Time flies … three years of AR

Me for CL profile It’s hard to believe Art Relish launched three years ago. In those dark days of yore, there weren’t many outlets for keeping up with visual arts events around Atlanta. Now we have a plethora of options and I’m proud of the contribution Art Relish has been able to make to the community. The site remains pretty well focused on its original ideas, Brett Osborn’s thought on a calendar specific to visual arts, and the ongoing evolution of artist interviews from the model established by the Photo Awesome group at SCAD.

Art Relish is primarily a documentary project committed to highlighting the events, artists, and others involved in Atlanta’s visual art community in order to bring attention to the vibrant and diverse work being produced here. I feel strongly that it is important to enable this kind of one-on-one correspondence between artists and the public. As information hierarchies have collapsed and the gatekeeper system shrinks, it is imperative that vehicles exist to bring people together. That takes commitment, consistency, and credibility. I’ve worked hard on these over the years, with varying success. Your continued visits and readership, even when updates have been less frequent or of lower quality than I would like, have inspired me to carry on and keep the site going.

hugs in the hallway As the site has grown, so have I. My daughter’s happy arrival last year brought on a lot of change. I’ve had to become much more organized in order to keep it together. No more of the three plus openings in a night, but better focused interviews and videos. At some point I hope to go back and pull all the interviews I just wasn’t able to post and get them up. Maybe, one day. People are frequently surprised at how much work it takes to produce these pieces. This is like another full-time job. My sincere thanks to everyone who has taken the time to talk with me, and I apologize if your video wasn’t posted. Time just gets away.

I’ve also had the pleasure of working with a ton of fantastic, talented, amazing and interesting people and I really appreciate all of your help. New contributors are always welcome.

In the next year, I look forward to more live streaming of events, new partnerships, and more involved interviews, expanding the circle of subjects to cover more of Atlanta’s art ecosystem. I also hope to get the site to pay for itself.

So, thank you all for continuing to visit. I hope to maintain your interest and exceed your expectations. If you have any suggestions, comments, or anything you’d like to share, please get in touch. Art is about conversation, and I am happy that you have made Art Relish a part of it.

– Jason

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