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The ties that bind

November 2 - I hope you enjoyed your Halloween revelry. Luckily the rain held off and it was a beautiful night for trick-or-treating.

This week I am sharing a feature on Atlanta artist Tracy Murrell, as she delves deep into her Haitian roots with a moving collection of encaustic paintings and installations. Don't miss her exhibition at Hammonds House through Dec.18.

You're reading Sketchbook, so I know that means you love art. But do you also love fine jewelry? If so, have I got the event for you. This weekend the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show returns to the Carter Center with a selection of 30 of the best fine art jewelers from across the country. 

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Artist Tracy Murrell in her studio. Photograph by Anasi Hayes Media.

On Hope & Safe Passage: Artist Tracy Murrell at Hammonds House


🎨  The Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta’s West End is host to a moving selection of artworks by Atlanta artist Tracy Murrell. Entitled "Dans l'espoir d'un Avenir Meilleur (In Hope for a Better Future) ... Exploring Haitian Transmigration," the exhibition features an encaustic rice paper installation paired with a selection of her signature resin silhouettes and a video installation. 


“My curiosity and interest in themes of migration and the crisis surrounding refugees have been the focal point of my art-making for several years,” Murrell said.

Through testing with the National Geographic Genome Project, Murrell discovered a genetic connection to groups living in Haiti. This sparked an interest in learning about her roots and considering the implications of lineages that trace from here in Atlanta all the way to the Caribbean.

“The large Western and Central African component of our shared DNA is indicative of the influence of the forced migration of African groups to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade,” explained Murrell.


Read more about Tracy Murrell and her work here. 

Head to Chastain

🎨 The Chastain Park Arts Festival returns to Chastain  Park on Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 6, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The award-winning, two-day festival features 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft artisans, glass blowers, jewelers, and more.

Eventgoers are also invited to enjoy a children’s area, view artist demonstrations, listen to live acoustic music, participate in hands-on activities, and explore a variety of offerings from local food trucks.

🐶 The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.

➡ More info here
The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show 
Carter Center welcomes Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show

💍  This weekend, the Carter Center will be host to a selection of 30 of the nation’s top fine art jewelers for the annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show (ACJS).

Founded in 2006 by artists Debra Lynn Gold and Leigh Griffin, the annual showcase was initially housed in a small space called the Defoor Center in northwest Atlanta. The event has come a long way since then, first moving to the Atlanta History Center, until construction for the Cyclorama required that they relocate, and then on to the Carter Center’s Cecil P. Day Chapel. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Gold about what makes the ACJS such a special event. 

“What makes our show so unique is that my business partner and I are both exhibiting artists, so from the very beginning we knew that this had to be an artist-friendly show. It wasn’t designed from the point of view of marketing or anything else; if the artists weren’t happy, if they weren’t getting a good audience, if we didn’t have good coffee for them in the morning, we knew we wouldn’t be able to keep the most talented people,” said Gold with a chuckle. “In that way this show is different, because it’s an artist-designed show.”

Read more here.
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Mural by Dr. Dax
Art Happenings

🖌  Curator of Collections John Daniel Tilford presents Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s Fall Lecture: "Mattie Lou O'Kelley" tonight at 7 p.m.

🚶‍♂️  The Atlanta BeltLine presents the "So So Def Walls Talk & Tour: Celebrating Atlanta's Graffiti Style Writing History” tomorrow, Nov. 3. This weekend the BeltLine is also hosting a graffiti artist jam session, ATL JAM, where 40 career style writers will paint the walls of Lee + White (pictured).

🎨  Georgia State presents works by graduate students in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, design, sculpture, and photography at the MFA Open Studio Night on Fri., Nov. 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

📽  Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story will screen at eyedrum on Fri. and Sat., Nov. 4-5 at 7 p.m.

💔  Empire Arts Gallery in Kirkwood presents "Of Purity and Rituals" featuring a collection of works by Kristen Ramsey on Sat., Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. 

🖼  The Rural Art Show, a two-week art event taking place in an old garage to showcase rural artists from the area, will be on display again on Sat., Nov. 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Kaylinn Gilstrap Photo in Reynoldstown. 

🗓  Signature Gallery celebrates their 60th Anniversary with Beyond Our Years, opening reception on Sat., Nov. 5 from 5-8 p.m.

⏰  "Slivers of Time" showcasing works by Elyse Defoor opens Sat., Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m. and runs through Dec. 15 at The Art Institute of Atlanta

🏷 The 14th annual Chastain Park Arts Festival returns this weekend, Sat. and Sun., Nov. 5 and 6. 

💵  Just a few days left to apply for the Creative Industries Grant Fund, a joint pilot program of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and Invest Atlanta to assist independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs with grants of $5,000 to $20,000. Applications are open until Nov. 9.

Post of the Week

Photographer Brock Scott shared a selection of incredible images he captured at The Bakery Atlanta's Halloween party which took place at South River Art Studios. Scott is truly one of the most extraordinary photographers working in this city today. See more on his website
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