We are dedicated to exhibiting work with an environmental thread. Our art gallery is a small but well-equipped gallery in a classic contemporary style building placed in the middle of our 30-acre nature preserve.
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
January 9-march 20, 2018
Wonderful Abstraction by Barbara Rehg at Blue Heron Preserve
Blue Heron Nature Preserve is hosting the work of BARBARA REHG from January 9 through March 20, 2018. BHNP held a wonderful Opening Reception the afternoon of Saturday, Janaury 20. The artist gave a talk on her work and provided insight into her connection with nature through abstraction and media.
Mixed Media is Ms. Rehg's art method of choice. Her abstracted works on paper and canvas are characterized by a lyrical use of line, color and composition, presenting both recognizable forms and abstracted shapes that play with the viewer's perfection of the artwork.
Ms. Rehg became a member of the national Women's Caucus for Art, Georgia chapter, in 2001. She exhibits regularly both in the Atlanta area and nationally. Her work has been included in exhibitions at such places as the Swan Coach House Gallery, Georgia Perimeter College, Spruill Arts Gallery, Barbara Archer Gallery and others. Her works have also been used commercially on the TV show Drop Dead Divas and used in ad campaigns.
Recently Ms. Rehg has taken a studio, E2, located in the MOCA/TULA Art Center in Atlanta, GA.
For more information on Barbara Rehg please visit her website at www.brehgstudios.com.
This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please contact Sally Eppstein @ 678.642.5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a viewing of Ms. Rehg's work.
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"
Joel Conison continues his series of birds in portrait series, this time with a local focus. No matter where you reside, you will come across songbirds. Sadly, many species of songbirds are under environmental stress, particularly those that migrate. Their habitats are shrinking and often causing a decrease in population.
Mr. Conison's work presents a single bird on a neutral background. This simple presentation of the bird affords the viewer a unique view of the creature. In profile, these portraits are reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture.
The portaits of birds include species such as the American Goldfinch, Fox Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Water Pipit and others. To view the entire series online, please visit Joel Conison's website at http://joelconison.com/songbirds.html.
All prints available for purchase. To inquire about acquiring any of these prints, please click HERE.
2017 Art of Nature
April 22nd - June 2nd 2017
The annual Art of Nature exhibition is in its third year now and is being sponsored by Blue Heron. The theme for this year's 6-week outdoor art installation is TreeSpeak, artists keeping Atlanta the City in the Forest. More artists applied to exhibit, than ever before, and from states as far away as Michigan.
Tim Hunter: "Icons"
April 22nd - June 2nd 2017
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.
This series uses the traditional format found in religious paintings throughout history and cultures of using gold as a radiate source of light surrounding the figure. In this case the figure depicted is from nature rather than any established religion and is meant to represent the spiritual aspect of nature and birds which have long been symbols of the spirit.
hese works are all oil paint on wood panels or Masonite 10" x 8" vertical or 8" x 10" horizontal. The gold is composition leaf which is often referred to as "imitation gold leaf". Each painting is framed in a 2 1/2" wide satin black wood frame.
rice is $450 each which includes frame, shipping, and handling.
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.
May 16, 2016 - September 16, 2016
Hidden Gem/Haven Show
Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia’s Hidden Gem/Haven Show 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.
There were 17 artists involved in this show:
Kathy Meliopoulos, Ann Rhodes, Beverly Baker, Claire Chambless, Tim Hunter, Helen DeRamus, Diana Toma, Katherine Mialkowski, Kelly Cosby, Hellenne Vermillion, Maggie (Vickie) Bethel, Michael Holmes, Donna Horn, Flora Rosefsky, Steve Morrison, att Walker, and on Dougan
The curator is the founder and executive director of the BHNP, Nancy Jones, who is an artist that taught art 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.
Art of Nature 2016
Art in Nature Exhibit on Blue Heron Grounds featured through June 4, 2016
“Glory Wings” Totem Sculpture by Roxane Hollosi
Art of Nature 2015
Art Of Nature 2015 Outdoor Exhibit
Here are some photos from the Opening Reception, thanks to Isadora Pennington, Maxine Hess and Sally Eppstein.
“The Enchantment of Place”
March 29th – May 29th, 2015
Bill Boleys’ Photography Exhibit: “Trees”
Exhibit dates were extended for this beautiful show, which ended September 2012.
Diane Evans’ Show: “SEEDS”
As summer 2012 came to a close and the plant world slipped into sleep mode, we welcomed Diane Evans’ beautiful images of SEEDS to the Blue Heron Gallery. Rich images of intricate seed pods and fronds carefully executed in mixed media, collage and paint were exhibited. This show ended December 31st, 2012.
Sharon Beals Photography Exhibit: “NESTS”
The winter winds of 2011 ushered in the work of San Francisco photographer Sharon Beals to the Blue Heron Gallery, which ended in May 2012. Sharon spent 3 years photographing archived bird nests in natural history and zoological museums in California. This was a rare chance for the public to take a peek at these fabulous nests as the collections were only open to the scientific community. Sharon’s photographs are spell binding, reflecting the rich, beautiful nest making ability of birds the world over.
The November/December issue of American Photo (a glossy, nationally circulated, bimonthly magazine) selected the Top 56 Photo Books of the Year. Of the 7 in the Environment & Nature category is “Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them by Sharon Beals”. The review is as follows:
“Drawn from the exquisite collections of three California-based academies and institutes, the nests in these delicate, detailed images reflect the meticulous care and skill of their creators—50 species of birds, each described in facing-page text that’s as free of scientific jargon as it is informative.”
We had a great turnout for the opening and lecture! Check out her images at www.sharonbeals.com