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Executive Director Saskia Benjamin of Art Papers Shares a Preview of the Art Auction Party



“The kickoff to the Atlanta art season,” exclaims Saskia Benjamin, executive  director of Art Papers when describing the upcoming February 8 and 9 fundraising event to be held at the Mason Murer Gallery. For two nights, Atlantans have the unique experience to travel the world in art and see which artist are sizzling with creativity within the world art scene.

On February 8, there is the collector’s preview, where attendees will be able to enjoy fancy edibles and be treated to an open bar while getting walking tours of over 250 artists from around the world while listening to some exotic music.

On the following night February 9, for a much affordable  price of admission,  several thousand guests will be checking out the art, the “scene”, and be in the mix of some great pieces of art from all type of mediums: sculptures, mix, photography and paint.

Do note that on both nights there is art available at every affordable price point and this is a great opportunity to own something special, not the stuff you find at Pier1 or a craft fair, real art, stuff you would find in a museum.

Saskia Bejamin, executive director of Art Papers, took time from her hectic schedule to share some thoughts with me on this annual event, art, and the direction of Art Papers.  She admits that she has attended this yearly affair since it was held it at City Hall East back in the day.

Only being at the helm of Art Papers for five months, Saskia has hit the ground running.  The editor position has not been filled so a series of guest editors have lead the publication efforts.   The last two guest editors have been wildly successful and have allowed the magazine to bring in fresh perspectives and new writers.

When I spoke to Saskia, she had just returned from a rainy New York City where she was part of Art Papers launched of the Jan/Feb issue.

As to some of the art trends, Saskia notes that there is a lot of “abstraction and vibrant colors” going on.  She sees one of her roles with Art Papers is to put the local Atlanta art scene in context within the larger global dialogue.

According to Saskia at this art auction event they will show case about ten artist as up and comers, basically the ones to watch.  She notes to check out Tony Hernandez, Scott Ingram, and Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky whom she just picked up a piece while in New York. He is the 2013 artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  There are others on the online gallery preview.  Saskia did emphasize that she does not discount any of the artist show casing at the event, they are “all great”.

The money raised that evening will go for operations of the magazine but she hopes to expand their efforts to include an educational component.  “We are at the beginning strategic planning process, which will yield new ideas of an education experience, and some interesting short but long term ideas about technology and how it relates t the publication and the organization as a whole.”  According to Saskia there are 180,000 a year reader base the magazine is found in all 50 states and far away countries like China, Dubai, and England. She envisions the magazine to take a more active online presence.

As to why someone should go this event she suggests that it is a “great party to people watch where several thousand people come through and it is more than your typical art crowd.”  She recommends purchasing tickets online as this show is usually a sellout.

In asking her “what are some tips in buying art”, Saskia notes “first you must ‘like it’, make sure it fits into your budget, and you simply can go wrong if you are buying art with your heart while getting something that catches your eye”.

So get out and bid on some art either online or at the February 9 or 10 event, a night to remember and celebrate the human spirit in experiencing “art” and taking a little bit of this magic home.

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Rain and Fire in Sedona



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A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Join Us at the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival This Weekend!



Join the 9thAnnual Atlanta Arts Festival this weekend, October 24-25, and treat yourself to the perfect weekend in Piedmont Park.
Artist demonstrations and classes, festival cuisine, live music and more converge upon Piedmont Park bringing together Atlanta’s enormous art
loving community, creating one of the best art weekends in the country.
After exploring the artist tents, guests can head over to the Art of Cooking Stage where Atlanta’s culinary elite will bring a whole new meaning to “festival food.” Once the appetite is satisfied, sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of talented local musicians on the Festival’s live music stage!
Art of Cooking Demo Schedule
Saturday Oct. 24
11:30 am
Parker’s On Ponce: Executive Chef Andre Brookins
12:45 pm
521 Kitchen & Que: Chef Drew Kirkland
2:00 pm
Spice To Table: Sous Chef Robyn Tedder
3:15 pm
Barefoot Wine: Brand Ambassador, Randy Arnold
4:30 pm
Sugar Moon Bake Shop: Owner Amy Christine
Sunday Oct. 25
Murphy’s: Chef Ricky Navas
Char Korean Bar & Grill : Chef De Cuisine David Song
Nature’s Garden Express Cold Pressed Juices: Owner Michael Kirk & Production Manager
Tyler Pearson
Barefoot Wine: Brand Ambassador, Randy Arnold
Tito’s Vodka: Georgia Representative, Theo Hall
Great local music to appeal to everyone as well! Check out the site HERE to see the full lineup!
Join us this weekend and support the local Arts here in Atlanta!
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Rock & Roll Fine Art Show at Artegon Marketplace



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Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator & Beatles TV Cartoon Director to Appear Live at the Show Creating Original BEATLES CARTOON PAINTINGS

The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” Features Artwork Created By Rock Stars, Famous Rock Photographs, Album Artwork, Gold Records, Concert Posters, Animation Art & More…Plus a Special Rolling Stones Exhibit in honor of their upcoming concert. All Works Are Available To Purchase

1059 SUNNY FM is welcoming a one of a kind rare Rock & Roll fine art show to the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th , 2015. The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” is a unique collection of original art, lithographs, photographs, concert posters, gold records, album art and more from the greatest rock artists of all time, plus a live appearance from Beatles animator Ron Campbell. Campbell will be exhibiting his original Beatles cartoon art as well as painting new works at the show. The show is free and open to the public on Friday, June 5 th through Saturday, June 6th from 10am – 9pm and Sunday, June 7th from 11am – 6pm. All works are available to purchase.

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