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Open Studio in May
May 12 & 13, 2017 from 10-5

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November 12 5 - 9 PM
November 13 Noon - 5 PM
4 artists in a variety of media: Ceramics, Oils and Watercolors

Spring Mix - Art Exhibition at Studio Z
Saturday April 16 4-9PM Sunday April 17 noon - 4PM

Triple Treat Rescue Art Fundraiser
Thursday 12/3/15 6-9 pm
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Open Studio
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July 11 - 12, 2015
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June 20 -22, 2014
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"Canine Cellmates" STUDIO Z
A fundraiser November 3, 2013 4PM-7:30PM

ART MOB Studio Tour
Studio Z Fri Nov 15, Sat Nov 16, Sun Nov 17

An Exhibit by Two Artists and Their Facebook Friends
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Recent Exhibit September 2012

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April 2012 Event
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Studio Z April 2012

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Via Crucis Murals

Built in the late 1880’s as a cooper shop for the Standard Oil Company the Allied Factory Building at 500 Means Street NW, Atlanta GA 30318 has been converted into a live/work loft space for artists and art enthusiasts. Studio Z is the unit designated as Gallery/Commercial space.

Studio Z is the working studio of Cathy Ehrler and Kathy Rennell Forbes and it becomes the gallery space for numerous artists for exhibits throughout the year. At other times Cathy and Kathy open their studio by appointment to anyone who would like to see their most recent work and to view the permanent works. Ehrler lives in Studio A that is across the loading dock. She likes to say when she goes to work “I go from A to Z”. Forbes is a city dweller who walks to the studio each day.

Features of the studio include 2 levels, original heart of pine floors, exposed brick and heavy timber beams. There are arched center pivot windows that face north for excellent daylight. A lower level outdoor patio features a large mosaic made from bottle caps that Ehrler created and the mosaic continues to grow as the bottle caps accumulate.

The first floor features a doorway that has been embellished with metal can lids. “I love using trash to create beauty”. I expressed my feelings in my “Environmental Reverberations” series of paintings and now I apply that position to my studio and living spaces. I do not like to create trash but I enjoy creating treasures from trash and to look at waste in a different way.

The building is a treasure, too. It’s been recycled like Ehrler’s art. And it’s beauty and usefulness serves a wonderful purpose. Call and make an appointment to visit Cathy and Kathy in their studio or leave a message to get on the email list for an invitation to the next show.

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Cathy Ehrler at cathyehrler@yahoo.com
Kathy Rennell Forbes at artbykrf@mindspring.com Website:www.artbykrf.com/


Recent News: Via Crucis Murals

Beginning in 2012 the Good Friday live performance of the "Via Crucis" (Latin for Stations of the Cross) will take place inside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter.

Four large backdrop murals (8 x 12 feet) were needed to display the various scenes of Jesus' journey.

Kathy Rennell Forbes and Cathy Ehrler, parishioners of Sacred Heart, donated their time to create the scenes in collaboration with Deacon Marino Gonzalez and Father Mario Lopez. Both artists assist the deacon with the Front Door Ministries every week and when he learned they were artists, he asked if they painted murals and the talks soon began with Father Mario Lopez.

Once the idea had been set, the two artists prepared preliminary sketches that were approved. Scene 1 is the Garden of Gethsemane at sunset in a lush olive grove with rocky terrain. The next is the Courtyard scene with the high drama of the pillars and shadows. Scene 3 shows the rocky, barren "Road to Golgotha" and finally scene 4 is on "Top of Golgotha" with a dark, stormy sky. Each scene becomes more somber as it approaches the hour of Jesus' death. Deacon Marino said, "The scenes are just so beautiful and realistic, they will truly enhance the drama of the performance".

"I value Kathy's talent and hard work and we make a great team on a project this size," Ehrler says. Forbes added "We've worked as a team many times but this is the first collaboration on an actual painting." These large works required a lot of space and thanks to the high ceilings and large walls in Studio Z the project found a home. "We were up and down ladders for several weeks, we definitely got our exercise!" said Cathy.