Currently on Exhibit:

Michael Stodgell

Fitness, Outdoor Adventures, Photography

As a boy my father had me out early in the morning fishing and then later I was in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and learned to love nature and being outside. As I got older I got involved in Whitewater canoeing, hiking, all kinds of fishing, skiing, paddle boarding, camping and more. My outdoor activities were at beautiful places at beautiful times. I decided that other people might like to see the things I see so I started taking pictures. I was surprised and encouraged to find out that lots of people liked my pictures so I got a better camera and continued!

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On my creative journey I have taken many roads. The primary interest here and the major one is with the sculpture-relief work. In the sixties, I first discovered working in clay but did not take it up again until after I had children and enrolled at a community clay class. There the work was on hand built clay pieces. My first ones were not very good.

The instructor took us to a lot of galleries where I discovered the artist Stranton. She made relief tiles for major buildings around the country. The idea came to me to use my painting experience I had always done since a child and combine the clay into a sculpture-relief picture. The way I would create places in nature I loved and had been or wanted to see.

I grew up in a creative atmosphere. My mother was extremely creative in many areas and would take me to the theater, movies, museums, and THE LIBRARY was like our next door neighbor. Books were an important part of my life. My poetry is part of the story as well.

Fiber necklace creations came about after meeting a fellow artist at an art fair. We went to a weaving shop that sold looms and yarn. We found this beautiful multi-colored silk fiber an instantly we knew what was going to happen. It took a lot of experimenting but that is what art is all about. We did art shows together for many years with the necklaces.

Inspiration Birds started in my childhood, an interesting story. Much later working in clay I made the birds for friends and family as gifts. I put a small note of inspiration on their nests. Later included them in Cartersville at Pottery Lane and Spring Place Pottery with some of my poetry as well.

The idea for the Inspiration Birds was to share an encouraging saying. Unlike cards, the birds could remain on a desk or shelf instead of a card tucked away. It was a reminder that they are being thought about everyday by the person who had given them as a gift. As any creative person knows, there are lots of stories about the work we all do. There is a long list of trials and errors along with creating new pieces in the learning process.


Highlights from the Past:

The Cartersville Public Library has been very fortunate to host so many fabulous local and Georgia artists since 2005. Bartow native, Walt Floyd, was the first artist to exhibit in the Gallery - just in time for the grand opening of our new facility.