The 2019 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the annual art exhibition that turns 10 this year, will include sculptures, murals, events and performances running well into 2020. The visual feast celebrates the culture and diversity of Atlanta neighborhoods. Muralists will paint walls on the Northeast Trail from July 21 to August 3, with a festival celebrating their work August 3. The popular Lantern Parade returns September 21. The BeltLine, a sustainable redevelopment project that will ultimately connect 45 intown neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of trails and parks, is based on railroad corridors that once encircled the city. Art on the BeltLine details and updates HERE.
Living Walls goes to Paris
The nonprofit Living Walls has launched an annual arts exchange program that will send an Atlanta artist abroad to create a piece of art and bring an international artist here to do the same. Living Walls is partnering with Pixo, a French-Brazilian arts organization based in Paris.
This month, Atlanta artist Dianna Settles is painting a mural on Alibert Street in the 10th district of Paris, near the Place de la Republique and the Cafe Carrillon. Living Walls will host the one-named Paris artist Kashink this fall. Settles, a Georgia native, is a Vietnamese-American artist, musician and gallerist whose work focuses on everyday, commonplace settings to counter fetishized and passive images of women of color.
Living Walls promotes the power of public art as a social and economic engine, providing an artistic workforce to create healthy, sustainable urban spaces. It has facilitated more than 100 public murals throughout the metro area to date.
At the High, a conversation about origins, belonging
The High Museum of Art on July 25 hosts a conversation with the six Atlanta artists featured in its ongoing Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn From Atlanta exhibition (through September 29). Curator Michael Rooks will lead artists Jessica Caldas, Yehimi Cambrón, Xie Caomin, Wihro Kim, Dianna Settles and Cosmo Whyte in a conversation about their work and issues relating to place, belonging and heritage. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the High’s Hill Auditorium and is free with museum admission ($14.50). Museum members can access a promo code. The High is at 1280 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown.
Big party, changes at Facet Gallery
Facet Gallery this Saturday, July 20, holds an all-day art party that includes live painting outside by nearly 20 artists, with the works going on display at the gallery at 7 p.m. You’re invited to “come have a cold one and watch these amazing artists work.” The lineup includes Amy Ashbaugh, Nicholas Turbo Benson, Cathryn Bozone, Jeremy Brown, Lela Brunet, Angie Jerez, William Mitchell, Eric Nine, Janice Rago, Brandon Sadler, Aliya Smith, Unoe, Liz Webb and gallery owner/manager Peter Ferrari.
In other news, Makeda Lewis has joined the Facet team as gallery coordinator. Lewis, an artist and administrator, has worked with Art Papers magazine, MINT Gallery and ZuCot Gallery. “Because I believe in the power of art to show us the world and ourselves in ways that spark change,” Lewis says, “I spend my time learning and implementing ways to harness that power effectively.”
Going forward, Facet will focus on consistent monthly shows, more activation in the gallery space and social media engagement, and new artists, Ferrari says in a Facebook post. The gallery is in the Old Fourth Ward at 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.
Coming up . . .
The 2019 Design conversations series at MODA continues at 7 p.m. this Thursday (July 18) with illustrator Craig Frazier. Frazier — whose work is known for wit, optimism and simplicity — has created seven postage stamps including the 2006 Love stamp and the 2010–11 commemorative Scouting stamp. He’ll talk about starting his career as a designer, his shift to illustration and the work he’s done for such clients as Adobe, American Express, Mohawk Paper and United Airlines. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers. The event is at the High Museum’s Hill Auditorium.