Since 2008, dk Gallery has become a destination for art lovers and art discoverers alike. A beautiful 1800s storefront space on Marietta Square invites guests to leave the ordinary behind on the sidewalk and step into something other. Reverently curated, the gallery brings exceptional local and national emerging and established artists with contemporary, fine art works to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The exhibition is on display in the Gardenhouse Gallery, November 5, 2022 – January 15, 2023.
dk Gallery presents four female artists in the exhibit:
Shannon Deana Johnson
Shannon is a mixed-media artist inspired by nature and the creative process. The organic shapes, textures and colors found in nature are a constant source of peace and wonder. She seeks to capture the essence of her experience with nature in her art. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee. Originally from southern California, where she spent her childhood exploring the coastline and surrounding hills with a camera or sketchbook in hand, she now lives in Knoxville, TN, where the Smoky Mountains and her own backyard are a source of inspiration.
Lorra enjoys the process, experimentation and problem resolution in each painting. One of the mediums present in her work in encaustic. Its translucent layers and textures excite her. Using collage, she incorporates unusual materials such as lavender stems, torn strips of bed sheets, and waxed rice paper into her work. The exploration of materials is important to her and has helped her grow as an artist. Lorra is originally from Texas and raised her family in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Karlene spends her days in an art studio painting, creating and reaching back to the days of childlike abandon. The fundamentals of line, shape and color, as well as the tradition of landscape painters who came before her, inspire her and her art. Karlene received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Central Florida. She is a former special education art teacher and museum curator. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows from New England to the Miami art fairs. Karlene lives in Ormond Beach, Florida and enjoys nature and the outdoors.
Susan is fascinated with a permanent record of the impermanence of our world. Because of that fascination, she has composed images of insects, birds and small animals assembled with botanicals. Carefully arranged botanical materials, poured colored dyes, and the subjects are placed on multiple sheets of glass, then stacked to form a tower. Each sheet of glass is separated by Jenga blocks and can reach a perilous height. The finished assemblage is photographed, resulting in an illusion, a fantasy environment that, once captured, is dismantled and washed away. Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, Susan now lives in Hastings on the Hudson, a suburb of New York City. Susan has won numerous awards and recognitions on a national basis.