ART BEAT: Tannery Row Artist Colony announces fall juried show winners

Gena Brodie Robbins earned the first-place prize for her oil painting, “First Snow.” (Special Photo)

Each year the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford conducts a juried show which is eagerly anticipated by visual arts enthusiasts in the region. This year was no exception in regard to the quality of entries, but an exception in that more artists were recognized in the “honorable mention” category.

The 2017 Fall Juried Art Exhibit opened Oct. 14 and will run through Nov. 24. The exhibition is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Tannery Row Artist Colony is located at 554 West Main Street.

More than 120 works of art are featured in the exhibition created by more than 64 individual artists. Acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, mixed media, and fiber, along with sculpture, photography and ceramics are among the media represented.

Tannery Row selected Paula Linder as this year’s juror. Lindner has served as assistant director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center since 2009 and has been a juror for various exhibitions in Georgia.

Linder selected Gena Brodie Robbins for this year’s first place prize for her oil painting, “First Snow.” The work is a depiction of Robbin’s husband, Tracy, standing in the front yard of their home with the couple’s Labrador retrievers after a memorable Georgia snowstorm in 2011.

“I remember that it was so white and quiet,” Robbins said. “But I felt as if there was a sound I could hear and feel, even though it was quiet.”

Second place was awarded to Judy Isaak for her ceramic wall installation, “We All Begin the Same.” Isaak’s artwork consists of seven round baby faces with varying expressions of disquiet or peace, as well as various skin tones, including a purple-faced baby in the middle. Isaak says the artwork was inspired by her new granddaughter, the cycle of life and how babies express themselves.

“I also wanted to demonstrate, that no matter what our skin color, we all start out the same,” Isaak said.

Third place went to George Nock for his metal sculpture, “Samburu Warrior.” The 4-foot-high piece depicts one of the semi-Nomadic people from North Central Kenya.

The unusual event of having eight honorable mentions became a happy occurrence for the eight artists chosen and indicative of the overall excellence of the art produced.

The eight artists honored for honorable mention are: Stephen Eidsen, “Path of Totality;” Margot Longreen, “Charlestown;” Kelley Turley, Dream of Reason;” K. Campbell, “The Bird Has Flown;” Elizabeth Bame, “Mountain Top;” Debra Yaun, “Turtle Dance;” Janis Hughes, “Cornucopia Totem;” and David Gentry, “Texas Wildflower 2-Step.”

Tannery Row Artist Colony is a collective of 15 visual artists who maintain studios in a visually inspiring environment of the historic tannery building in Buford.

The next exhibition will be the annual event, “An Artful Holiday,” which kicks off with an Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

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Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at

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