SAT, Feb 28 Westside Art Walk 11am-5pm

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST OF MANY ART WALKS ON THE WESTSIDE!

ATLANTA – Saturday, February 28, 2009, The Westside Arts District (WAD) will kick-off the first ever WAD Art Walk from 11am to 5pm.

The family-friendly event is intended to draw attention to the rapidly growing art district emerging in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood along Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street from 11th Street to Means Street.  The public is encouraged to walk the approximately 1 square mile route between member locations to view the exhibitions and in many cases attend a free lecture or tour given by the art space.  Maps and exhibition information will be available at each location the day of the event.

Currently, WAD is comprised of 8 members including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Bobbe Gillis Gallery, Emily Amy Gallery, Get This! Gallery, Kiang Gallery, SALTWORKS, Sandler Hudson Gallery and Octane Coffee Bar.

Events are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.  All venues are open from 11am to 5pm, unless otherwise noted.  The Schedule of Events for Saturday, Feb 28 will be as follows:

11am
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
535 Means Street, NW Artist Survival Skills Series Talk: The Geometry of Hope: Utopian Abstraction in Latin America 1930-1970
Curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, explores the different ways in which abstract artists from South America expressed ideas of Utopia and social transformation.
General admission, $5; Students/Seniors, $3; Children under 12 and Members, Free

BOBBE GILLIS GALLERY
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 108
Featuring 30 locally and regionally recognized artists and fine framing.
The gallery will be open for viewing.

1pm
EMILY AMY GALLERY
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208
Clayton Santiago’s Self-Guided tour through his recently opened exhibition, “Summoning Light”
Local artist, Clayton Santiago, explores spirituality in art with his mysterious and luminous paintings. Working in a mixed media consisting of tar, oils, gold leaf, and epoxy, Santiago creates works that capture some of Nature’s most striking elements.  Please join us as Santiago takes us on a self-guided tour through his new show at Emily Amy Gallery.

SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY
1009-A Marietta Street, NW
Greely Myatt: Sometimes I Settle For A Chuckle – Installation and     paintings.
Pat Courtney: Judith’s Gift – Text based photographs.
The gallery will be open for viewing.

KIANG GALLERY
1011-A Marietta Street, NW
Gloria Ortiz-Hernandez: New Drawings and Sculpture
The gallery will be open for viewing.

2pm
SALTWORKS
664 11th St NW
Highlights from the Cumanana exhibition
Brian Holcombe, Founder and Director of SALTWORKS, leads a tour of selections from the gallery’s current group exhibition Cumanana, organized by artist William Cordova.  Works by artists Glexis Novoa, Ernesto Oroza and Mary Valverde will be highlighted.  Cumanana is a Peruvian word that alludes to concepts of ritual and tradition.  The works discussed address these concepts as well as issues of transformation of space and the referencing of the past and present through imagery and material.

3pm
GET THIS! GALLERY
662 11th St. NW
Drew Conrad will discuss his recent exhibition currently on view.
Artist Drew Conrad will be present to discuss his current exhibition at Get This! Gallery, “Cowboys, Lovers, Losers & Nobodies.”  The show explores the complex ideology of the mystified ‘American male’.  Please join us for a casual discussion with the artist and to view the recent exhibition.

8am – 1am
OCTANE COFFEE BAR
1009-B Marietta Street NW
Artwork by Rob Knight, local tattoo artist / photographer.
Open for coffee and discussions.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
wadatlanta@gmail.com

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