Visual arts

“Forest for the Trees” is Spruill’s third public art installation

Left to right: Jennifer Price, Director of Spruill Gallery, Alan Mothner, CEO of Spruill, and Alice Stone Collins, AMPLIFY winner.

More than 100 people attending the Spirits for Spruill event on October 15 witnessed the unveiling of AMPLIFY’s third annual winning public art installation, Alice Stone Collins’ “Forest for Trees”, self-described as ” contrasting energies of calm and chaos.”

Collins’ artwork, which was chosen from several dozen submissions, will be displayed on the smoking room wall of the Spruill Center for the Arts at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road next year. Previous winners have included works titled “Together We Bloom” and “Find Your Wings.”

Spruill CEO Alan Mothner called the event a huge success.

“It was a perfect fall day to unveil Alice’s engaging and provocative work, which uses the power of art to question, in this particular case, the fragile environment in which we live,” said said Mothner. “We look forward to the work being in place for the year ahead and hearing the resulting conversations.”

Collins, a Johns Creek resident who is an educator and mentor for a group called “Artist Mothers,” said the selection of her artwork was “a great honor.”

“Making this mural was a great experience,” she said. “I was inspired by the wildfires in my old home in Boulder, and now in Georgia, and how they’ve become so common that we’re starting to forget about them. I want people in Atlanta to stop and take notice when they see the mural.

Attendees enjoyed a signature drink from Chamblee’s modern art distillery called Dunwoody ’22, food from Good Foods Kitchen and entertainment from the Tyler Neal Band.

At its education center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, the center offers more than 800 visual arts classes each year to approximately 5,000 students of all ages and skill levels, including ceramics, decorative arts, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Located in a historic 1867 house on Ashford Dunwoody Road, the center gallery mounts four to six exhibitions each year in a variety of mediums, including a holiday arts market.

Dunwoody-based Farmhouse Realty was the presenting sponsor of the annual event. Other sponsors included Georgia Power, JWB Realty Services, Piedmont Bank and Regency Centers. Reporter Newspapers was the media sponsor of the event for the first year.