Rani Garner to showcase 'Chattahoochee Blues' at Joseph House Art Gallery in July

June 26, 2013 

The Joseph House Art Gallery presents a "Living on the River" exhibit at the gallery this month. The artwork and pottery will highlight artists' interpretations of life along and on the Chattahoochee River.

A free and open-to-the-public reception is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (July 13) at the gallery, 828 Broadway. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. It's free and open to the public. The gallery is at 828 Broadway. For details, call 706-321-8948.

Artist Rani Garner, who will have a piece on display at the exhibit, discusses her art in this Q&A.

Job: professional independent artist

Family: Rick Garner, husband is a custom furniture maker. Son Taylor Crowe, age 22, is with the United States Air Force currently stationed in Korea. Son Daniel Crowe, age 19, is a full-time student at CSU. Stepson Patrick Garner, age 13, is a student at Richards Middle School

Background: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Arizona State University

Hometown: Phoenix Arizona

Current city: Buena Vista, Georgia

Fun fact: I'm a twin. (No, she's not an artist)

What artwork will you be showcasing at the Joseph Gallery's "Living on the River" exhibit? Large oil painting: "Chattahoochee Blues"

What mediums do you use to create your art and why did you choose them? I love to draw, but I only paint with oils now. I require the range of lights and darks possible with oil paint.

This exhibit is specific to a location. In general how do your surroundings and travels influence your work? I mostly paint landscapes, so I often paint the places to which I travel, especially coastal Florida.

Who or what inspired you to begin painting and when did you get started? Apart from family members encouraging me, though I didn't know it at the time, I now appreciate what a wonderful mentor my high school art teacher, Betty Braig, was. She was and still is a professional painter exhibiting in Scottsdale, designed her own clothes and the fabric they were made from, and treated me like an adult instead of the teenager that I was. She looked like what a creative artist should look like, and demonstrated that a person could make a career as an artist.

When you get frustrated while working on a piece, what keeps you motivated to keep going? 1. A beautiful cloud in the evening and 2. Receiving Magic Money in the mail: unexpected art income.

What are you future artistic projects and goals? I have an interesting idea for a large public mural for the City of Columbus that I would like to create, but I am waiting until there is a need for such a project as well as a percent-for-art policy in our area.

What advice would you share with young adults who are interested in pursuing a career as an artist? I would advise them to learn to draw well while they're in school and before they start painting. And down the road, marry someone with access to group health insurance, not another artist!

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