Weekend Arts Agenda: Holiday shopping with the Indie Craft Experience November 20 2014

Plus, MIDDLE at Gallery 72, a We Are The Process open house, and Kosmo Vinyl in Decatur


  • Bonnie Heath

Can you hear the sound that’s eerily similar to the theme music from Jaws? Well, that’ Black Friday coming. Why wait to wake up at ungodly hours and risk the potential of being trampled by aggressive soccer moms looking to buy their toddlers an iPad mini when you can support local and national crafters a full week before things get out of hand? That’s the idea behind the Indie Craft Experience (ICE) and its 10th annual Holiday Shopping Spectacular. On Sat., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 23, the largest craft marketplace in the Southeast will take place at the Georgia Freight Depot. In the past, the Holiday Shopping Spectacular was at Ambient Plus Studio.

“The holidays can be stressful, which is why we love getting people excited about the fun things the season brings through the Holiday Shopping Spectacular,” ICE co-founder Christy Petterson said in a statement. “The marketplace is bigger and better than ever — keep your eye on our new vendors!”

More than 175 vendors from across the country and some 7,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the space filled with an array of décor, furniture jewelry, and vintage finds. $5. Details here.


Photography is many things: perception, philosophy, psychology, among others. That's more or less the concept for New Takes, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery's "two-person, lens-based" exhibit featuring the works of Peter Bahouth and Matthew Gamber. Whereas Bahouth's work centers around his seven-part, Viewmaster-inspired, stereopticon narrative "Birth of a Red Planet," Gamber leans toward the abstract, using phantograms and projected imagery to "open up a dialogue about surface information and culture." Find more details on New Takes here.

Curated by MINT Gallery's new creative director Candice Greathouse, MIDDLE, a group exhibition, will open Fri., Nov. 21 at Gallery 72. The show features new works in photography, video, and sculpture from Georgia artists Meta Gary, Margaret Hiden, Brittainy Lauback, Trevor Reese, Christina Price Washington, and Patricia Villafane. According to a release, the works included “serve as a visual dialogue that investigate notions of the middleness — inbetweeness and potentiality through material and process.”

The program is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and runs through Jan. 16, 2015. With an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Details here.

We Are The Process, the creative design minds behind the skull-faced Nokahoma t-shirts and snapbacks is having an open house. The event, going down in the Good Work building (695 Plyant St. N.E.), marks the release of their motor-works-inspired F/W collection, which centers around a '75 Mini named "SLGGR the #WATPracer" the team built and designed. SLGGR, free New Belgium beer, and plenty of We Are The Process merch will be on-hand. From noon to 7 p.m.


  • Stacey Bode/Adam Pinney

"You think about films like Birth of a Nation or Gone With the Wind, a lot of those films are filled with images of white people making what they think black people are supposed to be like." This quote comes from none other than Dad's Garage dweller Mark Kendall, who wrote and directed Morgan Freeman Presents: The Magical Negro and Other Blackness to spin stereotypes involving African-Americans on their heads, and then some. CL scribe Jacinta Howard spoke to Kendall about the show, which runs through Dec. 6. Deets on the tix can be found here.

Dashboard Co-op's Courtney Hammond recently sent me an email with the subject line, "Punk Soccer Art Philanthropy? Ok." So what does it all mean? Well, Kosmo Vinyl, a bit of legend in the British punk scene for his ties to the Clash, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads, has taken his love for soccer, music, and pop culture and turned it into some pretty cool art. Since the Nov. 15 opening of his U.S. debut, There's Only One Kosmo Vinyl, the Brit, a fan of West Ham United FC, as well the England and U.S national teams, has been kicking it (literally) with the folks at Soccer in the Streets, among other things. You can check out the exhibit through Dec. 6, at Lightroom in Decatur. Details here.