He Stopped and Turned
Hailing from Willis, Va., artist Charlie Brouwer has been creating art since 1968. His work ranges from small indoor gallery pieces to large outdoor sculptures, like He Turned and Stopped. Brouwer says his wood sculptures are search for meaning, truth and beauty, and he draws on experiences, beliefs and feelings to produce his pieces. "... I re-experience life through art by looking for evidence of beauty, truth, goodness, honesty, mercy, hope and generosity. Brouwer likes to push the boundaries of public art. He has worn a backpack sculpture to a public art conference and made book sculptures for a library to shelve and check out.
Teak Bench Watcher
Tennessee artist Jim Collins' sculpture style uses silhouette figures constructed of stainless steel, brass and painted steel. The diagonal lines are a technique he uses to set up a visual tension for the viewer. Seeing the lines causes one to respond in much the same way as they do upon seeing a warning sign and barricade along the road way. With the diagonal there is a sense of activity or impending motion that is absent in compositions with horizontal or vertical lines.
The work of Suwanee, Ga.-based Gregory Johnson whose works suggest the pathways of liefe, the forces of nature or emotions of humanity. He says that for his modern works, his starting point is a circle. "As a thematic symbol, [the circle] reaches out to me with a cleanliness of shape, present in our everyday life, and the fact that it has no corners - just one beautiful line with no beginning, middle or end. The circle is an incredible spiritual shape that invites interpretation. I use the entire circle, whole and complete, contrast it with segments of the circle, or shapes that have circle segments."
Jennifer Garrett, a resident of Gainsville, Fla., is the artist behind Thrive. Her sculpture is constructed of both stainless and mild steel with a white, high-gloss powder coat finish. The four forms convey a sense of family relationships and can be placed in a variety of locations and configurations, with each installation conveying different family dynamics. The high-gloss finish with neutral white coating enhances the streamlined and exacting form and reflects the environment in which it is installed. Garrett uses her interest in biology in her art, using the forms and logic of biology to express the illogical, dynamic relationships between people. The forms are constructed through an architectural approach, working with lines and planes to create volumetric forms.
Gregory Johnson, moderngj.com
Location: Johns Creek Walk
Splash is one of two works on display from Gregory Johnson, a Suwanee, Ga.-based artist who has, for the past 50 years, focused on figurative themes cast in stainless steel. With these works, Johnson says he chose not to focus on things we can see or are familiar with, such as a person. Rather, "I chose to depict elements we people feel, but cannot necessarily touch or quantify. The warmth of the sun, the secure and loving feeling of a Family, the strength of nature; these are just a few of the elements I'm touching on."
Adam Walls, of Hope Mills, N.C., says this 400-pound painted steel sculpture "is part of a series that concerns my escapist thoughts which began in my childhood. Many of these ideas and fantasies sprung forth from the comics, toys, and cartoons I was fond of as a young boy. Admittedly, I am still very fond of them as an adult!"
Walls is both an artist and an art educator who has taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 2007.
Detroit native Ray Katz, says his abstract sculptures "allude to an evolutionary process that [he] associates with the evolution of life experiences that we all commonly share. Striving for visual balance and the implied energy of a compositional organization become an evolutionary process that I associate with the evolution of life experiences that we all commonly share." His art has been exhibited in Japan, France, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and throughout southern and western Michigan.
Katz currently teaches, sculpture, drawing and design at the Auburn Hills, Mich. campus of Oakland Community College, where he serves as Professor of Art.
Johns Creek Beautification, Inc. is proud to introduce ArtSpot, a juried outdoor public art initiative to promote art in public spaces throughout the city of Johns Creek, Georgia. This initial display of visual images placed around the city is an exciting first step in developing a public art program aimed at enhancing culture and community identity.
ArtSpot will feature an annual rotating display of sculptures funded through state and regional grants and private donations. ArtSpot's goals include expanding visual arts to varying media, creating sculpture walks, and purchasing/commissioning of permanent works to be donated to the city.
Johns Creek Beautification, Inc. issued a national call for art in July to established sculpture artists, art institutions and professional organizations. Submissions are judged by our Public Art Committee, and will comply with the Community Standards established by the Leadership Johns Creek Public Art Master Plan adopted by the Johns Creek City Council. The sculptures are intended to be installed in select locations, including right of way, public parks and roundabouts beginning in November 2015 and will be displayed for a period of one year.
The City of Johns Creek Public Art Board will be conducting a public hearing on September 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, for the purpose of reviewing the initial submissions for recommendation to the City Council for final action on October 26, 2015.
In addition, ArtSpot will be conducting a Kickstarter fundraising campaign from September 26, 2015 through October 18, 2015 with the goal of purchasing the first permanent sculpture and to generate public awareness and engagement in this new initiative.
For complete information or to become a member or to donate, visit our website:
Johns Creek Beautification, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization was formed for the specific purpose of providing median and right of way landscape enhancement, public works of art and historic preservation, thus, adding to the visual and physical comfort while sustaining property values for the residents and businesses within the City of Johns Creek, Georgia.
- Within the guidelines of The Public Art Master Plan Community Standards.
- Appropriate for outdoor installation and must be constructed from materials able to withstand adverse weather;
- Able to be bolted to a cement pad;
- Take public safety into account / be able to withstand touching or other physical contact by the public;
- And low maintenance for the duration of the exhibition.
- All contact information including artist name, phone, email, address and web address.
- A professional resume with examples of other monumental work.
- Submit the title along with a short artist statement that includes their interpretation of their piece. Please provide dimensions, materials, year created, estimated value, footing requirements, bolt patterns and method of installation for each piece of work.
- Submit photographs of the work, JPG 72 dpi, 1000x1000 pixels or TIFF 300 dpi 4x8. Maximum of 4 photos per piece. Since works will be judged from unaltered photos, multiple angles are encouraged.
MISSION: ArtSpot is the public art subcommittee of Johns Creek Beautification (JCB) and is dedicated to the use of art in public outdoor places as a means to strengthen and enrich the identity and culture of the City of Johns Creek community
PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN: The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, through its Leadership Class, and JCB created a public art plan for consideration by the City. The document was approved by the Mayor and City Council in April 2013 and established the general criteria for public art, locations, and process of approvals. As part of this approval, the associated ordinances were revised to enable the implementation of the community’s long-awaited vision.
APPROACH: Working in tandem with the City of Johns Creek , JCB plans to actively work to implement our public art initiative, ArtSpot. It is envisioned that with multiple locations available in parks and on rights-of-way throughout the city, JCB would issue a call to artist to submit public art pieces for consideration based upon the final agreed locations. JCB would lead the fundraising efforts with a final goal of purchasing at least one of the pieces of public art for the community per year.
COMING SOON: The second call for art will be out in late summer/early fall 2016. The dates of the exhibition will be from April 2017 to March 2018.