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Trish Bilich - Painter - Resident Artist at the Hood Street Art Center
Painter
Always dream your dreams, it creates imagination and imagination is what Creates!
Trish Bilich, Painter. Photo by Beauty Unveiled Studios at the Hood Street Art Center

Trish Bilich, Painter. Photo by Beauty Unveiled Studios

ART connects from the heart. Expression is communication and imagination. If I can evoke a feeling or a memory through a painting or a drawing then I have successfully communicated and that is always a heartfelt moment. I primarily work in oils, but also enjoy graphite,
watercolor and pastels.
My love for art comes from observing people and the colorful palette of their life’s experiences. Grateful for the everyday beauty that surrounds us and privileged to be able to share a mind’s eye of life. Feeling the salted breeze of the ocean air, a rain in the mist of
clouds or just stopping to smell the coffee, a memory, a moment an emotion. My Motto:

“Art is Life… Live it, Love it, Paint it!”


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Trish Bilich, Painter. Photo by Beauty Unveiled Studios at the Hood Street Art Center

Trish Bilich, Painter. Photo by Beauty Unveiled Studios


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David Farrel from Glazed and Confused Pottery - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios
Glazed and Confused Pottery
When making mugs or bowls, I like to think I'm making someone's new favorite mug. It is my goal that everything I make will be just the right thing for someone. Most of my pottery is intended to be used to eat, drink or cook with.

David has been making utilitarian wares for close to 30 years. Through multiple career and life changes and relocations over the years, he has always returned to working with clay. At this time he is a full time potter, making utilitarian-ware, folk-style pottery, and art pottery. He teaches lessons in his studio at The Hood Street Art Center in McDonough, Georgia. David’s pottery can be seen at The Hood Street Arts Center, Queen Bee Coffee, Arts Clayton, as well as numerous shows around Middle and North Georgia.

David Farrel from Glazed and Confused Pottery - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

David Farrel, Clay Artist – Photo: Beauty Unvelied Studios


Renee Crouser, featured artist at the Hood Street Art Center
Painter
I’ve always thought in pictures. I interpret all life in color and translate it on to canvas, but I’m most drawn to the human experience and heartfelt connection. Art is not only my pleasure, it is my prayer.
“IDAHO TUCKERED” 11″ x 9″ Pastel on Sanded Paper Represented by the Andy Davis Gallery at the Hood Street Art Center

“IDAHO TUCKERED”
11″ x 9″ Pastel on Sanded Paper
Represented by the Andy Davis Gallery at the Hood Street Art Center


Born in Panama City, Florida into a military family Renee has had the opportunity to experience many countries and cultures. Her joy for drawing and painting became evident very early on and turned into a spirited lifelong hobby.

Renee enjoyed seven years as a sign painter, a title held by few women, until she moved on to medical administration after the birth of her third child. When her father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer in early 2009, she quit her job to care for him. During this time, she found great comfort in her craft. After his passing, she dedicated herself to her art. In 2015, Renee made art her profession.

Inspired by human expression and connection in everyday life, her work has evolved through her own experiences coupled with a fascination with dramatic light. Renee paints with several media such as pastel, watercolor, pencil, and oil. Being a self-taught and independent artist allows her the liberty to express herself through them all. Renee attends various art groups to share information and techniques and strives to improve her skill with every painting.

“I’ve always thought in pictures. I interpret all life in color and translate it on to canvas, but I’m most drawn to the human experience and heartfelt connection. Art is not only my pleasure, it is my prayer.”

Renee is both a drawer and a painter. She is a member of the

  • Pastel Society of Central Florida
  • Henry Arts Alliance

  • Visual Arts Collective

  • Portrait Society of Atlanta

Her work is currently represented by Hood Street Art Gallery in McDonough, Georgia and on exhibit at the Mt. Dora Art Center in Mt. Dora, Florida. She works from her home studios in Locust Grove, Georgia and The Villages, Florida.

'Wish I Had a Donut' 12x9" soft pastel on UArt sandpaper 400 series

‘Wish I Had a Donut’ 12×9″ soft pastel on UArt sandpaper 400 series

'Ava' a 14x11" color pencil on Strathmore paper

‘Ava’ a 14×11″ color pencil on Strathmore paper

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Melissa Anderson, featured artist at the Hood Street Art Center
Painter
The coolest part about being an artist, is having everyone else see what you've already seen inside your creative mind
Maggie Miller, featured artist at the Hood Street Art Center
Painter | Soap Maker
Alone we can do little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller
I am a Painter and soap maker,  a wife to a husband who always keeps me laughing, a mom to a very talented  artistic daughter and my most important roll a child of  God and sister in Christ at the Tara Church of Christ.   I believe that it is by no accident, only divine intervention that I delight in the process of creating from what I see in the natural world, a butterfly, landscapes to beautiful skies and everything in between . It is my way of interacting with all things and the creator. So many things go unnoticed, but when we sit and pause for a spell there they are and I’m compelled to paint them unto canvas. Being a painter was not in my career goals but how great are God’s plans for us.

Maggie Miller, Local Artist at the Hood Street Art Center

I have always been a creative soul from the beginning.   As a child I spent hours with my many coloring books, crayons, and colored pencils.  My favorite memory is of coloring in those books with my mom.  My creativity was sparked when I received a clay casting kit one Christmas, followed by a candy making machine and my beloved organ.  From crayons to music I began nourishing my creative tendencies that would one day flourish into much more.

I love God deeply and I strive every day to stay connected to him through reading his word, and staying in constant gratitude and thankfulness to him for all he provides for me and my family.  I desire to honor and share my love for God with the talents and abilities he has blessed me with in the arts.  With every completed piece it is my hope to show how his word can truly change the course in our lives.

My creativity took off to another level in 2000 during a difficult time in my life.  It was a season which was very scary, painful, and filled with many failures, disappointment, shattered dreams, and illness.  Though there were some great times as well, this part of my life was filled with some bittersweet memories.  The paintbrushes, canvases and paint became my saving grace, and my own form of art therapy to help heal from a very difficult time in my life.  There was a lot of healing from emotional and physical pain that took place.  I discovered art and how to create it in a new form.  It allowed me to be free and express myself in ways I could not before.  Discovering the art of making soap and my own body products also expanded my creativity and I was hooked!  Some might look at my struggles and feel sorry for me and all that I have been through, but I have a different perspective.  I feel so very blessed to have experienced so much pain and sorrow, heartbreaks and the many joys as well. I have grown so much in the past few years, especially in 2013. I have a newfound strength and have grown so much closer to God, in the process and has helped me grow as a human being.

Throughout my journey in the decorative arts, I have obtained two certifications in faux finishing and instruction and mural painting. I opened an art studio and had the privilege of painting in many homes and received a certificate of appreciation for donating works to local hospitals and senior citizen centers. I later closed my studio location to work exclusively from my home studio due to health problems.

I have enjoyed seeing my artwork and furniture in various hallmark and national movies on screen, but my love of God and how he has worked in my life has brought me full circle and back to the easel and canvas. This is where I desire to paint a message of Hope to a world that seems to be filled with so much pain, hate, confusion and lack of spiritual direction.  I firmly believe that my past experiences, once shared through the written word and my paintings, can give others hope that all will be ok, and that God has it all under control.  That through Christ we can do all things and that he will give us the strength to do so. Phil. 4:13.

I want to convey the message of love, faith and encouragement through what I create, and to give back in each work of art a piece of all of my life experiences, discoveries, and my intimate moments with God and life reflections.  I want to create beautiful things that bring joy and laughter and whimsy throughout people’s homes, and to cause others to pause for just a moment and remind others that we are all one of Gods beautiful masterpiece, and of his power and faithfulness.

I believe that every single day holds the promise of a new beginning, my life experience has taught me that everyday holds a new opportunity to live a life I love, to laugh out loud until it hurts my belly, to live life with purpose even when things don’t seem to go as planned and trusting that God is in every itty bitty detail.  Read about my mission here The Mission

We are all  a masterpiece the results of His perfect workmanship in us and through us.

xo

www.maggiegmiller.com

  

 

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Book Binder | Paper Maker
Find that thing that lights you up. That thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning and keeps you engaged well past midnight. Then contribute a piece of that light to the world with whatever stirs your soul. Even if just a flicker.

I am a writer and book and paper artist, but most importantly, I am a child of God and worship at the Tara Church of Christ in Georgia.

I was born into a family of writers, musicians, painters, seamstresses, soap makers and photographers.  I believe that it is by no accident, only divine intervention that I participate in the process of creating as well.  My appreciation for meaningful conversation, quiet settings and authenticity have inspired the work He has guided me to craft.  I created my business in a corner of my bedroom during my junior year while taking a paper making class at the world renowned Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and though that was just a year ago, I am beginning to see that this endeavor is perhaps the path God had planned for me all along.

Soft Spoken Press

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Soft Spoken Press is inspired by my innate preference for a quieter approach to expression, communication and a life of pondering, prayer and genuine reflection.  An approach I have not always embraced, but rather under valued.  My quiet and shy personality has always been a source of insecurity for me.  Being told from a young age that I needed to talk more and speak louder has been the nagging pain in my side for as long as I can remember.

When the time came for me to leave my family for college three hours away in the foreign yet enchanting city of Savannah, Ga, those insecurities intensified in ways I was not prepared for.  I struggled with finding my niche and my people and was overcome with anxiety, a feeling of isolation and the crippling inability to hear my own voice in a noisy networking world.  I was hit with a level of social anxiety I had never experienced.  After classes I would retreat to the confines of my dormitory, which became a place of both sanctuary and lonely isolation.

I sought comfort in the sound of my parent’s voices during regular phone calls, prayer and long walks around campus daydreaming of the many possibilities dangling above me from majestic live oaks.  Possibilities that I could have confidence, independence and artistic success. Back then those things seemed reserved for a future self I hadn’t yet grown into and so out of reach.

book-necklaceIt wasn’t until I began writing towards the end of my freshman year of college that I finally started to find some relief and comfort.  Sitting alone on a bunked bed in my dormitory is where I released the pain, frustration, and anger it caused me.  I cried and wrote frantically and obsessively.  Something I had never done before and a ritual I continue today.  My journals became a menagerie of marginal epiphanies, scribbled rants, fictional story outlines and desperate prayers to God.  It helped me express the many emotions and thoughts I didn’t know how to communicate out loud.  After my freshman year I decided to take some time off from school to do some much needed soul searching and perspective shifting.

Once I returned to SCAD, it was a fresh start.  I gave into my creative interests and watched as things fell into place, in God’s timing.  With the prayers and loving support from my family through this uncomfortable growing period in my life, I was able to overcome the transition many other young college students face.  Being reminded by my parents that I wasn’t the only one going through it and that God was in and is always in control made a world of difference.  I couldn’t have done it without them.  They are my biggest fans.

It is beautiful to note that I have come full circle from my long thoughtful walks on the streets of Savannah.  I wish I knew then that I was well on my way to something bigger than I could have imagined.  A campus transfer and a few on and off again quarters was the growing period I needed to get to the happy place I’m in today.  I now find myself a senior in the writing department at SCAD.   It was certainly not my first choice of study, third actually, but the choice that pursued me relentlessly.  It took some more writing for me to realize that my thoughts transcribed onto paper was my voice.  Once I made that connection, I began to see how God could use my soft spoken voice.  I saw my love for writing as an opportunity to reach out and bring hope to other young women going through the same things. I continue to write about my personal struggles that every young college christian woman faces, but even amidst the challenges, it has been a richly rewarding experience and privilege to study the art of communication and see the beauty of the human spirit revealed through literature, poetry and personal story telling.  It still amazes me how God guided me to writing and to see my growth as a person recorded on the pages of my own journals.  Through my pain and insecurity, God brought light, strength and healing.  I believe that like images, words are powerful things.  They can shake people and the world and bring forth change.  Writing has become my super power.  One that I choose to use to bring light into a sometimes very dark world.

My newfound love of writing rekindled my long time love for paper arts.  I was introduced to the craft of book binding as a Summer intern with Straw Hat Press.  It was under the instruction of owners and SCAD Alumni Laura Cleary and Shaun McCallum that I learned how to make an actual real life book. I had entered a whole new world I didn’t know I belonged to.  I reconnected with the tangible results I crave and the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day that comes from making something useful with my hands.  It was an invaluable experience.

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Together the two art forms overlap and blend beautifully.  The journals I create are a symbol of my experience in finding my voice through writing in my journals and learning to embrace how God chose to craft me.  Now, my hope is that through my passion for writing and book making I can encourage, strengthen and edify young Christian women through creativity and the written word by creating blank canvases for them to discover the deepest, rawest, most intimate parts of who they are and come out with a more profound understanding of their creative, personal and spiritual potential and to embrace how wonderfully made they are and their God-given purpose, just as I have.  My prayer is that women of all kinds can find the beauty, strength and value in the way God created them in both temperament and personality and to always remember that we are the tangible results of His perfect workmanship. He makes no mistakes.

Blessings and light,
Katie

www.softspokenpress.net

 

 

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Jeff Hunter - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios
Painter
Art, like life, is always subjective; you can find art in all things if you look for it.

I started painting in 2008, in a small studio on Macon Street, McDonough. I did not have an intention to paint on the scale I do today, but I soon discovered that art is a door best left closed if you do not intend to give it all you got. I soon realized that I had a passion for the arts-I discovered the experiences and the people I have met have helped me develop into the artist that I am today. I take great pride in helping others discover their talents and love for the arts; I still find that I am in a constant cycle of learning, myself.

Jeff Hunter - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

Artwork by Jeff Hunter – Photo: Beauty Unveiled Studios

I served two years on the McDonough Arts Council and became involved in various charities in Henry County. Through the arts I have helped raise revenue for organizations such as: A Friends House, Henry County Special Olympics and The Kinsley Grace Foundation through art donations for Auction.

I have hung my art in various restaurants around Henry County, most notably the Seasons Bistro under the management of Lynn Loggins, and Gritz on the Square. I have won awards through juried shows hosted by the McDonough Arts at the Windsor Gallery with a first place award and one honorable mention. I also had the honor of accepting McDonough Arts People’s Choice Award at Art In The Park. I consider the People’s choice award my most honored and am grateful to the people who take the time to give art some merit. It is never easy putting your art out there for people to judge, but once you get past the fear of it, you soon find that you just go for it, and let it happen.

I paint strictly for the joy of painting today and enjoy working with other artist of all mediums.

Art, like life, is always subjective; you can find art in all things if you look for it.

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Roz Nixon - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios
Painter
My style and interests are diverse, ranging from Abstract to what I call “Contemporary Abstract Impressionism”
Roz Nixon - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

‘Hello, pretty boy’ by Roz Nixon

The desire to express myself in a creative way has been a powerful force as far back as I can remember. I studied as much art history as my busy child-rearing-life would allow while living in California.

My style and interests are diverse, ranging from Abstract to what I call: “Contemporary Abstract Impressionism.”

I love playing wth texture, especially when it leads me in an unconventual direction–I allow my brush strokes to flow freely, uninhibited. I am not interested in painting in a detailed or realistic manner. To paraphrase a quote from Picasso, “I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.”

I use a rich palette and my imagination is romantic with a whisper of humor.

I have been influenced by several artists, but am a special fan of Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

You will find my paintings in collections throughout the U.S.

www.roznixonart.com


Painter | Photographer | Jewelry Designer
I paint what I feel--in the moment--what I feel in my heart, or what I see in a vision through someone who inspires me or by listening to music.

Cresha Fulkerson Williamson - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

I am an artist, photographer, and a jewelry maker. I love to be creative in any way that I can; I’m always trying to grow as an artist and as a person. I was born and raised in Western New York, and I’ve lived in Georgia since 2001. I am from a family of artists on both my parents’ sides. They are also musicians, painters and photographers, who have all inspired me since I was a young girl.

My artistic style is abstract, free-flow and intuitive painting.

I use heavy-body acrylics, molding paste, ceramic stucco, and pumice, as well as glitter on occasion. I paint what I feel–in the moment–what I feel in my heart, or what I see in a vision through someone who inspires me or by listening to music.

I have a series of paintings called “Hidden,” where I hide a person’s name in my painting during the time that they inspired me. These are my best sellers so far and some of my favorites.

Cresha Fulkerson Williamson - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled StudiosMy paintings and fine art photography have been displayed in a Physician’s office in Macon and my paintings were displayed at Deep South Deli and Pub on the McDonough Square.

Art is so therapeutic. It helped me to heal after the sudden loss of my Dad in 2004. There’s something so beautiful that can come out of a broken-hearted person who has had such a life altering loss. When you begin to start healing, learning that life goes on and choose to start searching for the beauty in the world, everything changes, everything looks and feels so different, more alive and more colorful than ever, and everything starts to connect.

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Cresha Fulkerson Williamson - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

Cresha Fulkerson Williamson - Hood Street Art center resident Artist - Photo by Jessica from Beauty Unveiled Studios

Cresha Fulkerson Williamson – Photo: Beauty Unveiled Studios