstraction. The ice and water images have different elements of distortion. What is interesting about many of the ice images, is that the focus is not on the surface of the ice. Shifting the focus in front of, or behind the ice surface, reveals images that are only occurring inside my camera lens. I am no longer photographing just the ice. I’m capturing reflections and refractions as the light passes from sun to ice to camera lens. In essence, I am capturing light itself.
I’ve photographed just about everything from sunsets, to sporting events and landscapes. I no longer care to document those images, no matter how spectacular. I want to see the unseen. We are constantly exploring realms of the unknown: space, science, philosophy, etc… I am no different than the rest of humanity. I simply use the tool I know best, the camera.
ZEN IN GRANGE
DEC 7 - JAN 30
Zen painting is free, effortless, natural painting. There is no planning, thought, or struggle. When engaged with Zen painting, the painter and the painted are one. Zen painting runs counter to the usual academic and conceptual methods for creation of artwork. In Zen-fashion, the consciousness goes deep beneath the surface, uncovering patterns that change and flow moment by moment. bloomed.
Judy Walker began painting in her home of Colorado Springs, CO, studying with Herman Raymond. She then went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, majoring in illustration. She stayed in Southern California, and in addition to painting and illustration, she became a graphic designer, photographer, and journalist. Then, two and a half years ago she and her husband moved to Serenbe, where she paints, designs books and publications, and enjoys the amazing art community of the South.
OCT. 22 - NOV 30
The inspiration for this collection was nature. Each image reflects innocence and a pure, perfect moment of beauty. To be in contact with nature gives me the opportunity to be present, to stop my mind, to connect with myself. For me, these aspects bring Peace for the Soul. The allure in taking the photographs not only came from capturing the form of each flower but also from capturing the light and background of the setting. In addition, editing the composition and the contrast within each image allowed me to provide balance and harmony to the final photograph. All the images in this collection were made many years ago. I have collected them from my archive to form the Peace for the Soul Collection.
A native of Chile, Paula Susarte studied photography at The School of Photo Art, Santiago, Chile. She worked at The Nation newspaper in 1985 photographing different aspects of the press, then at Ported Editorial, photographing traditional culture, tourism, theatre and television. In 1998 she took photographs in the South of Chile for brochures for Ichhtyophatology Laboratory, Medical Clinic, Seafood companies, Leather company and small entrepreneur companies. She was also involved in projects for an architectural magazine, art and a book. Paula held a Photo Exhibition in 2000 called “Katmandu,” and travels around Europe and Asia documenting the architecture, art, culture and landscape. She relocated to the United States in 2002 with her family, where she focused on raising her two daughters. Paula has continued her photography education by attending a range of workshops in Atlanta.
SEPT. 16 - OCT. 22
Jessica Ashley is an artist based in Peachtree City, GA. She studied painting, photography, and sculpture at ACA, now SCAD. She works as a professional photographer known around Serenbe for capturing our events and special moments. She has been featured in Southern Living, Weddings Unveiled, The Atlantan bride, Style Me Pretty, Occasions Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. Her studio is in Serenbe.
Her show at Grange Hall was of new paintings, never shown before.
Excerpt from artist statement:
My work reflects the fragility of life, discord, exhilaration and revelation. We all share deep and hurtful, enlightened and centered moments that make up the complexity of life. Expressing this disorder and chaotic yet beautiful, joyous dance we all live. I work in matte and gloss finishes to express life's subtle balance.