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Dance as medicine 

November 16 - Brrr... is it just me or did we somehow skip right over fall and into winter? Despite the chilly temps, the local art scene is still hot, hot, hot. 

This week I'm highlighting the story of one local dancer who I met at the Stone Mountain Pow Wow, who will be performing at the First Voices Festival this Saturday in Little 5 Points. If you've been curious to learn more about pow wows, native culture, and ceremonial tribal dance, this event should definitely be on your radar.

I've also got a photo package of images from this past weekend's Indie Craft Experience, which took over the Georgia Freight Depot with  displays of 170 incredible local artists, crafters, and collectors who were selling their wares in preparation for the holiday season.

Hope you enjoy!
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Dancer Amanda Martinez photographed by Isadora Pennington

Celebrating Native culture through dance with Amanda Martinez

🥁  Pow wows are a longstanding tradition among Native American and First Nation communities. Centered around traditional dance and dance competitions, pow wows offer an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to socialize, sing, perform, educate, and celebrate their culture. Dancers often create their own vibrant and colorful regalia, incorporating elements that hold special significance for them personally and for their communities. In this way, being an indigenous dancer calls upon the individual to channel their creativity both through movement – these dances are an active worship – with the peaceful and methodical art of sewing and design. 


“Dancing just makes your soul happy,” said dancer Amanda Martinez, who recently performed at the Native American Festival and Pow Wow on the grounds of Stone Mountain on Nov. 5, 2022. “Dancing is really a part of who I am, and dancing is a big part of who Natives are in general,” Martinez explained. She has been dancing in pow wows since she was about 11 years old, predominantly doing Women’s Fancy Shawl dancing, and occasionally Women’s Traditional until she made the switch to Jingle Dress. 

Read more about Amanda Martinez and the upcoming First Voices Festival here. 

Functional ceramics by artist Caroline Youngblood. Photos by Isadora Pennington.
As Seen in ATL: Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

🛍  On the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the Georgia Freight Depot was home to 170 craft, art, and vintage vendors as part of the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular. For the past seventeen years, local arts powerhouses Christy Bardis Petterson and Shannon Mulkey have been coordinating Indie Craft Experience. These events bring together some of the region's best artists and crafters.

See more photos here.
Fuego Nuovo by Sergio Suarez at Whitespace

Art Happenings

🛍  The Spruill Gallery’s beloved Holiday Artists Market kicks off tonight, Wed., Nov. 16 from 6-9 p.m. 


📷  Learn about 16mm Canon Scoopic Cameras with demonstrations by Sidarth Kantamneni, Nnamdi Anyochie and Malik Marble at Kodak Film Lab Atlanta for “Coffee w/ Cameras” on Sat., Nov. 19 at 10 a.m.


🏷  Signature Gallery presents Handmade for the Holidays Signature Gift Guide, going live on their website on Fri., Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.


🌚  Peruse “Strange & Odd Creations & Handmade Goods” at the Mothman Night Market this Fri., Nov. 18 from 4-10 p.m. at 572 Stokeswood Ave., just south of East Atlanta Village. 


🖼  Ensemble, a group exhibition featuring the works of over 50 gallery artists, debuts at Spalding Nix on Fri., Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 19 from 12-4 p.m.


📚  Do you enjoy cocktails, charcuterie, art, and books? Stop by the Boozy Book Fair at the Distillery of Modern Art this Fri., Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m.


🧪  The grand opening of Sloomoo Institute, a multi-sensory slime experience, is set for Fri., Nov. 18 in the Buckhead Triangle. 


🎨  Support local artists at the Candler Park Art Block on Sat., Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


⚒️ Sculptures, tools, equipment, art supplies, housewares & more will be for sale during the Cherrylion Studio Sale this Sat., Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


🖼  The Shed at Ponce City Market is host to Artists & Fleas, a weekly market that offers art, design, fashion, and more. Sat., Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


🚶‍♂️ Visit the galleries of Miami Circle at the return of the Miami Circle Gallery Stroll, Sat., Nov. 19 from 4-6 p.m. 


🔥  Whitespace presents Fuego Nuevo, a solo exhibition by Sergio Suárez, Transmutations (the inbetweenness of things) group exhibition at whitespec, and Good Bones exhibition by Jane Foley in the shedspace, opening Sat., Nov. 19 from 6-9 p.m. (pictured)

Post of the Week

📹 Artist Cathryn Bozone's process videos are all pretty fun, but I especially liked seeing how she finished the hair on this chalk portrait.
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