Featured Artists: A.D. Wheeler, Aaron Casey, Eric Meek and Emily Gray Koehler
Meet a photographer whose subjects are in ruins; an artist who keeps his priorities straight; someone who puts his heart, soul and sweat into his work; and a printmaker whose work brings constant surprises.
For A.D. Wheeler, it's all about location. He focuses on the old, the broken-down and the abandoned, traveling the country taking beautiful photos of ruins and remains. The photos below are from his series The Art of Decay.
Says Wheeler: "The Art of Decay is an attempt to show beauty in all things abandoned and forgotten as well as attempting to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our historic buildings and sites. I travel to abandoned, forgotten, and sometimes dangerous places to capture my images. Some places are rich with history, and often steeped in controversy."
Aaron Casey is a student at the University of Houston who is quickly climbing the ranks in the opera world. The young tenor was chosen for HBO's Young-Arts Master Class series (trailer on the left), where he performed with Bobby McFerrin, Renee Fleming and violinist Yo-Yo Ma.
Eric Meek has been creating art out of glass for nearly 20 years and is considered a master of his craft. He has been a full-time gaffer at the The Corning Museum of Glass since 2005. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Eric studied glassblowing at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and the production studio at the Henry Ford Museum. He received his M.F.A. from Kent State University and teaches workshops internationally. His artwork is exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. When working with glass, Eric likes to draw upon tradition and fine craftsmanship to realize modern, elegant forms.
Emily Gray Koehler
Printmaker Emily Gray Koehler's childhood was split between the forest and the farm. Koehler explains her background: "Born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan, the arts and the natural world have long been a part of my life. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking, my work has largely focused on regional environmental and modern land use concerns. I have sought to develop a dialogue between the viewer and the natural world through colorful woodcuts and collagraphs. Using these media I hope to convey not only my sense of our place in the environment but also a desire to understand and protect the natural world."