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 Opening at Michael Turner Studio

The Michael Turner Studio is a fabulous new addition to Historic Marietta Square’s “Red Door District.” I had a great time meeting the artists last night in this old warehouse space behind the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market.

Larry Wilson with his black and white photography.

Thing on the wall.

Another thing on the wall. Old warehouses are cool!

Ilia Varcev returned to Prague after escaping 25 years ago, and photographed this view from his childhood room.

Michael Vinnette with his scuplture.

Michael Vinnette creates wonderful figure drawings, too.

Yves Clement is a prolific French painter who works on brown paper grocery bags.

David Mendoza has a great story behind this piece, "My Cup Was Runneth Over."

I love this photo by Michael Turner of a Georgia swamp.

Michael will keep his gallery open late on Friday nights through the holiday season.

Holiday Open House at the Art Forum Tonight

The Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market stays open late Friday night.

The Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market will stay open until 9pm tonight, along with other merchants at Marietta Square, for the annual Candlelight Shopping event. Get some holiday shopping done early while supporting local businesses!

Marietta Square looks pretty at night.

The DuPre's vendors have been busy decorating for the holiday season.

Stop by to see what treasures are waiting inside.

Artist Shelley M. House decorates with artsy notecards.

Kee Carlisle is working on his unique Christmas Tree.

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.

Walk the Walk — Art at Marietta Square

Join us this Friday, June 3 for the First Friday Art Walk at Marietta Square, 5-9pm. The Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market will host Artists Alley, an intimate exhibit of juried local artists showing a wide variety of styles. The Art Forum is also excited to have several new artists on permanent display. Come by and see what all the talk is about!

The Art Forum on TV!

Check it out! The Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market is on TV. Click here to see DuPre’s owner Mike Barie showing off artwork from some of our amazing artists. Come join us at DuPre’s this Friday night, May 6, for the Art Walk, 5-9pm.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Be sure to watch Channel 11’s Atlanta & Company this Monday, May 2nd, airing live from 11am to noon. DuPre’s owner Mike Barie will be interviewed in this segment devoted to the First Friday Art Walk and the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market.

The Art Forum is Growing

The gallery at DuPre’s Antique Market is expanding, and new artists are moving in every day. Stop by this Friday evening for the Art Walk, or after the Farmer’s Market this Saturday. It’s Spring, and the Art Forum is hopping!

Art Walk in Full Swing

First Friday Art Walk is in full swing this evening on Marietta Square. A stroll through Artists Alley at the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market reveals some amazing local talent.

Vision Bear explains his process.

Megan and her gorgeous fused glass jewelry.

Kimberly with her intriguing designs.

Karen and Jayne set up to paint.

Stop by to see us. The night is still young!

A Sunny Day for Painting

We have 4 artists working in the gallery today. What a beautiful afternoon for the next masterpiece to be born!

Holly is working in acrylic.

Karen and Jayne working in pastels.

Marsha painting with acrylics.


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