ArtAround Roswell partners with Gate City Brewing Company for afternoon tour

ArtAround Roswell partners with Gate City Brewing Company for afternoon tour

Art and beer enthusiasts alike have the opportunity to partake in both with Gate City Brewing Company and Roswell Arts Fund.On July 23, attendees can take a guided bus tour of selected ArtAround sculptures, then return to Gate City and sample craft beers.

The bus will depart from the parking lot at Gate City Brewing Company at 1 and return at approximately 3 p.m.Attendees should gather between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

Participants can enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures.Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

After the tour, attendees have the option to receive a 20 percent discount on the entry fee at Gate City Brewing Company.

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Public art aims to prime economic pump in North Fulton

Public art aims to prime economic pump in North Fulton

Public art aims to prime economic pump in North Fulton

 

Public art is the focus of a number of communities in North Fulton County seeking to reap aesthetic and economic development benefits.

“Art, including public art, drives economic and social prosperity,” said Rochelle Mucha, chair and founder of Roswell Arts Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that collaborates with the city of Roswell and raises funds to increase the city’s public art inventory and initiatives.

 

This organization’s initiatives include ArtAround Roswell where, in partnership with the city, it hosts 10 established works of art on loan to the city by their artists for display in selected parks from April through December.

 

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Roswell enters 2nd phase of performing arts study

Roswell enters 2nd phase of performing arts study

The Roswell Arts Fund has gotten funding approval from the city for the second phase of a feasibility study on a performing arts center for the city.

The study will clarify the ideal size, location and funding opportunities, as well as potential challenges, officials said. The envisioned center would have a main theater for 500 to 1,000 people and a multi-purpose “black box” for about 200 in a 35,000- to 50,000-square-foot building.

A steering committee working with consultants DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky/Arts Consulting Group has determined the ideal location would be within walking distance of Canton Street, with easy access to dining and retailing.

 

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Roswell Arts Fund Launches Second Phase Of Performing Arts Center Study

Roswell Arts Fund Launches Second Phase Of Performing Arts Center Study

ROSWELL, GA -- The Roswell Arts Fund recently received funding from the Roswell Mayor and City Council to embark on the second phase of a feasibility study for a performing arts venue in the city.

The goal of the study would be to iron out the ideal size, location and funding opportunities as well as identify any potential challenges that could arise.

For the last few months, the Roswell Performing Arts Center Steering Committee has worked with consultants to explore the potential for a performing arts center in Roswell and how a facility could build upon the city’s unique location and character. The Steering Committee is led by co-chairs Jeff Hopkins and Lawrence Catchpole.

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Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! gear up for inaugural ArtAround Bike Tour

Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! gear up for inaugural ArtAround Bike Tour

Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! have extended an invitation to art enthusiasts for a sculpture tour on wheels, bikes specifically.

On June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon, the first guided ArtAround Roswell bike tour is scheduled to occur.

The ride is intended to celebrate National Bike Month and the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculptures.

 

When the first ArtAround Roswell sculptures were setup in 2016, Sears recollected several Bike Roswell! members going on their own rides to see the art the collection.

Routes were shared, but no formal guided tour was proposed.

Bike Roswell! board members recently toured the Atlanta Beltline with Bike Tours of Atlanta which included stops at sculptures and murals along the way.

Bike Roswell! Ride Director Nathan Sears and Rochelle Mucha of Roswell Arts Fund connected to collaborate on the project.

The tour begins and ending at Lucky’s Burger and Brew, 1144 Alpharetta Street in Roswell.

 

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Roswell Arts Fund working towards bringing a Performing Arts Center to downtown

Roswell Arts Fund is shaping the city for the possibility of what they feel will "fulfill a niche market" in the city.

"A destination for entertainment, inspiration, and laughter and opportunity to showcase emerging talent and bring world-class performances to our city," is being proposed for Roswell.

Potential for a performing arts center has received "a resounding 'Yes,'" from the community.

Currently in the feasibility study phases, the second phase was recently approved for funding by City Council.

This phase will clarify the ideal size, location, and funding opportunities, as well as identify potential challenges.

 

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Bike Roswell! to lead guided bike tour of sculptures

Bike Roswell! to lead guided bike tour of sculptures

ROSWELL, Ga.—The Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! will be holding their first guided ArtAround Roswell bike tour on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at Lucky’s Burger and Brew at 1144 Alpharetta St. in Roswell.

To celebrate National Bike Month and the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculptures, Bike Roswell! tour guides will lead this free group tour on two wheels, providing safety instructions and serving as ride leaders and sweeps.

Roswell Arts Fund guides will tell the stories behind the sculptures and the artists who created them. At each stop, riders will have the opportunity to stop for photos and to experience the sculptures in this museum without walls.

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Bike Roswell! Plans Guided Tour of Art Sculptures

Bike Roswell! Plans Guided Tour of Art Sculptures

 ROSWELL, GA -- Bicyclists are invited to join the Roswell Art Fund and Bike Roswell! next week for the first guided bike tour of the ArtAround Roswell sculptures stationed around the city.

The tour will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 24. It will begin and end at Lucky’s Burger and Brew at 1144 Alpharetta Street in Roswell.

To celebrate National Bike Month and the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculptures, Bike Roswell! tour guides will lead the group tour on two wheels, providing safety instruction and serve as ride leaders and sweeps.

Roswell Arts Fund guides will tell the stories behind the sculptures and the artists who created them. At each stop, riders will have the opportunity to take photos and to experience the sculptures in this museum without walls.

 

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Roswell Arts Fund hosting first ever ArtAround Roswell bike tour to see featured sculptures

Roswell Arts Fund hosting first ever ArtAround Roswell bike tour to see featured sculptures

Roswell Arts Fund hosting first ever ArtAround Roswell bike tour to see featured sculptures

Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! are extending an invitation to art enthusiasts to a sculpture tour on wheels, bikes specifically.

On June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon is the first guided ArtAround Roswell bike tour, beginning and ending at Lucky’s Burger and Brew, 1144 Alpharetta Street in Roswell.

The ride is intended to celebrate National Bike Month and the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculptures.

Bike Roswell! guides will provide safety instruction, serving as ride leaders and sweeps of the free group tour on two wheels.

Riders will learn the stories behind the sculptures and the artists who created them from Roswell Arts Fund guides.

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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.