Known for her landscapes that beautifully capture light, career artist Rani Garner produces works that are cherished by collectors. Her paintings often show soft sunlight filtering through leaves, setting over shores, and streaming through windows. These are mainly inspired by early morning walks and her travels to places such as the Gulf Coast and other areas in coastal Florida.
Though she enjoys drawing, Garner’s current artworks are oils on canvas, as oil paints enable her to use a wider range of lights and darks. Aside from her celebrated landscapes, she also produces still life, seascapes, and interiors. She cites Dr. Seuss and her high school art teacher as her top influences.
Garner’s works are represented in galleries throughout Georgia and Florida, and her collections are also housed in various parts of the country such as Arizona, North Carolina, and Washington DC. The prolific painter has won art awards in several states as well.
Garner grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, in a desert environment which she feels has added to her appreciation of trees. In the late 1960s, her father created “The Guggenhead Museum of Awfully Modern Art”, a touring collection of satirical art pieces, and this allowed her to travel with her family around the country. She went on to attend Arizona State University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with highest honors. She started painting professionally in 1989.
Today, Garner lives in Buena Vista, Georgia with her husband Rick, a custom furniture maker. They have three children.
A lot of movies require the visual magic of scenic artists to provide the perfect backdrops and settings for their scenes. William Armstrong is one such artist that has made a mark in his field. Having created numerous movie sets, he has worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Woody Allen, and is considered a leading figure in scenic art.
Armstrong is an accomplished artist in various mediums: he can draw with pen or pencil; paint with oil, watercolors, or acrylic; and sculpt on wood, among many other skills. He particularly enjoys doing watercolors on location in the Savannah outdoors, inspired by the watercolor landscapes of John Singer Sargent.
In addition to being diverse, Armstrong’s works, especially his paintings of coastal environments, are described as luminous. Most of them are exhibited in his Savannah residence, which has been named a National Certified Historic Property. They are also represented in the Charles II Art Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Armstrong’s first painting jobs involved creating signs for butcher shops when he was 14, in his native Newark, New Jersey. He attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, and afterwards worked on movie sets. Among his projects was the 2000 movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, which brought him to Savannah. Since then, he has settled in this Georgia city with his wife Monique.
Pam Walcotts main focus is fusing glass jewelry although she has dabbled in many forms of mixed media. Pam is the Physical Therapist at the Northeast Georgia Medical Rehabilitation Institute located in Cleveland. Walcott took her first fused glass class in 2006, fell in love with the finished product and has continued expanding her technique by continuing to take workshop from other glass artists. Pam says, I enjoy my full time job, but find the fused glass is a nice creative outlet that challenges my right brain.
The museum is also, since 1982, the official state museum of art. It opened on UGAs North Campus in 1948, in a building that now houses the university presidents office, then moved to the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGAs East Campus in 1996. Recently, it completed an extensive expansion and remodeling of its building, paid for entirely with externally raised funds, that has allowed it to display its permanent collection continually. The museum offers programming for patrons of all ages, from child to senior citizen, as well as free admission to the public for all exhibitions. It organizes its own exhibitions in-house, creates traveling exhibitions for other museums and galleries and plays host to traveling exhibitions from around the country and the globe. The museum strives, most of all, to fulfill the legacy of its founder, Alfred Heber Holbrook, and provide art for everyone, removing barriers to accessibility and seeking to foster an open, educational and inspiring environment for students, scholars and the general public.
Georgias State Art Collection is an extensive, vibrant chronicle of work created by Georgia artists from the 1970s to the 1990s. Each piece in the collection was juried by a panel of experts. The Collection is a state asset that serves as an educational tool, preserves the states artistic heritage and disseminates knowledge about the art and artists of Georgia. Select images from the Collection are included on each page of Georgia Council for the Arts website