There are so many things to love about Atlanta; the southern charm, the history, the food! But did you know there is a thriving art community in our fair city? Atlanta is home to SCAD Atlanta and The Art Institute of Atlanta, and the Portfolio Center as well as a number of museums and galleries dedicated to showcasing art.
In previous posts, we've told you about art walks and festivals you can attend, but today we want to introduce you to three local artists you want to follow. Please welcome Alison Tallman, Ted Freeman, and Wanda Frey! I asked each of them to tell us a little about themselves and their work.
I met Alison in 2010 when we worked in an office together. I distinctly remember when we met and she said "What are you doing here?" I knew she was going to be someone to keep me on on my toes! She was meaning to ask me what job I had accepted and explained that she is a native New Yorker, so sometimes things come out differently than your typical southern girl may say them. Alison is a good friend, motivating those she cares about to do what they love, work hard, and be their best. I appreciate her direct nature and admire her talent!
"I've been making art since play doh. I was one of those kids with paint in my hair and crayon all over the walls in my bedroom. My mom, who is creative, naturally told me to latch on to that and ride the wave till college- where I went for a Fine Art degree.
I love mixed media. I love art that thinks outside the box and creates un-expected beauty. Maybe even trick us or blows our minds through materials. I guess thats why I find it amusing that I use craft glue to create fine art."
"My inspiration [for my collage pieces] comes from my bad vision and memory actually. I remember light or a feeling more than what things looked like exactly. Im not interested in realism but how life makes us feel or how we perceive it."
Ted is one of the more interesting guys you might ever want to meet. He is the life of the party (and also usually the host!), welcoming, always buzzing with what to do next and has a contagious enthusiasm for the city and art. Do you recognize the Atlas Robot from anywhere? He is featured on The Big Bang Theory! Pay close attention when they are in the comic book store for a cameo.
"Since childhood, I’ve had a fascination with space exploration; on car trips I began drawing rockets, but once I experienced Star Wars I was constantly drawing that imagery all over my homework. As I got older, love of music with its many graphic components was another focus of my inspiration and output. At Auburn, I studied Industrial Design, Art and Architecture while also immersed in music and cultural groups outside of class. Since graduation, I’ve worked in various capacities in the built environment and graphic design, and held leadership positions in design groups across Atlanta. I currently do package design work at Home Depot and consult as Creatometry Design Lab; a part of this is FunnerThan Furniture and the Atomic Playrooms furniture line. I love taking planar media and creating 3D solutions to defy the sense of flatness inherent in that material."
"For inspiration I visit a mix of design blogs and sites, and love to travel for added new experiences. I have always appreciated mid-century and cold war era ads and styling for authenticity and ideas. And - to keep current on Atlanta creative trends, I organize events for two meetup groups; Art Openings Atlanta for fine art galleries, and The Dayglow Technicolor Actionpack for anything else exciting, right-brain, and artistic. Join us anytime!
Along with industry recognized Point of Purchase and Tradeshow Exhibit design, my furniture and sculpture has appeared in major media outlets and blogs, with favorites being the MoMA, the NYT, and the set of The Big Bang Theory. Locally, my designs have been seen in the 5 Points MARTA station, along Peachtree Street, at the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Botanical Gardens.
Interested in Ted's work? Check out his website and contact him to find out where he will be next and how you can join in on some of the art events he hosts!
Wanda is a true lady. She is gentle, kind, loving, and an absolute role model. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, active member of the community in both outreach programs to help those less fortunate, and within Christ Church Presbyterian where she is a member. Her art represents life--it is realism with feeling and it moves the viewer. I am happily the owner of one of her pieces. It's proudly displayed at the entrance of my home and it brings a smile to my face each day when I walk in and see that beautiful scene on my wall.
"I have been making art since I could hold a pencil, so, over 50 years. My Mom's books were all colored in at the front and back where the blank pages are, I was so desperate to draw. I like to do some water color botanicals, but my favorite mediums are graphite and oils. I have been known to color in my 5-year-old granddaughter's coloring books in crayon with her though.....STILL fun."
"I find inspiration in all that I love. Nature provides lovely landscapes, (in England, Montana and GA.) and pinecones, flowers and wildlife. Children, dogs and loved ones get corralled to become models, though our dog is camera shy and the children want to make monkey faces. Photography by stealth ensues. Better still, I'll draw from life. Inspiration is like an energy that must find expression. God made people that way, I think.
I hope to display my art at the Genema Gallery at the new Christ Church PCA building that opens in a couple of weeks on Peachtree Street conveniently across from Sam Flax. I work mostly by commission from home."
Interested in Wanda's work? We can make sure you get connected! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.