Sandra Babb has a lovely studio in North Georgia, but her favorite “place” to paint is outdoors searching for early morning and afternoon light patterns. She attempts to capture impressions of “a sense of place” on canvas in oils or pastels. She enjoys all mediums and has always found painting people a delightful challenge. She may be contacted at Sandra@babb.com or www.sandrababb.com.
Sandra is currently showing at Unitarian Universalist Church, FoodWorks Restaurant, the Business Development Center in Chattanooga, and ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN. She exhibits at the Ringgold Art and Frame Gallery, the Downtown Gallery and the Booth Borderlands Gallery in Cartersville. Sandra is the president of the Civic Arts League and has edited the Civic monthly newsletter for 5 years. She is also a member of the Booth Artist Guild and the Society of American Portrait Artists. She is an associate member of the Booth Western Museum. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is currently teaching children’s classes at the Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA and teaching private lessons in her studio.
Her Jeep is loaded with an old Soltek easel, Gamblin oil paints, Sourcetec linen panels, brushes, a cooler with cold Dr. Pepper, and sunscreen. She doesn’t forget the mosquito spray or the “Afterbite”.
“My favorite time is spent outdoors in the early morning hours sensing the scurrying of small animals as they search for breakfast. I like to watch the sun break forth a new day. I share my excitement with others through private lessons, small classes, and travel. I thank God for blessing me in this way.
Dan DeFoor has been a ceramic artist for over forty years, having studied under a number of master ceramists, including Jere Lykins and Don McCance. Along with his work as a practicing artist, Dan taught high school art in the Douglas County, Georgia schools for 32 years and graduate level art education classes for Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berry College, a Master of Visual Art from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Art Education from the University of Georgia.
Although Mary DeFoor spent three decades in the classroom teaching French, retirement has afforded her the opportunity to work full time in the studio. She works collaboratively with her husband Dan to develop a body of work that features application of her hand building techniques and alterations to Dan’s wheel thrown vessels. Along with her studio work, Mary holds a firm commitment to arts education. She has been recognized by the Georgia Art Education Association for Distinguished Service Outside the Profession. She and Dan are also former Jonas Foundation artists-in-residence in the Whitfield County and Dalton City Schools, conducting clay workshops with middle and high school students at eleven schools. Their work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits throughout the Southeast, and has garnered numerous awards. They reside in Resaca, Georgia, where their studio, Angelville Pottery, is also located.
With an M.F.A. and B.F.A. in painting, Mr. Wilson brings a strong educational background to his workshops and classes at the Guild. He currently teaches at the Creative Arts Guild, Northwestern Technical College, and Miller-Motte Technical College. In addition to his busy schedule, he participates regularly in area exhibitions, was the winner of The Design Award from Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville and is represented at In-Town Gallery in Chattanooga.