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Michelle McDowell Smith

Michelle McDowell Smith is an award winning mixed media artist. In the spring of 1997 she graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a major in illustration and minor in art history. Her schooling instilled in her the importance of using symbols and metaphors in her work to create emotion, depth, and meaning. She also became skilled in the use of a wide variety of materials and mixed media techniques.

Blue Ridge Framing Company, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Picture framing, Custom Framing, Art, Michelle Mcdowell Smith, Fortitude
Michelle strives to create pieces that have a familiar narrative yet still convey a fresh look and allow for the unexpected. She uses acrylic paint, mixed media materials such as paper, hand made linoleum stamps, sewing patterns, maps, old letters, pages from books, and more.
Her current body of work is titled Of Land and Sky, Whimsical and Free. The work’s focus is centered in longstanding memories, fleeting ideas, and hope for the future. Beginning in 2014 Michelle began showing this body of work at juried art shows and festivals in the southeast.


Don Stewart

Don Stewart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Art at Birmingham-Southern College in 1981, paying his way with a nightclub act as a comic ventriloquist. Initially he enrolled in art classes as a change of pace from a rigorous premedical curriculum. Soon, however, he was exposed to the idea of composite imagery, and began exploring techniques in ballpoint drawing – even when a professor refused to allow the pen in his studio.

Blue Ridge Framing Company, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Picture Framing, Custom Framing, Art, D.S. Art
Don continued to pursue artistic interests as a hobby during medical training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After receiving his M.D. in 1985, Dr. Stewart  completed an internship in surgery at the Mayo Clinic, but the lifestyle of a surgical resident clashed with his creative side. By year’s end, Don opted to discontinue his medical studies, after accepting awards for both short fiction and poetry, and publishing his first two composite drawings.




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