Journel ThomasNative to Appalachia, Journel was born into a family that valued hard work, self-sufficiency and hand...
Elizabeth Ann Garlington
Elizabeth Garlington Art
As the first-born child of a very Southern, old Atlanta family, Elizabeth Garlington grew up surrounded by artists in a home filled with all forms of creative activity. “The house I lived in was filled with hand puppets with exquisite renaissance faces, photographs of stark reality and true meaning, classical music at full pitch, reams of paper everywhere full of fine drawings, sculptures on turntables covered with damp rags to keep them moist, malleable buckets of dank smelling clay, and paintings on easels,” recounts Garlington, who claims that artistic talent is in her blood, inherited from her mother and grandmothers. After receiving a B.S.Ed. in Art Education from The University of Georgia, Garlington completed graduate studies in 1982 at Georgia State University with an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling. After completing her clinical licensure, she worked in the human services and visual arts/special education professions. Garlington continued her education at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She has been implementing community visual arts initiatives since 1985 as a visual arts educator, expressive arts therapist, and as a fiber artist.
Ms. Garlington is a Regional Artist Project Grants Recipient from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Her numerous professional affiliations include the Southern Highland Craft Guild, The National, Tennessee, and North Carolina Art Education Associations, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, and the Society for Arts in Healthcare, Washington, D.C. Her work has been the subject of numerous articles on fiber art throughout the Southeast and can be found in private as well as public collections. Garlington’s body of work has included large format wall quilts as well as small scale narrative work -- all created with stitchery and fabric. Her approach is fresh, new and spirited in response to the ageless craft of the quilt.