Gift From Moscow Artist Joins Roswell Sculpture Tour

Gift From Moscow Artist Joins Roswell Sculpture Tour

A gift of art from a Moscow artist will soon delight and spark curiosity in the north Fulton County city of Roswell.

“Sky Maintenance” by Dima Alekseyev will be installed Saturday, March 25 Don White Park. The large public work of art will be suspended from the bridge on S.R. 400, which crosses over the Chattahoochee River at Riverside Road.

“Sky Maintenance” will be visible to all, including those driving along Riverside Road, walking in Don White Park or kayaking down the 'Hooch.

Dima Alekseyev has a world-class background in public art. While perhaps best known for his large, suspended silhouettes, which have been featured on numerous public structures, his work is also on display in many private collections in Russia and elsewhere.

 

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Roswell to hang sculpture from Ga. 400 river bridge

Roswell to hang sculpture from Ga. 400 river bridge

A sculpture from Russia will soon hang from the Ga. 400 bridge over the Chattahoochee River.

“Sky Maintenance,” a gift of public art to Roswell from artist Dima Alekseyev, is to be suspended from the expressway bridge. The installation is to start at 8 a.m. Saturday and is expected to take all day.

Fabricated in Moscow and shipped to the U.S., the sculpture is one of 13 pieces featured in this year’s ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour of the Roswell Arts Fund. It comes to the area by way of the artist’s son, Feodor Alekseyev, who lives in Roswell.

 

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Roswell Sculpture Tour kicks off with a bang

Roswell Sculpture Tour kicks off with a bang

 The 2017 Roswell Sculpture Tour is officially open and will soon be hosting monthly events centered around the art.

ArtAround Roswell kicked off its nine-month Sculpture Tour Saturday, April 22 with multiple performances by local groups. The three-hour celebration featured the talents of the Atlanta Taiko Project, Element Circus Artists, In Flight Gymnastics & Circus, and Ten Blocks Away.

Additionally, the first of the Makers in the Afternoon demonstration was held featuring Jennifer Freedman of Mosaic Odyssey.

This year, opening celebrations were held around the sculpture Sentience, created by David Landis, located at the Heart of Canton Street.

The sculpture is modeled after a bloodroot flower, because it has a “wonderful, dynamic quality, like a firework exploding,” Landis said. “I used stainless steel… Because it reflects clouds, sky, trees and people, bringing them into the work.”

There are a total of 13 sculptures this year, including two permanent sculptures bought from last year’s tour – Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych – and a gift from Russian Artist Dima Alekseyev, Sky Maintenance, which will stay with the city for two years. The remaining 10 sculptures are all sponsored by local businesses.

 

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Enjoy art in outdoors in Roswell

Enjoy art in outdoors in Roswell

ArtAround Roswell is a constant work in progress, and up now are some come-as-you-are, enjoy-at-your-leisure outdoor exhibits. The second annual ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour features 13 works from local and international artists.

Ten sculptures are new to the tour, two are from last year, purchased as permanent gifts to the city, and then there’s “Sky Maintenance,” on the Don White Bridge at Ga. 400, a temporary gift to the city by the artist.

Last year’s nine-month exhibit was the first, with 10 on-loan outdoor sculptures installed and displayed throughout the park system. I attended one of the free public bus tours on a rainy July weekend last summer. We would have been able to depart at each stop for a closer look, but our tour was timed to coincide with a cloudburst of near biblical proportions, making it impossible to see more than a glimmer through the sheets of rain pouring outside the bus windows.

This year’s kickoff featured favorable weather at the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street in the historic district. The Atlanta Taiko Project, an all-percussion ensemble, entertained with original compositions and art pieces, prior to the introduction of local Atlanta sculptor, David Landis, and other performance artists.

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ArtAround Roswell returns for 2017: Sculpture tour provides public art in city parks

ArtAround Roswell returns for 2017: Sculpture tour provides public art in city parks

Sculptures are once again popping up all over Roswell in preparation for this year’s sculpture tour. After a successful 2016 season, ArtAround Roswell is making a triumphant return to add a touch of flair to the city’s parks.

“Public art by definition is public. It’s free. You don’t need any tickets,” said Roswell Arts Fund Board Chair Rochelle Mucha. “It’s aesthetically pleasing. It evokes curiosity. It makes people smile.”

This is the second year that the city will have a sculpture tour, and it is building off of the momentum of the first.

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'Bucket Brigade' Sculpture Installed at Roswell Fire Station

The Roswell Arts Fund announced the installation of “Bucket Brigade,” a sculpture by Peter Reiquam, which will reside at Fire Station No. 4, on Old Alabama Road. Opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting will be on April 27, 2017, 8:15 PM, in the evening to allow “Bucket Brigade” to illuminate the event.

The new sculpture will welcome staff and visitors with a work of art that salutes and affirms the rich history of firefighters. The sculpture is based on the familiar, old-time method of fighting fires with a line of people passing water-filled buckets, one hand to the next. “Bucket Brigade” illustrates this same tradition by using a series of buckets as individual frames in a sort of stop-motion animation, like pages of a flipbook. A simulated splash molded from thermoplastic material will appear to spill from the first bucket in the line and a large volume of polymer water, illuminated by LED lights, will appear to be thrown from the largest bucket at the end of the line.

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ArtAround Roswell aims to strengthen appearance of public art in city

With the increasing interest in public art throughout the city, Roswell Art Fund aims to continue its contribution with the second year of ArtAround Roswell.

According to Roswell Art Fund Chair Rochelle Mucha, ArtAround Roswell helps brand the city as evolving, seeking to reach out to our young professionals and millennials with our art, as well as appeal to our more traditional visitors and residents.

“Public Art is how you define your sense of place, tell people how you want to be known. We believe ArtAround Roswell expands and enlivens the city of Roswell and its brand,” Mucha said.

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Applications for the Spring 2017 Hatch Training Intensive are now open!

An informational session will be held this Wednesday for artists interested in Hatch to learn more.

To RSVP for the Hatch info session: RSVP Here

Date/ Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 11:00am - 12:30pm

Address:

Fuse Arts Center
(
inside M. Rich Center for Creative Arts, Media and Technology)
115 MLK Jr Dr SW, Ste.# 225
Atlanta, GA 30303

More About Hatch:

Applications for the Spring 2016 Hatch Training Intensive open December 1, 2016.The Hatch Training Intensive is a four-month training program specifically targeted towards readying artists to work in community centric art projects that are both sustainable and meaningful to all involved stakeholders. Twelve artists will be chosen for this program through a competitive application process. Arts workers of all disciplines and mediums will be considered, including those working in all visual and performing arts, music, dance, film or as arts administrators. Artists will learn:

  • Methods of organizing community around social impact through arts and culture emphasizing available assets over deficits
  • Tools and activities to engage dialogue, break down barriers, and create a shared language amongst key stakeholders
  • The history and processes of city planning, and the ways in which arts and culture can be utilized in urban development
  • How to negotiate, read/build contracts, and build robust budgets that both account for all aspects of project expense, including artist fee, and reflect the story of your project to funders and stakeholders.

Skills covered: Asset Based Community Development, Negotiations, Budgeting, Identifying Community Stakeholders, Understanding and Dissecting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Legal Concerns in Public Art, Facilitating Dialogue with Community, and more.
Deadline: January 9

Link for More Information: Hatch Training Intensive

Applications Available Here: Apply now for Hatch

Our Fall 2016 Hatch cohort held their final presentations yesterday! Check out these photos:

Visual Recording by @groundworks6 of the ideas presented by two of our Hatch Groups for a high school and a rural community. Presentations covered artistic engagement with community around concerns in rural, urban, suburban and educational settings.

Visual Recording by @groundworks6 of the ideas presented by two of our Hatch Groups for a high school and a rural community. Presentations covered artistic engagement with community around concerns in rural, urban, suburban and educational settings.

Artists Lennie Gray Mowris, Maggie Benoit and Latanya Hardaway present their ideas for a rural artists market based on a theoretical prompt for a rural community in need of economic development.

Artists Lennie Gray Mowris, Maggie Benoit and Latanya Hardaway present their ideas for a rural artists market based on a theoretical prompt for a rural community in need of economic development.

Fall 2016 Hatch Artists: tl-tr: Shaun Martin, Foluke Beveridge, Priscilla Alarcon, Beth West, Phil Harris, Priscilla Smith, Latanya Hardaway. bl-br: Terp Vairin, Maggie Benoit, Lennie Gray Mowris, Miriam Robinson, Sara Gregory. (Not pictured: Joe Dreher)

Fall 2016 Hatch Artists: tl-tr: Shaun Martin, Foluke Beveridge, Priscilla Alarcon, Beth West, Phil Harris, Priscilla Smith, Latanya Hardaway. bl-br: Terp Vairin, Maggie Benoit, Lennie Gray Mowris, Miriam Robinson, Sara Gregory. (Not pictured: Joe Dreher)

Roswell Roots Call for Artists

Roswell is accepting applications from artists who are interested in participating in the Roswell Roots Arts Festival and Pin Up Show.

Roswell is accepting applications from all artists, professional or amateur, who are interested in participating in the first Roswell Roots Arts Festival and Pin Up Show, which will take place February 11 from 10 AM – 5 PM at Roswell River Landing.

Show categories include photography, graphics, painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and mixed media. Interested artists must handcraft all merchandise – no exceptions. Artists will be selected by a committee, and a limited number will be accepted in each category.

Applications are due by January 27, 2017 and can be downloaded below: 

Roswell Roots Festival and Pin Up Show Artist Application

All artists must enclose a $50 fee with their application and a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of space number. Applications must be mailed to:

Friends of the Roswell Parks
PO Box 1612
Roswell, GA 30077

For questions about the show, email the event coordinator, Sharon Crumley, at sharoncrumley@yahoo.com. Please do not send applications to Sharon via email.

Roswell Seeks Elementary School for Artist Residency

One local elementary school will serve as the host site for an artist residency program, made possible through a $10,000 grant.

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center (RCAC) seeks one public elementary school located in the City of Roswell to serve as the host site for RCAC’s first artist residency program, made possible through a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

The project will engage up to 250 elementary-age students in teamwork, collaboration, and hands-on learning through the process of creating an indoor, mobile sculpture. Students will work with SchoolSculptures founder Kevin Reese to design the piece of art in the spring of 2016 through distance learning. In August 2017, Reese will travel to the host school and work with the students as they build, sand, paint and balance the mobile over a five-day period. At the conclusion of the residency, an indoor mobile will be installed at the elementary school as a permanent piece of art for the school’s campus.

Following the residency, Reese will give a free performance of his show, A Perfect Balance, at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, August 26, 2017. 

The project is funded by the NEA’s Arts Engagement in American Communities initiative, with $10,000 in matching dollars from the City of Roswell’s grant match contingency fund. The grant covers all of the expenses of the residency, and the partner school will not be required to provide any financial resources to the project.

Schools interested in serving as the host site for the residency should complete the application form that will be distributed to all public Roswell elementary schools the week of November 7. The host school will be selected by a committee comprising City staff and Recreation Commission members based on criteria including:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the project from the school administration and the teacher(s) who will serve as the residency director(s) for the school
  • Evidence of efforts to integrate the arts into the school beyond the standard curriculum
  • Evidence of parental/community support for similar projects at the school

Teachers or school administrators should contact the City’s Cultural Arts Coordinator, Donna Clayton, with questions about the project at dclayton@roswellgov.com.

About Kevin Reese
For more than 30 years, actor, designer, director, and visual artist Kevin Reese has worked with young audiences as a performer, teacher, and artist-in-residence. In 2001, Reese formed SchoolSculptures to collaborate with communities nationwide to create large permanent moving sculptures, and Kevin has completed more than 165 installations in 29 states. A native of California, Reese graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Currently, Reese resides in Washington, DC, where more than 52 of his sculptures have been installed. His one-man show, A Perfect Balance, has been performed internationally and was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2003 and the National Gallery of Art in 2005 and 2010.

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is located at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell, Georgia 30075, roswellcac.com or 770-594-6232.

Roswell Wine Festival gifts Smoke to the city of Roswell

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Roswell, GA -- Thanks to the generosity of two Roswell philanthropists, a memorable one-day event will leave a lasting memorial for the city of Roswell. 

Dwight Cunningham and Peggy Robinson, organizers of the Roswell Wine Festival, will designate the proceeds from the popular one-day event to ArtAround Roswell, an initiative of the Roswell Arts Fund. The donation will be used to purchase Smoke by Marc Moulton as a gift to the city. 

The stainless steel statue, which represents smoke rising from a fire and honors the area’s history, will remain at its current location on the Roswell Town Square.

The Roswell Wine Festival was held on Sunday, October 2 on Canton Street. The festival was sold out and has become one of the largest wine festivals in the state. Audi North Atlanta was a sponsor, as well as restaurant sponsors Osteria Mattone, Table & Main, and Vin25.

The two friends started the festival four years ago as way to combine their love of wine and commitment to community service.  Each year, proceeds are donated to different local charity. 

“This year, we are thrilled to donate to ArtAround Roswell, an initiative of the Roswell Arts Fund, and we’re honored to be able to keep Smoke by Marc Moulton in our city,” said Robinson.

“Like the Roswell Wine Festival, ArtAround is enriching our city through the arts and culture by bringing people together and encouraging both conversation and commerce,” Cunningham adds.

ArtAround Roswell, an initiative of the Roswell Arts Fund, features ten sculptures on loan to the city by their artists. The “museum without walls” is on display through December 2016. ArtAround Roswell is a partnership between the City of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Fund initiated to bring the benefits of public art to the city, including community involvement and enrichment. Roswell Arts Fund plans to acquire one sculpture as a permanent gift to the city.

All works of art are available for purchase, and sculptures that are not purchased will be returned to their artists in December 2016. For more information about helping to keep the sculptures in Roswell and help build the city’s public art inventory, visit ArtAroundRoswell.org.  


About the Roswell Arts Fund

The Roswell Arts Fund is a powerful voice and advocate for the arts community, strengthening the scope, quality and diversity of the arts and striving to fully integrate the arts into the social and economic fabric that is uniquely Roswell. The Fund is a 501c3 non profit organization that works interdependently with the City of Roswell, as well as many business and civic leaders and organizations.  The Roswell Arts Fund office is located in the Arts Center East Gallery, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076.

ArtAround Roswell Hosts Heart of Roswell Park Concert

ArtAround Roswell Hosts Heart of Roswell Park Concert

Art colors the lives of all who view it. Roswell proves no exception. As part of Roswell’s first-ever sculpture tour, Art Around Roswell hosted a free concert in Heart of Roswell Park featuring Kennesaw State University musicians on June 25th. The city teamed with the Roswell Arts fund to form Art Around Roswell and to present 10 established works of art on loan to the city by the artists. The sculptures stay displayed in select Roswell parks from April through December 2016.

Sculpture Tour Brings Art To Roswell Parks

Sculpture Tour Brings Art To Roswell Parks

The initiative is a partnership between the city and Roswell Arts Fund, and kicks off with an opening party at noon Saturday, April 16.

April marks the official beginning of ArtAround Roswell, the city’s first sculpture tour.

ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour Shows Essence of Public Art

ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour Shows Essence of Public Art

ArtAround Roswell, an inaugural sculpture tour in the city, will allow visitors to experience artwork while exploring different type of public art.

The Roswell Arts Fund and the city of Roswell present the temporary outdoor art exhibition, which includes 10 sculptures on loan from various local and national artists through December.

Roswell Arts Community Wants Larger Footprint

Roswell Arts Community Wants Larger Footprint

Roswell’s glitterati and literati gathered March 13 at River Landing on the Chattahoochee to welcome a new organization dedicated to making Roswell a leader in the arts in the Atlanta area.

 

Roswell Arts Fund Kicks Off ArtAround Roswell, A Sculpture Tour

Roswell Arts Fund Kicks Off ArtAround Roswell, A Sculpture Tour

I am thrilled to be the founder and chair of the Roswell Arts Fund, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization created as a direct outcome of the Imagine Roswell Arts and Culture 2030 Study conducted by the City of Roswell. 

Completed in February 2015, one of the key recommendations to the city was to establish a new, independent nonprofit that would be a powerful advocate for the arts and would focus on making the City of Roswell an arts destination by fully integrating the arts into the social and economic fabric that is uniquely Roswell. 

ArtAround Roswell has Preview Party

ArtAround Roswell has Preview Party

The Roswell Arts Fund announces a Preview Party and fund-raiser for ArtAround Roswell, the city’s first sculpture tour, on Sunday, March 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. at River Landing on Azalea Drive. 

ArtAround Roswell will feature ten sculptures on loan to the city by their artists. The sculptures will be displayed in selected Roswell parks from April through December 2016. 

ArtAround Comes To Roswell

ArtAround Comes To Roswell

Imagine a museum without walls and no entrance fee. Imagine an opportunity to introduce fine arts to everyone. Imagine activating our parks, river, and downtown areas with residents and visitors.

Imagine ArtAround Roswell, an outdoor and temporary Sculpture Tour!