Westside First Anniversary Art Walk

One year anniversary of the Westside Art District!

Schedule of Events for the March “3rd Saturday” Art Walk

All galleries open 11am to 5pm, unless otherwise noted.

662 11th St. NW
Dawn Black Artist Talk. Dawn Black’s drawings explore her own mania regarding “authentic” identity and of society’s at large by depicting scenes of figures meticulously drawn in gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper. These figures are all “found”, being culled from the Internet and various periodicals. Black’s selection of real figures from the past and present and her arrangement of these figures into a single composition has the effect of condensing time, since many different time periods and histories are present in one of her images. These figure’s ambiguous relationships then become intertwined with the viewer’s own beliefs regarding the authentic and the covert, the formidable and the meek and are intended to invoke the aura of a forgotten myth while exploring, satirizing, and critiquing current events and social conventions.

664 11th St. NW
Conor McGrady Artist Talk. New York-based artist Conor McGrady speaks on his solo exhibition, On Foreign Soil, on view through April 24. This is McGrady’s third solo exhibition at SALTWORKS. McGrady’s recent body of work continues his long-term examination of the role of authority in contemporary society. His large-scale drawings and smaller works on paper investigate how power manifests itself in symbols, iconography, architecture and the social construction of individual and collective identity within the framework of nationalist narratives.

1011-A Marietta Street, NW
Annette Gates and Pandra Williams Artist Talk. Kiang presents In Significance. Within the realm of the microscopic domain, hidden forces are at work simultaneously creating and destroying the world around us. Invisible and yet formidable, entities such as pollen and mold play roles in the cycle of life on which the macroscopic community depends. Using porcelain Gates and Williams collaborate, seeking to expose the veiled beauty of microscopic forms while mapping the transfer of energy from the sun into soil, and the subtle relationship of how the energy transfers to macroscopic communities.

1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208
Beltline 101 Presentation by Angel Poventud. The Beltline is a project combining green space, trails, transit, and new development along 22 miles of historic rail segments that encircle downtown Atlanta. With a recent open call for public art, the Beltline has become increasingly attractive to the arts community on the Westside as well as in the city at large. Please join us to learn more about the largest urban redevelopment project currently underway in the U.S. and to get involved. Image courtesy of Christopher T. Martin for Beltline.org

Gather Atlanta Emerging Creatives Mixer – 7-10pm, FREE
@ Emily Amy Gallery, 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208
Join the Gallery Atlanta crowd as they host in celebrating the Westside Arts District’s one-year anniversary! Light refreshments will be provided. This is an opportunity to network and chat with your friends of Atlanta’s emerging arts organizations and collectives. We’ll also discuss the upcoming Gather Atlanta summer conference, voted Best Art Event of 2009 by Creative Loafing.

Additional galleries open for viewing:

Members, Free; General admission, $5; Students/Seniors, $3;
Kids under 12, Free
535 Means Street, NW
Exhibition: Substitute Teacher, curated by Regine Basha and Stuart Horodner
What is a substitute teacher? Typically, it is a person who fills in for the regular teacher when he or she is unavailable. For our purposes, a substitute teacher is any being, situation, or object that has the potential to impart knowledge. Substitute Teacher acts as an alternative syllabus for art-life learning. The installed artworks, the participating artists, the curators, the exhibition, and the institution can all be considered “substitute teachers” that encourage visitors to assess and challenge their own wealth of knowledge while embarking on new journeys of discovery. On view March 5 – May 16, 2010.

1000 Marietta Street, Suite 108
Representing the work of 20 local artists.

OCTANE COFFEE– open 8am – 10pm, FREE
1009-B Marietta Street NW
Brooke Helfen, a local Atlanta artist and designer, uses repurposed, earth-friendly textiles and materials to create pieces which express modern sentiment under the supervision of a mischievous inner child. Influenced by her love of sustainability and kitschy fabric, she creates textural pieces which are strangely adorable and often humorous.

1009-A Marietta Street, NW,
JO PETERSON – light dark near far
This exhibition features abstracted nature-based works entitled, light dark near far. Peterson says,” The natural world is a place where I can both achieve relief and find inspiration.” Peterson captures elements of nature from her travels. She then isolates areas of interest to create dream-like imagery using acrylic and vine charcoal on board.

The Westside Art Walk is a presentation of the Westside Arts District and occurs on the third Saturday of every month from 11am to 5pm, unless otherwise noted. This art-centric event is intended to encourage public interaction and education of visual art in the emerging art district in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. There is plenty of free parking at each venue, however, the public is encouraged to walk the approximately 1 mile route between member locations to view the exhibitions and, in many cases, attend a lecture or tour given by the art space. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Maps and exhibition information will be available at each location the day of the event. Information can be found on the group’s website www.wadatlanta.org. To join our email list please send an email to wadatlanta@gmail.com.

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