Featuring artwork by artist groups The Southeastern Pastel Society and the Atlanta Fine Arts League. Solo artist Craig Ford.
Summer Exhibitions - Exhibition Dates: June 13 – August 10. Opening Reception - Thursday, June 13, 5:30 PM – 7 PM
The Southeastern Pastel Society 2019 Juried Exhibition:
The Southeastern Pastel Society was established in 1988 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting pastel painting in the Southeast. The Society has now grown and has members from all over the United States. We play a vital role in the pastel community by providing channels for communication and an environment in which pastel artists may flourish.
"The Senses" Exhibition featuring artwork by members of the The Atlanta Fine Arts League.
The Atlanta Fine Arts League (AFAL) was created in the Fall of 2005 by a group of Atlanta area artists. Our goal was to provide professional visual artists, working in representational genres and varied mediums, the opportunity for group exhibitions, art and business education, group critiques and to offer community service through their art. Our professional artist members include painters, sculptors, print makers, designers and illustrators.
AFAL is an organization dedicated to creating an atmosphere for our professional artists to share ideas, find support and build professional relationships. Critique sessions, exhibitions, plein air painting events, workshops, demonstrations and an online forum are just a few ways the League helps support our members and their careers.
“Food and Shiny Objects” Recent Artwork by Artist Craig Ford
Craig Ford studied art at Young Harris College before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he majored in graphic design and illustration. He later worked as a designer/illustrator and art director for several agencies before starting his own graphic design business, “Design by Ford,” in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that Ford returned to painting. Additionally, he teaches design and painting classes at Young Harris College and art classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center.
Ford's work has been regularly exhibited at the Atlanta Artist Center, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and was selected as one of Atlanta's emerging artists by Anne Irwin Fine Art. He sees himself as a visual storyteller, taking ordinary objects and putting them into different contexts and discovering completely different meanings and ideas in their combinations. Nostalgic icons or everyday items find a place in his compositions; big vividly colored pieces.
Craig paints in a realistic, representational style. His artistic references range from David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jennifer Bartlett to David Lynch and Bridget Riley to name a few. His work usually contains a concept of some sort but is open to the viewer’s interpretation.
He has been a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Roswell Fine Art Alliance and the Alpha Arts Guild.
“In my art, I take ordinary objects and enhance their visual meaning.” - Craig Ford