October 2021

October 2021 Happenings

  • Flicker is doing their annual group show for Halloween, on view at the bar all October. As usual, the show represents an impressive lineup of artists and this year includes the first ever showing by Jeff Rapier.
  • Our Lady of Prints and Kim Deakins have teamed up to raise money for the Lyndon House Arts Foundation—you can buy your 12x15 inch print online starting Monday the 4th at noon.
  • James Greer has hung an impressive collection of detailed drawings, “towards the Crooked and the Dim” at tiny ATH gallery, on view though October. 
  • Hannah Betzel was chosen by Higgins to be one of 10 artists featured for Inktober!
  • ATHICA is celebrating 20 years and wants to continue to support artists in a permanent home. They’re about a third of the way to reaching their Kickstarter goal which, with matching grants, will help them buy their building.
  • Serra and the team at Indie South are now taking booth applications for Holiday Hooray, Athens’ largest makers market. Deadline to apply is 10/15, and we’re betting this outdoor event at Bishop Park will be the best for artists yet.
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René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker is a contemporary artist focused on silk painting. Born in New York City, she maintains studios in Athens, GA, USA and Aubusson, France. Spanning four decades and embracing a variety of mediums, her artwork highlights a sense of place while capturing the ways spaces work together and how people inhabit and interact with those spaces. Architecture and public places are often highlighted in her work.

René received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia (UGA), building a career of painting with dyes to create flowing, colorful work on radiant silk glowing with light. After retiring from her profession as a university librarian at UGA, René continued refining her art and sharing her techniques while discovering new ways to describe the world we collectively share.

Exhibiting in solo and group shows internationally, Shoemaker delights in exploring our everyday experiences through color and line. René has exhibited in museums in Georgia, Mississippi, and Paris and in galleries and public spaces in Georgia, New York, the UK, and France. Her solo exhibitions include museums in Georgia and Mississippi, where her work is held in permanent collections. Shoemaker was awarded the Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in Georgia, and 2024 exhibits are now scheduled in San Francisco, and Paris, and she will lead workshops in Athens, GA, San Francisco, CA and in a castle in southwest France.