Every Tuesday, we give you our top picks for the week, from installations and sculptures to paintings, drawings, street art, photography, artist talks, openings, videos and more.
SACRED GROUND. Lawrenceville sculptor Basil Watson creates work that reflects positive emotions and attitudes, the spirit of freedom and spontaneity, strength, beauty, energy and vigor. Gallery 72 in Downtown Atlanta. Opens June 13. Reception at 6 p.m. June 20. Through July 31.
Ini-she-ation. A solo show by Atlanta artist Shanequa Gay focuses on young black girls, their freedom or lack of and their initiation into womanhood, the world, understanding, utopia, belief, faith and the imaginary. Chastain Arts Center and Gallery in Buckhead. Through August 3. Artist talk at 1 p.m. July 27.
Blood of the Earth. Atlanta metalworker Corrina Sephora turns guns into works of art — flowers, garden ornaments and tools — in her show at Sinclair Gallery in the ArtsXchange in East Point. Through July 13. Artist talk at 2 p.m. June 29. Read more.
The Janis Project. Miami artist Frank Hyder‘s sculptural heads range in size from tabletop to 12 feet tall and are made of bronze, casting concrete or the kind of high-grade inflatable plastic used for lifeboats. Some light up at night. All are friendly, touchable and non-gender-specific, non-race-specific humans meant to start conversations. The show includes watercolors and is unlike anything else in Atlanta right now. One Atlantic Center Midtown Grand Gallery at 14th and West Peachtree streets. Through September 6.