One of the area's most successful galleries is tucked away in Peachtree Corners at 5933 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Founded in the early 1980's by Robert and Pat Harris, DE Fine Art exclusively represents over 30 European artists and provides a bridge between European artists and those who seek original artwork.
The list of DE Fine Art's artists include such distinguished names as Spain's Alvar, and each month the gallery features a different exhibition focusing on one of their distinguished artists. Upcoming events include "Valencian Summers" from Wednesday to Aug. 31 and "French Inspirations" from Sept. 5 to 28.
All of the artwork at DE Fine Art is representational, meaning it is not abstract.
"When people visit us, they can experience a beautiful gallery filled with representational art by some of today's leading international artists," said gallery representative Stephanie Hunt."From realism to impressionism, cubism to fauvism, our collection inspires all."
The artist Alvar is especially noteworthy. Alvar, born in a Catalan fishing village in Spain in 1935, has found success and great popularity internationally. His work has been featured in 19 museums worldwide. In Georgia, his work has been seen in the Albany Museum of Art in Albany and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. His latest works were added to the Biblical Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas.
DE Fine Art is actually one of two galleries owned by the Harris family. Both galleries feature work from a portfolio of international artists.
"We opened originally just off of 285 and moved to the Peachtree Corners area in the mid-2000's," Hunt said."The Peachtree Corners space is much larger than the previous location and offers visitors the ability toview much more art than before.The Buckhead gallery opened in 2009 as a way forpatrons inside 285 to enjoy our portfolio artists without having to make the drive outside the city."
The Buckhead gallery is named R. Alexander Gallery and is located at 309 East Paces Ferry Road, Suite 105 in Atlanta.
The "Valencian Summers" exhibition will feature work by acclaimed Spanish artist Giner Bueno. Viewers of Giner Bueno's canvases are presented with a wonderfully unique look at Spanish coastal life. His plein air paintings reflect a vast variety of subjects such as images of everyday working class fishermen, peaceful seascapes and women wearing traditional dresses keeping a watchful eye on the children at the beach or at market.
"French Inspirations" features the works of French artist Monika Meunier. Meunier's work presents collectors with idealized versions of the beautiful region which surrounds her studio. She brings her landscapes to life with scenes in which the sun is always shining and the flowers always in bloom. Meunier uses only oil paints and carefully applies them to canvas with her palette knife. She has a distinctive style that presents landscapes in sweeping texture and vibrant colors.
DE Fine Art is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries both accept private consultations on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more, visit at www.de-fineart.com or call 770-300-9733.
Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at email@example.com.