The Blue Heron Art Gallery

The Blue Heron Gallery is a non-profit space dedicated to exhibiting work with an environmental thread. We are a small but exquisite gallery in a beautiful architectural space in the middle of a 25 acre nature preserve. We show work on a quarterly basis with a reception for the public. We hope to provide a lens for people to see the very close connection between art and nature.

Interested in exhibiting your work with us? Please contact our curator, Diane Evans at dceart1@aol.com or 404-626-1891.

 

Joel Conison Photography Exhibit

"Portraits of Songbirds"
March 3-May 31

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This series is a continuation of the "Birds in Portrait" series except more local. Whether you live in the country, suburbia, or an  urban neighborhood, songbirds are present. We might take them for granted because they seem plentiful. Unfortunately that is not the case. Songbirds are under great stress, especially migrating birds. As with many animals their habitat is shrinking and these wonderful creatures are decreasing in many cases.

The dichotomy of changing the context of how we perceive these birds affords the viewer the chance to view them in a different way. Neutral  backgrounds allow the color, pattern and feather to be appreciated without conflict. Each portrait is then additionally treated with background lightening and darkening as if in a  studio situation. The profile orientation enables one to see each bird and the similarity of body shapes is a reminder of the songbird family, but without direct eye contact. Though the birds may be somewhat different sizes, all of them fill the frame in the same way to emphasize a common concern.

Joel Conison lives and works in Atlanta Georgia. His work has been exhibited at The McDonough Museum of Art, Rhonda Schaller Studios in NYC, Southeast Regional Exhibition, The Print Center 74th International Exhibition, as well as other local & regional venues.

"Simplicity is what I strive for when making images. Showing only what is needed and eliminating the rest. Generally, I am interested in isolating tones or colors, intentionally not creating a full toned or multi-colored image. Formal issues are always a concern. How line, form, tone and space work, and work together. Negative space becomes important also. At times scale and proportion become flexible. Without scale or proportion a questioning of the objects reality is introduced, thus its representational qualities become insufficiently factual, or abstract. I am not interested in the pictorial nature of things photographed but trying to move the representation to the suggestive."

 

Summer Exhibit

Paintings by Kerry Butler
June 1st - August 29th

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Watercolors, Gouache and Acrylic paintings will be available for sale from local artist Kerry Butler. More details to follow!

 

Previous Shows

Here are some of our past shows for you to enjoy!

 

Diane Evans' Show: "SEEDS"

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As summer came to a close and the plant world slipped into sleep mode, we welcomed  Diane Evan's beautiful images of SEEDS to the Blue Heron Gallery. Rich images of intricate seed pods and fronds carefully executed in mixed media, collage and paint were exhibited.

This show ended December 31st, 2012.

 

Bill Boleys' Photography Exhibit: "Trees"

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Exhibit dates were extended for this beautiful show, which ended September 2012. 

 

Sharon Beals Photography Exhibit: "NESTS"

The winter winds of 2012 ushered in the work of San Francisco photographer Sharon Beals to the Blue Heron Gallery, which ended in May 2012. Sharon spent 3 years photographing archived bird nests in natural history and zoological museums in California.

 

 

 

This was a rare chance for the public to take a peek at these fabulous nests as the collections were only open to the scientific community. Sharon's photographs are spell binding, reflecting the rich, beautiful nest making ability of birds the world over.

 

 

The November/December issue of American Photo (a glossy, nationally circulated, bimonthly magazine) selected the Top 56 Photo Books of the Year.  Of the 7 in the Environment & Nature category is "Nests:  Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them by Sharon Beals". The review is as follows:

"Drawn from the exquisite collections of three California-based academies and institutes, the nests in these delicate, detailed images reflect the meticulous care and skill of their creators---50 species of birds, each described in facing-page text that's as free of scientific jargon as it is informative."

We had a great turnout for the opening and lecture!  Check out her images at www.sharonbeals.com.

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