Westside Arts District 1st Anniversary Art Walk, Saturday, March 20, 11am-5pm

Annette Gates

Annette Gates at Kiang Gallery

SATURDAY, MARCH 20
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.

GET THIS! GALLERY—Event Noon-1pm,  FREE
662 11th St. NW www.getthisgallery.com
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.

SALTWORKS—Event 1-2pm, FREE
664 11th St. NW www.saltworksgallery.com
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.

KIANG GALLERY—Event 2-3pm, FREE
1011-A Marietta Street, NW www.kiang-gallery.com
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.

EMILY AMY GALLERY—Event 3-4pm, FREE
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208 www.emilyamygallery.com
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

**SPECIAL EVENT**
Gather Atlanta Emerging Creatives Mixer – 7-9pm, FREE
@ Emily Amy Gallery, 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208 www.gatheratlanta.com
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:

ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER – open 11am – 5 pm
Members, Free; General admission, $5; Students/Seniors, $3;
Kids under 12, Free
535 Means Street, NW www.thecontemporary.org
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.

BOBBE GILLIS GALLERY—open 10am – 4pm, FREE
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 108 www.gillisgallery.com
Representing the work of 20 local artists.

OCTANE COFFEE– open 8am – 10pm, FREE
1009-B Marietta Street NW www.octanecoffee.com
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.

SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY–open 11am – 5pm, FREE
1009-A Marietta Street, NW, www.sandlerhudson.com
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.

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