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Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting exhibit at the High Museum of Art Atlanta

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Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers–or would be lovers–and there is no other couple in history that evokes passion than that of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  They appropriately met at a communist rally and shared a lifetime of hot Latin adoration. Opening Valentine’s Day through May 12, 2013 at the High Museum is the Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting exhibit.

According to High Museum director Michael Shapiro, this exhibit, “Frida and Diego is the largest exhibition ever of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera mounted together.”

In preview of the show ( http://youtu.be/-xetocBCnpk ) the layout builds on the life of these two artist. Frida was injured when she was riding a in a bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered significant injuries that kept her in pain most the rest of her life. More importantly, she was unable to have children and many of her painting evoke that in them.  She also often painted in bed and used a mirror to be able to capture her image. In a red reading room designed by Héctor Esrawe you see an image of a bed in all red. It was not all so serious as represented by Ignacio Cadena who installed a fun yellow room filled with chairs inspired by the game of musical chairs. This exhibit show cases approximately 25% of Frida Kahlo’s entire body of work.

Diego Rivera was an advocate of worker’s rights and many of his works carry this theme. There are several self portraits that draw you into the intensity of his gaze. Rivera did say his saddest day was the day his Frida died and his last formal portrait one of “The Watermelons” as homage to his Frida, in it you can see the texture of the sand he incorporated from the beach. 

In order to celebrate this exhibit, the High Museum has acquired two photographs of the artist to allow a trace of the show to remain with the museum’s permanent collection: Martin Munkacsi’s “Diego and Frida” an intimate portrait of the couple, which is enlarged in the main lobby when visitors come in. The other is “Frida Looking into Mirror” (The Two Fridas) by Lola Alvarez Bravo.

This show will also host six lectures, nine films, and several celebratory events.  This is also the first show for the High Museum that is bi-lingual in English and Spanish both with the labels, the audio tours, and website. On Sundays there will also be a bi-lingual tour guides.

With the scent of new exhibit show in the air, checking out her work was quite a trip into this complex pair of artist whose work has seen a resurgence interest that captures their spirit of “passion, politics, and painting.”

Don’t miss out a truly once in life time opportunity to see these two artist side by side in our fair city, the only one in the United States to host this grand exhibit: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Paintings.

For more information visit: www.High.org and for a video sneak peek check out: http://youtu.be/-xetocBCnpk

 

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Rain and Fire in Sedona

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Ange Alex

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!

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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
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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
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11:30am
Murphy’s: Chef Ricky Navas
12:45pm
Char Korean Bar & Grill : Chef De Cuisine David Song
2:00pm
Nature’s Garden Express Cold Pressed Juices: Owner Michael Kirk & Production Manager
Tyler Pearson
3:00pm
Barefoot Wine: Brand Ambassador, Randy Arnold
4:00pm
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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