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Wonders: Art Exhibition

December 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WONDERSCards Front small Wonders: Art Exhibition

Stephen Smith Fine Art Proudly Presents:


Wonders is a group exhibition featuring 9 nationally and internationally prominent, contemporary artists who create works that inspire a sense of calm and sublime.

Opening Reception: Dec 3rd. 5pm-8pm

Exhibition on Display through Jan. 2 2022

5104 Gary, Ave., Fairfield, AL 35064

(205) 305-1451


Artists include:

Dan Addington
Chad Awalt
C. Dawn Davis
Margaret Dyer
Gerard Erley
Scott French
Susan Hall
R. John Ichter
Gwen Wong

Exhibition curated by Laura Nadell

Dan Addington lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA in painting from Illinois State University, a Masters in Art and Art History from Arkansas State University, and a BA with a double major in art and theater from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.

His work has been exhibited in over 50 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group exhibitions across the US. These include solo exhibitions at The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, Aliya|Linstrum Gallery in Atlanta, Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, and Oglvie/Pertl in Chicago. In Chicago, Dan’s work has been shown at Gwenda Jay Gallery, Struve Gallery, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Lineage Gallery, Evan Glasman Gallery, 33 Contemporary, The Contemporary Art Workshop, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Beverly Art Center, The Bridgeport Art Center, The Zhou B Art Center, The Greenview Art Center, The Arlington Heights Art Center, The Riverside Art Center, The Highland Park Art Center, The Evanston Art Center, The Park Forest Tall Grass Art Center, Concordia University, the University of Chicago, Judson University, the Loyola Medical Center, and Artchicago.

Addington is the owner and director of Addington Gallery in Chicago.


Chad Awalt was introduced to woodcarving at an early age by his grandfather, and his creativity was sparked by growing up with an artistic family. He studied Anatomy at the University of Colorado and has spent the last thirty years continually studying and expanding his knowledge of classical design and traditional art. His abilities range from classical woodcarving to traditional oil painting, with a specialty of rendering the human figure. The designs of the wood sculptures are executed from a single piece of wood that starts as a full log, sometimes weighing up to 800 pounds. Using his tools as sculpting instruments, most of the wood is removed to reveal the figure, or shape beneath. Each piece is dried in a kiln to insure stability of the medium before finishing. Awalt’s work provides a unique perspective on the human form and nature by using materials that continually surprises and delights audiences. His sculptures alternate between full and hollow shapes that define volume with the use of positive and negative space. His work emanates a unique expression of the human form that allows the viewer to experience the beauty and energy that inhabits our lives. For the last 20 years, Awalt has shown in galleries and exhibitions across the country. His work is found in private and corporate collections, ranging from Usher to Disney. He does numerous gallery and juried shows every year and has participated in multiple museum exhibitions and collections.


C. Dawn Davis paints haunting and beautiful paintings that reflect a gothic and surrealistic aesthetic. Through masterful craftsmanship, Davis depicts wolds of dreams and wonder.


Margaret Dyer is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, in the Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Dyer’s work has appeared in The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Artist International in addition to having been awarded Best of Show at the American Impressionist Society Associate Members Exhibition, Best of Show at the SE Pastel Society International, Oglethorpe Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, Best of Show, International Association of Pastel Societies Online Exhibition, Best of Show, Southeastern Pastel Society, Gainesville, GA, among numerous others.

Dyer’s work has been exhibited at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA, Hudson Valley Art Association, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, the Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA, La Bonne Etoile, Fontaine-Fourches, France, the International Association of Pastel Societies Instructor Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, and many other museums and galleries around the wold including a number of solo exhibitions.


Gerard Erley earned a Master of Science in Painting from Illinois State University in 1992. He has participated in many group exhibitions and has had solo shows at Skyward, Venue Fine Art, Bloomington, IN, A. Gridley Antiques, Bloomington, IL, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, Beaufort, SC, Carolina Gallery, Spartanburg, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL, City Art Gallery, Columbia, SC, Eureka College, Burgess Gallery, Eureka, IL, Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery, DeKalb, IL, Brio Gallery, Galena, IL, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL, Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro, GA, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL, Long View Gallery, Washington, D.C., Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL, Fran Hanson Discovery Center, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston, SC, Blue Ridge Arts Center, Seneca, SC, Red Door Gallery, Anderson, SC, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC, Masterguild Gallery, Punta Gorda, FL, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur, IL, Ströblen Gallerie, Springfield, IL, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, IL, Chicago Street Gallery, Lincoln, IL, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, Up Front Gallery, Bloomington, IL, Springfield College in Illinois, Springfield, IL, State Street Gallery, Jacksonville, IL, Gallery, Bloomington, IL, and Mobil Art Gallery, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL.


Scott French’s paintings explore different levels of the human condition and the inescapable aspects of being an individual. Creating a visual language through color and expressive brushstroke, my narrative is invoked through three different bodies of work addressing the divergent aspects of emotions collectively. He has exhibited at Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL, Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL, ArtSource Fine Art, Raleigh, NC, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Two Moon Gallery, Nashville, TN, Agnes Scott University, Decatur, GA , Cherrylion Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Dogwood City Art Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC, Ethridge Center University South Carolina, Aiken, SC, and Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2008.


Susan Hall has a BA from Connecticut College and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Georgia. Her work can be found in the collections of St. Regis Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Merle West Medical Center, Klamath Falls, OR, Mie Tower Condominium, Miami Beach, FL, Sandvik Publishing Ltd., Stavanger, Norway, Deloitte & Touche, Chicago, IL, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds, Atlanta, GA, and David Sutherland, Sutherland Inc., Dallas. TX.

Hall’s work has been exhibited extensively and featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Art Papers, among others. She received an Individual Artist Professional Development Grant from the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, First Prize, in the Inspiration Corporation Juried Show, Jurors Carrie Secrist and Peter Mars, Chicago, IL, Best in Show, Animal Images Show, Juror Ed Paschke, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago, Purchase Award, Parkside National Print Exhibition, Kenosha, WI, along with being a Fellow at the The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Sweetbriar, VA 1993 and Fellow at the The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, and receiving an Individual Artist Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Atlanta, GA.


R. John Ichter received a BA for West Georgia College in 1982 with special studies in watercolor under Bruce Bobick. His work can be found in the corporate collections of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Atlanta, main lobby, Coca-Cola Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Renown Hospital, Reno Nevada, Alembik and Alembik Attorneys at Law Armstrong State College, Permanent Collection Anderson Consulting Arthur Andersen & Co., Brock Control Systems, Inc., Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, Permanent Collection Doubletree Inns Emcol, Ltd., Federal Reserve Bank of the United States of America, Heller Financial Henry County Hospital, Hospital Corporation of America, Keenan and Ashman Attorneys at Law, Kerns and Company, Methodist Hospital Foundation, Nations Bank, Peachtree Diagnostic Center at Piedmont Hospital, Subway Sandwich, Inc., West Georgia College, Permanent Collection, the Yellow Bird Farm, in addition to many private collections. Ichter’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States.


Gwen Wong is a contemporary painter who uses a combination of indirect painting and wet-on-wet techniques. By blending these techniques, She adds a bold color (wet-on-wet) as well as create depth of layers that can only be achieved through glazing. Awards and publications include the Moth Art and Literature magazine, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Art Galleries & Artists of the South,, Area Zinc Art Magazine, Three Women, New Works at Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Creative Loafing, and best Illustration of 2001 Communications Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Agnes Scott University, Decatur, GA, University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC, Pizer Fine Art, Raleigh, NC, Linstrum + Matre Artworks, Atlanta, GA, Aliya-Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Dogwood City Art Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA, the Ethridge Center University South Carolina, Aiken, SC, Merge Quinlan Fine Art, Gainsville, GA, among others.





December 3, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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