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Article Published: Jul. 18, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 18, 2013
Suzy Schultz artwork at Clark Gallery

'Expecting' by Suzy Schultz

Clark Gallery in Banner Elk is spotlighting the work of Atlanta, Ga.-based artist Suzy Schultz.

This year marks her second year with Clark Gallery, although she began her career as a high school math teacher.

After four and a half years, Schultz spent a year in Poland with an outreach organization. She returned to embark in graphic design, working for six years with Mission to the World, using many of her own illustrations in the organization’s publications.

In 1995, with some prodding from her mentor, she began painting full time. This made her dependent on selling her art to survive, which she said was an excellent motivator. As such, Schultz developed a strict schedule of painting, to which she still adheres in her Atlanta studio.

But her hard work has paid off. Schultz’s artwork has been celebrated from San Diego, Calif., to her hometown of Atlanta and points in between — along with publication in numerous art magazines and books.

“There is a first innocence — a beauty that is young, unmarred, untested,” Schultz said of her artwork. “There is a second innocence — one in which the beauty is a result of the scars borne from the battles of life. I am interested in the second innocence.

“I work the surface. I sand, layer and scar, wanting to reproduce a piece that has a patina of age, and it is out of these surfaces that figures emerge. I seek figures, faces that seem to be familiar with the tensions of life, that bear some battle scars and yet have victory, even if a crippled or limping one.”

The High Country can see for itself at Clark Gallery, located at 393 Shawneehaw Lane in Banner Elk, beside the Louisiana Purchase. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call (828) 898-2095.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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