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 Art Director, Sally Eppstein at
(678) 642-5300.


2015 Winter Exhibit

"Solo Succulent with Flowing Waters"
January 12 - March 27, 2015

Blue Heron Nature Preserve Art Galley is honored to show Michael Stanley's beautiful pastels images of solo succulents and Bill Boley's bold black and white photography!

Michael Stanley is a retired architect and landscape architect and has been drawing pastels of the natural world  for years.

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Bill Boley's newest black and white photography captures the waterfalls in north Georgia.

To make an appointment to see the show please call Sally Eppstein at 678-642-5300.


Coming Soon: 2015 Spring Exhibit

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve Gallery is very excited to announce our spring art show:

"The Enchantment of Place"
March 29th - May 29th, 2015
Artists Reception: April 15, from 7 pm - 9 pm, with a brief Artist Talk at 8 pm

Please join us for a wonderful evening focused on our feathered friends!

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(from left to right: Red Bellied Woodpecker by Holly Henson; Blue Heron by Kathy Meliopoulos; Cardinal Feather by Sally Eppstein)

Holly Henson

Holly Henson is a master birder and will be showing her beautiful oil paintings of song birds and woodpeckers of Atlanta.

"These paintings are images from my life, images that I have drawn into my soul, seeped in silence, and radiated outward as reflections of life's unfathomable mystery. I bear this witness on wood panels, working with transparent pigments and oil/alkyd glazes to create rich, luminous surfaces. Knives, inking rollers, paper, and brushes are some of the tools I use for applying paint. The result is a textured, organic surface, radiating light from within."
You can also find Holly on Facebook.



Kathy Meliopoulos

Kathy Abernathy Meliopoulos works in different media and will be showing her bird images including birds from Hawaii.

"I recently took a tour of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. I was charmed by the wildness of the place, the bird song, the many nuances of the natural world. As we admired the pond near the entrance, we sighted a heron out in the distance. What a treat - and how appropriate!

Birds are a favorite subject. I admire them for their beauty, their songs and the vast diversity within the species. I am not an expert by any means although I have learned a lot from my daughter who is studying to be an ornithologist. My observation comes from the heart and mind of an artist and I try to express that on canvas and paper."

Kathy Meliopoulos, BFA in painting and drawing, University of Florida



Sally Wansboro Eppstein

Sally Wansboro Eppstein will be showing paintings of song and aquatic birds feathers.

Sally was raised in Augusta, GA and went to Fashion Institute of Fashion in NYC to earn an associates degree for jewelry making. She came back to Augusta, GA to earn her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Augusta College (now Georgia Regents University).
Some of her best training in art has been from learning from her students that she taught for 10 years. Sally taught kindergarteners to high school students in public, private school and afterschool programs.
Other achievements are getting into Vermont Studio Center and being awarded an Emerging Artist Award for the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa, FL.



Sculptures on the Preserve

BHNP is honored to have ‘found-object’ artist and sculptor Dave Savage bring his works of art to the preserve. Dave has been very generous in giving us a long term loan of two sculptures located by the front entrance and by the picnic table next to Nancy Creek, near the main building.


He has more works of art he wants to share, so please stop by the Preserve to see the new sculptures. While you are here, come in and check out the fall art exhibit in the gallery! Call ahead to schedule your Gallery visit: 404-345-1008.


Previous Shows

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


Paintings by Kerry Butler

Summer of 2014, we were able to treat our eyes to beautiful scenes painted by local artist Kerry Butler. Watercolor, gouache and acrylic paintings were available for sale, both framed and unframed.


Kerry' work is colorful, moody and faithfully represents the splendor of nature. His use of light and shadow is fantastic!




Diane Evans' Show: "SEEDS"


As summer 2012 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.


Sharon Beals Photography Exhibit: "NESTS"

The winter winds of 2011 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

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