‘Women, Spirit, Beauty & Nature': Four artists’ works on display this weekend
by By Virginia Reed
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Atlanta instructor David Barranti helps to hang up paintings and drawings in preparation for the ‘Women: Spirit, Beauty, and Nature’ exhibit at the Canton Arts Center. The show debuts today through the end of the month. The four artists whose works are on display were once students of Barranti. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
Atlanta instructor David Barranti helps to hang up paintings and drawings in preparation for the ‘Women: Spirit, Beauty, and Nature’ exhibit at the Canton Arts Center. The show debuts today through the end of the month. The four artists whose works are on display were once students of Barranti.
Staff/Todd Hull
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A painting by artist Donna McGowan, who will be showing her work at the Cherokee Arts Center starting this weekend.
A painting by artist Donna McGowan, who will be showing her work at the Cherokee Arts Center starting this weekend.
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Artist Millie Kenyon of Alamo Goro, New Mexico, hangs up a few of her paintings in preparation for the gallery opening.
Artist Millie Kenyon of Alamo Goro, New Mexico, hangs up a few of her paintings in preparation for the gallery opening.
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CANTON — The Cherokee Arts Center is playing host to a national art show titled “Women: Spirit, Beauty, and Nature.” It will feature four artists: Elizabeth Samoluk and Donna McGowan of Georgia and Millie Kenyon and Joann Milam of New Mexico.

The opening reception is today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through Oct. 31.

The show brings the artists under the training of master David Barranti together for the first time. The women trained together in New Mexico and often work as much as four hours per day to continue training.

Mediums include oil, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic and pencil drawing. The artists have enjoyed art throughout their lives, but works represented at the show illustrate a journey of taking it to the next level.

“I think the art will speak for itself,” said Mary Akers, executive director of the Arts Center.

Samoluk has several pieces of fine clothing painted with intricate detail.

“I am very interested in portraying beauty and showing world beauty… That fascinates me,” she said.

Samoluk left her corporate job in the Atlanta marketplace in 2010 to pursue art full time.

“I always wanted to do this as a full-time endeavor,” she said.

In 2009, Samoluk began studying with Barranti. Barranti attributes his skill to years of study as the great masters of art did once in Italy.

“(Barranti) is a North Georgia and Sandy Springs resident, but has been teaching out in New Mexico for many years,” Samoluk said.

The artist believes in teaching drawing because it is the essential starting point for every type of art.

“He has allowed me to build on my creativity and imagination. My work is a little different, so he has encouraged me to express myself,” said Milam, who started training under Barranti in 2007.

All the artists agreed practice and proper training were the driving forces in making them better artists.

“The goal for most of us is to become masters,” Milam said. “You must train to become better. It is not an inherited trait.”

Akers said, “It is a vast collection, so our gallery will be full. We expect a large turnout.”

The reception in the gallery is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Art works will be for sale.

For more information, visit www.cherokeearts.org.

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