Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Feb. 17: Art in Atlanta: Museums, Centers, & NonProfits

I found a list of Atlanta Art Galleries including neighborhood breakdowns.

I also found a listing on Georgia Art Museums, nonProfit Art Organizations & Art Centers

And I found Arts in Atlanta--including info on visual arts, performing arts, and a literature page

Here are a few that look interesting to me:

Mable House Arts Center (houses the South Cobb Arts Alliance)
Mon- Friday 10-5 call for evening and weekend hours
On Exhibit  Jan 20 - March 1, 2010
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild

Title: A Fine Day
Artist Bill Suttles
Medium: Pastel

Atlanta Artists Center
hosts sketch groups, workshops, demonstrations, monthly member meetings, & 10 juried art shows a year.
2979 Grandview Ave.
Tues-Thurs 10 -4
Fri. 10-4 and first Friday only 6:30-10:30; Sat. 10-4

Spruill Center for the Arts
has adult classes as well as a gallery
Education Center
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338 (about 30 minutes on 285 N)
770-394-3447 x 0

4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road 30338 (about 25 minutes from home)

The main site: also had this good article:
10 Things to Remember When Starting to Collect Art

  • Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it will
    enhance your life.

  • Visit as many art galleries as you can, gallery staff can be helpful guides in
    your art education.

  • Get on gallery mailing lists so you'll be invited to openings and special events.

  • Visit and join your local art museums and non profit art centers.
    Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art.

  • Attend National and International Art Fairs and Art Expos whenever possible.

  • If you know art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what
    they've learned about collecting art.

  • Read books on art history and books about collecting art.

  • Subscribe to a few art magazines.

  • Read reviews by local and national art critics, keeping in mind that reviews
    usually just reflect one persons opinion.

  • Working with a professional art advisor / art consultant is a good way to learn
    about art collecting, and they will guide you through the process of purchasing art.

  • Once you've educated yourself and have fallen in love with a work of art,
    buy it, take it home and enjoy it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Feb. 5: 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Date: 1858
Format: Oban tateye Wood cut
Classifications: ukiyo-e artist

This is the first painting: Ichikobu Bridge in the Eastern Capital

This is the 10th painting: Twilight Hill at Meguro in the Eastern Capital

This is the 15th painting: Noge and Yokohama in Musashi Province

This is the 23rd painting: The Sea of Satta in Suruga Province

This is the 33rd painting: Kogane Plain in Shimosa Province

What I think is interesting: 

The artist's father was a "hereditary retainer" of the shogun. The artist was a fire fighter (protecting Edo Castle from fire) and lived in a barracks with 30 other samurai. He likely did art to supplement his income.

The same subject was depicted earlier by the artist Katsushika Hokusai.  One of his 36 views of Mount Fuji became famous: The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

I don't think of wood block typically being so colorful and detailed in this way. . .