Thursday, March 12, 2009
An Art-filled Spring; or What I Did on My Blogging Vacation
Back from blogging hiatus....
The last several weeks have been busy to say the least. And two of the things that I do when stressed from a hectic life is to escape into art and interesting images, and escape into books (more on that later).
So, inspired in part by the ongoing discussions about including art in your everyday life over at Style Court, I've gone to a couple of gallery openings from one end of Atlanta to the other lately. Smithy and I checked out Clayton Santiago's beautiful, moody paintings at the Emily Amy Gallery a couple weeks ago. (Check out Clayton's website HERE.) It's well worth a visit to see his paintings as well as the other works represented at the gallery. And check out the newly emerging Westside Arts District while you're at it.
I also took in the recent opening at the Swan Coach House Gallery: Scratching the Surface: Southern Mark-making in Arts and Crafts. It's an interesting show that incorporates work in several genres: painting, ceramics, metal, and wood. While at the show, I even got carried away enough to purchase two pieces - a pair of ceramic mugs by the talented Rebeka Strickland. Check out the slide show at the link above. (I bought the doe mug!)
On the slate for this weekend is a show that I'm really excited about; an art reception for our friend Scott Dupree at the Portal Gallery (also home to the Atlanta Printmakers' Studio), located in the West End. Through Smithy, I've met a lot of talented artists, but Scott's work is consistantly among my favorites. All of these older works shown are acrylic and wax crayon on panel. Rumor, i.e. Smithy, has it that the new show will have a lot of works on paper.