Thursday, August 20, 2009

Two “Way-Cool” Ways to Enjoy Art, and Beat the Heat

Whether you prefer air-conditioned comfort or airy mountain breezes, here are two ways to keep your cool and enjoy some great art during these last sultry Dog Days of August.

Option One: Head for the Hills.
Aug. 29-30 - Don’t miss the first annual Blue Ridge Mountain Festival of Art at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawasee, Georgia, just a two-hour drive north of Atlanta.

In the cool foothills of the Appalachians on Lake Chatuge in the Nantahala National Forest,
this juried art festival will showcase fine art and fine crafts. You can visit artist’s booths located along winding, shady pathways, and discover the way our forefathers lived in the Pioneer Village.

Artists will be demonstrating their work, there’ll be music in several locations around the grounds, and of course, great food! Admission & Parking: $5.

Option Two: Head for the High.
At The High Museum of Art, this is your final week to see Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies.” The installation includes MoMA‘s renowned 42-foot-wide triptych Reflections of Clouds.

You can also see several new exhibition, including “Alex Soth: Black Lines of Wood,” running through January 3, 2010. It comprises twelve large archival pigment prints that explore spiritual and hermetic life in the rural South.

In addition, The High also unveiled two new permanent collection installations, on view through January 10, 2010.

“Look Again: A Selection of Photographs from the Permanent Collection” investigates the intersection between reality and fiction through images created to challenge the viewer’s expectations. Artists such as Diane Arbus and William Eggleston are among the innovators that opened up new realms of possibilities for photography as a medium of expression.

Also from museum‘s permanent collection is “American Scenes: Art from the Depression Era” which features the stylized imagery of painters Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Stuart Curry. This installation also surveys the often stark compositions of photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange.

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