Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photographers are invited to Enter the Eighth Annual “SlowExposures 2010” Photo Exhibition

Entry Deadline is Midnight, Tuesday, June 15th, 2010.

This Year’s Theme: “The Rural South”

The deadline to enter the nationally recognized “SlowExposures” annual photo exhibition in Georgia is midnight, Tuesday, June 15th. Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their work.

Pike Historic Preservation, producers of “SlowExposures,” recently announced the call for photographers for the juried photograph exhibit that takes place during the last two weeks of September.

Photographers may submit up to six images for $50. All work must be original to the artist and photographs must have been taken within the last four years. Photographs may be color or black and white; using traditional or digital processes or elements of both.

One thousand dollars in total awards will be given to the first, second and third place winners of this fall’s show. “Honorable Mention” ribbons and a “People’s Choice” prize will also be awarded.

The “SlowExposures 2010” jurors are Brett Levin, Director of the Visual Arts Gallery of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jack Spencer, Master Photographer based in Tennessee.

“SlowExposures 2010” is staged September 17 through September 26 at the historic R. F. Strickland Building in Concord, Georgia, 60 miles south of the Atlanta airport.

All entries must be submitted online at the new “SlowExposures” website --- www.slowexposures.org using the online registration form and payment by PayPal or credit card.

Other “SlowExposures 2010” events include additional photography exhibits in satellite locations, the Salon at the Whiskey Bonding Barn for photographers, a Portfolio Review and much more.

Please visit the website at www.slowexposures or contact Christine Curry at 770-567-3600 for more information.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Metro Market Atlanta Open!

I spent the day at the new Metro Market Atlanta on Piedmont Road in Buckhead today. They're just getting started on this new venture to bring a European style market to the Buckhead area. It's located in the old Buckhead Design Center, just off I-85 (www.metromarketatlanta.com for directions and more info).

It's a great location and it offers a wide variety of products ranging from art to books to purses to food and produce! The building is very eye-catching and there's plenty of parking in the front and back.

They're still looking for high quality vendors to fill a few of the empty spots. Currently they have pottery, paintings, leather work, clothing (very neat original works in two spots), an author, purses, cheese (excellent cheese, I bought some after sampling), jewelry, hand-crafted dolls, organic and fresh produce, garden tools and products, and much, much more.

There is a huge area set aside for children. The murals on the wall are inviting and fun! You'll see the kid's area in the slide show I'm including on here.

I talked to a number of vendors and many are repeats. Some took a space for the entire month, others are just there for one or more weekends. Everyone seemed so extraordinarily helpful and pleasant! It was a rather pleasant atmosphere.

In addition to my cheese (swiss, ginger cheese and a pepper crusted gouda), I came home with a unique pair of earrings. There's also a booth with hand-crafted jeweled thing-a-ma-bobs to hold your hair. I should know what they're called, but it's after 11 p.m. and I'm too pooped to go look it up! It's on the slide show...

Kim Painter Chesney has some wonderful works of "realistic impressionism" and encaustics (an ancient technique incorporating wax and oils). She has been featured in Flourish Art Magazine and has won awards for her work.

Other artists include Vickie Martin (mixed media and collage), Ben Happens (unusual and unique leather purses and other items), Keli's Kreations (very nice clothing), Diamonds & Pearls Couture ('clothes that make you feel like a diamond, by Elle, fashion designer), Castle Gate Designs (jewelry), Hummingbird Hollow Pottery and many others.

I chowed down on a four-cheese calzone from Buckhead Italian Market and Restaurant for lunch. Later I sinned with a decadent chocolate brownie. I saw some tempting salads and pizza, too.

If you're passing through Atlanta this weekend, or any weekend through the end of June, zip off onto Piedmont and stop in for a visit! Even if you're not interested in the art (shame, shame if you're not!) you can grab some stellar cheese, some veggies or consider buying one of Diana Black's books. Every weekend there are new vendors and new things to check out.

It won't be long before the new Market is full and with the change out of artists and vendors each week it'll be like a new venture every time you visit!

I'll be going back to the Metro Market again and will be adding more photos... plus I'm going to have a spinach calzone, buy a painting and maybe try the baklava!

- jmd

Monday, May 17, 2010

Positive/Negative Space: An Intimate Evening with New Work by Miles Davis

For one night only, Miles Davis shares his artistic views of positive and negative, good and evil, yin and yang. Join us as we fill The Space with drinks, conversation, and captivating artwork. A selection of new paintings will be unveiled.

Sat., May 22, 2010 • 7p-10p • The Space • 195 Arizona Ave., LW #7, Atlanta, GA 30307
click here to RSVP • massiveburnstudios.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Proposed Lease of Lakewood Fairgrounds Offers Economic & Cultural Opportunities for Atlanta

Today, the Finance Executive Committee of the Atlanta City Council voted on a unique opportunity for Atlanta to lease the Lakewood Fairgrounds property to EUE/Screen Gems, a company well-known in the film and television industry. The measure will now proceed to full council for a vote on May 17. EUE/Screen Gems has begun the formal process to lease approximately 30-acres from the Lakewood Fairgrounds property where they intend to create a studio complex for television, commercial, digital and film production. The property lease covers land and existing infrastructure. Plans include a multi-million dollar phased renovation for property development and outfitting, which includes building a large, state-of-the-art sound stage, developing office space, and building a mill shop, lighting and grip facilities.

The proposed lease agreement includes:

· 50-year lease starting at $250,000 per year, increasing to $600,000 in year 10

· Lease would be adjusted for market conditions every 10 years

· Re-appraisals will utilize three-assessor approach

· Lease increments of 2% per year between re-appraisals

· Initial capital investment of approximately $6 million in first two years required

“Working with EUE/Screen Gems will present many wonderful opportunities for our great city. Not only will it provide industry related job opportunities to our residents, but it will also have a positive impact on Lakewood’s neighboring areas by creating secondary business and job opportunities. This agreement will increase our ability to successfully compete with other states and cities who are vying for business within the entertainment industry. While we are in the midst of an unfavorable real estate market and very challenging economic times, the proposed deal allows us to make an advantageous investment in Atlanta’s future,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.

The 50-year lease with EUE/Screen Gems will have a considerable economic and cultural impact on the city of Atlanta. The current property zoning is industrial and as such, this proposed deal offers the highest and best use of both the land and buildings. This lease will provide significant contributions to the City’s General Fund and will reduce the maintenance cost by $100,000 per year. Additionally, it will eliminate a projected $400,000 in infrastructure expenditures. Most importantly, this lease should result in the creation of more than 1,000 new job opportunities.

EUE/Screen Gems also intends to initiate a production training program in the coming years in concert with area technical schools and colleges. In addition to crew members, actors and extras, the local economy may benefit from increased catering, prop, transportation and dry cleaning businesses. These are a few examples of supporting businesses that often develop close to studio facilities.

“I look forward to working with the Mayor’s office and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to continue to build on the area’s film assets. We are pleased at the prospect of coming into Atlanta and being a part of the Lakewood community. This business venture fully complements our studios in New York City which are home to clients such as The Rachael Ray Show. It supplements our extensive studio campus in Wilmington, North Carolina. That location has been a film and television hub for more than 20 years and home to productions such as ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, and ‘One Tree Hill.’ Atlanta offers an urban location with excellent airport access to and from Los Angeles and a film-friendly incentive situation,” said Chris Cooney, COO of EUE/Screen Gems.

About EUE/Screen Gems
EUE/Screen Gems supplies production space, studios, technological infrastructure and support for movie, film and commercial producers. It is a diversified content production studio and facilities company based in New York City with a 50-acre studio lot in Wilmington, N.C. http://www.euescreengems.com/, http://www.screengemsstudios.com/

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Announcing the Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition

The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts is very pleased to announce The Hudgens Prize visual arts competition and juried show. Open to any artist living as a full time resident in the state of Georgia, aged 18 and up, the competition will bestow a $50,000 cash award and an invitation for a solo exhibit upon one selected artist.

The winning artist will be announced at an Award Celebration held in conjunction with the final juried show, which will run from November of 2010 until February, 2011.

The Hudgens Prize represents one of the largest art awards given in the nation. It is an unprecedented opportunity for an artist in Georgia to receive both the large cash prize and the opportunity for a solo exhibit, and the juried exhibit in November will provide great statewide exposure for all of the finalists.

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer such an important award competition to the artists of Georgia. Particularly in times of economic challenge, it is vital that we support the arts and artists, or we lose something that is literally irreplaceable in our culture and our state,” said Teresa Osborn, Interim Executive Director at The Hudgens.

The Prize is sponsored by a private foundation that prefers to remain anonymous. “They were strongly interested in supporting the arts on a statewide basis, and also wanted to help increase the visibility and prestige of The Hudgens in the state,” said Stan Hall, Chairman of the Board at The Hudgens.

“We are greatly honored that the foundation chose us to be the venue and facilitators for this exciting competition,” stated Hall.

“It is our hope that by bringing more attention to The Hudgens, this competition will also result in more support from the community and the state, particularly in this current, very challenging, economic environment,” added Osborn.

The Juror Panel for the competition consists of David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at The Whitney Museum of American Art; Sylvie Fortin, Editor-in-Chief of ART PAPERS Magazine; and Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the New Museum in New York.

“We are very pleased with the caliber of art professionals we have assembled to serve on the jury panel for The Hudgens Prize. We feel that this trio will serve us well in making some difficult decisions,” states Angela Nichols, Director of Programs and Education at The Hudgens. “They are all well known nationally and internationally in the arts and we’re thrilled to have such a well respected and impressive group of jurors.”

Kiehl has organized many Whitney exhibitions, including: Memorials of War (2004); Political Nature (2004-05); Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe (2005); and Two Years (2007-08). He was responsible for the exhibition installations of The Art of Richard Tuttle (2005-06), Kiki Smith: A Gathering (2006-07), and Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect (2009). Kiehl also serves on the editorial board of Print Quarterly; the Board of Directors for Printed Matter; and the advisory committee for the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University.

Fortin is an independent curator, art historian, critic and editor who has worked internationally since 1991. She has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Program Coordinator at la chambre blanche (Quebec), and a long-term collaborator with OBORO. Her critical essays have been published in Canadian, American and European catalogues, and her reviews have appeared in many periodicals including Art Press, C Magazine, Espace, Fuse (of which she is a contributing editor), NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Parachute. Fortin was named Lexus Leader of the Arts in December 2007.

Joo spearheads the New Museum’s unique educational and public programs, including the pioneering ‘Museum as Hub,’ a curatorial/education hybrid with five international partner organizations. She was previously Director and Curator at the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles. This year, Joo was commissioner for the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, where she presented “Condensation: Haegue Yang.” She recently organized Nikhil Chopra’s performance and exhibition “Yog Raj Chitrikar: Memory Drawing IX,” which is on
view at the New Museum through February 14.

Visual artwork of any medium will be considered for the Competition, but it must have been completed within the last two years and meet certain size and weight criteria. The entry fee is just $30 for members of The Hudgens and $50 for non-members (includes one Artist level membership), and entitles each artist to submit up to five entries. Entries are to be submitted via digital images burned onto a CD and mailed to The Hudgens.

The jury will select between five to ten artists to participate in the Finalist’s Exhibition, which will run from November 30, 2010 through February 19, 2011. The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at an Award Celebration on November 30, and will have a solo exhibition at The Hudgens Center in December 2011.

Deadline for entry for the competition is June 4, 2010. The Hudgens Prize prospectus contains further details about the competition and information on how to enter, and is available on The Hudgens’ website at www.thehudgens.org.

The Hudgens Center currently has three exhibits on view until May 15, 2010, including Herbert Creecy, featuring one of Georgia’s most well-known abstract expressionist painters; Georgia Artists from the Permanent Collection and Tannery Row: Selected Works, which highlight some of the wonderful talent from the Buford artists’ colony, Tannery Row, in another collection from Georgia-based artists.

The simultaneous presentation of these three exhibits represents a change in the focus and mission of The Hudgens. The center is committed to presenting coordinated exhibits that carry a theme throughout the facility, as these do in featuring Georgia artists, and will present three to four sets of similarly integrated exhibits per year.

The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg 300 in Duluth, at the end of the Gwinnett Center complex. The parking lot is located off of Satellite Boulevard, near the intersection of Satellite & Sugarloaf Parkway, and the main entrance is under the giant robot.

For more information about events and happenings at The Hudgens, please call 770-623-6002 or sign up to receive the monthly newsletter at www.thehudgens.org.

Call for Exhibitors: 40th Annual Holiday Fair; Carolina First Center; Greenville, SC - December 2-4, 2010

The 40th Annual Holiday Fair is sure to be a spectacularevent for the thousands of who will visit the region's largest holiday arts, crafts, and gift show. The Carolina First Center, formerly the Palmetto Expo, transforms into a winter wonderland offering opportunities to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the Christmas Season. Exhibitors include more than 300 crafters and commercial vendors from 15 states in this three-day award-winning fair.

Plan now to be a part of The 40th Annual Holiday Fair. If you have interest in exhibiting your arts, crafts and gifts, we have space available now but it is going fast. Contact us today!

Exhibitor Info:

We hope you can join us!

As a traditional crafter or commercial/retail vendor of arts, crafts, gifts, decorations and accessories, you won't want to miss this once-a-year selling opportunity in the fair that traditionally kicks off the Holiday shopping season in the Upstate of South Carolina. For over three decades crafters, artisans and other purveyors of popular gift favorites have headed to Greenville the first weekend of December to participate in this yearly event.

We have kept the popular dual-side floor plan, which incorporates an area designated "Crafter's Village" for traditional and non-traditional crafters, and the "Gift Bazaar" area, for commercial and retail vendors.

Please note that only crafters should request the Crafter's Village area, as this side of the hall will be strictly juried. The Gift Bazaar side will not be juried and is open to both craft and commercial vendors.

Exhibitor Information
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2010 Floor Plan
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Hotel Lists and Rates
Deadlines and Reminders
On-Line Application
Exhibitor Lists


Direct Contact Information:
Carolina First Center
One Exposition Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Kristy Warner, Show Manager
Phone: 864-233-2562

Fax: (864) 255-8615

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

7th Annual Daylily Festival June 4 - 5... Arts & Crafts, too!

Friday 5PM - 9PM Saturday 9AM - 4PM

Gray Elementary Pecan Orchard
273 Railroad Street - Gray, Georgia

Entry Deadline: May 26, 2010

Located on Railroad Street and presented by Gray Station Better Hometown, Inc, The 7th Annual Daylily Festival invites you to participate in this annual event.

Just fifteen minutes from Macon, an easy drive from Atlanta and Georgia's Lake Country, the Daylily Festival is growing every year... This is truly an event in which the entire community is involved!

Arts and Crafts
5K Road Race/Fun Run
Live Music
Generous Selection of Food
Children's Area
Horseshoe Tournament
Golf Tournament
Teddy Bear Walk
And...of course, DAYLILIES!

Nancy PaceGray Station
Better Hometown
Daylily Festival
P. O. Box 626

Gray, Georgia 31032

Gray Station Better Hometown, Inc.

Jones County - Gray Chamber of Commerce

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fayette - ArtWorks on the Square Announced Upcoming Events, Classes

Friday, May 7th, 7:00-9:00 pm Wine Tasting, Live Jazz and opening reception for Jason Zampol's Oil Portraits. Jason has a Masters in Art and paints with vivid strong strokes in the manner of the Old World Masters. Come explore 19 studios and two galleries in a unique village of creativity known as "ArtWorks on the Square", 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more info call 678-545-0275.

Sat. May 8th 1:00-3:00 pm ArtWorks on the Square in Fayetteville is offering "Kid's Gift Making"
Dad's bring over the kids and let them decorate vases before putting in real flowers to give as Mother's Day's gifts. $10.00 per child & vase. Register with Kate Hawkins Poshinkids@hotmail.com. Please pre-pay at ArtWorks, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more info call 678-545-0275.

Sun. May 9th 12:00-3:00 pm Special Mothers Day's High Tea Benefit to help Fayette Art Center buy the "ArtWorks" building. To reserve seating, please email Kathaleenbrewer@comcast.net. Victorian settings. Tickets sold for $35 in advance, $40 at the door if there is seating still available. Delicate foods being made by professional High Tea cook. Location is ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA. For more info call 678-545-0275.

Mosaic Stained Glass Workshop, Sat. & Sun May 22-23, 2:00-5:00 pm. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. 678-545-0275 or email KathaleenBrewer@comcast.net. $65.00 - includes materials.

Ongoing classes:
Monday, May 3rd 4:30 - 6:30 pm Youth Art Classes for ages 6-10. Will become Summer Art Camp in June. Register with Kate Hawkins Poshinkids@hotmail.com. Please pre-pay at ArtWorks, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more info call 678-545-0275.

Monday Evening Art Therapy thru "Chayil" a national non-profit dedicated to helping women in crisis. Starts May 3rd, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Register directly with Chayil by emailing info@chayilinc.org or visit www.ActualizedArt.com to learn more. Workshop held at ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Tues. May 4th, 1:00-2:00 pm, Drawing Class with Judy Huang. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

Tues. May 4th, 2:00-3:00 pm Watercolor Class with Judy Huang. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

Tues. evening, May 4th & 11th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Get to Know Your Camera and intro. to Photoshop - two night session $60.00. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

Wed. Evening, May 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Introduction to Oil Painting, still life and landscape, at ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

THURSDAY, May 6th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Introduction to Oil, Acrylic and Pastel Mediums. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

THURSDAY, May 6th, 4:30-6:00 pm after school for middle & high school aged - Learn how to use a Digital Drawing Board with Master Artist Jason Zampol or introduction to various mediums and enhance drawing skills with Kathaleen Brewer, ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

Thursday, May 6th, 6:00-8:00 Intro. to Portrait Oil Painting with Jason Zampol, MFA. Learn traditional Old World classical skills. ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Call 678-545-0275 for more information or visit www.ArtWorksontheSquare.com.

ArtWorks on the Square
Fayette Art Center
107 Stonewall Ave. W
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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