By Linda Bernard
Opening October 6 at the East Atlanta Library is a new exhibit that is surely to be of interest to The Porch Press neighborhoods, especially dog owners and dog lovers in the area.
Visual artist, art director, graphic designer, and illustrator Terry Gardner presents paintings and drawings, reflecting her interest in nature, wildlife, and … dogs. For this show Terry, an animal lover, is bringing some amazing paintings of her rescue dogs and the birds she sees from the windows of her Stockbridge, Georgia, home. Her artistic work has evolved throughout her three-decade-long freelance career, but the subject matter has always focused on something in the natural world. Terry strives to satisfy a personal yearning “to just make art,” and this is what keeps her painting, drawing, and creating beautiful and meaningful work.
As a further extension of her artistic life, Terry and her husband Jim have recently begun the renovation of a nearly 100-year-old home, interspersing her fine art work with talking to contractors, painting walls, and choosing floor coverings and fixtures, and back again to painting pictures – not to mention the graphic design work that helps pay the bills. Parents of two (equally talented) young adults – both SCAD grads – she and Jim hope to settle in the artistic world of Savannah, Georgia, once their renovation is complete.
Over the years, Terry has donated her work to community fundraisers, sharing her art and talents with the nonprofit sector. Her paintings grace lobbies and offices as well as the homes of local Georgians and beyond.
On October 19, join the Friends of the East Atlanta Library for a reception and an opportunity to meet the artist and ask questions. Terry will also talk about her art and motivation and goals for the future. Please join us at the East Atlanta Library from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
The East Atlanta Library is located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue in the East Atlanta Village with parking on the street and behind the library.