This summer, Atlanta will host a variety of art exhibitions which examine the domestic sphere, traditional crafts, the after effects of the Olympics and the many, animal forms of nature. Visit them all to get a dose of culture.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Date: Now through August 18, 2013
Fernbank Museum, most famous for its kid friendly exhibits and IMAX movie theater, brings the fine art of Pen Brady to center stage. The aptly named Pen Brady uses her pens and acrylic paint to stylistically illustrate animals. Kids can plan on seeing birds, insects, fish, mammals and flowers. This exhibition is a young, family friendly activity which comes with the benefit of full museum admission for those with a short attention span.
Jon Pack And Gary Hustwit: The Olympic City
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Date: Now through June 15, 2013
This show is for mature audiences willing to ask a very post-modern question: What happens after the show? The titular “show” is the Olympic games. The fact that Atlanta was the 1996 host to the Olympic Summer Games gives sharp relevance to this photographic essay which documents the legacy left behind in Athens, Barcelona, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Rome and Sarajevo. ACAC’s press release refers to the “ghosts” created by the juggernaut that is the Olympics and this show will be an excellent opportunity for Atlanta to compare its ghosts with its peers.
Jiki to Hanga: Japanese Porcelain And Prints
Oglethorpe University Museum
4484 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
Date: May 12 through August 25, 2013
Many institutions like the High Museum have exhibitions running through the summer which have already been on display for months. Oglethorpe University Museum’s exhibit “Jiki To Hanga,” on the other hand, is an exclusive show only on display for the summer. The school is proud of its Japanese program and will celebrate with this show of 36 colored woodcut prints made by artist Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). Assorted curiosities will complement the prints, such as painted porcelain plates, silk paintings and miscellaneous books.
Peachtree Hills Festival Of Arts
Peachtree Hills Park
285 Peachtree Hills Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Date: June 8 and 9, 2013
Practically no Atlanta list would be complete without an event that contains a 5K fun run. This two-day festival actually emphasizes art over running, with 150 fine artists on display. The mission for this particular festival is to be “of artists, by artists,” and to this end, there will be an award ceremony to honor the best work on Saturday. However, families will also enjoy the food vendors, music and a field screening of “E.T.”
980 Briarcliff Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: June 7 through August 30, 2013
Ron Nuse is a Georgia-based artist whose photography captures the relationship of public art with its community. For this show, Nuse will combine his coastal landscapes with digital manipulation to explore a “mystery in each scene that we expect is always there, but which we normally don’t experience.”
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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.