As you can see, much of my work is a personal reflection of the many multi-cultural experiences I’ve enjoyed in my life.
Growing up in Zimbabwe as the daughter of United Methodist missionaries was a wonderful beginning.
Living there until I was 18 opened my eyes to the beauty of lives much different from my own. In that shimmering, green-gold country I also fell profoundly in love with things of the Spirit.
My mother is a gifted seamstress and teacher. She passed on to me her love of fabrics, design and pattern. She taught me to read, write and draw and shared with me her deep affinity for the imagination.
In college I battled between choosing Drama, Art or Journalism as a major. I was even a disc jockey for a time, editor of my university newspaper and member of our musical theatre group.
After graduation, however, writing was the first to really take off. And it sent me around the U.S. and across the world for the next twenty years.
The place that opened doors for my art was Oakhurst Presbyterian, in Decatur, GA. That wonderful community-oriented church offered me studio space and I became their “Artist in Residence.” I had tons of fun working with their exceptionally creative and enthusiastic pastors.
Together, we designed sacred art programs and liturgical projects that involved groups of all ages. Some even involved the participation of the entire congregation.
This experience, amazingly, led to requests for my original art and design in the secular world.
Giving life to the words and images that live in my soul is a process I treasure. To those of you who hold your own deep dreams I say, “Go for it! Let those miracles happen!
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Cally Curtis is a member of the Chatham Artists Guild and Chatham Arts Council in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art/Art Education and is certified to teach Early Childhood (P-5) and Art (P-12).
Her work as an artist has been exhibited by local galleries in Atlanta, GA as well as at the Apex Museum in Atlanta, GA, the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Columbia Seminary and several private businesses. Her work has also been commissioned by The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory, the Museum of Design, Atlanta and others.
In advertising, Cally has received numerous national and international awards as a creative director, director and writer. Her portfolio includes work with top 4A advertising agencies and media boutiques from Little Rock to Atlanta to Los Angeles.
Cally now lives in Chapel Hill, NC on a very cute street with a very whimsical name – Lady Bug Lane.
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To see examples of my work, click here.
If you’re looking for an artist, designer or writer, please contact me.
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