Postcards from a Pandemic Series

Karen Hennessee and James Farmer
August 19, 2020

Karen Hennessee and husband James Farmer are Atlanta artists currently living and working between la Charité-sur-Loire, France and Atlanta. Their visa required they return home in the spring but have been unable to leave. They are sending a postcard from their charming village.


Karen has shown 2 beautiful bodies of work with the gallery, in 2009 and 2016. Karen and James founded the storied Blue Rat Gallery in 1983 along with artists Stepanie Ayers, Clark Brown and Chick Lockerman, in a vacant apartment in the Pershing Point Apartments in 1983. Blue Rat Gallery became the center of a vibrant Midtown scene for local artists and musicians until disbanding in 1987. The Blue Rat Archives are housed at Emory University in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

Karen graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BFA degree in art and a minor degree in literature. She then attended Parsons and The Art Sudents League in NYC. After returning to Atlanta she and James, along with several other local artists, created and directed Blue Rat Gallery. Karen and James then moved to Paris. While living there she worked on her painting, as well as wrote and illustrated three “story” books. Her work has been shown locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


James is a self taught photographer and digital video artist. He creates new methods to produce experimental 2D photographs, 3D stereo imagery and digital animations. James received a degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University. His viewer participation/installation pieces, which have been shown at local and regional galleries, were heavily influenced by his studies in behavioral psychology.


"Postcards from a Pandemic" is brought to you by Marcia Wood Gallery in the hopes of keeping people connected to the transformative and hopeful power of art and the importance of artists' work during the Covid19 Pandemic.