We’re excited for the 18th Annual Telfair Art Fair, happening November 9-11 in and around Telfair Square. Read on to get pumped up for this year’s Art Fair, taking a look at the winners from last year who will be joining us again!
PAINTING — BEST IN SHOW
Suzy Schultz has little formal art training, but was exposed to art at an early age through her mother, who is a painter. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in mathematics and taught high school for 4 1/2 years. Taking a leave of absence, she spent a year overseas with Campus Crusade’s Short-Term International program in Poland. On returning, she did some part-time graphic design work for Mission to the World, and was eventually hired to help with their publications. There she was mentored and nurtured in her artistic talent, and encouraged to paint for illustrations used in the magazine. When her mentor and boss left to go on the mission field six years later, she was told she needed to leave her job and paint full time, which she did.
She has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Schultz is the winner of the Gold Award from Watercolor Magic magazine’s Watermedia showcase (chosen from 2,400 entries), and received an Honorable Mention in the portrait category of Artist’s Magazine’s 2001 issue . Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Drawing, and Watercolor Magic magazines. She has also had work published in art books by Rockport Publishers and International Artist Publishers, as well as Strokes of Genius II, Strokes of Genius 3, Northlight Publisher. Her work will be featured in the upcoming book Splash 13: Alternative Approaches, F & W Media (June 2012). Her work was been juried into many shows, including Watercolor West and National Watercolor Society.
Suzy lives, works and teaches life drawing out of her studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work can be seen at Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA; at 16 Patton, Asheville, NC; at Art on Broad, Augusta, GA; and at Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, NC; as well as on her website at www.suzyschultz.net.
JEWELRY — SILVER AWARD
I make jewelry and small sculpture from metal, stones, bone and wood that I arrange and rearrange into a composition until the piece feels balanced and exciting to me. My favorite metals include titanium, sterling, gold, copper, bronze and steel.
The imagery I depict is abstractly related to memories of childhood and I think about patterns generated as lives intertwine, the ebb and flow of emotional and personal connections over time. I work in series and develop related pieces from previous designs. Common features of my work include moving parts, articulated joins, the combination of precious and non-precious metals and found objects and the use of designs that have a gesture quality rather than being highly symmetrical.
I am primarily self-taught as an artist, beginning around the age of nine when I made tools that enabled me to carve wood and bone. My mentors in metal include Eleanor Caldwell, Chuck Evans and Bob Ebendorf; everything else I have figured out for myself. I have received two grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, a grant from Tula Foundation Gallery, was filmed working in my studio by HGTV and was showcased as an artist in Southern Living and Ornament Magazines. I teach, give lectures and show my work at juried fine arts festivals and exhibitions around the country.
PHOTOGRAPHY — BRONZE AWARD
There are many steps on the path to get to a place, in the end it is likely that the steps matter more than the destination itself. As an artist I believe that you don’t become your art but your art becomes you. If you are truly tuned in to the things that matter, most of your life experiences end up in what you create. We left Texas for Michigan when I was very young, and didn’t stop moving when we got there. My seeing was shaped as much by the hours I spent wandering the backwoods and swamps near my home as it was by the rail yards and factories close by. It seemed there was always something interesting to go look at, explore, and learn about, and I can say without caveat that I was never bored. That is still true now and I know I am but steps away from something worth knowing, something image worthy. During those years we would travel by rail to the west and I credit the rectangular window of the train as my first camera. In my early years I walked down tunnels of Elm trees on the way to school, rendering their likeness on paper in black and white crayon during art class. The resonance of that experience is in my work to this day.
As a young man I found a place for my creativity in music and the discipline of playing the same piece of music repeatedly prepared me for spending endless hours working on the same image over and over in a darkroom environment. From music I learned to love pattern and texture, rhythm and harmony, how everything must serve the message in a composition. In the 20 years between music and art I worked in the apparel industry where I learned the disciplines of business and value that experience as much as any. The person making the art and the one responsible for business decisions are not even allowed to travel in the same vehicle.
During these non-photographic years I was developing a vision, a way of seeing, a process that never ends in my opinion. When financial gain from hard work allowed it, I would travel to the places I was interested in, borrowing a camera and eventually purchasing one of my own. Dissatisfied with the prints I was getting back, I took a basic darkroom course and rented a local darkroom at night (printing after work until the wee hours of the night). I believe in the value of education in all things and have continued my photographic learning with workshops since then.
In photography it’s a common belief that you have to spend time and money traveling to exotic places, making the iconic images you have seen others make (there’s a whole industry based on this). After I did this, those images felt like copies of someone else’s work, or like the compulsories required in gymnastics before you get to your own routine. A better path would be studying what you have access to, what you know something about, for that is where you will make the most original work. This leads to a way of seeing that is uniquely yours and you can take that anywhere without the risk of repeating the work of others.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
TEXTILES/FIBERS — HONORABLE MENTION
Jean learned basket weaving from her mother,a retired art teacher,using only palm tree materials from Florida. Her works are well received by art museums and art collctors.