The Art Gardner

OrganiCat Unveiled
June 13, 2010, 12:00 pm
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My very artistic sister-in-law, Lisa Hernandez, has finished painting a 5-foot tall fiber-glass cat sculpture for Stamford, CT’s Reigning Cats and Dogs exhibit. Similar to the Cows on Parade show that appeared in various cities (including Atlanta) years ago, these huge cats will pepper Stamford hot spots all summer long. In September they will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to various animal welfare organizations. Bring these to Atlanta–they’d be perfect for the Beltline.


Goodbye and Hello
June 10, 2010, 4:54 pm
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Yesterday was my last full day at the Center for Puppetry Arts because … wait for it… I got a job! Yep, that’s right– the original purpose of this blog is fulfilled. I start as a member of the marketing team at the High Museum of Art on Monday. It’s been a long few months, but thanks to lots of side projects and the Center I have kept plenty busy. I met the CPA marketing crew today for lunch and they gave me the coolest, most appropriate present–a mug filled with art-oriented finger puppets! Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and the dude from The Scream will now grace my new desk at the High. And while I may post less frequently while I get my sea legs at the new gig, I think I’m going to keep The Art Gardner going. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it so far. Ta Ra for now.

Puppet Artists
May 30, 2010, 6:26 pm
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The artists market at the Decatur Arts Festival was chock-a-block with great art, but the most unusual vendor I came across was Puppet Artists of Darby, MT. In addition to famous characters and celebrities, they can make a custom puppet of you. They just need a good picture. It could be the perfect gift for the person who has everything, because let’s face it–who has a puppet of themself?

Dr. Sketchy’s Makes Drawing Sexy
May 24, 2010, 6:33 pm
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Dr. Sketchy's at Atlanta's Clermont Lounge


It’s a titillating new sensation in art classes–Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.  Started in New York by artist Molly Crabapple, “Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when cabaret meets art school.”  For three blissful hours participants bring a few bucks, an open mind, and their medium of choice, and draw unique models carefully scouted. From one week to the next you may get a muscled macho man, a burlesque babe or a costumed cutie. There may even be–gasp–nudity. So long stuffy art school classes–Dr. Sketchy’s is now a global phenomenon with branches in major cities from LA to London to Tokyo. There’s even a Dr. Sketchy’s in little old Atlanta–check out the schedule here.

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
May 18, 2010, 9:04 am
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Bravo TV has done it again and I can hardly wait until June 6th for their newest foray into reality tv–Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. Similar in structure to Top Chef and Project Runway, the hour-long show is a competition between 14 up-and-coming artists. The prize? A solo show at a “nationally recognized museum” and a “generous cash prize.” The artists come from all walks of life and work in a variety of mediums–painting, sculpture, performance art, etc.

One odd casting decision is the panel of judges. While all esteemed art critics and collectors, nary a one appears to be an actual artist. Wouldn’t that have made sense? Surely there are plenty of contemporary artists that have “made it” who would be keen to participate. Still this doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm. I think it’s a brilliant concept for a show and Bravo has seldom done me wrong. Bring on the drama!

Kiss Me Kate

I saw The Taming of the Shrew tonight at the Shakespeare Tavern. Since the only performance of this I had ever seen was compliments of Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, I figured it was high time to experience it in the most authentic atmosphere available in Atlanta. The Tavern still delivers a great night out–and the apple crisp during intermission is to die for.

Sadly, The Taming of the Shrew is now done. Next up is Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus (runs June 5-27). I don’t know much about it, but it appears to be extremely bloody– i.e.  super cool. They have a contest going on through June 12th for creative Photoshoppers who want to submit pictures using left over press images of J.C. Long (Coriolanus) looking like he’s posing for a GWAR cover. The winning image gets 4 free tickets to any show. Got a great concept of something you want Coriolanus to spear? Check out the contest guidelines here.

Splash Shows
April 25, 2010, 11:33 am
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Convergence is an annual event for Microsoft Dynamics partners, developers, and customers and thanks to my geek-tastic husband and the fact that it’s in Atlanta this year, I get to tag along for all the fun stuff. Last night’s fun stuff was the opening party at the Georgia World Congress Center. The fact that it was supposed to be in Centennial Olympic Park, but got rained out and switched to indoors, did not dampen the fun at all. Microsoft was rocking an art theme this year. There were various performance artists, bands, photo booths, caricature artists, and something completely new to me called “Splash Shows.” I know it sounds naughty, but it’s all on the up and up. An artist starts with a huge black canvas and paints a picture in about 10 minutes to throbbing dance music while an audience watches in amazement. It’s dancing, it’s painting, it’s raw creative energy–it’s a Splash Show! Check out more below.