Spruill’s Annual Outdoor Installation Project
Limited edition prints of Christopher Michaels’s winning mural submission, Find Your Wings, are available for purchase. Prints are on 11″ x 14″ archival paper and matted to 16″ x 20″. Each is signed and numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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In early July, Spruill Gallery and the Spruill Center for the Arts announced Amplify: Spruill’s Annual Outdoor Art Installation. This installation is the first of an annual award given by Spruill that promotes local, Georgian, and national artists. This year’s winning entry was created by local artist Christopher Michaels.
Michaels’s mural, titled Find Your Wings is an homage to his wife, Amanda and her recovery from being struck in a crosswalk by a distracted driver on her way back from Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days. As an avid runner prior to her accident, Amanda’s injuries were so severe her doctors said she may never walk unassisted again. After weeks in the hospital and multiple surgeries Amanda was immobilized for months as her body tried to heal.
From the moment the accident occurred friends, neighbors and strangers from the Dunwoody community offered support, brought food and helped with the children so that Michaels could care for his wife. Through the most incredible amount of hard work and determination Amanda pushed herself in intense physical therapy and in August, during the Butterfly Festival, she placed her hands on a walker and took her first tentative steps. She has continued to push herself every day and literally taught herself how to walk again. Eighteen months after her accident she completed her first 5K here in Dunwoody, one strenuous step at a time.
The installation is on the side of the “Smoke House” on the Spruill Gallery grounds located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, facing the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane in Dunwoody, GA, in the Perimeter Mall area.
Among other works, the space has been home to artist Jason Kofke’s “Everything Will Be OK” mural which has been onsite since 2009. Kofke will be relocating the mural to Brook Run Park later this year.
A statement from the artist:
I come from a family of artists and have wanted to make art for a living since I could hold a crayon. I did my first paid illustration at age fifteen and a year later started a mural and sign painting business which got me through high school and financed my attendance at the University of Georgia where I earned a BFA in Studio Art. After graduation I worked in the movie special effects industry before moving into graphic and web design, all the while continuing to work on the side doing the murals, sculptures, and illustrations that are my passion. Eventually, my freelance work grew to a point I could do it full time and for the last 15 years, I’ve enjoyed creating art in a wide variety of subjects and mediums. I also teach art classes for senior citizens, adults, and kids and it’s a thrill to share my love of art with them.
I’ve lived in Georgia since I was very small and have been within an hour of Atlanta most of my life. My love of anything with a motor is reflected in my art with many of my clients being in the motorsports. I am an avid motorcyclist, off-road driver, former racer, and toy car collector. I love to camp and travel and have been around the world, crossed the Arctic Circle, and visited over 50 countries. I have a side business modifying off-road vehicles for camping and off-road exploring and I am also a regular guest on the popular VinWiki YouTube channel where I tell stories of my adventures on two and four wheels. Art will always be my passion though and I always have a sketchbook handy for some idea or another or saving some part from a car or bike to use in a sculpture. Whether in a faraway landscape or the shape of a car or a bike, I’ve come to believe that art is everywhere and we only have to look around to see it.