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Lin Christopher

BS Clothing & Textile Design and Related Art, Auburn University. Additional studies with Dong Kingman, Morris Shubin, and Barbara Nechis. Lives and works in Roswell, Georgia with Will and their two canine kids, Charlevoix and Jean Petit Baton. Lin has been a full time artist for over thirty years.

A multi-faceted background in painting, sculpture, weaving, textile design, clay, and woodworking provides her a wide range of knowledge and experiences from which to draw. She is the recipient of over one hundred awards and honors.

Lisa Gleim

Lisa Gleim is part of a long line of Southern artists, some of whom are also successful portrait artists. She has always had an interest in painting, and even from an early age, was committed to becoming a traditional portrait painter. Ms. Gleim is strongly influenced by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Cecilia Beaux, three of the great American Impressionists. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Ms. Gleim has recently studied under Cedric and Joanette Egeli and Margaret C. Baumgaertner and John de la Vega. She finds it very important to continue her education and believes "an artist's education is never-ending."

Ms. Gleim began painting pet portraits in 2001 after the loss of her 14 year old Golden Retriever, Bonnie. Her husband Bill Jonas suggested painting a portrait of Bonnie would help ease the pain of the loss. She soon discovered that she was not the only one who considered her pets part of the family. Since then, Lisa has received numerous portrait commissions for dog, cat and horse portraits, many of which have brought their owners to tears after seeing their pets immortalized on paper.

Ms. Gleim has also taken the opportunity to combine her two passions and uses her talent to benefit animal organizations. She has donated numerous pet portraits to local animal organizations year after year, including the Humane Society of Cobb County, the Atlanta Humane Society, the Atlanta Animal Alliance, Dixie Golden Retriever Rescue, and Happy Tails to name a few. Her portraits are always a highlight of the event and bring the groups well needed funds. She sees her donations as a unique way to aid animals in need. In 2004 Ms. Gleim became a member of the Artist's Registry of the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog.

Aside from portraiture, Ms. Gleim is also an award-winning landscape artist. She works in both pastel and oil when painting the landscape, and achieves two very different styles from each medium. She is particularly interested in capturing the beauty of light and how it affects the landscape. Each year she travels with a friend to paint on location for a week. Her destination of choice is usually the Southeast coast where she grew up spending time during her summers, as reflected in her work.

Both her landscapes and portraits can be found in many private collections throughout the East Coast, including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , Orthopaedic Division, the chambers of the Honorable Vice-chancellor Jack B. Jacobs in Wilmington , Delaware and Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceutical.

Ms. Gleim, along with five fellow artists and friends founded the Atlanta Fine Arts League in 2005. The League was created as a catalyst for their highly acclaimed community project, Art From The Heart; a project where Atlanta area artists have donated their time and talent to paint the portraits of Georgia 's fallen soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan free of charge for their families left behind. Please click on the link to learn more about this important project.

In January 2008, Georgia Public Television's State of the Arts did a documentary about the project, following Lisa and two other artists and families. In June of 2009, the episode titled Art From the Heart was nominated and won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Television News and Program Specialty Excellence.

In 2000, after working and residing in Philadelphia for eight years, Ms. Gleim and her husband, Bill Jonas returned to her native home of Atlanta, Georgia where she maintains her studio and residence.

Bradley T. Harris

Bradley T. Harris is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Registered Jeweler with the American Gem Society (AGS), and a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, American Gem Society, and GIA Alumni Association.

At the age of 15, Bradley began his journey to become a jeweler by working part time after school with an established, high end jeweler in Asheville, NC. At that time, he didn't know that jewelry would become his destiny. Bradley trained as an apprentice as a teenager under a highly skilled craftsman, and soon found he had a gift in working with jewelry. He enrolled in the GIA Gemology program in 1983, and continued on his journey to become a Goldsmith and Gemologist.

At the age of 20, Bradley moved to Atlanta, GA to make his way in "the Big City". In 1989, after working for a couple of jewelers in Atlanta, Bradley decided he would go into business for himself providing custom design jobs and repairs for various jewelers in the Atlanta area. Over time friends, and friends of friends began coming to him for their work. Pretty soon the referrals exceeded his wholesale design and repair business for the trade. This transition couldn't have please Bradley more, because he enjoys working directly with his customers more than anything.

Now, after more than 20 years in business, Bradley is a well seasoned Jeweler/Goldsmith, a GIA Graduate Gemologist, a Member of the Atlanta Better Business Bureau, a Registered Jeweler and a Member of the esteemed American Gem Society. You can trust in his expertise to be knowledgeable in diamonds, gemstones, custom designs and jewelry repair.

Barbara Nesin

Barbara Nesin, aka Batya Tamar, is a visual artist and educator whose recent solo exhibitions have included the National Museum of Accra, Ghana, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House in the East Village of New York City, and Dillard University in New Orleans. In addition, she was invited to exhibit her work in two collateral exhibitions of the 10th Havana Bienal (Cuba) in 2009 and group exhibitions of Caribbean Art curated by Wah Gallery at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., University of Virginia, and the Puck Building in New York City; in addition to numerous juried exhibitions nationally, including Holter Museum of Art (Montana), An Art Place (Chicago), Puffin Foundation (New Jersey), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Michigan), Ceres Gallery (SOHO, New York), and several exhibitions of the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Also see:

Jill Ruhlman

Jill Ruhlman has been a clay artist for more than 20 years. Her interest is in narrative expressed through the human figure. She explores themes of inner and outer space, dreams and fears, protection and risk, intimacy and balance.

Jill fell in love with the endless possibilities of clay at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Her artistic curiosity has also led her to study drawing, painting and figure sculpture. Many of her pieces combine two-dimensional drawing with three-dimensional figures.

Although known for many years in the Southeast as a colorist, she has chosen to work with the vibrancy of black and white in her newest series, Black and White. In this world, women balance gracefully in impossible situations, friends share secrets or read together under a tree, guardians keep watch from their ladders, and dancers dream together during a magical night. The narratives suggest mystery and yet simultaneously, feel familiar.

The technique used in the Black and White series is called "scraffito" (Italian for scratch). A black clay slip is painted over the piece and then carved through to reveal the white clay body underneath. Jill combines the drama of bold graphic pattern with the expressiveness of the human body.

Jill's work has been shown in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and is in many important collections in the Southeast. In 1997, she was honored by the State of Georgia as one of "Georgia Women in the Visual Arts." In 2000, Jill received the Niche Award for her captivating black and white pieces. She also regularly exhibits her latest works at American Craft Council shows in the Southeast.

Dale Sizemore

Dale Sizemore graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1977 and then pursued and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of North Texas in 1981. He also earned a Masters in Education in 1985 from Georgia State University. In 2001 Dale achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescent to Young Adulthood Art. He has taught at Newnan High School for 27 years and was selected as the Coweta County Teacher of the Year in 2002. In 2003 he was one of 200 teachers selected to go to Japan with the Fulbright Memorial Fund where he spent 3 weeks visiting cultural centers, elementary, middle, high school, and universities. Dale retired from teaching in May of 2010 to begin building a rural folk school that will provide week long retreats in Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Weaving, and Blacksmithing. He also teaches Art Appreciation for Brewton Parker College at their satellite campus in Newnan. In 2005 he started the first and only statewide ceramic arts show and workshop for high school students for which he enlists the help of college ceramic faculty from various Georgia universities to jury. Dale has maintained a studio with his wife and partner, Nancy Sizemore, creating functional and sculptural ceramics since they moved to Moreland in 1983.



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