Thomas Deans Fine Art in Buckhead will host two exhibitions in June – one in honor of a late artist and the other featuring two well-known living ones.

First up is the “Friends of Gene” exhibition, which is set for June 5 through 10 and pays tribute to the late artist Gene Alcott (1953-1992).

Each spring the Savannah College of Art (SCAD) in Atlanta holds a separate “Friends of Gene Exhibition” to honor his memory. Alcott graduated from SCAD’s predecessor, the Atlanta College of Art, in 1977 and lived and worked in Atlanta until dying in an accident 15 years later. He had quite a sense of humor.

“This is the home of Atlanta’s most popular artist,” stated the outgoing message on Allcott’s answering machine. It ended with his infectious laugh and these words: “Just send a check or leave a message.”

The Deans exhibition comprises work by Allcott himself (from the SCAD permanent collection), as well as new work by current students and alumni. Prizes will be awarded in Allcott’s name to an Outstanding SCAD Artist ($1,000) and Outstanding Alumni ($500).

The Friends of Gene group is a circle of scholarship winners, top fine-arts students, ACA/SCAD alumni, and New York field trip participants (also made possible through Allcott scholarship funding). The exhibition opens with a reception at the gallery June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Second, the gallery will host “Summer Pleasures,” its annual summer exhibition featuring a changing display of work in a variety of media by established gallery artists, June 14 through Aug. 17. An opening reception will take place June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This year’s featured artists are abstract sculptor Steven Steinman and colorful, pop-influenced painter and SCAD professor Tom Francis. In addition, artists long-established with the gallery will feature alongside new names in genres ranging from realism to abstraction to conceptualism, including artists Casey Matthews, Charlie Bluett, Daniel Byrd, Scott Upton, Paul Tamanian, Stephen Pentak, David Kidd, Lauren Betty and Chris Hayman, among others.

Steinman, the former dean of the design school at American Intercontinental University, finds beauty in recycled scrap metal. His sculptures display the artist’s fascination “with the idea of motion and static objects.” Steinman’s work has been installed throughout metro Atlanta, most notably in the Buckhead MARTA station, which Steinman created for the 1996 Olympics.

Francis’ paintings are defined by their vivid color, multilayered patterning, variety of motifs and lavish application of paint, His paintings are by turns lyrical, provocative and complex, but always celebratory. Francis often paints subjects from nature. His latest works, the “Night Paintings,” were initially inspired by a moonrise over a large koi pond, which the artist observed while visiting China.

Thomas Deans Fine Art is located at 690 Miami Circle NE, Suite 905 in Atlanta. For more information, visit


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