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.


2014 Fall Exhibit


"Yellow Flicker" by Sally Eppstein
(click HERE to enlarge view)
"Small Birds and Big Feathers"
A show by
Sally Eppstein and Gail Koornick
Now thru January 10th

"October"  by Gail Koornick
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About the Artists:

Gail Koornick
Gail Koornick
Gail Koornick is fulfilling her life-long passion for creativity and design as a full-time professional artist. Her art encompasses the wide–ranging exploration of line, texture and materials in her mixed media pieces.
On 'NATURE IN MIXED MEDIA' , Gail writes:
"Line is dominant in this work, though hidden underneath textures. It is representative of the connections between flora and fauna and the environment.
The texture is symbolic of the myriad structural variants in Nature – those things that one might want to reach out and touch.



The subject of my work leans heavily toward birds. A bird lover since childhood, I am fascinated by and envious of their freedom. Horses, too, represent that same feeling of free spiritedness."
Gail was co-chairperson of the Atlanta Artists Center’s Grandview Gallery for three years and a Member of the organization’s Board of Directors from 2005-2007. Gail lives with her husband in Roswell and works out of her home studio.

Sally Wansboro Eppstein
Sally Wansboro Eppstein
Sally Eppstein 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.
On 'SONGBIRD FEATHERS', Sally writes:



"I have been painting feathers for years and I love all of the different shapes, sizes, colors and all the purposes of each individual feather. Feathers are so fragile but to many people they can be so meaningful along with being spiritual.
The song bird feather paintings showing at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve are acrylic on canvas. In addition to the feather painting, I have been exploring with sculpting totems with my first piece located at the community garden at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve."
Sally has shown her work in many juried shows thoughout the Southeast. She was recently elected to be the Vice President for Woman Caucus of Art of Georgia and the Art Director for the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

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.


Bill Boleys' Photography Exhibit: "Trees"


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