Drawn to Macon 2 features a compilation of submitted original works guest curated by Frances de La Rosa. Meet featured artists Craig Coleman, Craig Hawkins, Kalina Winska, Luke Buffenmeyer, Laurel Robinson and William Avenel on February 1st from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery. An Opening Reception sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial will feature light refreshments and is free and open to the public. Exhibit on display February 1-22, 2019.
Macon Arts Alliance presents a new exhibit by Jeremy McCrary installed in the Mill Hill Community Arts Gallery. An artist reception and talk is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th from 2-5pm. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit is available for viewing by appointment through January 25 by calling curator Megan McNaught at 478-743-6940.
About the Artist
“Originally from Macon, Georgia with a military background, my artwork takes an illustrative look at societal themes and cultural issues that impact the Black community. Frequently reflecting on social injustices, my work explores the varying relationships between culture and art created to provoke thought and discussion. Primarily using oil on canvas, I am influenced by the work of prolific artists like Jacob Lawrence who focus on the portrayal of African American life in their paintings.”
Macon Arts Alliance presents an opening reception for a new show by Andrew Catanese on Friday, January 4th from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery at 486 First Street. Join us for an Artist Meet & Greet with light refreshments sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial. The event is free and open to the public. The new exhibit will be on display through January 25, 2019.
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Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his BFA in Studio Art. He grew up near Richmond, Virginia and currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia from his studio at the Goat Farm.
The figurative, narrative paintings are characterized by a neo-gothic style and horror vacui aesthetic. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise, caught in moments of violence and intimacy, and surrounded by the thick, heavy native foliage of the South. The work critically addresses the rigid moral dogmas inherent in many of the appropriated narratives. Catanese’s work depicts qualities similar to Southern Gothic writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers. Simultaneously, the integration of myth with landscape in the paintings explores the idea that linking stories to places shapes our our collective identity and celebrates the way ties are strengthened to our homes and our values.
Check out Macon-Bibb’s rich offerings of public art installations and take a self-guided tour.
Featured Artist: Charvis Z. Harrell
Exhibition title: Monuments for Heroes Which Have None.
Dates: November 28- December 28
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, from 3-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 3-8pm. Additional hours are welcome by appointment. Call 478-955-8914 to arrange an alternative time visit the gallery.
Artist Statement for Show:
It is important that we give children Heroes that given them a sense of belonging and an idea of the unimaginable price paid by the people called extreme, for asking for equality. The monuments to these Heroes are placed in the hearts of anyone willing to learn the story of these courageous people, that sacrificed everything to make the world a better place.
To understand the artwork of Charvis Harrell, one must understand the driving force behind his art and life. A third generation mason, he had only enough time for art as a hobby until June of 2004. That summer, at twenty-eight, Harrell was diagnosis with sarcoidosis, a disease that produces polyps within various organs in the body. This diagnosis put him on very light duty in his occupation, but, more importantly, it gave him a newfound appreciation for living. His desire to make the most of his time by paying tribute to the people and things that impact his life impacts his work. Through art, Harrell shines light upon the unsightly realities that we live. Refusing to revolt, he continues his journey to examine the darkness.
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Handmade Holiday features artisan gifts, glass ornaments, jewelry, sculpture, photography and paintings thoughtfully curated from collections of regional artists for the gifting season. Free and open to public. Exhibit runs November 2-December 28, 2018.
First Friday reception sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial.
About the Cultural Awards
The Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Awards serves as the annual meeting for the Alliance as well as an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Central Georgia.
Photography by Christopher Ian Smith inspired by nature at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia. First Friday Free Opening Reception October 5th 5-8 PM presented by Spa Medical and Vein Specialists of the South. This event is part of the First Friday Art Crawl and is free and open to the public.
Christopher Smith graduated with a BFA in Fine Art Photography from California State University Long Beach, and has been a professional photographer since 2005. After spending the previous five years in Southeast Asia as a photojournalist, media consultant, travel writer, and director of a documentary center, he has recently relocated and is currently based in Macon, Georgia.
His current project and upcoming show at the Macon Arts Alliance Gallery revolves around the Ocmulgee National Monument. Images are captured using strobes, kinetic movement and long exposures in a style sometimes described as “dreamscapes”. The exhibit will be on display at Macon Arts Gallery through October 26th.
Full Artist Statement:
“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”
– Ernst Haas
I strive to capture the essence of an interaction; something that I feel is too often lost within the details or apathy. These images exhibit moments of inspiration, concentration, study and/or play that are unfailingly fleeting. Light, time, motion, speed, angle, location, and even mood, all dictate the form captured during the experience. A slight change in any aspect can create a completely different image, feeling, or portrayal of the same subject. This emphasizes that reality changes with the viewer’s perspective.
The postproduction has been restrained to modifying contrast and colors. The form is original, created using strobes, kinetic movement, and long exposures.
Join Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon Arts Roundtable for a luncheon at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month featuring keynote speaker and performer Linqua Franqa from Athens, GA. The lunch is sponsored by the Griffith Foundation, celebrating 25 years of service.
About Linqua Franqa
A rapper who brings social consciousness and a Master’s degree in linguistics to her music, Linqua Franqa is the alias of Mariah Parker. Based in Athens, Georgia, she issued a playful, syllable-dense self-titled EP in early 2017 that featured production touches like archival spoken word samples and breakbeats. Parker wrote and recorded her debut album while completing her graduate studies at the University of Georgia. Titled Model Minority, it was released by Athens indie label Happy Happy Birthday to Me in early 2018.
Introduction Video Excerpt from GPB by Grant Blankenship.
“Mariah Parker says calls herself a linguist by day and a lunatic lady rapper by night. The latter is her Linqua Franqa persona, a woman who holds down the top seat in Athens, Georgia’s hip hop scene. Recently she added to her resume by becoming getting elected to the Athens-Clark County Commission, something she sees as an utterly natural extension of her music.”
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