Helen DeRamus


Helen DeRamus

Born 1942

 Artist Statement:

My paintings are devoted to capturing the beauty of the landscape, undefined locations recorded and preserved in memory with the use of photographs and drawings while traveling the Eastern United States. I use the landscape as a metaphor for memory, as it is the power and fragility of memory that provide a sense of self, universally. Texture and color come from the urban and rural South, with its lush vegetation, red clay earth and architecture of its modern cities. Many of the preliminary layers in a painting explore surface in great detail with interest in the smallest of found leaves, rocks, and tiny twigs. The twigs themselves often becoming the instruments of the drawing and painting process. 



1986-1976 Painting, Joseph Perrin, Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University

         Life Drawing, graphic design, painting, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Tenafly, NJ 

1963  B.A. Emory University, Atlanta, GA; History and Art History 


Selected Solo Exhibitions: 

2021 TEW Galleries, Salon Style, Atlanta, GA

2019 TEW Galleries, Helen DeRamus, Serhiy Hai, Atlanta, GA

2015 Textures of Memory, Diana Brehm Williams Gallery, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Marietta, GA

2013 The Deep Song, Jacksonville State University, Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville AL

2012 Passages, dk Gallery, Marietta GA

2011 Shifting Landscapes, Georgia Perimeter College/Georgia State University, Fine Art Gallery, Clarkston, GA 

2009 Waxing Poetic, The Walker School, Marietta, GA 

2003 Abstract Contemplation, Lynne Farris Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2002 Living Spaces, Urban Thoughts, Lynne Farris Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2001 Living Spaces, The Art Station, Stone Mountain, GA

1997 Figurative Works, Bennett Street Gallery (Susie Pryor Gallery), Atlanta, GA 

1996 Saints and Sirens, Gallery 621, Tallahassee, FL

1986 An Intimate View, The Arts Connection, Atlanta, GA, curator, Joseph Perrin 


Selected Curated Juried Exhibitions: 


Sign of the Times, Hambidge Fellows exhibit at the Weave Shed, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia

Art as Sanctuary, Perimeter College, Georgia State University, WCAGA


New Growth, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Our Nature, Perimeter College Georgia State, Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia

 12th Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

 Callanwolde Fine Art Center Juried Art Exhibition, Atlanta Georgia Georgia Artists 2017 Art Exhibition, Abernathy Arts Center 2016

Hidden Gems, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Atlanta, Georgia

First Southeastern United States Exhibit, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia, Deanna Sirlin, juror Armstrong

National Juried Exhibit, Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia, catalogue


Reflections, National League of Pen Women, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

Mark, Exhibition of drawings, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA Breaking the Rules, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA


Draw 4-Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, Atlanta, GA

Some Like It Hot, dk Gallery, encaustic paintings and photographs

Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA Roots, Women’s Caucus of Art, Blue Mark Studio, Atlanta, GA


Decatur Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Formations: Patterns in Nature, Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

MORE, Brenau University, curator, Susan Bridges, Whitespace Gallery


Metro Montage XI, Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA, Jessica Pepe, juror Brainstorm, Tryon Arts Center, Tryon, NC


Abstractions, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

Alabama Symphony Decorators' Show house, Birmingham, AL


Occupation: Artist, SE US exhibition, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, Lisa Alembik, curator


Earth: A Microcosm, Georgia Tech University, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, juror, Atlanta, GA

Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia From Nature, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


Encaustic Works 2007, International Juried Exhibition, Kingston, NY, Muncie, IN, juror, Joan Snyder, catalogue Stretch, ATHICA, Athens, GA 

 2006 Some Restriction Apply, Shorter College, Rome, GA, Marianne Lambert, curator Our Voices, Atlanta Women's

Foundation, Atlanta, GA, Mary Stanley, curator

Art Papers Auction, Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY 


Now and Not Yet, genema gallery, Atlanta, GA catalogue, national juried exhibition Rome Art Coterie National Juried

Exhibition, honorific award, Rome, GA 


Abstractions, Taylor Kinzel Gallery, Roswell, GA

Jubilee Cultural Arts Alliance, Marietta, GA


Shadows, Interrupted Light, genema gallery, Atlanta, GA, national juried exhibition

Three Person Exhibit "Interpretations of the Figure", The Art Place, Marietta, GA

2000 Annual Exhibition, The ART Station, Stone Mountain, GA, Anthony Herschel, curator  1999 

Alabama Symphony Decorators' Showcase, Birmingham, AL

Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition, The ART Station, Stone Mountain, GA, Bruce Bobick, juror 


Cirque L' Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL 

Focus on the Future, Bennett Street Gallery (Susie Pryor Gallery), Atlanta, GA


Artistic Director's Choice, The Art Station, Stone Mountain, GA, catalogue 


Please Touch, sculpture and installation, The Walker School, Marietta, GA


Magic on Magazine Street, Hilderbrand Galleries, New Orleans, LA

Art Exhibit and Auction, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

Across the Borders, Johnson & Montgomery, Atlanta, GA and Montreal, Canada

An Evening at the Quinlan, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA, Lamar Dodd, juror Arts in the Heart of Augusta,

Augusta, GA, invitation exhibition 


Fine Art and Fine Furnishings, Bernhardt's sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Art with a Southern Drawl, Mobile College, Mobile, AL regional juried exhibition 1991

An Evening at the Quinlan, Gainesville, Georgia, juror, Lamar Dodd 



2011 Hambidge Residency

2007 Fulton County Arts Council purchase award

2000 & 1999Art Station Honorific Award

1990 & 1989 Georgia Council for the Arts purchase award


 Selected Public Collections: 

Jacksonville State University Permanent Collection

Ventyx Corporation

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA 

Ben-Hill Fitzgerald County Library, Fitzgerald, GA

Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA

Women’s Center, Kennestone Hospital (Wellstar), Kennesaw, GA Livingston College, Piscataway, NJ Atlanta Women's

Foundation, Atlanta, GA Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, GA 



Art Galleries & Artists of the South, Volume 8, Issue 2

Art Galleries & Artist of the South, Volume 9, Issue 1

Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, Catherine Nash, MFA, 2013 Shaping The Landscape”,

Anniston Star, February 03, 2013

2011 Christmas with Southern Living

"Life Calendar", Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; November 2010

"What is Art?” Marietta Daily Journal 2009

"Female Artists Explore Equal Exposure", The Red and Black, August 2007

"Arts Agenda", Creative Loafing Atlanta, January 30, 2002

"Complex Art", Marietta Daily Journal, February 2, 2000

"Both Sides of the Story", Better Homes & Gardens, Bedroom and Bath, Spring 2001 "Happenings", Creative Loafing Atlanta, January 31, 1998

"Art By Women For Women", Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 22,1998

"Visual Arts", Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 15, 1997

"Saints and Sinners a 621 Success", FSView, March 7, 1996

"Limelight", Tallahassee Democrat, March 8, 1996

Wander and Wonder with Wild Women and Wolves at 621", FSU, March 14, 1996

"Go Preview", Marietta Daily Journal, November 22, 1996

"Artcare", Atlanta Magazine, July 1994

“Cobb People", Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 6, 1995 


 Lectures, Presentations, Workshops: 

Atlanta Collage Society, encaustic demonstration

Atlanta Artists Center, encaustic workshop

Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA, encaustic demonstration

Panel Moderator, “What is Art?” dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

Panel Moderator, “The Relevancy of Installation Art”, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

Jacksonville State University, encaustic workshop, Jacksonville, AL

Brenau University, encaustic workshop, Gainesville, GA

Encaustic Demonstration for The Fulton Country Tri-Cities Performing and Visual Arts School 


 Professional Organizations: 

Women’s Caucus for Art

Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia, board member, membership chair and former Vice President National Museum in the Arts Registry, Washington, DC

Sonoma State University Registry, Special Collections, Rohnert Park, CA

Fulton County Arts Council Registry in Painting and Photography, Atlanta, GA