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Best of Atlanta 2016 Poets Artists and Madmen

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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Throw a SweetWater 420 bottle cap any given Thursday night, and it’ll ricochet off multiple buzzy art openings. Robust dance and comedy scenes are fostering a new generation of talent. When Miya Bailey decided to expand City of Ink’s artistic mission, he set up Notch 8 Gallery in SWATS as a sanctuary for otherground artists and fans. Bailey and co-owner/-director/-curator Sharon Dennehy push a left-leaning, hip-hop-fed ethos through their gallery shows.

The Lucky Penny’s Work Room provides affordable space for dancers to stretch and hone their craft. Relapse Theatre shook off three years’ worth of dust to step back up as the comedy community’s quote-unquote church, immediately stacking lineups with local and touring talent, including promising young comic Ismael Loutfi. And each week, ATLiens count on the 1AM Secret Show at Smith’s Olde Bar to reel in the laughs and an über-celebrated surprise guest comic. Artist Peter Ferrari and other Forward Warrior disciples (below) took to Wylie Street again this summer to keep the geolocated ’grams colorful.

The last year found Atlanta’s arts community more blazing than ever. Such striving can be exhausting and inspire quite the sweat. Which can make you wonder, maybe that loathsome nickname Hotlanta wasn’t born of our tropical climate. Perhaps it’s meant to reflect our city’s visionaries: hot and on fire.

— Beca Grimm

Best gallery for otherground art BOA Award Winner

In the last year NOTCH 8 has quietly emerged as one of the guaranteed spots to find the artists defining ATL’s otherground arts scene. From Paper Frank and Corey Davis to Artemus Jenkins and Dubelyoo, the artists embody an innovative, left-leaning aesthetic and Notch 8’s shows draw crowds well intomore...
In the last year NOTCH 8 has quietly emerged as one of the guaranteed spots to find the artists defining ATL’s otherground arts scene. From Paper Frank and Corey Davis to Artemus Jenkins and Dubelyoo, the artists embody an innovative, left-leaning aesthetic and Notch 8’s shows draw crowds well into the hundreds on opening nights. Co-founded by City of Ink’s Miya Bailey and Sharon Dennehy, Notch 8 is a place not only to view dope art, but to buy it. At least that’s the goal for Bailey, who has said his focus includes making collectors out of casual appreciators. At his March show, Before I’m Gone Vol. 1: The Art of Miya Bailey, works started at $100. With its vision and the cool to back it up, Notch 8 has surpassed gallery status to become ground zero for many of the city’s creatives. less...

Best Instagrammer BOA Award Winner

Cool Atlanta
Sarah Spear is the brains behind Instagram account COOL ATLANTA, which features artful snaps of everything from the hippest craft cocktails and brunch spots to hidden-gem murals, locally made wares, and more. After moving from Los Angeles to Atlanta in 2012, Spear started the account (and accompanyingmore...
Sarah Spear is the brains behind Instagram account COOL ATLANTA, which features artful snaps of everything from the hippest craft cocktails and brunch spots to hidden-gem murals, locally made wares, and more. After moving from Los Angeles to Atlanta in 2012, Spear started the account (and accompanying blog) to log her immersion into the city. Now, with a few years as a Southerner under her belt, and a gig as Paces Properties’ director of marketing, she’s helping more and more followers fall in love with Atlanta, one shot at a time. www.instagram.com/coolatlanta. less...

Best local designer BOA Award Winner

Karen Glass
True to form, KAREN GLASS wasted zero time laying a strong foundation for her ethically conscious avant-garde fashion line zerøwaste. This year, Glass showcased at Modern Atlanta and premiered an experimental retail concept at the Goat Farm Arts Center. She also has dreamy collaborations with localmore...
True to form, KAREN GLASS wasted zero time laying a strong foundation for her ethically conscious avant-garde fashion line zerøwaste. This year, Glass showcased at Modern Atlanta and premiered an experimental retail concept at the Goat Farm Arts Center. She also has dreamy collaborations with local institutions in the works. The zerøwaste line adheres to a minimalist, muted approach and palette. Garments include repurposed jeans, gowns, and upcycled blazers, all designed by Glass and made in her Goat Farm studio in collaboration with Beloved, a work-training program for women in recovery so they can make a living wage. www.zerowastekarenglass.com. less...
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