Westside Arts District Walk

Saturday, April 17th,11am to 5pm, for the “3rd Saturday Art Walk”
Schedule of Events are as follows:

Guest Lecture:  Mira Schor at The Contemporary

ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER – open 11am – 5 pm; event 11 am – 12 pm Members, Free; General admission, $5; Students/Seniors, $3; Kids under 12, Free 535 Means Street, NW, 404.688.1970, www.thecontemporary.org
Guest Lecture: Mira Schor, 11 am – 12 pm
Exhibiting artist Mira Schor discusses painting, writing, and publishing as sites for critical engagement. Her new book, A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life, is available for sale and signing. Schor is a painter and writer, and she teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. She has written frequently on issues of gender representation and feminist art history and her visual work balances political concerns with formalist and material passions. Exhibition: Substitute Teacher
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.
1009-A Marietta Street, NW, www.sandlerhudson.com
Artist’s talk with Kenn Kotara and Brett Smith.
Kenn Kotara: Kenn Kotara will discuss his recent work at Sandler Hudson Gallery. This exhibition, entitled, “the in between is mine,” includes mixed media works on shaped-canvas, suspended metal screens and pencil drawings on mylar. The rooftop space will feature an installation of clay and grass entitled, “Viaticus.”
Brett Smith: Atlanta-based artist and South-Africa native, Brett Smith will have conducted an interactive conceptual performance piece during the opening reception of his exhibition entitled, “15 Seconds.” He will be discussing the idea based on Andy Warhol’s notion of everyone having their 15 minutes of fame, and on the instantaneous nature of our technology-based society.  Image: Kenn Kotara, Category One, 2009, pencil on mylar, 36 x 36 in.

Additional galleries open for viewing:

SALTWORKS— open 11-5, FREE
664 11th St. NW www.saltworksgallery.com
SALTWORKS is pleased to present On Foreign Soil, new works on paper by New York-based Irish Artist Conor McGrady on view through April 24.  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.  Image:  Conor McGrady, Temple I, 2009, Gouache on paper, 23 x 30 in. 
662 11th St. NW www.getthisgallery.com
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.  Image:  The Nightmare, 2010, Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper, 11×17 in.
OCTANE COFFEE– open 8am – 10pm, FREE
1009-B Marietta Street NW www.octanecoffee.com
Katie Shuford is an emerging artist from Atlanta, GA who has recently moved back into the area.  She received her BA in Studio Art with Honors in Art from Wake Forest University, where she concentrated in sculpture.  Working in media from photography to installation to performance, she considers her body her primary material.  She is currently working on a site-specific installation project in the home of a participant.  View an online archive of her work at katieshuford.com.  Image title:  Roots 1.
1011-A Marietta Street, NW www.kiang-gallery.com
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 Annette Gates and Pandra 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.  Image:  Annette Gates, Pledge of Iniquity, 2010, 20 black porcelain suspended objects.
EMILY AMY GALLERY—open 11am – 5pm, FREE

1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208 www.emilyamygallery.com

Michael Abrams: Return to Nature.  Growing up in Rensselear County in upstate New York would eventually have a profound influence on Michael Abrams’ artistic career, although he was not aware of it then.  The views out his childhood bedroom window of the Hudson River Valley became deeply engrained in his subconscious and have since become the predominant subject of his work.  The landscapes are loosely based on these Hudson River Valley vistas he remembers but are also partially fabricated in his imagination.  The combination makes for atmospheric, luminescent and ethereal paintings created from layering glazes from semi-transparent to opaque.  The result is a beautifully rendered edenic nature of Abrams’ own personal invention.  Image:  Michael Abrams,”Twilight on Mt. Tom,” 46″ x 52,” Oil on canvas.

1000 Marietta Street, Suite 108 www.gillisgallery.com
In honor of Earth Day, Bobbe Gillis Gallery will be showcasing the handcrafted artwork of Bobbe’s daughter, Amanda Gillis.  Amanda has created a line of handbags and jewelry made entirely from recycled materials.  Come and see what this young lady has created by living by the motto:  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rebuy”.


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 the email list please send an email to wadatlanta@gmail.com.

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