Turn Again To The Earth: Art Exhibition Opening

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Turn Again To The Earth: Art Exhibition Opening

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.” -Rachel Carson

Join us for the Serenbe debut of work by six artists creating art that depicts and celebrates nature. Reception will be held on April 13, 2019 from 4:30 - 7:30pm and includes artwork by Steven L. Anderson, Mark Leibert, Malinda Lively, John Folsom, Gail Foster, and Tom Swanston.

***We recommend coming to Gainey Hall for Florence William’s author talk at 2:00pm prior to the art reception, which will be directly afterwards. Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier & More Creative, will be in an AIR Serenbe artist residency from April 7-14 for the Biophilic Leadership Summit.

Both the author talk and following art reception are free and open to all. Complimentary beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

For more information + artwork inquiries, email Megan Schaeffer at



Steven L. Anderson is an exhibiting artist, and Co-Director of Day & Night Projects—an artist-run gallery in Atlanta that he helped initiate in 2016. Anderson is a recipient of a 2018–19 Artist Project Grant from the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and a 2018 Fulton County Fine Art Acquisition Program finalist. Anderson was part of the first annual TAR Project Therapeutic Artist Residency in 2016–17. He has been a Studio Artist at Atlanta Contemporary (2013–16), a 2015 Hambidge Center Distinguished Fellow, and a 2014–15 WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellow. Anderson’s notebooks are in the permanent collection of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Steven is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States for the last twenty years. Anderson’s day job is Sr. Graphic Designer at the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, daughter, and cat.

John Folsom is a mixed media artist born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. His practice demonstrates the narrative potential of images through the intersection of painting and photography. Folsom’s photographic paintings have been widely exhibited for the past 20 years and can be found in many collections worldwide. John is represented by Hathaway Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Malinda Lively completed her first horse drawing at age 3, and it’s been mostly animal portraiture since. Though she has worked in watercolor, mixed-media, leaded glass and pastel, her favorite by far is oil paint (“the best medium for fur, feathers, hide and hooves”) with a minimal palette of usually two, and up to sometimes six, primary colors plus black and white. Seeking out mentors over time for information on color theory and classical technique, she is mostly self-taught. A native Southern Californian, she and her husband Steve live in Serenbe.

Mark Leibert is a painter based in Atlanta. He has his B.A. in Studio Art from University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in Fine Arts Studio. Leibert has been a part of numerous group and solo exhibitions and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, RIT Creative Arts Grant recipient, a former studio artist at Atlanta Contemporary, and much more. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive rendering of complex ideas. Her latest endeavors include elemental photography of “trash-to- treasure” assemblages, low-VOC acrylic paintings and mixed media on paper. An uplifting and impassioned view of the human condition, regardless of gender, in the inner power of the spirit is celebrated in Gail Foster’s artwork. Foster’s art has always been concerned with change: Change within ourselves, within our personal relationships and within the relationship to universal powers. The inclusion of her art in 12 museum solo and group exhibitions, 32 solo private gallery shows, 72 private gallery group shows, studio films, lifestyle and trade publications as well as private and public collections is a testament to her depth of talent.

Tom Swanston: “In my current body of paintings, the overarching theme of migration carries a multitude of connotations; most notably, migration speaks to the mystical movement through space and time, from one location to another and the ultimate return home. The recurring patterns of sandhill crane migrations remind us of nature’s ability to renew and revive itself, rhythmically changing, yet remaining stable and consistent through the seasons. Such is also the human life, changing with each year and each generation. Like migratory birds, physical and spiritual travelers alike explore new or familiar places, always to return to the one special locale that they call “home.” In their seasonal trips from North to South and then back, and in their victorious return from near extinction back into the cycle of life, sandhill cranes remind the viewer that all journeys have a purpose and an end, no matter how long they might be or how far away from home they may take us.”