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“It's important for us to get people in on the ground level, and provide some opportunity for them to start collecting at a younger age,” says Anne Irwin Fine Art gallery director Emily West.
A university-trained artist and occasional graffiti writer, Michi Meko built his early career on good humor and good times at rollicking, quirky opening parties. Now, his work has had a dramatic shift in his tone—focusing on “the contemporary experience of black life and survival.”
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Whoever thinks ranch houses can’t be sexy has forgotten about California style during the tail end of Hollywood’s Golden Age. When Andy Heyman bought this 1940s-era ranch in 2011, it reminded him of Frank Sinatra’s chic Palm Springs hideaway.
Ross Rossin has undoubtedly reached the top tier of American portraiture, commanding prices that can approach six figures. Four of his portraits—of Andrew Young, Morgan Freeman, Hank Aaron, and Maya Angelou—have hung in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. And yet Rossin is largely unknown in Atlanta’s insular arts community—largely by his own choice.
Artist Sally King Benedict has earned a national reputation—becoming a favorite of regional publications like Garden & Gun and Southern Living. Online sales of her famous faces series sell out in minutes. She’s also presented solo shows at prestigious galleries. We met at her studio to discuss her inspiration, her work, and how she’s handling all of this success.
Jewelry artist Judie Raiford’s multidisciplinary gallery has been a Roswell institution since 1996. She talked with us about how she began making jewelry and whether the DIY movement has helped or hurt galleries.
“Photography is the medium of our time,” Dawkins says. “It reflects how I see the world. When I blink my eyes, it’s almost like a photograph. It’s approachable and understandable.”
For the past year and a half, Atlanta painter Sarah Emerson—who has worked with Living Walls and Whitespace Gallery—has been filling 72-by-76-inch canvases with undulating waves and dark pools, along with wide-open eyes, colorful spikes, stylized tree branches and clouds, and other images.
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