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Creative women making it happen 

October 19 - It's no secret that Atlanta has an incredible art scene full of talented artists and creatives. This week I'm highlighting two local women who are making things happen with art in the city. 

My first feature is on Lauren Brown, a celebrated animator, illustrator, podcaster, and all-around creative powerhouse. She offers a unique insight into what it's like to be a woman of color working in the animation and gaming industry.

Also this week is a feature on the unveiling of AMPLIFY at Spruill Center for the Arts. The winning mural, The Forest For The Trees, was painted at Spirits for Spruill last weekend by local artist Alice Stone Collins. 

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Lauren Brown, photo by Isadora Pennington
The Whimsical World of Lauren Brown 

✏️  Sunlight streamed through the windows of the sunroom, illuminating the characters that gradually emerged on the pages of Lauren Brown’s sketchbook. Curled up in her boho egg seat, she sketched while her cats meandered in and out of the room. 

Brown is an artist whose works offer glimpses into whimsical worlds where nature and magic are one. Featuring Black female characters who exude power and dynamic mysticism, Brown’s art can transport you to far-off lands. “I don’t see many faces that look like mine in the fantasy illustration space,” explained Brown.

Today, she is an Emmy-award-winning Art Director, illustrator, podcaster, and outspoken advocate for BIPOC in the fantasy and gaming industry.  

Read more about Lauren Brown's work here.

Crossover: Atlanta to Denver

🎨 October 21, from 5-8 p.m at Underground Atlanta: Join Arts & Entertainment Atlanta and the Denver Theatre District for Crossover, an inaugural arts event taking place simultaneously in both cities.

A live stream connects the two, creating an exchange of arts and culture across 1,400 miles.

Experience live, digital art performances by Mario Fernando of creative design studio Zoo As Zoo and multimedia artist Max Woo.

➕ Plus, video work by animator Na’iim Shareef and music by DJ Lillie Smalls! During the event, the Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab will be open as well as other Underground Atlanta artist studios.

🔥 Hot Tip 

The event is free to attend, but the first 25 attendees to arrive will receive a bag with Crossover swag, a drink ticket, and a slice of Dolo's Pizza.

🎟️ Register today!
L to R: Jennifer Price, Alan Mothner, and Alice Stone Collins

'Forest for the Trees' tapped at Spruill

🌲  More than 100 people attending the Spirits for Spruill event Oct. 15 witnessed the unveiling of the third annual winning AMPLIFY public art installation, “The Forest for the Trees” by Alice Stone Collins, self-described as “contrasting energies of calm and chaos.”

“It was a perfect fall day to unveil Alice’s engaging and provocative work, which utilizes the power of art to call to question, in this particular instance, the fragile environment in which we live,” said Spruill CEO Alan Mothner. “We are looking forward to the work being in place for the coming year and hearing the conversations spawned as a result.”

Read more about the AMPLIFY art installation here
This Week in Art News

🔀  Crossover, presented by Arts & Entertainment Atlanta (A&E Atlanta) and the Denver Theatre District, is an inaugural arts event taking place in both cities simultaneously on Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m. A&E Atlanta will activate Underground Atlanta with live music and digital art performances while the Denver Theatre District does the same on an outdoor screen at 14th and Champa Streets. A live stream will connect the two cities, creating an exchange of arts and culture across 1,400 miles. Both events are free to attend. 

🥽  The Savannah College of Art and Design has opened its second extended reality (XR) stage in Atlanta, becoming the first university to have not one, but two XR stages for students to use. An extended reality (XR) stage – or LED Volume, as it’s also called – creates a sort of virtual image that surrounds actors as they perform, allowing them to live in the virtual space more than they would be able to do in front of a green screen. SCAD already had one LED Volume, and opened this most recent one in September of this year at its SCAD Digital Media Center. (pictured above)

🎨  Arts, public works, and affordable housing were addressed in Sandy Springs state of the city. “Let’s build it around the arts. Let’s talk about the performing arts, which we do in these facilities around us now, on the Green and down on the Society Lawn at Heritage,” said Mayor Rusty Paul. The city annually chooses sculptures to purchase from artists in its ArtSS in the Open project and installs them at public parks like Abernathy Greenway Park and Marsh Creek Rain Garden.

Art Happenings

📝  Fragments of Poetry will be on display at Pryor Fine Art beginning tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 20.

🥣  Did someone say free beans? Spruill Center for the Arts will be giving out a bowl of delicious chili with every purchase at their 2022 Ceramic Bowl Sale this Fri., Oct. 21 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

🖌  Artfolio, an art exposition with free classes, product demos, and sales will return to Binders Art Supplies & Frames on Sat., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

🚊  Off The Tracks and the Kirkwood Business Association will present seven new murals at Kirkwood Walls, with live painting on Sat., Oct. 22 

✏️  Artist Larkin Ford will lead a drawing session centered on lighting and mood inspired by seasonal objects and imagery at the High Museum of Art on Sat., Oct. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m.

📈  Living Walls presents The Business of Mural Arts Workshop, a free workshop for BIPOC, women, queer, and trans artists at Agnes Scott on Tues., Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. 

🎃  Get spooky - Halloween-themed Collage Night at The Bakery Atlanta on Wed., Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m.

♍️  Ongoing group exhibition Virgo is on display at Wolfgang Gallery through Nov. 5.

📷  In the Absence of Color: Visions in Black and White will exhibit the works of 40 photographers that are members of The Southeastern Photographic Society at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, on display through Nov. 11. 

🎨  Urban Sense: Taher Jaoui Solo Exhibition at Maune Contemporary is on display through Oct. 22.

🏔  View works from Idea + Place: Advancing the Legacy of Black Mountain College at Eyedrum on display through Nov. 12.

🏇  Bill Lowe Gallery presents the first-ever posthumous exhibition of artist Todd Murphy through Nov. 4 (pictured).

Post of the Week

Local artist Pam Peacock, known as the Voyager Peacock, made this sign for the #lookupdecatur public art project. Don't forget to look up!
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