Friday, May 22, 2009

Decatur Arts Festival is this weekend!

Downtown Decatur struts its stuff while hosting 65,000 visitors this weekend for the 21st annual Decatur Arts Festival.

The two-day event on the Square in Decatur is always a blast with something for everyone, including a rich variety of exhibits, venues and markets to shop and enjoy.

You’ll also find a generous array of tasty foods and beverages to savor.

More than 140 artists will showcase their art work in the outdoor market beginning on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and again on Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Meanwhile, Decatur's community bandstand will stage performance by musicians, singers and dancers. And to round out your experience, don’t miss the Literary Arts venue, the Decatur Civic Chorus, a Kids & Teens Arts Festival and a silent auction.

At nearby Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery, a fine arts exhibition features works from more than 30 artists. The exhibition will be open through June 1.

If you’re driving from Midtown Atlanta, you can’t miss Decatur if you take Ponce de Leon going east. You’ll know it when you get there.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Big meets Beautiful at Botanical Garden in Atlanta

In collaborating with The New York Botanical Garden and The Henry Moore Foundation, the Atlanta Botanical Garden brings Moore in America to our fair city. Showing now through the month of October, the exhibition is sponsored nationally by MetLife Foundation and supported locally by UPS.
Moore in America is the largest U.S. outdoor exhibition of massive bronzes by British-born Henry Moore, who is widely acclaimed as the most important sculptor of the 20th century. TIME magazine ranked it one of the top 10 museum exhibitions in the country.

Moore’s sculptures, most so tall, wide and heavy they required cranes for placement, appear even larger amongst the dense plantings of Atlanta’s expanding garden spot. This is the final destination of the tour, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 20 of Moore's monumental sculptures in a single exhibition.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. For info call 404-876-5859.

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The 7th Most Expensive Painting in the World

Once again Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, appears on the list of the World’s Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings. Van Gogh’s works have already appeared three times since our countdown started four weeks ago.

7. “ Irises” by Vincent van Gogh, sold in 1967 for $53.9 million. Inflation-adjusted price $102.3 million.

An oil painting on canvas, van Gogh‘s “Irises” measures 28” x 37” (71 x 93 cm).

In the last year before his death in 1890 Vincent van Gogh chose to enter an
asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. Within a week he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum's garden. Each one of Van Gogh's painting of irises is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines.

The painting was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York by the son of Joan
Whitney Payson, an American heiress. The buyer was Alan Bond, a high- flying Australian businessman. but he did not have enough money to pay for it and it had to be re-sold.

“Irises” is currently on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Previous Top 10 Listings:

8. “Dora Maar au Chat” by Pablo Picasso. Read more>
9. “Portrait of Joseph Roulin” by Vincent van Gogh. Read more>
10. “Portrait de l’Artiste sans Barbe” by Vincent van Gogh. Read more>

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