Category: Featured Member Artist

Talk Art to Me: Dancers – 5 Things To Do Today to Keep You Injury Free By Yenwen Kuo

The notion of a high injury rate in dancers has been established within the dance medicine community. An injury can be devastating to a dancer, whether you are in a full-time dancer in a company, a freelance artist who is always hustling and on the run, a pre-professional student, or a vocational dancer. Injury prevention has been a top priority in dance science research.

 Here are five ways based on scientific research to help dancers stay healthy and injury free (as much as possible):

  1. A proper warm-up.

         It’s a no-brainer, and I’m sure everyone knows this one. However, not everybody does their warm-up correctly. The goal of the warm-up is to prepare your body for the activity that you are about to do both physically and mentally. 

We want to increase our core temperature, the flow of the synovial fluid in the joints, and prepare the muscle for the movements that you will be doing. A good example would be doing some jumping jacks or running in place to get your heart rate up, then mobilizing joints from a small and control manner and gradually increase to larger movements. Last but not least is dynamic stretching, which you would move through a challenging but comfortable range of motion repeatedly, usually 10 to 12 times.

    While you are doing the warm-up, you should also mentally prepare yourself to focus on the upcoming dance activity, whether it is an audition, a class, or a performance. A distracted mind could also be a contributing factor to an injury.

    So dancers: sitting in a split on a cold floor as the first thing you do and playing your phone doesn’t count a warm-up.

  1. Cool-down after dancing.

      Very often after classes, rehearsals or performances, we pack our bags and rush off to the next place. I get it, you are tired or have places to be. However, a cool-down after dancing helps prevents lactic acid from building up in the muscle and you will be less likely to experience Delay Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) the next day. It is also the best time for you to do static stretching if increasing flexibility is one of your goals. Be sure to avoid prolonged stretching more than 20 minutes.

    Start practicing cool-down if time allows and your body will thank you. To find out more info on stretching, check out, the resource paper “Stretching for Dancers” by International Dance Medicine and Science.

  1. Eat and Hydrate.

    Dancers are artistic athletes. Dancing is a physically demanding activity and fueling a dancing body requires a delicate balance with dancers’ busy schedules. Also, for the younger dancers who are still growing, a healthy balanced diet is even more critical for them. The energy in a dancer’s diet should be composed of about 55%-60% carbohydrates, 12%-15% proteins, and 20%-30% fat.2 

    Hydration is also important. Water accounts for 60% of the total body weight, and dehydration could result in fatigue and injury. Have you heard about the pee test? A well-hydrated body will produce a moderate volume of urine that is pale in color and does not have a strong odor.2

  1. Cross-training.

     To be a well-rounded dancer you should not only take different styles of classes but also do cross-training to keep your body strong and less prone to injury. Dance classes prepare you for dance techniques, performance quality, artistic expression, and more. However, it doesn’t provide everything for a dancer to be prepared for the physical requirements. Everyone’s body is unique.

Some people may be naturally flexible and require more strength training to perform the beautiful extension. Some people lack flexibility and need a personalized program for stretching. There are many options for cross-training; you could do weight lifting, Pilates, Gyrotonic, running and more, depending on your goal. Sometimes it is difficult to prioritize which goal to tackle first. I suggest visiting a physical therapist, who specialized in performing arts medicine, to do a screening for you, and the therapist will be able to help you customized a program for you.

  1. Rest.

    Aside from dance classes, work, school work, performances, rehearsals, social life with friends and family, going to the gym to keep fit, and oh yeah, more rehearsals, who has time to rest?! A dancer’s schedule can get crazy real fast, however not having proper rest can cause adverse effects on the body. Fatigue is a result of overtraining and insufficient rest, and is one of the contributing factors to injury. When you are scheduling your day, don’t forget to schedule rest into your calendar. Your mind and body deserve some time to breathe and relax.

Connect with Yenwen:

Instagram – @yenwenkuodance

References:

  1. Critchfield, B. (2012, February 19). Stretching for Dancers. Retrieved October 11, 2018, from https://www.iadms.org/page/353
  2. Challis, J., Stevens, A., & Wilson, M. (2016, May). Nutrition Resource Paper. Retrieved October 11, 2018, from https://www.iadms.org/page/RPnutrition
  3. Simmel, L., & Michael, J. (2014). Dance medicine in practice anatomy, injury prevention, training. London: Routledge.
  4. Edel, Q., Rafferty, S., & Tomlinson, C. (2015). Safe Dance Practice. Human Kinetics.

 

 

Talk Art to Me: Writing A Winning Proposal By Angela Bortone

The main difference between winning and losing proposals is clarity. Panel reviewers read dozens, sometimes hundreds of applications, often with a short amount of time to review each proposal. If it is unclear what your project is, what it will look like, or why it matters, then it is unlikely your project will make it to the top. This doesn’t mean you need to have everything perfectly spelled out before you’ve even started the project, but it does require giving the grant-reviewing panel a strong idea of your proposed direction.

If you were to sit down with me to brainstorm a direction for a grant proposal, after you’ve determined the general project idea and reviewed the questions, I would ask, “What’s the story here?” Each answer is an opportunity to pull the reader in through storytelling. Does the project or idea stem from a particular incident that can form a unique hook? Differentiate your project from all of the other proposals by making it as unique as you are.

What I mean by story is start with a clear idea that you build and expand. Use structure to keep your writing on topic. Remember in high school when they taught you the three paragraph essay? At the time, I honestly thought this was something I would never need to use again. I actually used to copy my introduction paragraph in the conclusion spot to make it seem like I had written more because I’ve always thought I was a slow writer. Now, I just skip the conclusion paragraph altogether for brevity. The general structure though, I use all the time. Write a conceptual thesis, and then break it down into supporting paragraphs, and then support each of those paragraphs with specific evidence.

With my collective Living Melody Collective, we use meetings to discuss personal and collective opportunities we want to pursue as well as brainstorm strategies.

What that looks like in the form of a grant proposal is a broad overview of what the project is, that becomes increasingly more specific as you write. Supporting paragraphs can expand what it will look like, how you will make it, and even connect your theme to contemporary events. I’m of the opinion that every sentence of your proposal should be purposeful, focused point. If you go in too many directions, trying to nail down every possible interpretation, you risk clarity and possibly the readers interest.

It is better to write it simply, the way you would explain it to a complete stranger, than it is to is to veer into vague art speak. Then elevate your proposal with a dash of poetic language used sparingly for feeling. Ask your peers to describe your work and then keep that language in a document “word bank” that you can refer to when writing proposals for that added flair.

Once you have a solid project written out, look for ways to expand projects by re-using said applications. I call this recycling, and I do it because it’s sustainable. For example, if you get the a project funded, then perhaps look for a residency that can provide the studio space and solitude to get it done. Finding multiple streams of income is not only financially responsible, it’s a good way to be productive and efficient. I keep everything I’ve written in a searchable repository like Google Docs or Evernote for this purpose.

Here’s the entire collective on site with our most recent project, painting a school bus for the upcoming midterm elections. From left to right: Angela Davis Johnson, Haylee Anne, Jessica Caldas, Angela Bortone and Danielle Deadwyler.

Connect with me:

www.angelabortone.com
Instagram: @angela_bortone

October Member of the Month : Sharon Crumley

This month C4 Atlanta is highlighting current member and IGNITE alumni…

Sharon Crumley

Sharon is a self-taught artist who creates mixed materials art in many genres.

Sharon’s  work is intricate, colorful and textural using a combination of textiles, paper,  paint and found elements to create multi-dimensional art.  Her  art  expresses a variety of subjects from modern abstractions and  ethnic adaptations to feminine themes. Sharon’s work is available at in Roswell at Synergy Artisan Gallery and Artist’s Attic on Marietta Square.

Sharon’s works have been featured in many shows, juried and non-juried.  Her works have appeared at Grandview Gallery, Emory Clinics, Roswell Teahouse – (2 solo shows),  Basil’s restaurant,  Buckhead Library, Defoor Centre and  DK Gallery on the Square in Marietta, Ga.

Her work was part of the Jane Fonda G-CAPP clock event, Gallery in the Galleria at the Woodruff Arts Center 2010 and 2011 sponsored by Digital Arts Studio,   MOCA pin-up show,  Ferst Center in Atlanta, GA, Art and Design Showhouse 2011 and 2012, and an auction at Mason Murer for the Jay Shapiro Foundation.

She has been published in Pages, Somerset Studio magazines and in a feature article in Family Life Magazine May 2015. She is a member of the Atlanta Collage Society and the Alpha Arts Guild.

 

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Sharon shares thoughts on her Beginnings…

“My beginnings were  like most other children.  Making doll clothes, sewing and other crafty projects. I moved on to crocheting, then made and sold hats and scarves to a small boutique in town.  

After having a family, working in corporate, getting laid off from corporate, things had to change.  I went back to sewing but not clothes.  Although I liked to sew, something more immediate was necessary. After cutting fabric in squares and random pieces, laying them out and sewing them together, the result was very pleasing.   Aha! Fabric collage. The work was entered into an art show and sold! 

My creative endeavors have expanded from fabric collage to woven paper.  In addition,  the fortune cookies were inspired by playing with fabric one afternoon.  The African art is another expression of who I am.The dresses are a result of reading with my Mom as a child.  The story is about a child that was bullied in the 1940’s for wearing the same dress to school everyday.  The book was, “100 Dresses” by Eleanor Estes. Mom passed but came to me and said “100 dresses”.  With  that memory the “100 Dresses Series”, was started.   The series has taken many years to complete and  has expanded to included note cards and prints.”

Check out more about Sharon Crumley HERE.

Gold Griffith at ArtoberFest

In preparation for C4 Atlanta’s upcoming celebration, ArtoberFest, on October 15th, we’re highlighting some of the amazing entertainment that will be playing during the evening.

Headlining the evening is local Atlanta talent Gold Griffith!

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Gold will be featuring songs from his most recent EP “Do The Right Thing” at ArtoberFest which dropped back in  June and is already receiving critical acclaim.

Recently, Gold signed with Defient management group home of Superstars such as B.o.b and Kevin Gates. Gold has been working with industry heavyweights such as. B.o.b, Young Dro, Zuse, Scotty Atl, M16, FKI, & Lil C. 

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With a unique voice, in dept song writing and an Ultra creative music mind Gold Griffith is without a doubt a one of a kind artist.

Born in Cincinnati OH to a lifelong musician father and a nursing mother, the Griffith family soon relocated to Atlanta, Ga the place he now calls home. Gold discovered his love and pain through music at a very young age. With an array of musical influences ranging from Marvin Gaye to Outkast, Gold Griffith’s sound will undoubtedly resonate for generations to come.

Gold writes, produces, and plays various instruments while also shooting and editing many of his own music videos. “If it needs to be done, I’ll get it done” Gold says. His music is edgy yet compassionate… Complex but simple. In a music industry that lacks heart & soul, Gold fills the void with perfection.

“I didn’t desire anything but progress… My music became my obsession”.

Get a sneak preview of Gold’s album here

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August Member of the Month : Daniel Flores

This month C4 Atlanta is highlighting one of our most active members and AIM: Atlanta alumni

Daniel Flores

Daniel Flores (DTM, DaCreativeGenius) is a Mexican-American (Chicano) multidisciplinary Artist with 20 years experience in Graphic Design, Web Development, Concept Artist, Vector Illustration and Traditional Arts in Pencils and Acrylic.

Find out more about Daniel Flores and DTM here!

 @deltatangomike or #deltatangomike

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“I’ve been drawing with pencils

ever since I was a little kid.

Now I’m just a big kid with pencils.”

 

Artist Spotlight

Art is beautiful…and also healing..

 

I had the opportunity to interview the talented Megan McSwain.  Read on to learn more about her life, practice, and philosophies..

 

What is the Georgia Art Therapy Association (GATA)?

 

Her personal view:

I am licensed art therapist and professional counselor in a private practice in Atlanta. I primarily work with children, teens, and their families. I work with a range of emotional and psychological issue, primarily: problems of life transitions (changing schools, grief, divorce), stress and anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, self harming behaviors, eating disorders, and normal developmental issues of childhood. I also provide workshops and lectures about art therapy and other mental and emotional health issues, such as family communication and healthy relationships.

For more about my private practice please visit my website: http://www.meganmcswain.org/

 

 

“The Georgia Art Therapy Association (GATA), a statewide non-profit organization, was founded in 1978. GATA is an affiliate Chapter of the national organization, The American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA). Members belong to both organizations, but GATA also includes those who support the practice of art therapy, as a Friend of GATA. We provide activities for art therapists and other professionals in the Southeast to educate the public about art therapy.”www.georgiaarttherapy.org

 

What’s the mission of the association? I would say that the primary mission is both to provide support for art therapists in Georgia and to promote and provide information about art therapy, in the form of workshops and other outreach events.

 

How can one learn more about the association? Website: http://www.georgiaarttherapy.org/

 

How is art therapy different from other types of therapy?

 

Art therapy involves the use of art (both making and viewing) as a way to process and heal psychological challenges. The art making process can be helpful in both the diagnostic and healing process. Often the artwork created is as much about the process as the final product.

 

What are some specific benefits art can offer? Art and the art making process can offer many benefits when utilized therapeutically.  1. It allows people to process and see their problems and strengths in new ways 2. It becomes a tangible witness to the often more invisible process of therapy 3. It utilizes different parts of the brain than talking 4. Offers a way to break out of patterns of communication particularly in families (the art can often become a new voice or way of communicating.) 5. Helps people see their problems as separate from their identity.   Just to name a few (:

 

 

How has your background in art shaped your therapy sessions?

 

As a painter art has always been my therapy, so when I heard about the profession of art therapy it was a natural fit. I think that many artists feel compelled to make art as an outward manifestation or expression of complex internal processes and emotions. I also feel that within all of us is the capacity to create art, and art therapy provides the opportunity to do just that.

 

How do you feel your art and therapy education have shaped your practice?

 

As a private practitioner, my practice with clients involving both traditional talk psychotherapy practices and making art. Often I will take an issues, such as anxiety or depression, and process it verbally, i.e.  discussing triggers or history of the problem, then I will have the client use art to process and explore the issues more deeply, such as making a painting of a sculpture about the issue. In the art making clients can see aspects of the problem and solutions that they many not recognize verbally. Often in life we talk about the heart (emotions) vs. the head (logic). I think as people, we can talk from a very head based place about an issue, but the creation of artwork allows us to cut more directly to the heart.

 

What do you see yourself doing in ten years?

 

Right now I am also work towards a doctorate (DrAT) in art therapy. This is a relatively new degree that has only been developed in the last couple of years. In my research I am exploring the nonverbal communications dynamics between parents and children. My goal is to create tangible resources for parents to use art to improve their relationship with their children. I think there is much to be gained from the art making process both in terms of self awareness and emotional health.  It is also my personal goal to become more involved in expanding the field of art therapy so that more people can benefit for the healing and insight provided by the art making processes.  I also would like to work towards teaching art therapy at the college level, and create more chances for students to learn about art therapy or become art therapists.

Featured Artist: Diana Toma

I had the privilege of interviewing Diana Toma, a local artist originally from Romania.  She recently received the honor of working on the US Open 2013 Theme Art Project.  Diana has participated in C4 Atlanta’s Ignite  workshops and has some exciting projects coming up.  Continue reading to learn more about the talented Diana Toma…

Congratulations on your recent accomplishment working with the US Open.  How do you think this accomplishment will shape your artwork in the future?

Collage of images by Diana Toma
Courtesy of Diana Toma

Thank you! I’ve connected right away with this project as soon as I got invited to create a proposal: I feel it fits like a snug glove. Working with the United States Tennis Association has been an enriching experience, I am ecstatic that they are interested in bringing the fine arts back into their art theme, after a long history of illustration type of themes. There’re six of us in the final run – if my artwork will be chosen to represent the US Open 2013 it will bring about terrific exposure: I read about 1 million people attend the tournament! It will be a dream come true for my work to reach such large community.

Furthermore, this experience challenged the way I create my compositions and brought about a new way of constructing the artwork. I get to draw and paint with traditional methods then scan them and manipulate them as layers in Photoshop. This is very exciting, I will definitely continue exploring this technique even after the US OPEN 2013 Theme Art project will come to an end.

2. Where can one learn more about the artwork you do?

You can see my current work at www.artbydianatoma.com and my past work at www.inthatmood.com. I have also recently created a facebook page where you can get in a direct dialogue with me. I aim to post daily, wherever it’s my art, my thoughts, or artwork and articles that inspire me. Thou I am new at it, I am falling in love with this venue of communication that allows me to connect directly with the one who are moved by my art. Check me out at www.facebook.com/inthatmood. If you may, please like and share the page.

You have participated in Ignite workshops in the past.  How has this workshop enhanced your art career? What did you take away from the workshop?

It offered a great deal of info on running my art as a business, and offered quite a few samples of creative pathways to take. It basically widened my view on what is available out there and in the process left me with new ideas on how to expand myself. Being in a new conversation, reading material that I usually don’t, connecting with a diverse group of people – all these have got the internal wheels turning faster.

How do you feel your art work fits in to the Atlanta art scene?

I’ve been creating in different cities on different continents, in both Europe and in North America. Wherever place I chose to stay a while, it leaves an impression on my art, and living in Atlanta left its own unique mark. With that said, my art is all about moving and touching the viewer at an emotional level. In that way my art is of universal nature. I would say it fits wherever someone pays it attention, locally or not.

How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?

I think that wherever artists show up, the community changes, improve and develops. Likewise, part of my mission is to transform my environment through creating art. Can’t imagine a better life then beautifying and adorning my community and my surroundings.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

I only went as far as considering what I will do this summer! I have just started the creative thinking around touring Europe by car for a month, starting in my home country Romania. Keep checking my facebook for more info, I intend to make this tour be a social art project.

As a rule of thumb I don’t spend much time futuring (or pasting for that matter). I prefer to dwell in the only time that I know to ever exist: right now. I could say this thou: I always see myself doing something that I love, whatever that would be.

To browse and buy prints by Diana look here http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByDianaToma

 

 

Arts Spotlight: Stuart Shapiro

Art runs in the Family…

I got the chance to interview Stuart Shapiro, the sales/social media manager for BINDERS, the oldest family owned art business in Atlanta.  BINDERS offers many valuable resources for artist in the community.  On December 5, Stuart will conduct a TechsmART workshop focusing around social media and twitter engagement for artists.  The workshop will take place on December 5, 2012 at 11am at C4 Atlanta Arts Entrepreneurship Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Atlanta, GA 30303.  For more information about the workshop visit http://c4atlanta.org/what-we-do/techsmarts/. Below are some thoughts from Stuart about BINDERS, social media, and the arts community in Atlanta.

1)      Tell me a little about BINDERS.  What’s the purpose of the company? What does Binders art supplies have to offer local artists?

Stuart is third generation family to be working in the business; he grew up working and interacting with BINDERS company.  Currently, he serves as the sales/social media manager for the company.  BINDERS got its start in the 1950s when brothers Moe and Joe Krinsky, known for the successful beer joint in the Highlands, bought the little BINDERS gift store. Now, BINDERS is the oldest family owned art business in Atlanta. The mission of the company is to promote creative connections throughout the community.

  1. You will be conducting a TextsmART workshop, how can social media and technology help artists?

Social media is a great way to start a conversation, promote a brand, and exude an image. It’s a great way to connect with potential clients and build important relationships.  You can connect with people you have something in common with, which helps promote your business. The workshop will focus on how to use social media to benefit the artist’s image and mission statement.

  1. How can artists use Twitter to enhance their business?

Twitter is a great way to promote daily interaction and to have general conversations.  Using 140 characters, it is easy to “cut the fat” and provide a clear and concise message.

  1. What sort of educational opportunities does BINDERS have to offer?

Part of the BINDERS mission is to promote art education throughout the community, and this is accomplished through the BINDERS art school.  The school offers a well rounded course offering and encourages collaboration in the art world.  In addition, BINDERS hopes to promote the business aspect of art and help artist understand what their core values are.  With a strong business and value understanding, BINDERS hopes to push artists forward in the arts economy.

  1. How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?

The art scene in Atlanta is a unique situation.  There isn’t a central art district; however there are different art communities in every neighborhood.  Each community is unique with different clientele.  This allows artist to cater to different markets and branch out to different audiences.

  1. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Stuart plans to stay in Atlanta and continue to work with the family business.  He hopes to continue to shape the art community here in Atlanta by promoting community outreach.  He hopes Atlanta will have a thriving art economy and people will come to Atlanta to create, inspire, and buy art.  To learn more about BINDERS please visit http://www.bindersart.com/

Featured Artist – LaMar Barber

Image of LaMar's work. Painting.
Adam, Courtesy LaMar Barber

LaMar Barber is good soul. I really mean that. I developed an affinity for LaMar during our Ignite class last spring. He has a really great smile that makes you smile right back. LaMar’s Ignite classmates bonded with one another quickly. They even held a reunion weeks after the class had ended. LaMar started a FB page for that group of artists because LaMar values connection with fellow human beings. It is C4 Atlanta’s honor to feature LaMar Barber as September’s C4 Atlanta Artist. Here is a little about LaMar in his own words…

JH: Are you an Atlanta native?
LB: I left Detroit Michigan to attend Atlanta College of Art just months after graduating high school. The best part of residing in Atlanta is the city’s ability to be in tempo with the resident vs. the resident being in tempo with the city.
JH: Describe your artwork.
LB: My work creatively interacts with the viewer to develop communal culture.
JH: What are you current projects?
LB: Continuing the dialogue from “American Nude”, a summer solo exhibit at GA Tech, examining social vulnerabilities of the American culture, I turned my attention to the American woman.This series, Perspective of Women (P.O.W.), is a discussion of perspectives; inspired by the youtube series ‘in(HER)view’. Each work, five in all, will articulate my perspective of the woman’s perspective of her life in America.
JH: How can people learn more about your work?
LB: I favor artist’s talks and panel discussions because I tend to believe all sensory processors are necessary to comprehend the opaque perspective of the artist. However, to simply become aesthetically aware of the work, the World Wide Web is the most convenient method.
JH: How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?
LB: Acting as substituents for topics too taboo to discuss, the Arts assist Atlanta in becoming the most progressive city southern of the United States.(Additionally the Arts create opportunities, via murals and public works of art, for residents to measure and address their communal sense of beauty.) 

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Family, Courtesy of LaMar Barber
JH: Describe an Ah-Ha! moments you may have experienced during Ignite.
LB:  Understanding how the Arts appear “on paper” and how it exist in the economic atmosphere laid the foundation for my “Ah-Ha” moment; which is that the latter aren’t always same. The epiphany came when the instructor simplified, through comparison of other professional disciplines, the Arts’ financial contribution to America’s economic structure.This insight enhanced my ability to qualify events and properly forecast the impact of potential projects.
JH: Any take-aways from Ignite?
LB: The opportunity to attend the Ignite professional practice course came with the help of friends and a scholarship from C4, all of which I am forever grateful. Having been equipped to wear different managerial caps I comfortably managed social outings, my art exhibitions, completed a public art commission and more.The successes from these attempts have encouraged me to begin strategizing my micro business Contributing Culture. Contributing Culture is a business resource serving communities through philanthropic efforts.
JH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LB: As an “artrenpreneur” having maintained a successful micro business my hope in ten years is to be organizing a new set of decennial goals.
LaMar was recently chosen to be a part of the Atlanta Beltline’s fall season of public art. To learn more about Atlanta artist LaMar Barber, visit lamarbarber.com.
Image of LaMar's painting, the WAY home
the WAY home, courtesy LaMar Barber

Lisa Tuttle – C4 Atlanta’s Featured Member, July

July’s featured member is none other than the fabulous Lisa Tuttle. Lisa is a wonderful person and I am honored to call her a colleague. Lisa participated in C4 Atlanta’s Ignite class several months ago. She brought so much to the seminar in terms of experience, insight and encouragement. During the day, Lisa works for the Fulton County Arts Council’s Public Art Program. All day long, Lisa is an artist.

Lisa and project collaborator, Alice Lovelace, just received a very

Left: A panel from Harriet Rising. Right: Alice Lovelace & Lisa Tuttle.
Left: A panel from Harriet Rising. Right: Alice Lovelace & Lisa Tuttle.

prestigious nod from Americans for the Arts for their project, Harriet Rising. AFA named Harriet Rising as one of the nation’s top 50 public art projects.  Harriet Rising is public art installation located above ground at Underground Atlanta. The project launched during Elevate /Art Above Underground presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program and Underground Atlanta. The Tuttle/Lovelace collaboration celebrates women who embody the spirit of Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian.

In the United States, there are many women who embody the spirit of Harriet Tubman, working everyday to make life better for women (and therefore entire families) and working for a better world.  The lives of these women are not as transparent as Tubman’s.  They should be. 

View of columns at Underground - "Harriet Rising"
View of columns at Underground – “Harriet Rising”

I am not the first to feature the work of Lisa and Alice. Google (used here as a verb) Harriet Rising and you will find a wealth of information about these two artists. However, I am personally very proud of their work. I am very proud of Lisa.

Here is a little more about Lisa Tuttle in her own words...

JH: Type of art – description AND what are you currently working on? 

LTInterdisciplinary projects and mixed media works.  I’m in a three person show at Kibbee Gallery August and September, where I’m showing some mixed media pieces. Also I am continuing to work on the artist book for Harriet Rising which I hope to have complete by October.  Alice Lovelace is also applying for some Elevate support for poetry readings at Harriet Rising during this fall’s presentation of Elevate: Art Above Underground.

JH: Are you originally from the Atlanta area?

LT: No, a child of a journalist, so born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Charlotte, NC.  My dad was born and raised in Atlanta, though, so although that’s not why I’m here, there have always been some interesting discoveries of how our lives have crossed.  I moved to Atlanta in the late 70’s and found it to be a good fit for me at the time – It was Southern and familiar, but more metropolitan, progressive and sophisticated than anywhere else in the South…NYC seemed unmanageable to me at the time.  When I moved here, I thought I was just going to try it out for a while…but it has continued to be a really good fit for me…

JH: How long have you been practicing your art?

LT: As a child, I wanted to be a writer.  But in college, a professor was really impressed by my painting, and when I committed to that, I went full force.

JH: Who inspired you to create? 

LT: Teachers, friends, my creative, brilliant and irreverent father

JH: Who or what inspires you today?

LT: Reading, films, and my fellow artists here in this creative Atlanta community.

JH: What is the greatest challenge facing Atlanta artists today?

LT: Courage. Also, not enough affordable studio spaces. Or opportunities for international travel/collaborations.

JH: What does Atlanta have to offer artists like you?

LT: The possibility to live affordably, but create and collaborate in the most surprising ways. I particularly like working at a place like the Arts Exchange where it is multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and inter-generational. 

JH: Do you have a local favorite (artist)?

LT: Too many to count. I would like to give a shout-out to MOCA GA…!!!

JH: What advice do you have for a young person thinking about being an artist? 

LT: Go for it. Be resourceful. Get to know some working artists. Do some internships and apprenticeships, so you don’t get all of your ideas about artmaking from books and the internet. 

JH: Do you have a favorite quote? What is it? 

LT: Lots of them but off the top of my head: “Every person is a different kind of artist; an artist is not a different kind of person.” – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

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Harriet Rising: Composite Portraits
Harriet Rising: Composite Portraits