Ellen Stein, member of the Atlanta Collage Society

By Martha Nodar

Ellen Stein sees collage as a way to expand her art.

“I’ve learned much about painting through the collage process,” the Sandy Springs artist said.

She’s a member of the Atlanta Collage Society, an eight-year-old organization created to raise the profile of collage as an art medium.

“Collage” refers to a creative way of gluing things together, juxtaposed either on canvas or on paper. The purpose of doing a collage is to suggest a story or an idea through images, objects, pieces of paintings or mementos.

Stein says her membership to the society has benefited her both socially and artistically.

Roxanne Hollosi, Atlanta Collage Society president

Society president Roxane Hollosi, who also lives in Sandy Springs, said her work titled “Looking Glass #5” combines fabric, drawings, papers and a piece of broken mirror on paper.

“This piece represents organic sensibilities, a kind of serendipity,” Hollosi said.

The collage society’s “ACS Small Works Show” opens at the Sandy Springs’ Episcopal Church of Atonement’s art gallery on Nov. 8, with a reception open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 3 and consists of small works of collage.

A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the church, which welcomes the artistic work of all members of the community regardless of their religious beliefs or affiliations.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information about the society visit: atlantacollagesociety.org

Society president Roxane Hollosi’s “Looking Glass #5” collage, comprised of fabric, paper, drawings and a broken mirror.