THE EPIPHANY GALLERY
Our Gallery provides a space for emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their work through monthly exhibits. If you are an artist or want to recommend someone to show in our gallery, please contact our curator.
Liefy Smith, Curator
EPIPHANY'S ART MINISTRY PRESENTS...
Stained Glass by Margery Kellar for the month of May
Sunday mornings following the 10 a.m. service.
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.
Payment - Make checks out directly to the artist. No cash please.
Remember - 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a life-long Lutheran, born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My childhood was exceptional: my parents were very together. I have one sister, four years older. I received my BS in Art Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Summers were spent at Camp Watervliet for Girls in SW Michigan, teaching sailing and directing the CIT Program. Following graduation, I moved to Chicago where I taught, and then directed a youth center (CYC at Armitage and Sheffield). After four years, I moved to Van Wert, Ohio, where I was a resident counselor at Starr Commonwealth for Boys (a residential treatment center for juvenile delinquents using Positive Peer Culture). Being snowed in for eleven days the winter of ’78 convinced me to finally move south. I moved to Atlanta in 1979 and started working for Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services. I met my husband, Bob, when he migrated south from Chicago in 1981. We had Adam Robert in ’86, Leyla Igrayne in ’90, and Olivia Anne in ’93. Bob died in 1998 after a grueling two-year struggle with cancer and the effects of radiation therapy.
While raising my children, I continued to work for Fulton County DFACS in the Adult Protective Services program. I was a Girl Scout leader and active in the service unit. I was a certified Ombudsman. I am active in the Women of the ELCA, serving as Secretary for the Southeastern Synod for several years. I attended the Resource Realizations Academy and became certified as a Performance Coach and a Family Coach.
I retired from Fulton County DFACS in 2004, and then worked for the Georgia State Division of Aging Services until 2011. During that time, St. Matthew’s merged with St. Michael’s and became Living Grace, moving to a brand-new structure in Tucker, GA. When St. Matthew’s was demolished, I was inspired by the rubble of colored glass to learn the craft of creating stained glass window art, which is my current passion. I am a teaching assistant at Spruill Center for the Arts in Beginning and Intermediate Stained Glass. I participate in at least three shows per year: Stone Mountain Highland Games (October), Central Florida Scottish Highland Games (January), and Apple Annie’s Craft Fair (December). I create original stained glass window art, contract some commissioned work, and I do repairs. I am currently the President of the Atlanta Glass Art Guild, which has given me a better understanding of the many ways glass is used in art.
I was honored to have my work on display at Epiphany back in 2019 and then commissioned to make the cross hanging in the Chapel (framed by Bill Graves).
I have visited all 50 states and have traveled to Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau and the United Kingdom.
Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. Please make checks out to the artist.
ABOUT THE ART MINISTRY
The Art Ministry is about providing emerging artists a venue to showcase their work through monthly exhibits in our gallery. Over the years, we have exhibited many parishioners work including painting, photography and mixed media, as well as work by many other local artists. God’s bounty of creation is shared through these diverse and changing exhibits that also include art from Emmaus House and Holy Comforter, art related to the church calendar and visual supports for Adult Education programs. In the case of diocesan groups, they benefit by receiving 100% of any sales. By exhibiting their creative work, other artists receive more exposure and opportunity for sales. Our parish benefits by having interesting work that enhances our space and by retaining 25% of any sales.
The work of the ministry includes:
finding and scheduling the artists
installing their work in our gallery
introducing the artist through articles in The Epiphany Star
accounting of sales.
At the end of each calendar year, annual profits are distributed toward needs (mostly with a visual component) in the parish as determined by the committee and the Rector. In the past Art Ministry profits have gone to Vacation Bible School, Outreach, new vestments for our clergy and a wireless microphone system for the church.