New Faces, New Art

An artful evening on Marietta Square.

I had the pleasure of meeting several new artists at the last Art Walk at Marietta Square. I love all of the new artwork they’re showing at the Art Forum!

Karen Snider showing her oil paintings outside the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market during the Art Walk.

Dominique Chaponot with her incredible composite digital images.

Arch Middleton has added several new colorful paintings to his booth at the Art Forum.

Rosina Reiser-Jedrusik shares her beautiful artwork.

Michael Turner shows his photography in the Whitlock Gallery, located behind the Art Forum.

Join us for the next First Friday Art Walk, July 6 from 5pm-9pm.

Shelley M. House and Blake Wright play music outside the Art Forum.

A New Season for Art on Marietta Square

Spring is here, and artists are coming out to the Marietta Square Artists Market to show off what they’ve created this winter. The first market was a blast, and we’ll all be on the Square again this Saturday, April 28 from 9am to 2pm.

Shelley M. House and Austin Cox.

Austin is one of the talented artists returning from last year with some fabulous new art. He’s so cool, he even let me name the painting I bought from him. I’m calling it “Happy Day.”

Rebecca Drummund with her paintings inspired by nature.

Jana Elliott, Shelley M. House, Irene Bernhardt and Jack LeGrange representing the Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market.

Jana's "Hippie Chic" bags.

A colorful showing at the Art Forum booth.

Alex Guthrie and friends help entertain the crowd.

I hope to see y’all at Marietta Square this Saturday. Special guest Blake Wright will be performing with me from 12:30-2pm.

Shelley M. House on violin and Blake Wright on viola at the First Friday Art Walk.

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 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 Around Town — The Fall Season at Marietta Square

The DuPre’s artists have been hard at work this fall creating and displaying their wonderful artwork. I pulled out a few of my favorite photos taken around Marietta Square to share with you.

Irene Bernhardt, Jack LeGrange and Shelley M. House at the September Artists Market.

Mill Street comes alive on the second Saturdays.

Irene helping customers at the DuPre's tent.

Mark Drummond and Shelley M. House play a little music.

Robert East, Shelley M. House and Irene Bernhardt outside Marietta Wine Market for the October Art Walk.

Irene Bernhardt, Rebecca Richmond, Shelley M. House, Jack LeGrange, Pamela Chesser and Marsha Young, all representing the Art Forum at the October Artists Market.

Art at sunrise -- Here comes the sun!

Mark your calendars to visit the Art Forum at our Open House, November 11 from 5-9pm. We’ll be open late every Friday after that until Christmas.

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.

The Streets Are Alive: Art Walk in Marietta

The folks are friendly and the art is hot at the First Friday Art Walk on Marietta Square. An artful time was had by all last night.

Live portrait art -- How cool is that!?

Phillip and Mandie outside The Studio.

Jammin' at the Wine Market.

Walk this way!

Art Walk Tonight at Marietta Square

Strawberries and wine,
The evening is fine
For an artful walk
On the Square.

Enjoy art, music, wine and hors d’oeuvres tonight, July 1st at the First Friday Art Walk on Marietta Square, 5-9pm. Visit the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market to see Artists Alley, an intimate exhibit of juried local artists showing a wide variety of styles. Then venture out to see the rest of the fabulous artists on the Square.

Fun Night for Art on Marietta Square

The First Friday Art Walks just keep getting better and better. I had fun strolling the Square and meeting new artists.

I love balloons!

Ann Marshall Bailey and her wonderful oil paintings.

Philip Myrick with The Studio over the Australian Bakery, creating movie star portraits using old film, and music stars using old records.

Back at the Art Forum, the art-loving crowd was bustling about in the air conditioning.

Artists Alley, hosted by the Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market

Duane Wolford, an amazing contemporary realist painter, has a booth at the Art Forum.

Proudly showing off my new drawing of the Glover Park fountain.

I topped off my evening with a yoga class in Glover Park. Thank you lululemon athletica, Be Yoga, and the Jai Shanti drummers! Namaste.

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