Interview with Karen Cohen, Summer WCAGA News, Workshops, exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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WCAGA Summer 2014
Header Image by Karen Cohen. "Suspended Animation"

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?

I'm Karen Cohen, and I sign my work KElise. I've been drawing and painting since I was 7 years old. I started out drawing portraits and to an extent, I'm still doing it, only the portraits I create now are of the human condition, not of individuals. They focus on all the ways in which we, idealized and stripped down (literally and figuratively) are connected, emotionally, physically, psychologically, circumstantially... our essential commonality. 
As an artist my background has been primarily self taught, but with the guidance of two Miami Artists, the late Eugene Massin and RC Bailey--to each of whom I owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
The connections between art and science, technique and technology; color.

Right: "Grace"

3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use? My work is all conceptual. I start with the skeleton of an idea and develop it through several iterations and variations on a theme. Usually that translates into a series, each one elucidating another vantage point. In doing so, I hope to convey complex concepts via a series of single images. I don't tell the same "story" over and over, each successive piece must add to it--there's always something new to consider, a new thought-path to explore. 

4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
The things that make me angry are making the same mistake more than once, and making mistakes because I'm either distracted or hurried. Things that make me happy are my family's and friends'  happiness and success, doing good work, discovering awesome new things, experiencing bold, beautiful and exciting sensations. 

Right: "The Wall Between Us"

5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Visionaries, new technologies and awakenings are the things that truly inspire me. I'm very sentimental, but not so much nostalgic. I don't spend a lot of time looking back because I'm not going in that direction. 

6. What superpower would you want? 
I would like to be able to time-travel.

7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
I don't have any real "favorites." I do respect anyone who's at the top of his or her game and executes their "art" with confidence, humility and aplomb. But I also respect the artist who never stops exploring. I especially like artists whose work stops you from whatever you're doing and steals your attention--like a "startle" reflex--and immediately and spontaneously transports you to another reality. At the moment, my current hero is not an artist but the visionary Elon Musk who is changing the art and landscape of business while at the same time building products that reduce carbon emissions--electric vehicles and solar energy.

8. What advice would you give to other artists?
Work more on "why" you're creating than on "how." The how evolves into a recognizable style which is a function of matching your ideas with the techniques you develop to best convey them, combined with time and repetition. 

9. Contact details if any?
Phone: 770-605-3859 
Twitter: @kelisegallery

Right: "Indecision"

Member Lori Gann-Smith is curating at Brenua.

Brenau University with support from the Georgia Humanities Council will present "Women's Work" and exhibition of art and oral history project focusing on the history, visual culture, philosophy and social history of textile and surface design techniques traditionally considered "Women's Work"--quilting, crochet, embroidery, weaving, etc. and the impact of this legacy on contemporary artists inspired by and/or using these fiber techniques.

The show will run from Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - Friday, September 12, 2014 with an opening night reception, spinning demonstrations and panel discussion on Thursday, July 17 from 5:30 - 7pm in the Sellars Gallery on the Brenau University Gainesville, GA campus.  Free and open to the public.  Please call Brenau Galleries for more information:  770-534-6263.

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Draw with Scissors

Two collage workshops with Flora Rosefsky

Sunday - May 18,2014    2-4pm   Collage & Mixed Materials-Abstract Sunday - June  8, 2014    2-4pm   Collage & Mixed Materials – Incorporating Photography Location: The Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios< 120 Sycamore Place – Decatur, GA  30030 Cost: $45 per workshop or $81 (10% discount) if registered for 2 workshops All supplies included.

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Temme Barkin-Leeds is a fellow at the MacDowell Colony residency in Peterborough, NH until May 2nd, 2014.
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In this Issue
Interview with Artist Karen Cohen
Women at work - Brenau University
Draw with Scissors
Artist material and Studio sale

Upcoming Events

Coastal Colours - Jeannine Cook

3pm, East Lake Common House

Reading Club
3:30pm, Vickie Martin's House

Memory and Mortality Collage exhibit
6-8pm, Library Building NLRC
Betty Franco Handmacher is showing her collages

Reception @ Defoor Art Center for Anita Stewart

Ends 5/30
"The Forest", Mona Waterhouse Solo Exhibition, Colquitt County Arts Center, Ga. March 8-May 30, 2014
Amateras Annual Paper Art Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 30-May 30, 2014
Because April is such a busy month (Palm Sunday, Easter, Drawing Marathon), this is the first Sunday without a conflict.
When: Sunday, May 4 3:30P
What to read: THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
Where: Vickie Martin Conison's
3120 Mays Court
Decatur, G
A. 30033
More than one member suggested this book! Don't let the size intimidate you, I started it this weekend and I can't put it down. Plus - you have until May to read it! Bring some additional ideas for upcoming books!
RSVP (It’s helpful, but not essential.)
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.
For any questions, suggestions, comments, etc., contact: Vickie Martin Conison,
Next Art Share will be SATURDAY (not the usual Sunday) May 3, 3-5 pm at East Lake Common House, 900 Dancing Fox Road, Decatur, GA 30032.
It will be hosted by Jes Gordon.
Please contact Kathy Meliopoulos if you will attend: , 404-325-0863
Beverages will be provided, you may bring a snack to share.
Art Share is an opportunity for members and guests to show their work for the purpose of gaining feedback and insight and to network with other artists
An artist Studio sale

WHAT'S FOR SALE: art materials, books, framing supplies, office supplies, studio furniture, studio equipment & tools, free stuff, etc, etc. Details on everything that's for sale on my website. <>
If you can't attend the sale but see an item you want, contact me and I'll hold it until you can come pick it up.
WHEN: Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
WHERE: Marilynn's studio, 643 Clairmont Circle, Decatur, 30033
CONTACT: 404-325-4302 (H) / 404-402-6284 (C)
Refreshments will be served!
P.S. If you know anyone looking for a house with a great studio, this is a 1300 sq ft basement studio with north-facing windows, water, full bath, finished office, bonus rooms and outside access. The house is 5 minutes from downtown Decatur, in the Fernbank/Druid Hills school district, and will be available for sale in early summer.
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