Special to the Citizen
Allied Arts is hosting Lisa wheeler’s first solo art exhibition at the John Marlor House, 201 N. Wayne Street in Milledgeville, Georgia. The opening reception for “Peaceful Nature” will be Sunday, February 28 from 1:00-3:00 PM. This photographic collection of tranquil moments will be on display until March 25, 2016.
Award winning photographer, Lisa Wheeler, is a self-taught artist who grew up in Atlanta taking after-school and summer art classes at Chastain Park, Callanwolde, and the Art Institute of Atlanta. She continues to experiment in various media. Photography became her favorite form of expression in 2003, when she received her first digital camera. Her prime focus is nature photography. She enjoys spending time outdoors, so seeing nature through the viewfinder has helped her slow down and notice the little things. Macro photography, especially of flowers, is her first love. However, she continues to expand her horizons thanks to the inspiration and encouragement received from other artists. Lisa remarks, “I hope by sharing my point of view it will help others to look at things differently, too.”
Lisa began doing her own archival printing and joined Athens Photography Guild in 2008. Her career in fine art photography began the next year when “Cane-Cicles” was accepted in the 34th Lyndon House Juried Exhibition. Later she learned what an achievement this was. In 2010 she won Best in Show in Madison’s “Georgia in Bloom” Exhibit with “White Water Lily 1” which was unusual for the times. In many circles photography was hardly considered fine art. Even some film photographers scorned digital photography …especially if the image was altered in any way.
Madison artist, Peter Muzyka invited Lisa to join the Abandoned Rural America project in 2012 for the exhibit at Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead, GA. Since then the group has travelled Georgia with exhibitions in Sautee, Monroe, Greensboro, Eatonton, Madison, Bostwick, Rutledge and Crawford. The current show is in Wetumpka, Alabama at the Kelly Fitzgerald Memorial Gallery through April 22nd. The Lyndon House Museum in Athens will host ARA’s 5th Anniversary Exhibition from August to October this year.
Last summer Lisa was honored when “Georgia Cotton Field” was selected to hang in the Washington, D.C. offices of Georgia Senator David Perdue. In 2013, twenty-nine of her images were chosen for display in the newly built St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, Georgia. During her short career she has earned awards in many juried shows. In 2015, “Shelling Shed” won 1st place in Photography at the “Oconee Artists Exhibition XXXIII” in the spring. Then, in the winter she took 1st place with “Dock at Dawn” in “The Big Click.”
“Every award is special to me. The merit awards and honorable mentions are as important as the paying awards because it tells me that the judges were moved by my work. This recognition from them, patrons and other artists encourages me to continue along this path.”
“It’s been said that photography is painting with light. By studying and often times waiting (and waiting) for the right light to capture my vision I find I can create interest in most any subject. I am drawn to scenes and subjects with patterns, rhythm and flow. I hope you feel that when viewing my images. I want to hold your attention. Leading lines, patterns, rhythm in the colors and tones create the flow that keeps your eye moving around always finding something new to absorb.”
Lisa and her husband Lewis raise beef cattle on their farm in Greene County, Georgia. See more of Lisa’s work at Madison Artists Gallery and at Festival Hall and Bank South in Greensboro. For details on the exhibit visit www.milledgevillealliedarts.com. You may contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the Abandoned Rural America project at www.abandonedruralamerica.com.