Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Fay Gold Gallery announces it will close Sept. 16

  • 12:11 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Fay Gold Gallery, which made a splashy return to Atlanta’s visual arts scene last year, opening up a space inside the new Westside Cultural Arts Center, is closing again.

Gold, who was a major presence on the gallery scene for nearly three decades before shutting her Buckhead gallery in 2009, sent customers an email announcing that her exhibit of photographers Mike and Doug Starn, originally intended to run through Sept. 27, would instead close Sept. 16.

“I will no longer be associated with the Westside Cultural Art Center,” Gold wrote, without providing further details. “I have succeeded in my mission to [More]

Works by Bearden, Johns, Christenberry top list of recent High Museum acquisitions

  • 9:09 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

As a general museum with seven curatorial departments, the High Museum of Art has built an ever-evolving permanent collection of more than 14,000 works that represent diverse art expressions.

Still, as a leading Southeastern art museum, the High continues to put some emphasis on acquiring and exhibiting work by artists with roots in the region.

In announcing recently that it has added more than 600 works in fiscal 2014, the High spotlighted pieces  Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry: Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry.

PHOTO GALLERY: To view 11 of the High Museum of Arts’ recent acquisitions, click [More]

Deadline passes without Atlanta Symphony contract agreement; we have statements from both sides

  • 12:31 am Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

As expected, the 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s collective bargaining agreement negotiations passed without a deal being forged between management and the musicians.

The two sides have conducted ongoing negotiations since early this year, but last week it became clear, as details of each side’s latest proposals leaked out, that a huge distance remained to be bridged.

A statement released just past midnight by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association said that the musicians believe they are being locked out by ASO management. It was followed momentarily by a statement from ASO management that warned that the [More]

Musicians, ASO management disagree about fund-raising and whether salary cut or increase is on table

  • 3:52 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

As the clock ticks toward a 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline in negotiations between Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management and the musicians, the gloves appear to be coming off.

Until Thursday, both sides had been proceeded quietly and cautiously, saying they didn’t want to negotiate in public, in hopes of forging a new deal that would allow the 70th anniversary season to open as scheduled on Sept. 25.

But off the record, the word was that the gulf between the two sides was wide.

After a Thursday negotiating session in which the distance apparently was not narrowed, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association released [More]

Arts and fun on tap at this weekend’s Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade, Yellow Daisy Festival and Drive-Invasion

  • 3:23 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by AJC Staff

Yellow Daisy Festival

For much of her 20s, Manami Yagashiro Lingerfelt traveled the world, trying to sketch a true likeness of herself.

Lingerfelt was a recent college graduate feeling unfulfilled as a graphic designer in Tokyo when she embarked on a prolonged journey to China, India, Pakistan and parts of Scandinavia.  All along she sensed, “I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do.”

Fast-forward to 2005. Now living in Georgia, Lingerfelt sold several of her colorful nature- and mystically-influenced paintings at an art festival in Duluth. In the process, a clear picture of who she was finally emerged.

She’s an artist. And not just any [More]

ASO maestros Spano, Runnicles speak up about contract negotiations; management quickly responds

  • 12:12 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner

In the ongoing contract negotiations between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians, heading toward a midnight Saturday deadline, Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles are supposedly a neutral party, the equivalent of Switzerland.

ASO music director Spano and principal guest conductor Runnicles are neither management nor part of the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Players’ Association. Still, on Tuesday night, the two took an unusual step: emailing an open letter to ASO board, management and musicians that, importantly, included a note of support for the latter.

Though they assert from the top that they don’t want to take sides, the maestros do [More]

Massive expansion ahead for ambitious WonderRoot arts group

  • 9:46 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Howard Pousner

A decade ago, when three Atlanta friends in their early 20s were launching WonderRoot as a non-profit community arts group with a strong social mission, its bold, recently announced expansion plans would have been inconceivable.

“You know, when you’re 20 years old, both everything and nothing seems possible, right?” WonderRoot co-founder and executive director Chris Appleton said recently, standing outside the 54,000-square-foot Memorial Drive former schoolhouse that will be retrofitted soon into its new home. “But while we always had big dreams and big goals, the support and community’s embracing of WonderRoot has exceeded any expectation that we would’ve had.”

The extent of that [More]

Here are some Sunday highlights at Decatur Book Festival and arts|DBF

  • 9:33 am Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Throngs of literature lovers checked out the AJC Decatur Book Festival — and it’s arts-fest-within-the-book-fest, arts|DBF — on Saturday despite zombifying heat and humidity. The lineup on the fest’s final day today is strong, and the weather may even prove more pleasant. Here are but a few highlights …

Gail Sheehy

Sheehy caught the zeitgeist of an age with the 1976 work “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life, ” which spoke to many women (and men) about the challenges of growing up and growing old. She went on to paint indelible portraits of President George W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton and [More]

Atlanta’s best fall arts events of 2014

  • 3:58 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Check out our recommendations for this fall’s Top 12 Events, Six People to Watch and the Best of the Rest in our special Fall A&E Preview section available in print Aug. 24 and here right now!

Georgia High School Musical awards (the ‘Shulers’) to hit prime time on Saturday

  • 7:43 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The scheduled Aug. 16 telecast of the sixth annual Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards offers a rare chance to catch a star on the rise.

Sure you’ve no doubt heard that pitch before in conjunction with this high-energy, high-intensity competition, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

But while those Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre shows overflowed with talent, they didn’t feature Jai’len Josey. The Tri Cities High School student followed up her best actress win in the April event by taking the best actress prize at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in June in New York.

The two-hour broadcast [More]