Jan 21: Third Saturday Westside Art Walk, 11am to 5pm

Artist Craig Drennen as Timon of Athens (2011) courtesy SALTWORKS GALLERY

Be sure to catch several new exhibitions up during January’s Westside Art Walk!


*11am-12pm Event: Panel Discussion
535 Means Street NW, (404) 688-1970
www.thecontemporary.org, Open 11am-5pm
Members free, General admission $5, Students $3, Seniors $3, Kids free
*Event: Panel Discussion:
Creative Lives & Careers: On Ambition. Artists Craig Drennen and Nikita Gale, Gallerist Jennifer Schwartz, and Artistic Director Stuart Horodner discuss ambition as evinced by Atlanta’s artists, galleries, and collectors.
Exhibitions on view:
Day Job: Georgia, curated by Nina Katchadourian of The Drawing Center and Stuart Horodner of ACAC, brings together 15 artists whose various modes of employment have a clear link to the art that they produce. Selected from a statewide call for submissions that yielded hundreds of applicants, those chosen work in the food, architecture, gardening, sales, security, customer service, home improvement, and childcare industries.
100,000 Cubicle Hours, curated by Beth Malone and Courtney Hammond, of Dashboard Co-Op. Having recently started “real jobs” themselves, the four artists in this exhibition have created an office environment to give viewers a sense of what it’s like for creative types to bumble around under fluorescent lighting, secretly playing within the gray space in an effort to keep their spirits intact.

*new exhibition
Meet and great with the artist between 12:30-3pm
662 11th St. NW
www.getthisgallery.com / 678-596-4451
Open 12-5pm
Get This! Gallery is pleased to present Atlanta-based artist Heather Mcpherson’s solo exhibition, “shack, shanty, flat”. The exhibition features works that look at houses and the possibility of knowing something about their occupants through exterior clues. This being a continual focus in Mcpherson’s work. She writes of the work, “Each house has an attribute that becomes the focus and gives us clues about the houses’ inhabitants; sheets hanging on a porch, a pile of logs, a boarded up window, an old car parked in front. In these drawings, as in life, everything is not perfect. Time passes, erodes the paint on a wall, rots the wood on a porch, but there’s beauty and truth in these imperfections. These drawing are of the everyday, the beauty of the passage of time and of people living.”

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*12pm Artist Talk with Kristin Gorell
1100 Howell Mill Road Suite A03
White Provision Building
www.poem88.net, tel 404.735.1000, hrs: Wed-Sat, noon to 6pm and by appointment
Kristin Gorell: abstractions. For the last day of her exhibition, Gorell will speak about her two creative careers– one as a screenwriter and the other as a visual artist and how and where these two disciplines coalesce and inform each other. Kristin Gorell’s abstract paintings present her particular distillation of her experience traveling between two very different worlds: her life here in Atlanta Georgia where she is an artist and screenwriter comfortably ensconced with her two children in a Midtown bungalow and her life traveling with her husband, Eran, an Israeli writer and film director. While in Israel, Kristin has observed the strange fragility of life in a war zone as well as the transcendent energy of ancient holy sites from the various faiths uniquely present there; it’s a state of tension and wonder all at the same time. Her paintings embrace those dichotomies: dark and light passages coexist with layers of delicate, glittering color. They are experiments — an on-going working out of the push and pull of color, shape and gesture that resists and wants some kind of resolution.

*1pm Artist Talk, New Exhibition
664 11th Street NW
www.saltworksgallery.com, tel 404.881.0411, hrs 12 – 5pm
Artist Craig Drennen discusses his solo exhibition, [Dramatis Personæ], featuring new paintings and works on paper.  Continuing his exploration of overlooked and unknown cultural contributions, Drennen’s latest subject is Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.  Sustained viewing of Drennen’s work reveals subtle differences in composition and palette spread across a broad spectrum of painterly effects.  This verisimilitude alludes to an actor’s craft and the use of trompe l’oeil, gestural marks, and hard-edge abstraction is less about pastiche and more about allowing the physical material of paint to perform as many tasks as possible.  This exhibition continues until March 3.

*Scott Ingram will be present for an artist talk at 2 pm
1000 Marietta Street NW, Suite 208
http://www.emilyamygallery.com, tel 404.877.5626, hrs: 11-5
Emily Amy Gallery is pleased to present Cusp, its first-ever exhibition of work by Atlanta-based artist, Scott Ingram. This solo show and 3rd exhibition of the nail polish drawings takes a broader look at the modern art world. Inspired by the work of Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Kenneth Noland, Ingram’s work also has a strong focus on line. Ingram explains, “For me the works are ultimately based in line and drawing. The lines that make up the pieces reflect ideas of human life for me. They all start the same and end the same, but it is the path that each unique line takes that creates the composition.”

*3pm: Artist talk with Ben Steele and special guest curator Karen Tauches.
New Exhibition by Ben Steele
16 Sided Crystal
1011-A Marietta Street, 404.892.5477
www.kiang-gallery.com *open 12-5pm
Open to the public
*Ben Steele’s paintings are both transcendental and technological. Sixteen artworks are constructed and refer to the natural physical world, yet also feel digitally produced. In reality, however, there is no digital component to the work. Aiming to simulate a digital vocabulary through physical form, the paintings are based on straight photographs taken, through crystals and prisms, of actual physical constructions.

* 3pm Elizabeth Lide, Elizabeth Sheppell and Marshall Davis present at 3pm to answer questions.
*new exhibition
1009-A Marietta Street NW
www.sandlerhudson.com, tel 404.817.3300, hrs: Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 12-5
Sandler Hudson Gallery is pleased to announce recent works by Atlanta artists, Elizabeth Lide and Elizabeth Sheppell.  Atlanta artist, Marshall Davis will exhibit a recent work on the roof.  Elizabeth Lide’s work explores elements of nature. An avid gardener, Lide’s work is heavily guided by what she sees around her. Lide’s new body of work titled, “Recordings”, was created from her experience at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Elizabeth Sheppell’s new body of work, “Surfaces” is an exploration of structures, color and layering. Sheppell’s abstracted works on panel are about finding new shapes and surfaces.
(image: Elizabeth Lide, Swimming Pool, 2011, mixed media on paper, 17″x20″)

Fall Line Press
*Bookstore Launch Party 5-8PM
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112
www.falllinepress.com, phone (404) 885-1080
Join us from 5-8PM, to kick off the Fall Line Bookstore! For the launch party, we will be featuring books from four independent publishing companies of photobooks. Publisher Bill Boling intends to make Fall Line a resource and a community for artists. We hope you come by and see what we’re all about!


Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
Southern Comfort: Photographs and Installation by Lori Vrba
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112
www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com, phone (404) 885-1080, open Tuesday – Saturday 11-5.
Take in some southern comfort in the form of photographs and installation work by Lori Vrba. Most days you can find her elbow deep in chemistry or chasing the next picture with enthusiasm, die-hard determination and a trustworthy Hasselblad. The exhibition closes on January 28th.


The Westside Art Walk is a presentation of the Westside Arts District and occurs on the third Saturday of every month from Noon 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.  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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