Visual notes: Fahamu Pecou art coming to MARTA; Poem 88 presents landscapes

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Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou will create works for four MARTA stations, starting with King Memorial station, as part of En Route. The public art project, funded in part by a recently announced $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, is being organized by WonderRoot and other partners. CONTRIBUTED BY BRYAN MELTZ
Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou will create works for four MARTA stations, starting with King Memorial station, as part of En Route. The public art project, funded in part by a recently announced $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, is being organized by WonderRoot and other partners. CONTRIBUTED BY BRYAN MELTZ

Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou will create works for four MARTA stations, starting with King Memorial station, as part of “En Route.” The public art project, funded in part by a recently announced $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, is being organized by WonderRoot and other partners. CONTRIBUTED BY BRYAN MELTZ

Fahamu Pecou art coming to MARTA

WonderRoot, the social change-oriented Reynoldstown arts and service nonprofit, has revealed more details about “En Route,” a public art project it will undertake with a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program. It and four other creative placemaking grants to metro Atlanta groups totaling $420,000 were reported last week in the AJC.

Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou, shown in the High Museum of Art’s “Imagining New Worlds” exhibit this spring, has been selected to create murals or installations at four MARTA stations. The first will be at King Memorial, followed by Oakland City, Hamilton E. Holmes and a station to be named. The time frame has not been determined.

The project is in partnership with the TransFormation Alliance, a collaboration among community advocates, policy experts, non-profit and for-profit developers, transit providers and government agencies.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker called “En Route” “an exciting opportunity to use public art as a tool to celebrate and strengthen Atlanta’s communities by improving the transit experience.”

Hannah Tarr's painting "Sky Profile" (2015) is included in the landscape exhibit "Brambles, Roads and Fields" at Poem 88 gallery.

Hannah Tarr’s painting “Sky Profile” (2015) is included in the landscape exhibit “Brambles, Roads and Fields” at Poem 88 gallery.

Reveling in nature and paint at Poem 88

If the High Museum’s exhibition of Alex Katz’s expansive landscapes, “This Is Now,” has whetted your appetite for paintings inspired by the great outdoors, Poem 88 could prove a rewarding next stop. The Westside gallery is hosting the exhibit “Brambles, Roads and Fields,” featuring the fetchingly hued work of Micah Cash, Mark Leibert and Hannah Tarr.

“Each artist approaches the subject in decidedly different ways,” Robin Bernat writes in her curatorial statement, noting Cash’s modernist-style flattening of space to Tarr’s “poetic interpretations.”

Adds Bernat: “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that all of these works reveal not simply ‘a landscape,’ but something more personal about the interior landscape.”

Through Aug 28. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Westside Provisions District, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 106. 404-735-1000, www.poem88.net.


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