March 8th Art Opening at Worthmore Decatur
Art lovers, take note! Worthmore Jewelers in Decatur is hosting an art opening on March 8th featuring two of our favorite artists in Georgia: Shannon Willow and Sy Dowling. Shannon is a trained painter specializing in intricate wood paintings, while Sy creates beautiful glass blown pieces reflecting different themes in his life. Keep reading to learn more about these talented folks!
A graduate of Ball State University, Indiana, Shannon received her BFA with a double major in painting and graphic design. She worked as an artist contractor at the Indiana State Museum for five years creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional art for various exhibits. Now, Shannon works in many mediums. Her work ranges from small paintings and larger murals to intricate beadwork, jewelry, and other art pieces. She specializes in and collects Venetian glass trade beads and is currently writing an art book about these unique, historic beads.
A resident of Clarkston, GA, Shannon designed and facilitated the first public mural in Clarkston at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Indian Creek. The project engaged 50 community members in design and implementation. Known for her “Text Trees,” Shannon’s work was featured in the book Atlanta, Yesterday and Today.
Shannon is passionate about the environment and dedicates time and effort to raise awareness surrounding Earth and sustainability. She works with children, home schooling them in art, and encouraging empowerment through the creative process. With a deep love of public and community-based art, she believes in community transformation through active listening and interaction.
A native of Athens, GA, Sy first became interested in glassblowing after visiting multiple studios and galleries in New Orleans as a teenager. After completing high school he attended the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN where he learned the foundations of the craft under Curtiss Brock. A year later, Sy began working as an apprentice at the Stone Mountain Glass Shop with master glassblower Allen Bush. During his apprenticeship, Sy focused on creating functional glass blown pieces.
After two years as a glass apprentice, Sy enrolled in the sculpture program at the University of Georgia, shifting his focus from functional to conceptual works in steel, wood, cast iron, clay figure sculpture and other mixed media. In December of 2011, he completed his sculpture degree and began working full-time as Senior Glassblower at Stone Mountain where his art reflects themes from nature, his life, religion, society, and politics in mixed media. Sy feels strongly that each medium lends itself to different statements and ideas, although the images created by working with glass remains his passion.
Sy’s sculpture has been shown in juried art shows and galleries throughout the Southeast. To see more of Sy’s art, check out his Facebook page here.
Be sure to stop by Worthmore between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on March 8th for great art, drinks, and food! See you there!