2017 - Tim Hunter
Although a North Fulton native who grew up in Sandy Springs, Hunter had a studio, studied and exhibited for many years in San Francisco. His background is influenced by the Asian and conceptual art he studied during the ’70s. The themes that Tim works with “have connections to a ‘Southern’ sensibility: nature, memory, loss, history and personal expression,” he describes. His studio is now back in Atlanta, where he also teaches Illustration and Design at The Art Institute of Atlanta. For the past several years his work has focused largely on the images of birds at risk, their symbolic associations and his own personal interest.
As a winner of the eighth Open Studios Southern Artists Competition, Hunter’s “Birds in Peril” panels are featured in the Juried Exhibition-in-Print Catalog Number 46. His grey concrete panels with bold black asphalt silhouettes were inspired by Audubon’s bird paintings. In the Catalog, New American Paintings, Tim says ‘I am interested in how every aspect of life combines to create a larger whole and the importance of individuals in the ”Big Picture.”
Tim has left his mark visibly on Blue Heron through his mural “Avian Archipelago” that greets visitors with over 50 bird and plant species that are either extinct or endangered.
Visit Tim's website here.
2016 - Sally Eppstein
Sally was raised in Augusta, Georgia but her first real education was moving to New York City and going to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Living in the city and being exposed to so much diversity with all the different nationalities and so many art museums was a huge part of her education. She majored in jewelry where she did both design and studio work. After Sally completed the associate program, she moved back to her hometown to complete her B.F.A. at Augusta College (now Augusta State University).
After receiving her B.F.A, Sally taught art for 10 years to kindergartners through high school students in both public and private schools. While teaching she continued her art practice by selling jewelry and paintings throughout the southeast.
The biggest influence in Sally's art has always been nature. Her latest series of paintings has focused on different feathers of song birds, birds of prey, and waterfowl. As part of her Artist-in-residence at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve she made an eight foot tall stainless steel feather sculpture. Sally sees feathers as being so fragile just as she sees our environment which has inspired her to be come a big tree activist.
Sally was inspired to start to do sculpture when she saw the Art on the Beltline and it is amazing how many skills that she had learned from her jewelry training have translated for her large totems.
Other achievements are getting into Vermont Studio Center, being awarded the first Artist-in-residence at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, being awarded an Emerging Artist Award for the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa, FL and being a part of Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta with Atlanta Regional Commission 2016.
Visit Sally's website here.