biography

My formal art education began in the 1980s with Quida Canaday (Atelier), and continues today through study programs and workshops.

My work was accepted into many juried competitions and honored with many awards.  I became an active member of the Atlanta Arts Club, taught art through the City of Roswell’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and served as judge for many city-sponsored art festivals. Past affiliations include The Lowe Gallery, Carlton Cobb and Ariel Galleries.

Proactive in Atlanta arts for 20 years, my focus gradually shifted to my community, Roswell.  Working to develop an art community embracing many points of view, the concept of an artist-owned contemporary co-op gallery took seed in 1990. I spent eight years as co-founder and co-director of Heaven Blue Rose Gallery.

In 1999 I built SLM Studio/Gallery in Plumtree Village, a complex of galleries, shops and a coffee house developed by my husband. My studio’s inaugural opening was hosted in partnership with the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, exhibiting the first annual North Fulton Regional Juried Art Exhibit, founded by Wendy James and myself.

In 2006, I implemented and introduced the concept of “Spare Space,” an alternative venue of performance installations working in multi-media disciplines.  The inaugural show, “Manufactured=Love,” by Allison Rentz was hosted in the SLM Studio courtyard.

A second gallery, SLM Projects, was conceived under the directorship of Wendy James, bridging the cultural gap of city and suburb with cultural diversity and progressive art. The inaugural exhibit of renowned painter Philip Morsberger introduced SLM Projects to the community.

I was juried into the 2003-04 Roswell Art Happening, “UpRoar” and “Undercover,” by the Historic and Cultural Affairs Division and the Roswell Cultural Arts Board.  I was nominated in 2006 and 2007 for the Distinguished Visual Artist Award category. In 2008, I was co-recipient winner of “the CABY,” the first Roswell Cultural Arts Board Choice Award.

In 2008 I had the privilege of being on the cover of the January-February issue of North Fulton Living magazine,  and was interviewed at SLM Studio for the “Spotlight on Artists” article.

In 2016 my work was included in the DFAA, Spruill Gallery “Sights & Insights” show juried by Alan Avery. I was also honored to be selected for the “Artist Profile” in the July issue of North Fulton Family Life magazine.

Past gallery affiliations include Lowe Gallery, Carlton Cobb, and Ariel Gallery. My clay sculptures were represented by Astolfi Gallery.

I continue to participate and support our arts organizations, projects, events and art walks, while striving to forge new and diverse cultures and ideas. I believe this constitutes a fresh approach to our vital cultural arts community – a welcome growth.

Group-Invitational
2008  Jenny Henley Studio – “Outer Limits, Beyond the Loop”
2007  Gallery Go Round, Roswell Cultural Arts Center
2002  Gallery TAJ, Atlanta
1994  Ariel Gallery, Member retrospective, Atlanta
1992  Artspace, Dorthy McRae Gallery, Atlanta
1992  “Touchables”  Westbrook Gallery, Ga Tech, Atlanta
1990  Trinity Spotlight on GA. Artists IX, Atlanta
1987  Cobb Arts & Cultural Affairs, Gallery 300, Atlanta
1983  Airport Gallery, Atlanta
1982  Georgai Artists, Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta
1982  “The Book of Three”  Shirley Fox Gallery, Atlanta
1980  Women in Art, Unitarian Gallery, Atlanta
1979  Georgia Festival of the Arts in Italy, Atlanta
1979  “Expressions”  Sulmona, Italy

One Person
1991 Heaven Blue Rose Gallery, “Ischemia”  Confirmation/Transformation
1985  Ariel Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Awards
2008  City of Roswell Cultural Arts Board Choice Award “CABY” co-recipient
2002  Merit Award – 14th National – S. Cobb Arts Alliance
1999  Hon. Men. Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, D.A.A.
1996  Hon. Men. Decatur Arts Alliance
1992  Hon. Men. Reinhardt College, GA
1990  Merit, Cobb Arts Council, Atlanta
1989  1st Place, Roswell Arts Festival
1986  Best in Show, “LaGrand Poulet II” Marietta/Cobb FAC, GA
1986  2nd Place, “Clay and Fiber II”  Marietta/Cobb FAC, GA
1986  Best in Show, AND Judge’s Choice,“Mardi Gras”, Dekalb Council for the Arts
1985  Purchase Award, LaGrange National X, LaGrange, GA
1985  Judge’s Choice, “Mardi Gras”, Dekalb Council for the Arts, Atlanta
1984  Judge’s Choice, LaGrange National IX, LaGrange, GA
1982  3rd Place, Sculpture, Roswell Arts Festival, GA
1981  Best in Show, Atlanta Artists Traveling Show
1980  Hon. Men. Atlanta Artists Exhibit and Merit Award
1980  2nd Place, Graphics, Roswell Arts Exhibit, Roswell, GA
1980  3rd Place, Graphics, Spalding Art Exhibit, Griffin, GA

On The Artist
2014  Art Papers Auction – 15th Annual – Invitational
2013  Art Papers Auction – 14th Annual – Invitational
2012  Studio Visit Magazine – Winter Edition – Jonathan Greene, Curator
2010 – 1991  Bi-annual  Gallery Art Walks, Roswell, GA
2009  MoCA Pin Up Show – Favorite Picks
2008  Judge,  42nd annual Roswell Arts Festival
2008  Co-recipient winner of the 1st Roswell Cultural Arts Board Choice
2007/ 2006 Nominee,  Distinguished Visual Artist, Caby Award, Roswell
Cultural Arts Board
2007/ 2000  Art Papers Invitational Auctions
1999  SLM Studio/Gallery Opened – PlumTree Village – Roswell
1999  Host Gallery, 1st Annual N. Fulton Regional Juried Art Exhibit
1997  SLM Studio/Gallery –  Founders Square
1991 – 1997 Co-founder, director Heaven Blue Rose Gallery, Roswell, GA
1984 – 1983  Judge, Congregation ETZ Chaim Art Exhibit, Roswell, GA
1982  Chairwoman, Children’s Art, Roswell Arts Festival
1981  Atlanta Artists Club
1980 – 1976  Atelier, Ouida Canady, Atlanta GA

Publications
2012  Studio Visit Magazine – Winter Edition – Jonathan Greene, Curator
2008  N. Fulton Living Mag. Cover –  “Presenting Local Artists”
2002  The Views Mag., Feature Story
1991  Art Papers Review, Carlton Cobb Gallery, Atlanta
1986  Marietta/Cobb Extra, “Clay and Fiber II” Review
1986  New York Review “Fiber National” by R. Huntington
1985  North Fulton Today, Feature Story
1984  Art Papers Review, “24 x 24” Piedmont Art Festival, Atlanta