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‘All Together Different’ kicks off Nov. 10

Artist Eleanor Dixon Stecker of Barnesville will be part of a three-artist show at A Novel Experience in Zebulon Nov. 3-30 called All Together Different. An artists’ reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Having worked as a courtroom illustrator, Stecker spent years capturing headlines that surface at high-profile trials like the Whitewater hearings, Paula Jones, Wayne Williams and other cases. Working under pressure gave her the ability to work spontaneously with line and color as a fine artist. Her watercolors ‘“ portraits, landscapes and other illustrations ‘“ are alive with motion and capture the excitement of people in real life settings. She has served twice as president of Lamar Arts. Her most recent work involves an exploration of watercolor and working en plein air. Stecker’s portraits, watercolors, and still life paintings may be viewed by appointment at her studio in Barnesville. ’I see the world as a magical place. My job as an artist is to make the viewer aware of that magic,’ said Stecker. ‘I might be painting a portrait, a bowl of flowers or a scene of cowgirls, cowboys and their horses. All are part of this amazing world that exists before our very eyes.’ Among her other illustration projects were the design and illustration of children’s books for the Presbyterian Church and storyboard presentations for production companies. Stecker completed her undergraduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design and Atlanta College of Art where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She attended the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus for Graduate Studies in Fine Art. As a fine arts painter in Chicago, she jointly operated a fine arts studio with six artists. Her paintings have been shown in Chicago and Atlanta and she is represented in many collections around the country. Pat DeVane Burns’ artwork has been collected over much of the U.S. The internet made it possible to spread into Europe and Australia. She started out with multiple local awards in high school in her home state of Georgia, garnering a Governor’s Honors livein program one summer at Wesleyan College then entering Berry College on a full-tuition scholarship in art. ’I took time to raise a family and be active in my husband’s business while continuing to learn through occasional workshops, artist peer groups and by amassing a huge art library,’ she said. Moving over 25 times, she still managed to get artwork into the public eye. Now that the children are grown and she has retired from the family business, the last four years have been spent full time on her passion with a backlog of ideas and images flowing into existence. Not only does Burns paint in acrylics and oils, she also sculpts in concrete, she said, ‘a holdover from being involved for so many years in the construction industry.’ Probably the most unique art form in her portfolio is her Spirits in Stone series. She picks unaltered stones for their shape, texture and reliefs, then reveals in paint what she sees. ’They begged to be touched to fully appreciate them, which I encourage folks to do,’ she said. Since 2010, Burns has seen her work shift from shows, competitions and multiple galleries to more commission work. ’It’s rewarding to create special works of art for individuals and corporations but it leaves less time to supply galleries with other pieces,’ Burns said. Bambi Rogers, originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., now lives in Jackson with her husband Bill, a stained glass artist. Rogers followed in her family’s footsteps to Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Fine Art and later to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Retired from a career in architectural drafting, electrical design and commission art, she now devotes her time to painting. Since moving to Georgia, Rogers is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society. Much of her work for this show encompasses her love of old country buildings in the landscape setting, as depicted in her watercolor style. Book store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information call 770-567-1103 or visit http://www.anovelexperience.com

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