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July 31, 2017

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In his colorful, natural-looking branch art, Georgia’s Tom Chambers brings the outdoors in.

The artist: Chambers’ interest in art began in an Orlando high school, where his first art class was taught by his football and track team coach. At the University of Tampa, where he attended college on a football scholarship, Chambers studied sculpture, drawing and painting. He put his art on hold after he married, began a family and entered the business world. In 2007, he took an early retirement to pursue his love of art full-time

The company: Branching Out, based in Blairsville, produces wall and free-standing sculpture using a combination of wood and acrylic. Chambers began creating his art in 1994, but went full time in 2007 after he and his wife moved from Florida to a cabin in the north Georgia mountains.

What’s popular: Custom designs ($75 to $3,000), often in bright colors and incorporating Asian Willow or Japanese Mulberry branches.

Fun requests:  In 2010, asked to create a centerpiece sculpture, “Lady in Red” for the Southeastern Horticulture Show in Atlanta. The five-foot tall red ball gown was made entirely of tree branches. Also “The Bull,” a six-foot-tall sculpture created for a financial firm in Orlando.

Where to buy: BranchingOutart.weebly.com. Also at Atlanta-area art shows, including the Piedmont Park Art Festival (August 19-20) in Atlanta and Art in the Park (Sept. 2-4) in Marietta.

 

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