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Making metal magic

September 7 - Hope everyone is enjoying this short work week after the long Labor Day weekend. 

This week's Sketchbook features a story about Afro-Cuban artist and sculptor Wilay Méndez Páez. I got a glimpse inside of his Southwest Atlanta studio and learned all about his process and the messages behind his metal sculptures. 

I'm also sharing a ton of great art news to keep you in the loop and a roundup of exciting art events coming up this weekend. 


Thanks for reading,
Isadora
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Artist Wilay Méndez Páez, photographed by Isadora Pennington
 
Cuban sculptor Wilay Méndez Páez

 It was a sweltering afternoon in late summer when I arrived at Murphy Rail Studios in southwest Atlanta.

As I drove through the parking lot and around the corner a spacious workshop came into view. Two large garage doors were pulled up to reveal a number of metal sculptures positioned throughout the space. Piles of car parts and miscellaneous metal sat along one end of the studio, just waiting to be brought to life. This is the studio of Cuban artist Wilay Méndez Páez. 

 

Páez grew up in Candelaria, Cuba, a town located just west of Havana. For the past three years he has been living and working in Atlanta as an artist-in-residence with Clark Atlanta University. While the majority of his works on display are sculptures, he also dabbles in photography, illustration, and painting.

Páez is the inaugural fellow of the Workshop, a multi-year Clark Atlanta University Art Museum initiative that aims to provide resources, such as his studio space, as well as highlight the fundamental steps of artistic process from conception to completion. 


Read more about Wilay Méndez Páez here. 

Heralding Confluence at Trees Atlanta

This week in Art News
 

🗣 Meridian Herald’s CONFLUENCE 2022, will debut on Sept. 10. This weeklong program will explore the environment, the arts, and activism with particular emphasis on environmental justice and climate change. The series consists of music, literature, visual arts, and environmental sciences in confluence with community organizations. Taking place in Atlanta and Macon, the events will run through Sept. 17. 


🤸‍♂️  Hambidge Center’s 27th annual Hambidge Art Auction and Performance Party will take place on Sept. 10 in the newly renovated Atrium at Uptown Atlanta. Centered on a theme of playfulness, the performance party will feature interactive play sculptures, a participatory “craft table” performance, a scavenger hunt, and dance performances. The silent art auction, which helps to fund the 180+ artist residencies hosted at Hambidge in Rabun Gap every year,  will feature more than 200 works by renowned and emerging artists.

🎨  Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts is launching Arts for Alzheimer’s, a pilot art education program where teaching artist Amanda Williams shares a lesson outlining the work of a prominent artist (Mattise, Tanner, Hoch) followed by a workshop in which participants can explore a variety of mediums. This free program will launch on Sept. 14 and will be held every 2nd Wednesday through Dec. 14. Registration is available on the Spruill Arts website.

🌳  Trees Atlanta’s Kendeda Center will become a public art exhibit for the Heralding Confluence which opens Sept. 11 and will be on display through the 16th. Curated by Georgia artist Katherine Mitchell, this exhibition will highlight works that celebrate the natural world and Georgia’s landscapes from mountaintops to seashores. The lineup includes artists Linda Armstrong, Paul Benjamin, Alan Campbell, Susan Cofer, Tina Dunkley, Emily Hirn, Jonathan Imafidor, Amy Landesberg, Katherine Mitchell, Eleanor Neal, Billy Renkl, Michael Scoffield, Corrina Sephora, Freddie Styles, Constance Thalken, Gwendolyn Walker, Larry Walker, and more.

💸  As reported by ArtsATL, Fulton County has awarded more than $2.3 million to 190 artists and arts organizations with awards ranging from $1,000 to $42,000. Organizations such as the Center for Puppetry Arts ($42,000),  Atlanta Shakespeare Company ($38,000), and Ballethnic Dance Company ($36,000) have secured the largest awards, while 33 recipients are first-time awardees, with a list that includes individual artists as well as arts organizations such as Living Walls. 

♥️ The deadline to apply for Midtown ATL's Heart of the Arts Residency Program is Sept. 18. This program aims to serve a dual purpose of providing resources and workspaces for local artists while also building upon the vibrant public life of the area. Residents will receive eight months of free studio space, a $2,500 stipend, and a high-quality presentation of work for public view. 

 
Art Happenings
 

🏷  Art Supply Sale! Students and teachers take 20% off, and seniors and military members get 15% off in-store purchases at Sam Flax.

🌼  350+ artisans will display their works at Stone Mountain’s 54th Annual Yellow Daisy Festival, taking place Sept. 8-11.

🖼  Sara Pittman’s first solo show at TEW Galleries debuts on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m.

🖥  Signature Gallery presents a virtual artist feature of Marc Granberry on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. 

🧺 The Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival returns on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Lang-Carson Park.

🧊 Buy from local makers at Indie Craft Experience's Fall Market on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Yaraab Shriners. 

🍺  PBR Industry Night Artist Market at Thinking Man Tavern this Sunday from 8 p.m. - midnight.

🎨  Va Hi Plein Air painters take over Piedmont Park from Sept. 12 - Sept. 17 (pictured).

🎥 Flux Projects presents a public viewing of 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea on Sept. 14 at Underground Atlanta.

IG Post of the Week

🖌  Living Walls shared this sneak peek of the progress that artist Margo Perk is making on her mural for the 2022 Laura Patricia Calle grant.
 
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