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Judith Surowiec - Isaac Brooks - John Furches

 Group Show
Summer 2020

Three diverse artists celebrate summer in very different mediums, but they all have one thing in common: a love for nature, wildlife and the great outdoors.

Judith Surowiec has been making art with acrylics and colored pencils for over 50 years. A degree in art education from SUNY Buffalo and studies under Joseph Perrin, professor emeritus of Georgia State's School of Art, prepared her to embrace creativity and "be not afraid."

When you see her work, it is clear what that means. Her joyous paintings reflect the years of practice that allow her the freedom to let go. Often her paintings spill over onto their frames, and at times she paints on folded or even crumpled canvas. "In every painting I try to do something I’ve never done before."  Her enchanted world is a delight to the eye and a feast of color for the heart and soul.

Judith lives and works in Buford, Georgia at her studio in the Tannery Row Artist Colony, a collective of open working artist studios she helped establish over 20 years ago in a restored early 19th century tannery building.

Isaac Brooks hand crafts his fantastic universe of birds and sea creatures out of driftwood and fallen cypress located around north central Florida's Santa Fe River not far from his home & studio in the woods.  All are carved from one piece of cypress and painted in vibrant colors using a unique process he has developed over time.  His artwork is designed to withstand the outdoor elements, but is equally at home indoors -- whether hanging on the wall or floating from the ceiling.

North Carolina artist John Furches brings us his intricately detailed aquatint etchings of birds, dragonflies, ferns and more.  All are carefully mounted and displayed in richly grained wood burl frames.  Aquatints are printed from an image etched onto a metal plate. It's called "aquatint" as the prints often resemble watercolor paintings.  Because every print in an edition of etchings is individually hand crafted, each is considered an original.  John explores his wildlife subjects in a deep inward way, achieving in his faithful renderings a subtle emotional element that is all his own.

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