Dalí and rockers

In his native Barcelona, Martin Frias was an integral part of the arts and culture scene from the 1970s through the 1990s, mostly photographing rock musicians but also striking up a friendship with Salvador Dali.

Bodies as a Work of Art benefit flies high in third year of sexy painted fun

Five years after his death, Atlanta painter Paul Chelko's love of edgy art, the human form and empowerment of women continued to inspire the artists and models involved in Saturday night's third annual Bodies as a Work of Art charitable fundraiser.

A conversation with Georgia artist Gogo Ferguson

Three decades ago at her downtown Atlanta loft, Georgia artist Janet "Gogo" Ferguson first unveiled the nature-inspired pieces for what would become an internationally acclaimed, multi-million dollar jewelry business. As a descendant of Thomas Carnegie who bought Georgia's Cumberland Island in the late 19th century, the granddaughter of Lucy Ferguson spent much of her childhood growing up on coastal Georgia. Today as a year-round resident on Cumberland, Ferguson operates her Gogo Jewelry business and an artist studio there.

Art Rocks Athens honors its musical history this weekend

Fans will get a two-night crash course in the history of the Athens music scene this weekend, thanks to two icon-studded bills as part of Art Rocks Athens: The Music. Tonight at the 40 Watt in Athens, the music of The B-52’s, Pylon, The Side Effects, R.E.M., Is/Ought Gap, Club Gaga, The Fans, and Kevin Dunn will be celebrated. On Saturday night at the Georgia Theatre, music vets and newbies on the Athens set will pay tribute to Method Actors, Squalls, Kilkenny Cats, Dreams So Real, Oh-OK, Bar-B-Q Killers, and others.

Kick-starting arts funding

Last year the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies declared Georgia second-to-last in the nation in terms of public arts financing. That number forty-nine ranking (six cents per capita, compared with $5.77 in first-place Minnesota) may shock some Atlantans, but it surprises no one involved with the arts.

UGA grad and Walthall Fellow’s art speaks for social justice

The “starving artist” cliche exists for a reason; this is not an easy way to make a living. But twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Caldas is defying the stereotype. She recently left her day job at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to focus on her art career full-time.

What are you doing this weekend? October 11-13

Well, the huge event of the weekend is Atlanta Pride, the celebration that started in the 1970s and just keeps getting bigger and better. The 2013 massive list of events includes parties, performances, an artists market, a Eucharist service, Lady Gaga-inspired yoga, workshops, films, a car and motorcycle show, and, of course, one hell of a parade. Piedmont Park and environs. atlantapride.org

Vermeer’s masterwork hangs out at the High

On her current world tour, she travels incognito, with only her closest handlers aware of her true identity. In Japan last year, she attracted more than a million fans. In San Francisco this spring, she demanded strategically placed soft lighting befitting an icon of a certain age.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine gets ready to light the night

Last weekend was packed with institutional Atlanta events such as DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival, but this weekend marks the third anniversary of a younger civic tradition: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a three-month-long exhibition that brings visual and performance art to the BeltLine's twenty-two miles of trails, parks, and rail lines.

Has Atlanta embraced modernism? A recap of our panel discussion

Last night I talked with some of Atlanta's leading experts on contemporary art, design, and architecture. During our "Atlanta Embraces Modernism" panel discussion, they weighed in on whether the city reflects a modern spirit.

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