Twenty-Six Georgia Artists Among Those to be Featured at the American Craft Council Show in Atlanta March 12-14

Top Quote A record twenty-six Georgia artists will exhibit at the 21st Annual American Craft Council Show in Atlanta, featuring a variety of media including woodworking, jewelry, glassblowing, and many more. Specializing in such unique styles as Greencraft, Lawn and Garden Art, and Altcraft, these local artists are sure to make a strong impact at this year's show. End Quote
  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) February 06, 2010 - A record twenty-six Georgia artists are among the more than 225 selected to exhibit and sell their high-quality, handmade furniture, jewelry, clothing, home décor and more at the 2010 American Craft Council Show in Atlanta, which will take place March 11-14, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Featured artists are selected to participate in the show through a rigorous jury process; most have extensive training in their genre from fine art or craft schools, guilds, or specialized college programs, and many have their work represented in leading galleries and museums across the country.

    While the intricate work of participating Craft Show artists ranges widely in price, from under $20 to in the thousands, many of the artists also sell a variety of handcrafted, long-lasting pieces that for under $100, a bargain given the amount of work that goes into them.

    The categories of art for show and sale at the Craft Show fall into one of the following categories: Basketry, Ceramics, Fashion Accessories, Fashion Wearables, Fiber Decorative, Furniture & Lighting, Glass, Jewelry, Kaleidoscopes, Leather Non-Wearable, Leather Wearable, Metal, Mixed Media (including a doll & puppet grouping), Musical Instruments, Paper, Stone, Toys & Puzzle and Wood.

    "The variety and quality of work at the American Craft Council Show keeps me coming back year after year," said Decatur resident Linda Kirkland. "Over the years, I have purchased and collected wearable art, jewelry and decorative pieces and am excited that I can find unique items for a price that fits my budget."

    Many artists are designated as GreenCraft Artists, meaning that all or a portion of the work is made from recycled materials and/or sustainable processes. This year, for the first time, the Craft Show adds two new categories: Lawn & Garden Art and AltCraft. Show patrons will find signage in each artist's booth that distinguishes their work as befitting these categories. The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta is proud to be sponsored by WSB Family2Family and Atlanta Social Season magazine.

    Georgia-based artists selected for the 2010 show include Duluth's Jane Burke; Augusta's Paul Pearman; Lavonia resident Angelika Brennecke; Fairburn's Linda McCarrey; and many others. A number of Atlanta-area artists are participating in the show including Houston Llew and Debra Lynn Gold; Marietta residents Ricky Frank and Beth Tarkington; and Suwanee resident Mark Knott.

    Here are a few artist 2010 highlights:

    Jane Burke, of Duluth, GA, has been working in marquetry (intricate inlaid wood artwork) for almost 17 years, initially learning the technique in Paraguay. She quickly developed her own style by focusing on enchanting detail work involving objects of natural beauty: birds, insects, and flowers. The intricacy of her work belies the painstaking process involved in the creation of artistic marquetry.

    Augusta artist Paul Pearman brings new meaning to the term "belt buckle bling" with his mosaic belt buckles. Pearman uses stained glass and other materials to produce works that incorporate an impressionistic style where glass resembles paint strokes invoking movement and direction. His works are considered "art for your hips" and have adorned the hips of stars such as Faith Hill, Cameron Diaz and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

    German-born jewelry designer Angelika Brennecke has worked as a Master Goldsmith since 1984. Angelika's designs are clean, highly stylizedand timeless. Her major focus is to create powerful shapes with strong relationships to geometry and architecture.

    Fairburn's Linda McCarrey has been working in both paintings and mixed media for the last twenty years. Her work contains many layers of architectural and primitive forms, and can be constructed from wood, stone, rag papers, beads and clay.

    Atlanta's own Houston Llew creates unique artworks of molten glass and copper which he refers to as 'spiritiles.' These luminous creations utilize stark, vivid imagery and evocative quotations that ''capture the spirit of the enlightened moment.''

    Debra Lynn Gold is a nationally recognized designer of contemporary jewelry in Atlanta, who uses precious and non-precious materials of sterling silver, colored (anodized) aluminum and stainless steel. Debra's uncommon designs comprise a unique collection of necklaces, collars, chokers, bracelets, earrings and brooches.

    Working predominantly in Cloisonné jewelry, Ricky Frank, of Marietta, GA, creates dramatic and vibrant pins, pendants, and earrings that capture the eye with their detail and color. He's been a favorite of jewelry collectors in Atlanta and around the nation since being a fixture at the former Atlanta Arts Festival. Collectors and fine craft enthusiasts look forward to the Craft Show each year to see what Ricky's current themes are - often there is a story in each piece.

    Suwanee resident Mark Knott creates colorful pottery that evokes the sensations of the ocean: cool blues, soothing repetitive forms, natural beauty. Created as both works of art and functionable objects, Mark's work continues the tradition of pottery that is both beautiful and useful.

    Show information:

    Visit these artists and their accomplished peers at the Craft Council Show on Friday, March 12: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 13: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 14: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Regular admission is $13 for one day, or $20 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Special Friday evening admission is $5 after 5 p.m. American Craft Council members and those who join the non-profit organization at the show ($25 annual membership fee) are admitted free all weekend. To preview the show and to purchase tickets online (for a $2 discount!), please visit:

    This year, the Show partners with Callanwolde Fine Arts Center to program its Artist Demonstration area, where patrons can watch as Callanwolde-affiliated artists and teachers demonstrate techniques and give attendees an opportunity to try their hand at various forms of art; kids can create and take home a piece of art they make, too!

    Craft enthusiasts wanting an early opportunity to meet featured artists and buy their works before the show should plan to attend the Preview Party on Thursday, March 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Tickets for the Preview Party are $75 in advance ($85 at the door) and can be purchased at Proceeds from the Preview Party jointly benefit the Museum of Design Atlanta and the American Craft Council.

    For directions to Cobb Galleria Centre, visit: Free parking is available.

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    About the American Craft Council
    The American Craft Council's mission is to champion craft. As a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb, the Council actively promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft through its bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, leadership conferences, awards for excellence, research library, workshops and seminars.

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