Monday, July 27, 2015

Flashback 2010: Meet Atlanta's Young Art Shakers at Gather Atlanta

This was July 31, 2010 but all these folks still seem young to me. It was Gather Atlanta at Trees Atlanta in Reynoldstown, kind of an outreach / networking thing. I didn't know a soul but it's where I first stuck my nose into the Atlanta arts scene, where I ate my first Good Food Truck Poodle.

This blog post has been setting here for five years. I never finished so I never published it. I'm not going to check the links, maybe later.

Here are 36 more pictures, maybe one of you or Paul Boshears.


Burnaway "is an online visual arts journal. BurnAway covers Atlanta, GA's art scene through weekly reviews, columns, and studio visits with local artists." I follow Burnaway's excellent weekly to-do list.
Pictured: Susannah Darrow- Executive Director, Cofounder, Jeremy Abernathy - Editor-in-Chief, Cofounder, Ciara Sames - Intern
twitter.com/burnawaygaBurnAway on Facebook


P1030190-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-WonderRoot-Center-Chris-AppletonWonderRoot "is a 501(c)3 non-profit community arts organization located in Reynoldstown. WonderRoot aims to unite artists and community to inspire social change by providing production facilities, facilitating arts based service projects, and encouraging artists to engage their communities."
That hardly does it justice. As co-founder Chris Appleton (pictured, center) told me, "If it needs doing, we just do it." They have already done more to support Atlanta artists and musicians than any 10 people can think of.
twitter.com/wonderroot
WonderRoot on Facebook
P1030187-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Mint-Gallery-left-PHIL-middle-BrandtMint Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated developing a stronger creative community within Atlanta and throughout Georgia." I'd call it a community minded gallery and music space at the Virginia Cotton Docks in the Old 4th Ward.
Pictured: left - Phil, center -Brandt.
twitter.com/mintatl
Mint on Facebook
P1030177-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Wrens-Nest-Lain-Shakespeare-Amelia-Lerner"By preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and special events, the Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource and entertainment venue for the community, the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe." The Wrens Nest and staff cross every community line in Atlanta.
Pictured: Lain Shakespeare, Executive Director, Amelia Trace Lerner, Program Director
twitter.com/TheWrensNest
Wren's Nest on Facebook

P1030179-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-B-Complex-Jack-Kinley"Founded in early 2000, The B Complex is rapidly unfolding as Atlanta’s only artist conceived and developed cooperative ownership community."
It's on Murphy Avenue south of the West End MARTA station. This place DEFINES reclaimed warehouse / industrial. (Heaven for Architecture Tourists.)
Pictured: Jack Kinley, Gallery Director.
twitter.com/thebcomplex
The B Complex on Facebook
P1030178-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-I45-Galleries-Inman-Park-O4W-Lt-5-Points-left-Susan-BridgesA group of 5 galleries in Inman Park, the Old 4th Ward, and Little 5 Points. Henley Studios, WM Turner Gallery, Whitespace, and Barbara Archer Gallery.
Their second biannual event "Convergent Frequencies" will be open to the public, free of charge, 6pm - 12 midnight during the weekend of September 17, 18 and 19.
Pictured: Left - Susan
Bridges,
Owner/director of Whitespace

i45 on Facebook
P1030181-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Twinhead-Theatre"Twinhead Theatre has been providing affordable thrills to the Atlanta community since 2003. Formed as an arts collaborative by a group of Georgia State students, the ensemble grew and mutated over the years to become an independent, non-profit theater company." Face it, theater people are fun at conferences.
Pictured: Molly K Shepherd, Rob Bullard, James Yates, Diana Brown.
twitter.com/twinheadtheatre
Twinhead Theater on Facebook
"P1030183-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Atlanta-Printmakers-StudioAtlanta Printmakers Studio (APS) was founded in 2005 to promote the fine art of printmaking by offering access to a well-equipped studio and diverse educational programs that foster the development of printmaking as a vibrant and progressive art form." This is the place to learn and practice printmaking. Its one the West site of I-75 near Turner Field.
Atlanta Printmakers Studio on Facebook

P1030182-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-SCAD-Atlanta-Animation-Society"SAAS is an Atlanta-based student organization that operates from the SCAD-Atlanta campus."
SCAD-Atlanta Animation Society on Facebook

P1030184-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Kibbee-Gallery-Ben-GoldmanKibbee Gallery is an alternative art space in Atlanta Georgia for emerging artist. Located in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Kibbee is on Linwood Ave, directly behind the Fellini's Pizza on Ponce De Leon.

Pictured: Ben Goldman - gallery manager
Kibbee Gallery on Facebook

P1030184-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Push-Push-Theater"... dedicated to the development of performing artists, aims to be a force in cultural progression by supporting and providing artistic and cultural development and offering the outcomes to the community through a wide range of innovative programming...by attracting artists from other dynamic cultural centers and providing opportunities for performing artists to grow...push boundaries, take artistic risks, explore new ideas, and collaborate with other artists."
Pictured: ?
twitter.com/pushpushtheaterPush Push Theater on Facebook
P1030192-2010-07-31-Gather-Atlanta-Flux-ProjectsLe Flash has become Flux, but remains one of Atlanta's unique one night event on October 1, 2010 in the Castleberry Hill Arts District.

Pictured: Ann Archer Dennington - executive director
twitter.com/FluxProjects
Flux Projects on Facebook



Monday, July 20, 2015

Bottoms Up and Blooming: Nexus Press & Atlanta Zine Fest

Do the Nexus Press alums ever mix it up with the zinesters?

I was thinking: Why wasn't the Atlanta Zine Fest at The Contemporary? Underground printing has come a long way but it's got deep roots.


Here is Taylor Moon's zine, Lost in Time and Space, with her self portrait from the new "Murmur Media" space on Broad Street in South Downtown.

IMG_20150501_201829 2015-05-01 Endless Road A Look at Nexus Press ACAC Atlanta Contemporary
Underground printing at maximum quality required expensive equipment and materials with maximum craftsmanship. These artistic avenues remain open while technology has reduced some of the costs. Picture from the superb "Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press" show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

The Atlanta Zine Fest would have been perfect amidst the Nexus Prsss show. But our young, fearless, risk oblivious, poor arty crowd looks elsewhere.

"They" are building an arts district from the bottom up in downtown Atlanta, it's even on MARTA. It's edgy, it's risky, it has a big-city feel. It's the perfect place for the Atlanta Zine Fest.


Downstairs at Mammal Gallery.

Thanks to the Goat Farm folks.

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