Employees of the Month Exhibition opens Aug.6th at 378

378 Gallery presents the August exhibition, Employees of the Month, beginning Friday, August 6, running through Saturday, August 28. There will be an opening event outside the gallery in the 378 Gallery reception patio on Friday, August 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring live music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by W8ing4UFOs. Employees of the Month features works in series from four Atlanta area artists: Featured in the main gallery, Clare Butler with embroidered portraits in her Modern Day Saints series; Lisa Shinault with paintings and ceramic plates in her series, Summer; and Cindy Zarrilli with paintings on canvas and tapestry in the series, Time to Bloom; and in the Lo Gallery, Tom Zarrilli with his body of work, 1951 a Non-immersive Retrospective.

Each of the artists included in the August exhibition, Employees of the Month, has served in support of the 378 Gallery in some capacity. Tom Zarrilli is the gallery director, Cindy Zarrilli has been the gallery horticulturist and hydrologist, Lisa Shinault has been gallery special projects director, and Clare Butler has curated three large group shows exhibited at the gallery.

Clare Butler began making original embroidered portraits of her pets as a child and continued her love of sewing and embroidery as art throughout her life. The Modern Day Saints series was prompted by the uncertain times of the past several years. The artist believes it helps to ask, “Who are my saints?” Each viewer will have a different answer, but the inspiration, comfort and optimism offered by every stitched iconic personality is universal. Each portrait embodies the essence of the subject who serves as an intermediary, urging the viewer on in all that they do and reassuring the viewer in all that they are. The portraits are hand drawn and embroidered with cotton, silk, sequins and beads on green cotton fabric.

Clare Butler is an Atlanta based textile artist, writer and musician. Butler has been a musician in various Atlanta based bands such as Now Explosion, Ratchet Set and Big Sissy, and a performance artist, actor and comedian associated with the American Music Show. She has enjoyed a professional career as a speechwriter and writer for more than three decades. She pursued a degree in fine art, but ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Georgia State University.

Lisa Shinault (aka LiShinault) is a multi-media figurative painter who experiments with simple methods to create surreal imagery of women and animals that have symbolic significance to her. Paper dolls inspire her newest series, entitled Dressing Room; however she uses wood panels as the base for her near life size figures instead of paper. Some of her paintings are made with a combination of sewn canvas media and collage attached to shaped wood panels which are custom made to hang and layer on top of a separate base panel and hang apart and alone on a wall.  For her show at 378 Gallery, she has created a set of works with the loosely named theme of Summer. Some of the works borrow directly from her Dressing Room series, however other works are small ceramic plates, each with a lovely dreamlike face featured on the front. Almost all of the figures in the show have been cut or broken apart and either sewn or glued back together to form new juxtapositions that make up the body using collage and metallic pieces.

LiShinault has exhibited for many years in the Atlanta area. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and a 2019 fellow of Hambidge Center Residency for the Creative Arts and Sciences She is also a recent grant recipient from The Judith Alexander Foundation Relief Fund for Georgia Visual Artists.

Cindy Zarrilli’s new series, Time to Bloom is based on information gathered on her frequent neighborhood walks. When Zarrilli finds a beautiful flower, she sometimes takes it home or takes a picture of it to use as inspiration for her paintings. She sees the feminine form represented in flowers and recognizes the universal joy flowers bring to the world with their bright colors and unfolding petals. She also has included a deconstructed with painting on baroque tapestry, entitled Venice on Fire in this show. In this piece, the viewer sees the water rising and the buildings on fire, but the wealthy, entitled citizens seem to be oblivious to the dangers surrounding them.

Particularly skilled with the creation of edges and dimension in her paintings, Cindy Zarrilli creates forms that spring from the canvas. She brings a refreshing approach to a variety of subjects from figures to fauna to flora. She has shown extensively in solo and group shows in the past 30 years. She has a background as a graphic artist with CNN and a courtroom sketch artist for NBC and CBS. She earned a BFA from Georgia State University. She lives in Candler Park.

Tom Zarrilli presents 1951 a non-immersive retrospective of his life’s work in the Lo Gallery.  The series celebrating the artist’s entry into his eighth decade of life features work going back to his childhood and spanning though his life to his recent creations.  A number of works in this exhibition have never been shown before. The retrospective, 1951, is curated by art historian, the late Brother Ignatious O’Toole, FSC.  Brother O’Toole was Tom Zarrilli’s first grade art teacher at St. Joseph’s College in Yokohama, Japan.

Tom Zarrilli has been active in the Atlanta arts community for more than four decades as an artist, performance artist, photographer, documentarian, videographer, raconteur, and experimental historian. He has been a professional educator and night club manager and operator at 688, the Nitery Club and the Celebrity Club. Zarrilli has earned several degrees at Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University.

The August exhibition in the main and Lo galleries at 378 Gallery will follow public health safety and protocols advised due to the worldwide Corona virus pandemic. The show can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Fridays and Saturdays in August from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment by calling gallery director Tom Zarrilli at 404-530-9277. Masks are required inside the gallery, and attendance inside the gallery at any one time will be limited in number while viewing the art. Socializing is encouraged outside on the 378 Gallery reception patio.