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Arts Beacon

Arts Beacon is dedicated to providing exceptional art education for our students and career advancement and opportunities for our resident artists.

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Arts Beacon Mission

We strive to be a beacon in our community with exceptional art education, inspiring exhibitions and to provide supportive environment for our resident artists. Arts Beacon's team is made up of resident artists. Our resident artists learn, teach, exhibit, curate and critique together. We share our collective knowledge with each other so we can improve our art practice, guide our students and inspire our community. Our foundational teaching philosophy is to develop creative thinking while teaching students to develop a rich visual aesthetic.

New 2022-2023 Classes

Learn more about our 2022-2023 Class offerings. We are excited to offer lessons in person with several new instructors.

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2022-2023 Semester Dates

Fall 2022

August 16th-December 18th

Winter/ Spring 2023

January 9th-May 13th 2023

Summer 2023

May 30th- July 31st

Breaks

Fall- October 10th-16th and November 21st-27th 2022

Winter- December 18th 2022-January 8th 2023

Mid-Winter Break - February 20-26th

Spring - April 1st-April 9th 2023

Summer- July 1st-8th 2023

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Kids Classes

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Teens Classes

Lessons available in person

Adult Classes

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Resident Teaching Artists

Arts Beacon's team is made up of resident artists. Our resident artists learn, teach, exhibit, curate and critique together. We share our collective knowledge with each other so we can improve our art practice, guide our students and inspire our community. Our foundational teaching philosophy is to develop creative thinking while teaching students to develop a rich visual aesthetic.

Our next opening for resident artists will be January 1st 2023. Our gallery is a dedicated space for our resident artists to show and sell their work. All resident artists have the opportunity to teach classes or workshops. We have regular openings and events to promote our residents and expand our community. We are open to any type of artists working in any media but we would love to expand our media specialties into Photographers, Printmakers, Clay artists, and Jewelry artists.

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Learn more about our current artists below.

Jena Dost

Jena is the owner/ director of Arts Beacon Studio and co-founder of Arts Beacon Gallery. She holds a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA in Sculpture and Drawing from Queens College CUNY. She is the director of the studio program and lead instructor for the teen, adult program. She also founded the resident artist program and the FIRE critique group. Jena's specialty is in portfolio development, artist mentoring, observational drawing, figure drawing and handbuilt ceramic relief, sculpture and functional ware.

Group classes, Private and Semi Private Lessons available Tuesdays-Fridays.

Jena's art is always on view and available at the gallery.

See Jena's work at jenadost.com

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Erin Drakeford

Erin Drakford is co-founder and curator for the Arts Beacon Gallery and is our social media guru. She is a painter of vivid, colorful figures and the emotional complexities they mask. She is also a Mint Studio Artist.

See Erin's work at www.erindrakeford.com

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Karissa In Creation

Karissa is a Georgia native with a focus on recycling found materials into new artworks. She is skilled in painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, wood works, metal works, drawing, assemblage, mixed media and jewelry making. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. 

When not teaching children in her community at Arts Beacon and Panorama Oaks Day Studio, her focus is building new pathways to self-expression through experimental creative processes in ceramics, sculpture and painting. Her personal work is focused on trauma and healing, spiritual inclinations and patterns as they relate to everyday life. Karissa’s work is both reactionary and visionary in the response to the world around her.

Katie Lebel

Katie is the leader of the kids art program and the photography program. She specializes in fun, wonkey and whimsical art including ceramics, silk paintings, and drawing. She offers multi media private and semi private lessons and small pod group classes to our artists 12 and under and photography for teens.

Lessons Available Tuesdays-Saturdays

See Katie's work at katielebel.com

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Erin Wicker

Erin Wicker (erin T great) is an Arts Beacon Gallery co-founder and curator, administrator, and an artist/illustrator/muralist. There is a whimsical element to Erin’s work. She often incorporates natural found materials juxtaposed with bold colors and patterns. Erin has illustrated 3 children’s books and 1 not so children’s book. Her art has been featured on television (Extreme Makover: Home Edition 2010) and film.

See Erin's work at www.erintgreat.com

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Eve Brown

Eve Brown is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are inspired by psychology, the yogic path, Buddhist thought, negative space, non-binary nature, anti-ableism, resisting capitalist structures, play and impressionist painters. Brown’s experience of chronic illness has impacted and inspired their work, especially provoking thought around what it means to be an artist outside of capitalist modes of production and the ableist expectations placed on artists to produce. Brown’s current project explores the paradoxical necessity and tension of the extension of self via social media as a chronically ill human. 

Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College where they studied painting, sculpture, poetry and digital media. Brown also received the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship to study at the Yale/Norfolk Summer Painting Program. Eve has shown work at the Gadsden Museum of Art where their solo show Life is Like Unpeeling an Onion opened. They have also shown work at South River Art Studios where their collaborative show with Rebecca Rodriguez SHOW/ NAME opened.

*Eve uses Eve instead of most pronouns, though they and she are used at times in this bio

Larissa McPherson

Larissa is a metalsmith, watercolor artist, and Artist in Residence at Arts Beacon. Having a Psychology degree from UWG with a minor in Studio Art, her work often reflects her personal/internal/spiritual experiences. She takes inspiration from her faith and upbringing and, recently, incorporating organic elements found in nature into her work. Her primary focus is metalworking to create unique jewelry, and she is exploring sculpture as well. As a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, she is a studio monitor and student continuing to learn new techniques to improve her metal art.

You can see Larissa's work here.

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Jeremy Dost

Jeremy Dost is an artist and technology lover. He is an oil painter of expressive figures and landscapes when he isn't being our technology expert, web designer and developer. Jeremy also designed our rockin sunburst logo.

Jeremy's art is always on view and available at the gallery.

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