Artists Come Together at the Art Forum

Shelley M. House at the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the art scene at Marietta Square is growing rapidly. Every day, artists at Marietta Square share their passion and work together to strengthen our community. With the First Friday Art Walks and Saturday Artists Markets right around the corner, it is a place where artists can thrive.

The Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market is just one of several new galleries joining Marietta Square’s flourishing art community.  Local artists rent space to show their artwork, bringing a fresh new look to this popular antique mall. In December of 2010, owner Mike Barie invited artists to imagine the possibilities. Today, the contemporary partition walls come alive with colorful artwork in a building that was originally a feed and seed store, adding to the charm of shopping in historic downtown Marietta. DuPre’s is open every evening until 6pm, or 9pm for special events like Artists Alley, a popular venue during the Art Walks.

Photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, mixed media, digital art – the wide variety of artwork allows Art Forum artists to draw inspiration from each other. A true camaraderie is leading to a larger revitalization of Marietta Square through collaborations within the art community.

Art Forum artist Jack Ricardo LaGrange, from South Africa, reflects on the revitalization, “Marietta definitely draws me in. I think in time, it will hold a candle to any artistic community. I was in Bayswater, London, where art is displayed freely. One feels that Marietta could easily follow suit.”

When I became part of the Art Forum, I didn’t just start a business selling my art; I became part of a community. I’ve been publishing my art online at shelleymhouse.wordpress.com for years, but nothing beats face-to-face contact.  The interaction with people at Marietta Square has inspired me to expand my mediums from ink drawings, digital art, altered books and poetry to painting, sculpture and music.

Visit the Marietta Square and the Art Forum to meet our artists, and join us in celebrating the arts in our community. If you hear my fiddle playing, stop by and say hi.

As published in The Bright Side Newspaper, Marietta, March 2012.

Art Lights Up the Night at Marietta Square’s September Art Walk

It was a lovely night to visit the First Friday Art Walk at Marietta Square. I started my evening outside Marietta Wine Market, playing some fiddle and displaying art along with Robert East and Irene Bernhardt, both with the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market.

Shelley M. House, Robert East and Irene Bernhardt outside Marietta Wine Market.

As the sun went down, the windows along the Square came alive with color.

The Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market hosts Artists Alley.

Gene Bradley's Secret Garden at Theatre in the Square looks pretty at night.

Follow the signs -- There's always more to see at the Art Walk.

Paint the Town is a colorful treat.

It's a celebration at 2 Rules Fine Art!

I’m so glad I had a chance to visit 2 Rules Fine Art for their grand opening celebration. I immediately fell in love with Kay Vinson’s mixed media pieces, which included phone book and dictionary pages. Stephanie Rond also had some wonderfully creative work with book pages. The entire gallery is a delight, all the way back to the far wall, where I found the incredible relief prints by Hannah Skoonbers.

Mark your calendars now for the last Art Walk of the year, on October 7th. See you there!

It’s Hip to be Square

The Art Forum’s own Irene Bernhardt and Kee Carlisle got to show off their art recently in a series of clips on Fox 5 News about Marietta Square. Watch to hear more about the Arts Renaissance here in Historic Downtown Marietta.

The artists are in the 3rd segment, so click on the image, go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Diehard Art Lovers Flock to Marietta’s Art Walk

Hanging out at Marietta Wine Market.

The summer heat didn’t stop area art lovers from enjoying an evening at Marietta Square for the First Friday Art Walk.

The trolley is a fun way to get around the Square.

Artists' Alley at DuPre's -- A hip place to chill out.

The Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market always has a great collection of art on display.

Rebecca Drummond showing her art at Go Fish.

Checking out the spread at dk Gallery. I love this cow painting!

There's always more to discover at the First Friday Art Walk.

Mark your calendars for the next Art Walk, September 2nd, 2011.

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