Written by Molly Brown, Video by Harrison Meyer of Yallah Creative
On the first Friday of September, dk Gallery held its “Mr. and Mrs.” show, celebrating artistic couples in the Marietta and Atlanta community. One of these duos was Ron and Holly Irwin who showcased their iconic figure and abstract paintings, some of which they collaborated on. Holly is a well-known name in the gallery and is known for her eye-catching, fashionable figures; she recently celebrated her 10th anniversary of working with dk. Ron is a construction man turned artist who is fairly new to the gallery world, but his abstract works have proven to be incredibly dynamic and full of energy. This creative couple has been married for 40 years and they have inspired as well as challenged each other, capturing the spirit of what the “Mr. and Mrs.” show is all about.
Because Ron is not a full time artist, he treasures the times when his work can be showcased in dk Gallery. Holly is always thrilled to have her work in the gallery and is even more excited when her husband’s work can hang right next to hers. They believe their styles balance each other out well and this makes collaboration pieces all the more fun. The Irwins consider dk Gallery to be a blessing in their lives. Before working with dk, Holly was with other galleries in the Atlanta and Buckhead areas. After leaving in 2011, she attended an artist market on the Marietta square and met Donna Krueger for the first time. Donna knew of her work and Holly ended up signing with dk and doing a show with them later that year. The Irwins appreciate how creative and high energy Donna and Kerry Krueger are when it comes to their work. dk Gallery has been able to grow into an incredible art destination that has had such an impact on the community and Holly said she could not be happier working with them after 10 years.
Despite Ron and Holly having lived in various cities, they believe the Marietta community is unlike any other when it comes to art. The support and enthusiasm everyone has towards artists and their stories has created such a genuine environment. The Irwins feel like a lot of this is due to places like dk Gallery and the culture it has helped cultivate; many people they have connected with at dk have become friends. People from different walks of life can feel free to appreciate art for what it truly is without the superficiality or pressure to buy a piece. Art is meant to bring people together and the Irwins believe there is no better place to share it than in Marietta.
To see the lovely works of Ron and Holly Irwin, please stop by dk Gallery on the Marietta Square. The work from the “Mr. and Mrs.” show will be here the entire month of September. Everyone is always welcome!