A new creative space called All Together Now opens tonight at The Beacon Atlanta, and you’re invited to the celebration.
All Together Now’s creators see it as a shop to attract new art collectors. All of its art is for sale ($20 to $300), framed and ready to hang. Buyers go home with a hook and instructions to help them get the art on the wall. The space also offers local creatives a place to try their ideas for public workshops, events or performances.
All Together Now is the collective name of Pamela Barba of Vamos Ladies, independent curator and arts administrator Grace Gardner, Hope Hilton of the Center for Art and Life and Gina Livingston of Medium Arts.
Their brainchild is the latest tenant in The Beacon space that was once to become Squishieland, a commission-free space by Atlanta muralist Ray Geier (aka Squishiepuss).
Beacon management terminated Geier’s lease in January when several women came forward publicly with allegations of inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and more serious accusations. The space then became home to If I Told You . . . , a timely group exhibition that featured the work of 15 female-identifying artists and ran February 14–March 28.
Livingston helped organize If I Told You . . . , too. Its ethos of inclusion is also part of All Together Now. “We believe in listening to the community, especially people of color, in hopes of building a space where people can feel safe to bring their full, authentic, creative selves,” Barba said in a statement.
More than 35 artists are part of the art shop, and others will be added on a rolling basis. The roster includes emerging artists as well as more established artists working in ceramics, photography, paintings, woodcuts and collages.
In addition, more than 20 individuals and organizations will offer events and workshops, ranging from yoga classes to head-wrapping workshops, and clay workshops to a disparate lecture series titled Take Two.
“We have purposefully sought to include as many people working in different spaces as possible,” Barba said.
Tonight’s free opening celebration begins at 7 p.m. and includes art, music, refreshments by Cardinal and Treehouse Nut Milk, on-the-spot poetry by Jimmy Lo and a pop-up event by Medium Arts’ Broke Art Buyers Club. All Together Now is inside The Beacon at 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite B15. Tickets are available until 6 p.m.