When 2017 drew to a close, so did the Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios, Atlanta’s first co-op gallery founded in 1985. As each of the artists moved on to their individual pursuits, painter Tom Wright, a.k.a Gordoni, and photographer Ruth Gogel, generously decided to donate a number of their nature-themed works to Park Pride. Sharing their joy of nature, evident in their art, will definitely support Park Pride’s work for the “greener good” by beautifying its public work space for its volunteers and employees, as well as in fundraising through future silent auctions.
Tom Wright, in his nineties, has been a fine art and performing artist for the past 40 years. He started his artistic career as a tenor singing opera in Paris in the 1940s. He trained for many years with the Chairman Emeritus of the Georgia State University School of Art & Design, and his work can be found in many private and corporate collections. He continues to paint regularly with his artist friends. In his spare time, he creates Bonsai and had a tree accepted for the American Bonsai Collection of the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C..
These donations were facilitated by a regular supporter of Park Pride and President of the Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios, Ellen Kierr Stein, and Park Pride Board member, Ellen Wickersham.