Interview with Donna Horn, Workshops, Exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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October 2014
"My Story, Your Story" by Gwen Gunter
Image Left: Painting by Donna Horn

Interview with Artist Donna Horn.

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is  Donna Horn. I am an artist, primarily a painter. I've loved to draw and make things from the time I was very young.   Even though I was a Fine Arts major in college, I did not pursue my art until I was a mature adult.  Instead, I got a masters in business so I could make a living.  In the 90's I went to Georgia State, got a BFA in art education; but in the end, I discovered I wasn't really cut out to be a teacher.  Finally I realized that all I really wanted to do was paint, so I began to study with various instructors, trying to learn as much as I could about art and painting.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Having time and a place to work with minimal distractions; having the ability to evaluate my own work. Learning to deal with rejection that comes with the territory, and developing an ability to continue painting even when I get frustrated or discouraged. I would say that being stubborn has helped me.

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
My themes come out of my subject matter, which is mainly the natural world. Currently  I  am painting abstracted landscapes.  Because my tendency is to paint, scrape, repaint, etc. I have come to see the creation and destruction that goes on throughout my process as parallel to that of the natural world I am depicting. I start with an image and then use color, texture, brushwork to convey something more. I don't feel bound to depict the image realistically. So I would say that the way memory affects our perception of things is another theme that has come out of the work.  I work mainly in oil.

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
I dislike artistic (or any) pretensions; I am irritated by by arrogance, insensitivity, and excessive self interest or narcissism, and get angry when I feel it directed at me.

Painting makes me happy (most of the time.) Also, the love and company of my family and friends makes me happy. I also enjoy solitude, which I need to think about life and my art.  Travel, when I have the time and money because it renews and invigorates me.

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
In my work, I am inspired by my natural surroundings,  and by artists  whose work I hold in high regard. In life, I admire those who have overcome obstacles and made peace with themselves. I am inspired by those philosophers whose ideas address what is important in life in order to be happy, or perhaps 'content' is a better word. Course, I can't think of names right now.                                                Above: Painting by Donna Horn

6. What superpower would you want?
The only thing that comes to mind is to be able to go without sleep, if I needed to, and still feel good. That way, I could paint for longer sessions and still do the other things that my life requires...not really practical though, I suppose.    

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
There are many artists that I like and admire: Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Cezanne, Andre Derain, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Nicolas de Stael, Phillip Guston, Hedda Sterne, Pat Steir...others I can't think of at the moment.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Figure out what you want to do early on, if you can. Stay at it; don't get discouraged. Recognize that we are here for a short time, so make the most of it. Don't let your success be determined by some else.

9. Contact details if any?
Below: Painting by Donna Horn

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Renew now and be all set for 2015.

Memberships renewed now will run to the end of December 2015.

It will be another year full of exhibitions, art shares, reading group, drawing marathons, etc. 


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"save the date"

.... for our Members meeting to be held on Sunday , November 16 from 4:00 to 6:00.  The venue is the Paper Trail Art Center, 322 Patterson Ave., Scottsdale, GA 30079.  Please RSPV to be looking for a Mail Chimp.


October Artshare

The October Art Share will be held at the studio of Ann Rhodes, Sunday,October 26, 3-5 pm. Ann's studio is located at 75 Bennett St., Atlanta 30309 inside Tula complex (near MOCA GA). There is plenty of parking. The building manager will leave the front doors unlocked for us. Ann's studio is located directly across the hall from Further Polycontemporary Gallery where the drawing marathon was held. Please let Ann or I know if you are planning to attend. Ann: (404-401-1955), Kathy: 404-325-0863 or You may bring a snack to share, beverages will be provided.


Art Share is a forum for members to show their work for the purpose of gaining feedback and insight and to network with other artists and professionals. Bring finished work or work in progress, or  you may just want to observe and visit. Guests and prospective members are welcome.


If you would like to host an Art Share or have ideas for the program contact Kathy Meliopoulos.

Book Club

When: Sunday, November 2, 3 pm
What to read: THE OLD WAYS, A JOURNEY ON FOOT by Robert McFarlane.
This comes highly recommended by several of our members!  We thought it would be best to give you guys a little time to read it - it is a very thoughtful meditative book.
Where: Vickie Martin Conison's
3120 Mays Court
Decatur, Ga.  30033
RSVP (It’s helpful, but not essential.)
What: WCAGA Reading Group 
It’s a very informal format.
We have art-related reading material and then meet to discuss what we read.Everyone is welcome to come to the discussion meeting (even if you don’t get time to read the material first.). The reading material is a jumping off place for the discussion. Bringing something tasty to nibble on or drink is always nice, but not required. Also let us know if you would like to offer your house or studio for a future Book Club gathering. -Vickie Martin Conison-   

Members Shows and Events

September 14 - Lynchburg Art Festival : Ann Rhodes acted as Juror. There were 146 artists and 23 awards were given.

September 24 - Mona Waterhouse is part of an Invitational Traveling Exhibition and Lyndon House Art Center. The show will run through to October 17, 2014.

October 3 - Barbara Rehg and Linda Page Hudgins participated in the Upstairs Artspace First Drawing Marathon Exhibition. It will run through to October 3. A closing Reception is October 3 at 7pm at the Upstairs Artspace Tyron, NC.

October 26 -  October ArtShare: 3pm - 5pm. Studio of Ann Rhodes

November 1 - Anita Stewart Solo Show. The show will run from November 1 to November 30, 2014 at the Roswell Cultural Art Center.

November 16 - 2014 WCAGA Annual Members Meeting at the Paper Trail Arts Center.


  • VSU Fine Arts Gallery 2015-2016 exhibition season

The VSU Fine Arts Gallery is accepting proposals for solo or small group proposals for the 2015-2016 exhibition season with a November 3, 2014 deadline.

Here is the link to apply, at no cost:


  • Call For Artists September 2014 and Beyond! - BurnAway - BurnAway compilations of upcoming opportunities.


Questions? Email

1.Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity & Access
Juror: Petra Kuppers
2.YoungWC: The Difference Community Art Makes
Juror: Karen Gutfreund
3.Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes
Juror: Karen Gutfreund
(JWAN exhibition)
Juror: Fay Grajower


Women Artists at the Alan Avery Art Company
Jennifer J.L. Jones "Secret Saline" August 22 - October 3
Kathryn Jacobi "Smarty Pants" October 10 - November 7
Margaret Bowland " They say it's Wonderful" November 14 - January 16 2015
For More information on these artists please visit Alan Avery Art Company website.

Art Is King 2014: Art Business Discussion Panel pt 5

WOMEN IN THE ARTS - where are the women artists? 
Tuesday October 7, FREE
Confirmed Panelists:
Art Attorney Deborah Gonzalez Esq
TeMika Grooms
Yun Bai
6:30pm      Doors open 
7 pm          Panel Discussion Starts
8:30 pm     Networking 
Binders Art Store 
Ponce City Market
650 North Ave NE Suite S 102
Atlanta GA 30308
Art is King 2014 Panel Discussions is an 8 week conference from September 9th to November 4th that features Art Galleries, Design Firms, Freelance Professionals, Art Industry Experts and share art business tips, advice, mentors and resources for up and coming Artists. For more information go here.

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