Thursday, September 1, 2016

Interview with artist Julie Nellenback Henry.

Image by Julie Nellenback Henry

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Julie Nellenback Henry and I am a contemporary multi media artist with a focus on painting. I am originally from Seneca Falls New York but have lived most of my life in the south. When I was in college I took a drawing class and disliked it so much that I dropped it after attending 2 classes! In my mid twenties I returned to my interest in art and in the years since I have been focused on my creative process. For most of those years I had a day job. I worked in my studio at night and on weekends always yearning for the day when I could pursue art full time. My work initially was naïve/ outsider/ figurative and my materials were things like old pieces of wood found while dumpster diving and $1 per gallon oops house paint from the Duron paint store on North Avenue. 

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
I just have this unexplainable longing to communicate how I feel without words. Without that longing I would never paint.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I seem to always be working to convey a relationship between something uncivilized and something more enlightened. I am continually drawn by the idea of a primal expression in union with a modern perspective. Part raw and part refined. 

 Right now I am painting in oil on board or canvas as well as painting in ink on paper. My background includes working in repurposed leather, letterpress, mono printing and assemblage sculpture.
Image by Julie Nellenback Henry.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
I love this question because it made me realize that I have very little interest in what makes me angry at this point in my life. But to be fair oppression in any form pisses me off. Any abuse of children, old people and animals is sure to make me mad.

 There are specific moments when I experience pure joy during the creative process. The electric moment when an idea or inspiration comes flying into me is really worth relishing. Sometimes it arrives so quickly and unexpectedly that I am scrambling to find a way to make a note. 
Also the moment when a shift occurs and all creative decisions become fluid and effortless. At that point in a painting I have lost track of myself and it feels great. 

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Right now I am really loving the paintings of Jorge Quieroz, the poems of Tomas Transtromer and the music of The Last Shadow Puppets. 
I am currently reading a book titled My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and listening to various Maya Angelou recordings found online.
On a more personal note, I am now and have been for many years greatly influenced and inspired by my undeniably talented husband Jason Henry.

6. What superpower would you want?
Do they have one that enables you to give everyone you encounter 1000 years of forgiveness in advance?

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
It was the work of Thornton Dial that inspired me to start painting. After that I was inspired to continue to paint by the work of Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet and Francesco Clemente. Now I would say I still love all of them plus many many more including Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Ryman, Sonia Delaunay, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Alexander McQueen and the list goes on…..

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
I have this quote by Rumi posted on the wall of my studio -
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”.
Trust yourself. 
If you find yourself unable to go into your studio or avoiding your work try reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Another book I recommend is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Guard against hopelessness by any means possible.

Image by Julie Nellenback Henry.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Artist Interview with Sara Schindel

Banquet with Lobster

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?

I was born in Atlanta but grew up in Athens, GA. I graduated from Indiana University’s John Herron School of Art. I worked as a freelance stylist for commercial photography for years while making art during the weeks when had no work.Twenty years ago I had the opportunity to have a studio.That’s when I stopped painted and declared “ if not now then when” and begin making anything that popped into my head.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?

My process is uncontrolled and my work created spontaneously. I like a loose edge to my work but I struggle to solve the work and make it cohesive. Finding an engaging theme and considering anything as media, detritus as well as conventional media is integral to my work.

Wrestlers Whole

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?

I’m currently pursuing autobiographical work concerning events from my childhood. I’ve created parodies of Great Master’s work taking still life painting back to three dimensions. I’m continuing that work also. I’m using cut paper, paint, styrofoam, wire, polymer clay and excelsior. I’ve used glass, tar, cable wire, action figures, computer parts and a taxidermy fish among other thing.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?

People who are unreliable and irresponsible are very annoying. I’ve worked on being responsible and doing what I say I’ll do so this trait is important in to me. The violence of current times makes me feel angry but also helpless.

My son is my greatest joy. Just a note or call from him makes my day. Also, I feel a lot of happiness when I’m able to solve a work problem. If a piece is difficult to create, my satisfaction at completing it makes me joyful.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?

David Gilhooly a California artist who started the Funk Art Movement. He made intense beautifully crafted assemblages and was a great inspiration to me.

Inspiring friends and family encourage and support my growth.
Still Life with Dirty Dishes

6. What superpower would you want?

I would want the eyes of an eagle so I could better see the stars.

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?

My sister Alice Schindel is my favorite artist. Her work has an undeniable presence, whimsey, and wit.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?

Consider strategy with your career instead of luck. If you are fortunate to have financial support the world is yours. If not you will have be very focused to complete a body of work after your day job ends.

Sara Schindel   404-788-3328

Friday, July 1, 2016

Interview with Vicki Bethel(nickname-Maggie)

Collage by Vicki Bethel
1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?

Vicki Bethel. (Nickname – Maggie). I was born in Kansas, as were both of my parents and all four of my grandparents. They really liked the place. I lived there until I was six months old. I have moved more than forty times and lived in seventeen states. I’ve been making art all my life. I studied art at Kansas City Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and California College of the Arts.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?

Thinking and experimentation. Most of the work takes place in my head. After the thought process I make things to see what happens. I have no interest in doing something if I know what the end result will be.

Colored pencil on Notes by Vicki Bethel
3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?

Repetition, contrasts, relatedness. pattern, rhythm, color and their possible relationship to emotion, loss, memory, meditation. Mixed media. To that end my background includes: drawing, painting, etching, lithography, papermaking, bookbinding, letterpress, silk screen, photography, weaving, off-loom fiber, sculpture, collage, assemblage, installation, clay, wood carving.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?

Injustice, waste, and cruelty make me angry. Happy is easier – so many things! Family, friends, old movies, gardens, sleep, raspberries, color, postcards, coffee, wind, cats, books, bats, music, cotton, music, paper, travel.

Front and Rear by Vicki Bethel
5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?

Jacques Cousteau and the animated Disney film, Bambi.

6. What superpower would you want?

Not interested.

7. Who is your favorite artist and/or other person?

Again, too many to mention, but here are a few off the top of my head: Sonia Delaunay, Gauguin, Andy Warhol, Anne Ryan, John Lennon, Milton Avery, Maria Sibylla Merian, Kandinsky, Groucho Marx, Vermeer, François Truffaut, Wayne Thiebaud, Eva Hesse, Busby Berkeley, etc.

Solar Maximum by Vicki Bethel
8. What advice would you give to other artists ?

Go to law school.

9. Contact details.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Interview with Karen Phillips

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Karen Phillips and I am a painter. I’m originally from California and have lived in Atlanta for nearly 13 years. While I have a degree in Business and have had careers in computer programming/analysis and graphic design, my calling is creating art. I started painting while recovering from a back injury in 2002. As a fledgling artist,
"Mas o Menos" by Karen Phillips
my greatest support came from the Artist Conference Network, founded by the late Beverly Cassell.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Music. I have to have music while I’m painting. It keeps my mind occupied while I have a conversation with the piece that I’m working on. I also love to experiment and learn new things, so books, museum visits, and meeting with other artists is important.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I am an abstract painter and I use acrylics, water-soluble wax pastels, charcoal, and other water-based media in my work. Right now, I’m using gels, pastes, and collaged paper to create textures and layers to convey a sense of depth and discovery. While I might have an initial idea when I start a painting, a conversation develops between the surface, the medium and myself.

"Reveal" by Karen Phillips
4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
Lots of things make me happy; painting in my studio, exploring little towns and nature with my husband, reading a good book on our porch on a sunny afternoon, experiencing live music in intimate settings, contemplating the nature of our existence; I could go on, but I’ll stop now.
Injustice and unequal access to a good education for our children in this country make me angry.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and/or in your life in general?
Although my mother passed away last, year she continues to be my inspiration. Her kindness, generosity, creativity, sense of humor, and sheer love of life humbles me.
"Echo" by Karen Phillips

6. What superpower would you want?
I would love to have the power to clean up the Earth: air, land, and water. If not that, then how about painting what it is I actually see in my mind?

7. Who are your favorite artists and/or other people?
I’ll never forget the first time I saw a Van Gogh in person at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Wow! The colors and textures sang out to me. Other favorite artists are Vasudeo Gaitonde, Frida Kahlo, Jan Sitts, Da Vinci’s drawings…there are just too many to list.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Keep going! You never know what you might discover in that next piece of art you begin.
9. Contact details if any?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Interview with Isabelle Gautier

Isabelle Gautier- LOVE YOUA BUNCH
Acrylic and polymers- 36 x 48
 1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
I was born and grew up in Normandy, France near the D-Day beaches. I moved to the States in 1999 and have been living in the Atlanta metro area since then. I have always been interested in color and design, attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, but am mostly a self-taught artist and painter.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Right now painting provides the best support I need to create: the canvas. But as you know art is everywhere in life:  food, music, architecture, clothes … and even in the way we see things. I love everything about creating with my hands, working with large scale paintings, ceramics and woodwork… When I create I am always looking for particular balance in the composition, the color or the texture. I try to fix it on a canvas, but it is actually a projection of my inner need.  I might find that balance in an unbalanced composition. This artistic balance is something I am longing for in every aspect of my life and my art career. My art is a completely integrated part of my life and allows me to travel, meet interesting people and continue my self-development.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I have always liked abstract art very much. I like it for its creative thinking powers but also for its dreaming powers. Expressionist abstract is my first love. But lately I find myself doing more Impressionist art. I am working on floral and landscape series. People need serenity and peace. Here again it is a question of balance. I navigate between expression and representation, revendication and inner peace. I love using new materials and new tools to paint.  I work mostly with acrylic on canvas and love to create very large paintings, but I also do tiny pieces on cardboard. I guess my never ending research leaves me no choice but trying out different styles and themes and subjects over the years. 
Isabelle Gautier "EMIGRANT HARBOR I"
 Acrylic and polymers, 48x48

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
What makes me angry? The unnecessary stress and negative energy of people working against each other rather than with each other. 
What makes me happy?  Children playing, laughter, people who enjoy my art.  I am happy with friends and family, listening to music with a glass of wine.  I like to see other people be successful and grow in their own way at their own speed. Personal development is a big happiness factor for me.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
I am inspired by strong, smart and successful women who can maintain their femininity without compromising their inner strength and integrity. Women who have contributed to something bigger than themselves and found a balance.
Art has the power of helping people in many ways and education, especially for young children is a big inspirational cause for me.
I am happy to be able to contribute even modestly to helping different charities by providing paintings at auction or to mark an occasion.
I also believe in the “healing power“ of art. Because many of my collectors emphasized that some of my paintings brings them serenity, smile
or happiness I came to realized that my art could contribute to helping people directly by creating positive feelings.
Finally I believe art can be an  important “social media”, and that is fascinating for me. It will always be a strong support for idea communication-exchange and debate. I love art as a social platform.

6. What superpower would you want?
A super power I would love to have is being able to allow people to work on themselves, objectively re-examine their beliefs and thoughts on a regular basis, to be able to step away from the moment and self to see things from another point of view.  To magically create more beauty and love and tolerance in a world too full of material greed.

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
Tough question. I love Cezanne for his compositions, Monet for his work with light and color, Pollack for his energy, tenor singer Philippe Jaroussky for his voice and so many others … the list go on and on ...

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Never give up on your art, it will save you when you are down and raise you higher when you are up.  Get inspiration from other artists and teachers, but don't copy, be yourself, find your own unique style.

Contact details:

Isabelle Gautier  "STRAWBERRY BUNCH"
Acrylic and Polymers, 48x48

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Call for Art - Hidden Haven Exhibition

Women Caucus for the Arts of GeorgiaCall for Art for  Hidden Haven Exhibition at the  Blue Heron Nature Preserve Gallery 

Open call 

Theme of the show- Hidden Haven

This exhibit’s goal is to celebrate what the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, the hidden haven, does to protect the natural habitats in the high density neighborhood of Buckhead, Atlanta, GA. 
The curator is the founder and executive director of the BHNP, Nancy Jones, who is an artist and was an art teacher for Fulton County Schools.

Application Deadline April 26th, 2016

Important Dates
April 26th -Application Deadline
May 3rd - Notifications
May 14th Artist drop off artwork 11 am - 1 pm 
              —(if artist lives out of town other arrangements can be made)
May 16th - September 9th - Exhibition Dates
May 21st - 6-8 pm - Opening Reception 
September 10th 9 am - 11 am —Artist pick up artwork

Submission Guidelines

- All art work must be 12 inches x 12 inches
- Artwork must address an element of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve
This could be the animals that live there, the trees, Nancy Creek, the birds, etc….
- All media is accepted  as long as it is in a 12 x 12 format
- Send all images attached with email with the “Hidden Haven” in subject box to 
- Send up to 5 images numbered 1 - 5
- In email include the list below 
1. Title
2.  Medium
3. Price of Artwork
60% of sales will go to artist, 20% to WCAGA, and 20% BHNP


If you have any questions please email Sally Eppstein at or call at 678-642-5300

The Art of Nature an Outdoor Art Installation 2016-Metamorphosis Of Nature

The Art of Nature an Outdoor Art Installation 2016
  Title: Metamorphosis Of Nature

*The WCAGA’s  Art of Nature is a six week long outdoor art exhibition featuring site-specific art installations inspired by the metamorphosis of nature to be located on the grounds of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals at no cost for WCAGA members and a 30.00 application fee for non-members to be paid through PayPal. From these proposals The Art of Nature will select up to 7-8 projects and award them a 200.00 stipend to create their work. 

*No power is available.

The Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia (WCAGA) is a chapter of the National Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), founded in 1972 to bring women's issues to the foreground of the College Art Association (CAA) and beyond. The focus was and continues to be supporting, recognizing and educating established and emerging women artists, art historians, critics, curators, museum personnel and other visual arts professionals.

In 2000 the Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia began when a group of eleven women artist met and decided to form a local chapter of the national organization. They began with a "just do it" attitude and a vision which they set out to realize. WCAGA is now comprised of over one hundred artists and art professionals from Georgia and other Southeastern states. The majority of our members, however, are artists based in metro Atlanta who work in many different media: sculpture, painting, photography, collage, printmaking and more.

*Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342

*Blue Heron Nature Preserve was started in 2000 by Nancy Jones who was a public school art teacher for many years. Nancy was saddened by all the development ebbing away at the nature she and her son use to explore as he was growing up. Working with the City of Atlanta she started with 7 acres to create the BHNP and now has over 30 acres of green space in the heart of Buckhead. There are many future plans for the BHNP including a bike path that will connect with Path 400 which will connect to the Beltline.

* Due to the size and accessibility of the Preserve the art installation will be located on the on the grounds close to the parking lot. 

  • BHNP is a public park and can be toured independently at any time during daylight hours

Guided Tour of BHNP

*Guided Tour Saturday January 23rd 4:30/ Rain Date Saturday January 30th noon
Please RSVP to

*Everyone to gather at the parking lot of the BHNP Building 

*Questions will be answered during the “Walk through the Preserve” and if you cannot make the walk please direct the question to

*The entrance driveway  is across from Pikes on Roswell Rd.

*This is a nature trail so please wear appropriate shoes.

Entry Procedure

  • All artist

*Entry is free of charge for WCAGA members  and 30.00 for non-WCAGA  to be paid by PayPal. Link for PayPal payments will be activated March 1st. 
WCAGA offers many show opportunities, drawing marathons, book club, and art shares through out the year so please consider joining for all the opportunities for these extra benefits for 55.00.

*All submissions are due from  Tuesday March 1st - Tuesday March 15th, 2016 11:59 pm

*Art projects can hang from the trees, be on the ground, painted on selected walls, or whatever you can dream up. Damage to the environment is not allowed.
  • Because this is a public art and the art will not be 100% supervised it must be safely made for the general public.
*Up to Six (6) images for jurying: Up to 3 images of past work and up to 3 images of your proposed project. Images of your proposed project may be sketches, studies, renderings, photographs of assembled elements or complete projects if the project has been realized in an earlier incarnation.

* With submission, please include name, phone #, titles, and address. 

Email your submissions to

Selection Procedure
*Proposals will be judged based on originality, feasibility, execution, and innovation. 

*All submitting artists will be notified of their status on Sunday March 20th 2016 via email.

*The accepted artist will have the first check for stipend of 100.00 after a waiver has been signed and returned to

*All artists are responsible for insuring their work.

  • After a proposal is selected, alterations or substitutions cannot be made without authorization by WCAGA/BHNP. WCAGA/BHNP reserves the right to remove any works from the exhibition based on special installation circumstances or discrepancies between the juried images and actual work.

  • All accepted work must remain on display through the end of the exhibition on June 4th, 2016.
  • All artwork must be installed between the dates of Monday the April 18th - Friday April 22nd, 2016
*More time will be allowed for any murals being painted.

  • While the WCAGA/BHNP has volunteer support for artists during the installation period, please remember that installation is primarily artist-driven. We will be able to help you troubleshoot should complications arise, but will not install or deinstall your piece for you.

*Opening Reception
Saturday April 23, 2015 @ 12:30 pm (Rain Date Saturday April 30th, 2015)

  • Sunday June 5th - Tuesday June 7th

Event Timeline
Toured Walk through BHNP Saturday January 23rd 4:30/ Rain Date Saturday January 30th noon

Applications are open Tuesday March 1st -Sunday March 20th, 2016 11:59 pm 

Artist Notification Thursday, March 20th, 2016

Installation Period   Monday, April 18th -  Friday the 22nd (Earth Day)

 Anyone painting a mural can start at a time agreed by both parties.

Opening Reception Saturday April 23, 2015 12:30 pm (Rain Date Saturday, April 30th, 2015)

Exhibition Run Sunday April 23 -  Saturday June 4th 

Deinstallation Sunday June 5th - Tuesday June 7th

Final check of the 100.00 stipend will be sent out after the art is removed by the artist — June 8th - 15th, 2016