I’ll be honest — I was going to write this week’s article as a Top 5 on reasons you should hit up the Atlanta Zine Fest on Saturday, since Muriel and I are hosting a cool panel during it and because it’s going to be super awesomely great in general. But then, cool art-centric events kept popping up on my newsfeeds, and it felt a little too self-serving to leave them out. In the communal spirit, here are five local happenings to check out this weekend:
- Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines
As the High Museum of Art’s second major exhibition showcasing works on paper by Georgia-based artists, “Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines” will open this Saturday, July 18, and be on display through Oct. 4. The show will feature more than 100 pieces from dozens of artists, including Joe Tsambiras, Lucha Rodriguez, Greg Mike, Dorothy Stucki and Michi Meko, from ATL and surrounding towns.
- OCULARIS: A Deer Bear Wolf Art Exhibition
It’s no secret that we love both Deer Bear Wolf and Mammal Gallery. This Friday, July 17, they’ll come together for the opening reception of OCULARIS, a show curated by artist and educator Katie Troisi that features work from 19 local artists. Expect everything from mixed media sculptures and video installations to paintings, projections and more, from artists such as Paige Adair, Mike Germon, Heather Greenway and Laura Vela.
- Atlanta Zine Fest 2015: Girls in DIY
On the heels of last summer’s successful Atlanta Zine Fest, this year’s free, open to the public event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at three of Eyedrum’s buildings (all located at 88 Forsyth St.), the Mammal Gallery (91 Broad St.) and the Broad Street Visitors Center (90 Broad St.). On the docket: a slew of panels and workshops (including a book binding workshop with Amy Herschleb and a way-cool panel discussion with your CCATL EICs called “Find Your Girl Gang: Women Writers Collaborating vs. Competing,” vendors, DJs, art exhibits and more.
- Working Artists Project 2015/2016 Winners Announcement and Party
Touted by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s as the “biggest and best art weekend of the summer,” they’ll host a WAP winners announcement party on Friday, July 17 following Jonathan Bouknight’s “Nightingales” opening, complete with tons of art for the viewing, along with beer, wine, snacks and music by DJ Topher.
- Martha Whittington’s “Exchange” Exhibit Close
If you haven’t taken the time to check out this artist’s latest exhibit at Downtown’s Dashboard Co-op space, Friday, July 17 is your last chance. Inspired by early trade agreements between Europeans and Native Americans, “Exchange” highlights Native American culture’s erasure through the exploitation of their resources. Pieces in the show are coupled with video and installations, as well as sound designs by Rae Long.