The Blue Heron Art Gallery is a non-profit space dedicated to exhibiting work with an environmental thread. It is a small but exquisite gallery in a beautiful architectural space in the middle of a 30-acre nature preserve. Blue Heron shows work on a quarterly basis with a reception for the public. We hope to provide a lens for people to see the close connection between art and nature.
Interested in exhibiting your work with us? Want to schedule a viewing of our current exhibit? Please contact our Art Director, Sally Eppstein at (678) 642-5300.
These paintings are not about duplicating a photograph. The photo is a point of reference only. The aim is to capture the vision, the moment; and process it through a personal filter.” ~ Kathy Meliopoulos
Current and Past Shows
Sally Epstein and Helen DeRamus
Helen DeRamus and Sally Eppstein take a closer look at the longleaf pine ecosystem's new life and rejuvenation after the burning of the forest. Longleaf Pines covered most of the southeast with up to 90 million acres but now is reduce to 3% of the original forest.
Joel Conison: "Songbirds"
This series is a continuation of the birds in portrait series except more local. Whether you live in the country, suburbia, or an urban neighborhood, songbirds are present. We might take them for granted because they seem plentiful. Unfortunately that is not the case. Songbirds are under great stress, especially migrating birds. As with many animals their habitat is shrinking & these wonderful creatures are decreasing in many cases.
The dichotomy of changing the context of how we perceive these birds affords the viewer the chance to view them in a different way. Neutral backgrounds allow the color, pattern and feather to be appreciated without conflict. Each portrait is then additionally treated with background lightening and darkening as if in a studio situation. The profile orientation enables one to see each bird, and the similarity of body shapes is a reminder of the songbird family, but without direct eye contact. Though the birds may be somewhat different sizes, all of them fill the frame in the same way to emphasize a common concern.
Tim Hunter: "Icons"
Tim Hunter uses the term "Icon" to refer to religious figures or symbols that are often depicted with a surrounding background of gold, the gold symbolizing a spiritual radiance. In this series, he has represented birds in place of traditional, religious images, and in doing so has made them symbolic of spiritual representation. Many of the birds depicted are in decline, and in representing them as Icons, he emphasizes the spiritual aspects of nature.
Visit Tim Hunter's website here.
Donna Horn and Kate Colpitts “Shared Visions”
Shared Visions is a show featuring Donna Horn and Kate Colpitts's abstract landscapes.
Donna Horn' website.
Vicki Bethel, Helen DeRamus, & Pamela Ellerbrock “Derived From Nature”
Work by artists who photograph the natural world and use it as a starting point for their personal visions. Presented by The Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia.
Interview with Vicki.
Hidden Gem/Haven Show
Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia’s Hidden Gem/Haven Show which celebrates what the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, the hidden gem/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.
Nature Studies: Up Close and Far Away
Nature Studies: Up Close and Far Away reflects observation of the natural environment. We see vistas and panoramas when we drive through the countryside, walk along a forest path, hike in the open air. We see details when we stop to look at closer range. Both perspectives are of interest to me.
The "far away" paintings are done from photos taken during my walks in Washington state. The landscape and climate are so different from what we are used to in Georgia. I wanted to paint my impressions of that area.
The "up close" paintings are done from photos taken during my walks in the neighborhood in Atlanta. I look down and see moss growing on stepping stones, stone walls, along curbs. When the view is up close, the perspective changes, as paintings they become like aerial landscapes. These paintings are not about duplicating a photograph. The photo is a point of reference only. The aim is to capture the vision, the moment; and process it through a personal filter.
Visit Kathy Meliopoulos' website here.