Art Gallery Exhibits Archive
PTA Reflections Program
Works Submitted by Cobb County Students
December 16, 2005- January 15, 2006
recognition and achievement program, provides children in
pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with an opportunity to express
themselves in any of 4 areas: literature, musical composition,
photography, and the visual arts. Now in it's 36th year, the
Program attracts an average of 600,000 participants nationwide.
The goal of the program is to celebrate all children's gifts
and talents, and to give children who have never tried creating
a work of art a chance to experiment and increase their self-esteem.
This year's theme "I Wonder Why ..." is sure to
generate a vast array of entries.
by Sami Bentil
January 16 - February 28, 2006
© Sami Bentil
Bentil paints from his heart's deepest conviction, blending
the history of his native Ghana with his passionate vision of
world peace. The seedlings of Bentil's artistic philosophy were
planted in his childhood. Growing up during Ghana's struggle
for and acquisition of independence, Bentil watched human drama
unfold on the streets if his hometown, Ghana's capital city,
Accra. With a keen eye, a sensitive heart and a gifted hand,
he cultivated a tremendous ability to draw vivid pictures of
attending the Achimoto school in Ghana, Bentil studied under
Kofi Antubam, one of Ghana's great art masters. Antubam taught
Gentil that art can be a tool for bringing people of the world
together in harmony, a philosophy he holds today.
son of a United Nations diplomat, Bentil visited the United
States during two summers, spending time in museums and art
galleries in New York and other major metro areas. This experience
provided an effective backdrop for his subsequent studies
in graphic design at the University of Science and Technology
in Ghana where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Bentil's work has received great recognition and acclaim in
Ghana, as well as other parts of the world. One of his earliest
paintings, commissioned by the Ghanaian government to celebrate
the country's Silver Jubilee, is on permanent display at the
museum of Ghana. His work has bee exhibited in the U.S., England,
Switzerland and Germany, and is widely collected in Europe,
West Africa and North America.
Congressional District Art Exhibit
March 1 - March 16, 2006
Don't miss this special exhibit
from artists in the region.
Through Foreign Lands
Photos by Derek Lowe
March 16 - April 30, 2006
© Derek Lowe
Lowe, teacher and photographer, has lived many moments on
the other side of the world, mainly in Tongyeong, a small
fishing village at the southern tip of South Korea. After
graduating with a Bachelors degree from Kennesaw State University,
Lowe left the United States to teach the English language
shock took many forms for Lowe - the landscape, the food,
the people. As the newness wore off, similarities arose; guys
playing basketball; a movie house, a favorite music store.
" Vacations" from teaching took him to Shanghai,
the historic and must-see lunar New Year, to Bangkok and other
fulfilling his commitment to teaching English, Lowe began
his adventurous trip home, traveling the long way and taking
pictures along the way.
May 1 - June 30, 2006
© Steve Stoichev
a very early age Steve Stoichev's life has been connected
with art. At 4 years old he had his first exhibit, displaying
clay figurines to his friends and neighbors. From that point
he was captured.
His focus has alternated between design, sculpture, and painting.
Through the 1980's he concentrated on interior design, and
in 1989 he founded his own fashion design company. As a fashion
designer he worked extensively with painted fabrics.
Steve's experiences with interiors and fashion have influenced
his painting style, leading him to create three-dimensional
textured paintings of a modern impressionism style.
Steve Stoichev is a Bulgarian-born American and has lived
in the Atlanta area since 1996. He currently makes his home
in Smyrna with his wife and three children.
His latest passion is photography. Last April, in an exhibit
before the Bulgarian public, he presented nature and botanical
photography captured during his travels in the United States.
- Wenona's Art Gals!
Artist Biographies Photo
July 1 - August 31, 2006
would argue that being "displaced" is upsetting,
and sometimes painful. Yet, when Wenona Halderman's paint
class lost its meeting place at the Cobb Senior Center in
2003, the dauntless group found a new and even more inviting
studio at the home of class member, Norma Cole and persuaded
Wenona to join them as instructor.
The warm, friendly environment of the group's new location
led to a smooth transformation of a class of would-be artists
who gathered each week for instruction, to a circle of friends
that come together each Monday to share personal tidbits,
family stories, current and past events, and paint. The
meetings have become social events that include evaluations
of one another's works, suggestions for improvement, and
refreshments, interspersed with commentary from the very
discerning eye of the Instructor.
The class "list" includes: Norma Cole, Voncile
Levy, Kathy Lutz, Carmen McFerin, Joan Roper, and periodic
visitors including Audrey Cook, Elaine MacDonald, and others,
who are neighborhood artists.
Recently the Smyrna Public Library extended an invitation
for a group showing in July and August. The show will feature
acrylics, oils, and watercolors and include a broad range
of subject matter, including animal life, florals, landscapes,
seascapes, and still lives. Some works may be offered for
sale, with pricing and contact information available at
the library. Featured will be three interpretations of the
same subject - ½ each, different size and medium
- along with impressionistic and realistic works.
It will be worth a trip to the show just to see whether
the most and least experienced painters can be determined.
Some class members have painted for more than fifty years,
while others less than two. Some have received formal instruction
and have won awards; others paint solely under the direction
and encouragement of Wenona and other class members. Biographical
sketches will be available at the display to help viewers
realize what is possible to create in a nurturing setting
with guidance and positive reinforcement.
After the unsettling experience of having to find new quarters,
Wenona's Art Gals (WAGS) are happy to have found the perfect
setting for friends to get together and at the same time
pursue a hobby that they all love.
By Tom Kells
September 1 - October 31, 2006
© Tom Kells
Kells' passion for photography began at age 11 in his hometown
of New York. After a successful military career, which included
a 1966 tour of duty in Vietnam, he began to pursue photography
as a second career. His first formal show in 2004 consisted
of thirty-six images displayed at Neiman Marcus, Atlanta. He
has also displayed work at Kennesaw State University and in
shops and many well-known Atlanta restaurants
is a process to Tom, simple or very technical; it is the brush
and paint serving the thought and light that creates the image
as on a canvas. Though he will remove portions of what the lens
captures to provide focus or tell a story, he does not import
or piece images together.
here to enjoy Tom's Online Gallery
Pencil Art by Carol Sorenson
November 1 - December 31, 2006
© Carol Sorenson
was raised in rural Iowa and spent many creative hours drawing
and painting, starting at an early age. Largely self-taught,
Carol has developed her drawing technique through years
of practice. She studied drawing at Missouri Western College
and has painted under the direction of several well-known
artists. Her artwork is represented in corporate and private
collections throughout the country.
subjects are the wild birds, flowers, and animals familiar
to most Americans. In her drawings, each animal has a spark
of life and a personality of its' own. Years of experience
living close to animals make them an easy subject for her.
Carol builds upon that background with thorough research
on each subject. She has developed an innovative technique
in her drawings with colored pencil on a toned background.
Carol uses light and shadow to create a sculptured effect,
while interpreting the textures and colors of nature.
here to enjoy Carol's Online Gallery