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While she was growing up, robin fay was surrounded by a family of "crafty" women who were always busy with quilting, crocheting, sewing and even poetry projects. Today, the award-winning artist still enjoys "piecing" things together, and she lays the foundation for many of her latest works by cutting or ripping paper and fabric. fay finds inspiration in Celtic designs, and she is drawn to the lines, shapes and forms of organic and manmade shapes ranging from DNA spirals to sea stacks (rock formations jutting out of the ocean). She says, "My work is textured, rich in color, and hopefully captures a kinetic energy." In Fay's "Red Bull Deconstructed" a pulled-apart can is embellished as it spirals across an azure blue and red background consisting of handmade, beads, sand, metal forms, and spiral shapes on canvas. Like many of Fay's creations (check out her website www.robinart.com) it represents something beyond the obvious. "It's not taking an item and making it into something else," she notes. "It's taking a can and pulling it apart to find the hidden beauty within." She finishes with a good-natured shrug. "Maybe that sounds like a lofty idea, but that was the concept, at least." --Red Bull Art of the Can, 2006, review, juried exhibit

 When you see the world through art. As I'm sure you're well aware, artists come from every walk-of-life. Some artists happen into this vocation, as evidenced by my interview with John S. Moon. And more often than not, most artists have a full-time gig that may not readily denote ''artsy.'' Such is the subject of today's column.I first met [her] on the business end of a job interview. She made me sweat then, but now I get to turn the tables. Drek Davis, Athens Banner Herald, 2002. http://onlineathens.com/stories/013103/fea_20030131032.shtml

"[She] stresses the importance of quality design, mentioning the struggle of formatting her paintings. Deciding on resolution quality of the work is a struggle: ''with lower resolutions, more people (with mid-range computers) can see it, but it loses a lot of detail,''Athens artists find Web sites are ideal gallery spaces..., Athens Marquee, 2000. http://onlineathens.com/stories/110900/ent_1109000004.shtml

Reviews:

2007

Today's Best Bets, Athens Banner Herald, April 12, 2007 (Wrapped)

2006

Today's Best Bets, Athens Banner Herald, 2006 (Contextualize)

"Robin Fay's work features rich, shimmering layered hand-made paper, metallic flake, stucco, found objects, sand, oil stick and/or acrylic paint." Georgia Center art exhibition incorporates concepts of Celtic design, http://columns.uga.edu/news/print/georgia-center-art-exhibition-incorporates-concepts-of-celtic-design/

2005

Today's Best Bets, Athens Banner Herald, May 04, 2005 (Cyan Dreams)

Featured artist in Blotter, August 2005, including cover inset, and interior images. Blotter, August, 2005

Winner of the Blue Sock Award for a digital project, SPARC: Spark of Potential: Artists reflect on Creativity. The Blue Sock Award is a peer review award for graduate students in the Instructional Design & Development program. Dec, 2005

"A collection of 40 photographs from artist robin fay, ranging from travel to abstract themes. robin's eye for details, coupled with the theme of blue, show a gentle progression through our every-day lives." --Rene Shoemaker, Director, Cyan Dreams, 2005. 

Featured artist in Subter, Issue 1.4, including cover, and interior images. Subter, 1.4 , 2005. 

2004

'...a local artist and photographer with a long list of accomplishments. Perhaps best known for her "Dawg Art" having crafted the Dawg at Jittery Joes, Robin is also well received for her painting which combines layers of acrylic paint, metallic flake..." Escola Gustavo Barroso Charity Auction (2004).

2003

"In what is a very impressive display of creativity and artistic talent representing countries from all over and ages ranging from pre-teen to over 50, Ride's 1st Annual Graphic Competition in association with the Small Works Gallery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is nothing less than extraordinary!" Ride Announces Winners of Snowboard Art: A Graphics Competition, article published at The Local, Ride website, and artlinksteamboat, 2003; Ride Snowboard Art Contest (2003, Honorable mention)

2002

"Combining layers of acrylic paint, metallic flake and paint, glass beads, and sand to move away from representational art while exploring texture, movement, and color" . shimmer of dreams, Sponsored by University Union, 2002. 

'Robin Fay's mixed media paintings -- a graceful flow of acrylic, metallic flake, glass beads and sand -- are aptly named in this show [shimmer of dreams]." Summer in the City, http://onlineathens.com/stories/060202/ent_20020602033.shtml

"The show includes [her] glittery and beaded paintings of swirling, jewel-toned ribbon shapes" A show of thanks, Athens Marquee, 2002. http://onlineathens.com/stories/091202/ent_20020912014.shtml 

...included in The University of Mobile's 11th annual ''Art With A Southern Drawl,'' which features the best in visual arts from seven Southern states, on display at the Donald Gallery at the University of Mobile through April 30.The annual juried exhibition and competition represents a wide range of media, styles, themes and techniques. To enter, artists must be either born in or currently live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee or Texas. During the April 2002 show, 89 pieces of artwork were selected for the exhibit from more than 670 entries, Local Artists exhibit, Athens Banner Herald, 2002. http://onlineathens.com/stories/040302/ent_fay_re.shtml

Earlier:

"Robin Fay's mixed media, multi-panel painting makes violet and plum red ribbon look like thick, soft roller coasters in outer space. Fay, like several other artists in the exhibit, has been regularly participating in each year's LSA show. With Karras, she served as an organizer this year. ''To me, one of the things I enjoy most about helping plan it and participate in it is to see what other people do,'' Fay says. She adds that it's an eye-opener to the creativity around her -- and a glimpse into lives ''outside the library.'" Secret Life of Librarians (2001) http://onlineathens.com/stories/072601/ent_0726010007.shtml

"In ''cattales & other deeds,'' her show of paintings in Watkinsville's Krimson Kafe, her portraits of cats -- most reflecting qualities of her own pint-sized house mates -- are brilliantly colored and sometimes dramatically textured. Though they hang alongside some of Fay's earlier work -- equally bright and warm still lifes -- it's the cat paintings that people seem to ask the most about, she says." Something for cat and art lovers, Athens Banner Herald, 2001. http://onlineathens.com/stories/052401/ent_0524010021.shtml

Featured artist in the Marquee, 2001, including cover and interior images shot during a photo shoot.

"Under the brush strokes of the artist, suggestion becomes a powerful tool to transport the winter weary to the tropics for a mental vacation... whose trademarks are bright, intense tropical colors that move across the canvas and a quirky, humorous way of viewing the world..." Athens Banner Herald article, 2/25/99, Stroke of spontaneity.

Short review from the modernartsite.com, "The paintings on this site have a strong leaning towards children's books.Their dark, unreal quality smacks of Paula Rego and the surrealist Giorgio De Chirico. "

Exhibit list:

2012

Paper Dolls, Invitational Exhibit, Defoor Centre, Atlanta, June, 2012 ENCORE: Robin Fay – from library to canvas to computer software programming again we have another wayward daughter of the arts. Robin’s curiosity for painting begins at curve and ends at color. Her layers of colors create texture and that brings out character inner imagery. Robin has shown at the Defoor before but not on this large of a platform. So welcome her back! 

Skirt magazine article, http://skirt.com/events/paper-dolls-summer-show

http://smellyrhinostudio.blogspot.com/2012/06/paper-dolls.html

Selected works, Solo Exhibit, Artini's, Athens, May 2012 http://athens.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/ev--robin-fay-se...
2011

From Our Studios, Group show, Oconee County Library, August, 2011

"Drawing from Sources Closer to Home: The artists in “From Our Studios,” are three friends who present their work together at the Oconee County Library gallery. The exhibition includes mixed-media paintings by Robin Fay, intricately composed quilts by Sarah Hubbard and paintings created in dyed silks by Rene Shoemaker. Though the artists work in different media, they share a penchant for rich colors and lots of texture."

http://oconee.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/ev--from-our-stu...
http://issuu.com/flagpolemagazine/docs/fp110622
2001-2007

Wrapped, Solo Exhibit, Tate Center Gallery, UGA, 2007. http://dos.uga.edu/Library/docs/news/Robin%20Fay%20Exhibition%203%2023%2...
Mental Health art auction, Melting Point, 2007-2006
catalyst, OCAF Members Exhibit, 2006
"Locals" Juried Exhibit, Clayton St. Gallery, 2006
"Flora, Funa, Fauna" Juried exhibit, Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro, Ga., 2006
"{con}textualize", invitational exhibit (solo), Ga Center for Continuing Education, 2006. http://columns.uga.edu/news/print/georgia-center-art-exhibition-incorpor...
Art of the Can, Juried Exhibit, Red Bull / Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, 2006 http://frolab.com/2006/10/16/red-bull-art-of-the-can-atlanta/
Athens: An Artists Perspective, Juried Exhibit, Clayton St Gallery, 2006 http://onlineathens.com/stories/010606/living_20060106001.shtml
cyan dreams, Solo Exhibit, Circle Gallery, 2005
Up/Down Annual Juried Exhibit, Up/Down Gallery, 2005
Artists for preservation, Heritage Foundation, Invitational Group Exhibit, 2005
Celebration of the arts, CC Arts Foundation, Invitational Group Exhibit, 2005
We Let the Dawgs Out Public Art Project (2003-)
http://onlineathens.com/stories/080107/living_20070801010.shtml
http://onlineathens.com/stories/052706/living_20060527014.shtml
Flower Power was one of the dogs chosen for the minatures, which is available at the welcome center gift shop. http://athenswelcomecenter.com/shop/shop/we-let-the-dawgs-out-thurston-l...
Dawgs show up randomly on Flickr and elsewhere: http://abitmorethanajournal.blogspot.com/2010/01/who-let-dawgs-out.html
Art with a Southern Drawl, Juried Exhibit, Mobile, Ala, 2002
Heart of OCAF, Group exhibit, 2001 http://onlineathens.com/stories/021302/ent_0213020022.shtml
cattales and other deeds, Solo Exhibit, Krimson Kafe, 2001