Serendipitous – April 2014

Potter Sheila Fulghum and painter Helen Brooks are the featured artists for the month of April at In-Town Gallery. This pairing of three-dimensional and two-dimensional artworks creates a vibrant exhibit. Visitors can meet the artists at the opening reception on the first Friday, April 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery.

These two artists collaborated three years ago in their exhibit, “Serendipity”, which means the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. Today, both artists still agree that this is an accurate description of what happens when they are creating their works, so this year’s exhibit is aptly called “Serendipitous”.

Both Fulghum and Brooks continue to share the same philosophy about life and beauty. They love color, contrast, design, shape, and texture. Their pieces are inspired by life’s blessings and challenges. The fascination of an ever-changing world influences their work, whether it is Fulghum’s clay or Brooks’ acrylic collages and paintings. Fulghum began her love of clay in 1988 when she took an Introduction to Wheel Throwing class at the High Museum in Atlanta. She later studied under many noted potters, and upon retiring from Delta Airlines in 2008, has devoted herself fulltime to her craft.

Brooks was primarily a representational oil and pastel painter, but after studying under noted artist Sandra Paynter Washburn, she directed her talents toward the wonder and magic of experimental water media.

The two artists became elected members of In-Town Gallery – Fulghum in April 2010, and Brooks in October 2010. They always remain open to serendipitous discoveries in their lives and in their art mediums.

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