The Art Gardner

Frontier Days at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Horsing Around at the Center for Puppetry Arts


The Center for Puppetry Arts is gearing up for Frontier Days (April 3rd & 10th) to celebrate their current Family Series show, Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show.  

From the website:  

You’re invited to a historical hoedown honoring American heroes that spin tales taller than a ten-gallon hat! Enjoy twangy tunes as you hear all about how Paul Bunyan and his devoted friend, Babe the Blue Ox, invent logging; how Hekeke saves her tribe from a people-eating ogre; how John Henry becomes a steel-driving man; and how Pecos Bill becomes King of the Cowboys.

Calling all pioneers, cowboys, cowgirls, lumberjacks, and lumberjills! Lookin’ to have a rootin’ tootin’ hoot of a time? During the run of Paul Bunyan & the Tall Tale Medicine Show, join us on one of the first two Saturdays in April (April 3rd & 10th) from 11am-3pm for “Frontier Days” at the Center for Puppetry Arts!  Take part in some of the fun activities like Pecos Bill’s Horseback Museum Expedition, in which you can explore all that our Museum has to offer on stick-horse back, picture yourself as a pioneer in the Frontier Photo Op, or play the Tall Tale Name Game to find out what your settler pseudonym will be. Costumes are encouraged so tie on your bonnet, find a cowboy hat, or suit up as a lumberjack and come on down!
Activities included with ticket purchase.

Call the box office at 404.873.3391 for tickets.

These Autos Have Allure – But Is it Art?
March 30, 2010, 3:00 pm
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1937 Bugatti Type 575 Atalante Coupe

1937 Bugatti Type 575 Atalante Coupe


I volunteered at the High Museum of Art today and popped upstairs to view the special exhibition, The Allure of the Automobile, running now through June 20th. When I heard about this exhibition, I was a bit disappointed in the High. With a permanent collection that in my opinion is lacking for a museum of its size and reputation, they rely on traveling and special exhibitions to draw the crowds. With an impressive assortment of classic cars from the 30’s to the 60’s that would make Jay Leno cry like a baby (in fact he narrates the audio commentary), I can see the appeal to a wider audience. And the specimens from Aston Martins to Mercedes are a sight to behold–shiny, flawless and huge–right there in the 2nd floor gallery. But the question remains–is it art? What do people think?

Artist Spotlight: Ernesto Neto
March 29, 2010, 4:42 pm
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Ernesto Neto's Anthropodino

Ernesto Neto's Anthropodino


When I was studying for my MA in Art History back in 2001, I worked in the University of Essex’s on-campus art gallery. It was a refuge and about the only place on that campus where beauty could be found. Our big exhibit while I was there featured John Constable’s Wivenhoe Park–a big deal as the painting had “come back home.” Busloads of little old ladies from the nearby churches came each day to see the local treasure.  

Lucky for them, they kept coming even after the show went down and were also able to see my absolute favorite exhibit by Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto. Neto creates huge sculptures out of what I would describe as panty hose on steroids. He makes his space interactive and organic. Pods of spices like turmeric and cinnamon hang from the ceilings of many of his soft environments and there are open holes and “sleeves” on the walls so that people on the outside can reach in to those on the inside (and vice versa).  

The piece that was at Essex filled the entirety of the tiny gallery and was a wonderful cocoon. The material was about three inches off the floor, so if you wanted to walk inside (and you would want to walk inside), you had to take off your shoes. The feeling of stepping into that delicious smelling womb and slowly sinking to the floor was something I will never forget. The sight of the little old ladies taking off their Clarks and oooing and ahhing over this strange new form of art, so different from a painted landscape, was equally unforgettable.  


Urgent Help-HB1049
March 26, 2010, 12:21 pm
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Guys–I’m cutting and pasting from a MAAC email sent earlier. If you have time, please help. The bill is being held up by two legislators. See below. If it doesn’t get out of the Rules Committee today it will die.

All -we need you to focus calls and emails this morning on Reps. Wendell Willard from Sandy Springs/North Fulton and Jan Jones from North Fulton area!

The Rules Committee is meeting now -today is our last hope for success.

Message:  Please move HB1049 out of Rules!  
With strong bi-partisan support, please move HB 1049 to the Rules Committee agenda.  Support  HB1049 this year because it provides our county with an economic development tool kit that will not only stabilize the cultural industry but will support a range of economic development initiatives so desperately needed in our own community. 

Add your brief personal message as well. Below is their contact information.

Rules Committee:
Jan Jones (R, Fulton)
Email –
Phone – 404.656.5072
Wendell Willard (R, Fulton County)
Email –
Phone – 404.656.5125

Suwanee Supports the Arts
March 24, 2010, 9:27 pm
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Koryn Rolstad's Shimmering Echoes

Koryn Rolstad's Shimmering Echoes

The city of Suwanee, Georgia recently caused controversy by allotting $78,000 of the city budget to a sculpture entitled Shimmering Echoes by Seattle artist Koryn Rolstad. The sculpture ‘represents the first tangible evidence of the city’s “1 percent for public art” policy in action’ and resides in the City hall building. I say, hats off to you, Suwanee. Other Georgia cities are just jealous that they don’t have the money to hang plastic skateboards in their city halls. Read the full AJC article here.

Nonprofit Career Conference – Check
March 23, 2010, 7:48 pm
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Today was the Nonprofit Career Conference sponsored by Opportunity Knocks and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. I learned a few new things, but I do think they geared it toward people who are in the beginning stages of exploring nonprofit work. I have been living and breathing it over the past couple of months and I felt like a lot of the information in the sessions was redundant for me personally.

The part of the day that held the greatest interest for me was the ability to spend 10 minutes with career consultants who would offer one-on-one guidance on your resumé and career path. It turns out 10 minutes is not nearly long enough. Perhaps they will consider upping it to 15 or 20 next time. By the time I had stopped explaining what I was all about, the consultant only had a few minutes to give my resumé a cursory glance and declare that it needed to be shortened by a page. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit long-winded in person AND on paper–still not too helpful.

One highlight of the event was a session that was co-presented by Michelle “Chelle” Shell (LOVE that name) of  Opportunity Knocks and Ragan Kellams, HR Director at IQ Interactive, entitled Job Search Strategies; Tools of the Trade. I went in skeptical because I’ve been a recruiter and I fancy myself a real pro at job-hunting. Boy was I surprised. Not only did they share tons of useful information and new ideas, but they had us all rolling in the aisles along the way. I’m telling you–they were like the Thelma and Louise of Human Resources. Love.

Overall, a good conference, especially for those just starting to explore. I will leave you with a few facts I learned, which I found quite interesting. Keep your eyes open–we are everywhere.

Did you know:

There are 1.5+ million nonprofits in the United States.

12.5 million people are employed by nonprofits.

Nonprofits represent 8.11% of all wages and salaries (and keep in mind nonprofits don’t pay much).

Nonprofit growth over the next few years is projected in health and human services. (The Art Gardner will not be discouraged.)

Up to my eyeballs
March 22, 2010, 7:50 pm
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So I received a big boatload of grant proposals via email today — my homework over the next month as a review panelist for the Fulton County Arts Council. I will be getting hard copies any day now. It’s a lot of work, but I’m actually looking forward to settling in each night with a cup of tea and a proposal. I am “First Reader” for two of the proposals. For these organizations, I need to conduct a site visit and if possible, attend a performance (all of the proposals are for performing arts orgs).

I saw the list of the other panelists and I have actually met one of them from my previous networking. My degrees of separation in the Atlanta arts community are getting smaller–I love it!