CREATIVE ARTS: Vibrant portraits that makes it feel like summer
Art and all you can eat pancakes at the Georgia Freight Depot this month.
Consumption Americana: The Work of Marty Two Bulls Jr., Hudgens Center for Art & Learning — With this exhibition, tradition runs deep. Two Bulls Jr. – who is an artist an educator based in Rapid City, SD – was born into a family of artists. He learned the craft from his father, who taught him sculpting, illustration, and graphic design, which helped him during his many years of art education. The solo exhibit Consumption Americana showcases the work of Two Bulls Jr., along with his strong ties with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Free. Now through Sat., July 16. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Building 300, Duluth, 30097. 770-623-6002 www.thehudgens.org @hudgenscenter
Metaverse, Jackson Fine Art — Metaverse is a collection of photographs inspired by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painters. Julie Blackmon created this exhibition with the people and places specific to her community. She also realized how unique and beautiful the scenes of everyday life can be, even though we overlook them with astounding ease. The majority of her pieces feature children, which can be symbolic of purity and innocence in this crazy world that we live in. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and these photos speak volumes.
Free. Now through Sat., Jul. 23. 3115 East Shadowlawn Avenue, Atlanta, 30305. 404-233-3739 www.jacksonfineart.com @jacksonfineart
The Summer Invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery — This annual exhibition highlights art from creators hailing from the state of Georgia, as well as the surrounding areas of the Southeast region. The 75 artists this year provide a bevy of original artworks including pottery, sculpture, textiles, artistic homewares, jewelry, glass, and design. If you’re not able to attend this Maria Bruckman and Michelle Laxalt-curated event, online shopping with out-of-state shipping will also be available.
Free. Now through Thur., Jul. 28, 4 p.m. 3130 Slaton Drive NW, Atlanta, 30305. 404-266-2636 www.swangallery.org @swancoachhousegallery
13 Pairs of Exquisite Footwear, Studio Swan Center — Christina Chiu’s new show at Studio Swan is the perfect example of life imitating art. She learned how to make shoes because of the main character in Beauty, a novel about a young Chinese American woman who struggles with her failure to meet the expectations of her traditional family even as she strives to establish herself in a world of New York fashion design. She began making shoes, but now she is creating beautiful pieces of art.
Free. Fri., May 27 – Sun., Jul. 31. 6401 Campbellton Redwine Road, Chattahoochee Hills, 30268. 770-463-1943 www.studioswan.com @studioswanllc
The Atlanta Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Georgia Freight Depot —This California based event started in 2009 and has since traveled to more than 35 cities around the world. You’ll get the chance to see the work of some of the country's best up-and-coming artists exhibiting over 500 pieces of artwork. The event will feature live performances and body painting and of course — all you can eat pancakes!
$10-plus. Fri., Jul. 15, 8 p.m. 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta, 30334. www.pancakesandbooze.com @pancakesandbooze
My Hair Speaks Volumes, 585 Wells Street — Amber Nicole is an artist that utilizes unconventional materials such as vinyl records, floral arrangements, and embellishments to create an artistic representation of the beauty in black women and natural black hair. In her debut solo exhibition, Amber Nicole shares her 2022 collection, accompanied by an evening of good drinks, fellowship, and the celebration of black culture, music, and fine art.
$10+. Sat., Jul. 16, 4 p.m. 585 Wells St. SW, B3, Atlanta, 30312. 404-436-1360 www.ambernicole.studio @am.nic
Atmospheric Gaze, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design — Kalina Wińska’s Atmospheric Gaze will feature 2D and 3D works by the Seattle-based artist. Along the wall will be unframed works on paper from the Unaccustomed Lands series, displayed in a horizontal band that runs the length of the gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 1000-word essay by Meghan Bissonnette, examining the many themes in Wińska's work.
Free. Now through Thurs., Aug. 25. 10 Peachtree Center Ave, NE, Atlanta, 30303. 404-413-5221 www.artdesign.gsu.edu @gsu_artdesign
B.A.E.: The Live Body Art Experience 2, Apache XLR — Pull up to the new Apache for an immersive art experience like none other. Along with top-notch body painting, their will be models, hookah, live performances, and a catch prize for the winner. —CL—
$15+. Thurs., Jul. 21, 6:30 p.m. 393 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, 30313. 404-490-2410 www.apachexlr.com @apachecafe