ADDRESS: 2085 South Milledge Ave.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Five Points
ADDRESS: 2085 South Milledge Ave.
Last night, Latticeworks, an independent group of graduate students at UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art, put on its first in a series of fundraisers. Crossfire was a pop-up event that combined visual art, music, alcohol, and a community of graduate students.
The event was held at the Raintree Fairfax apartments on Milledge, but had the feeling of a warehouse show. As someone who only found out about this 45 minutes in advance, I'd like to say that Crossfire was organized and developed very well. I'm also amazed at how many sponsors Latticeworks had. Donderos' Kitchen, 1000 Faces Coffee, The Loft, and Pageboy Salon are only a handful of businesses that supported this group.
One of the best things about art shows is the opportunity to get some free food, and Crossfire did not disappoint. Attendees were greeted with hundreds of bottles of Terrapin Hopsecutioner and sliders from The World Famous (and they were awesome, so World Famous, you should add them to your menu).
The back of the venue housed a gallery featuring works from members of Latticeworks. The gallery featured a variety of mediums, including sculpture, collage, charcoal drawings, and even performance art.
Crossfire also featured several fundraising outlets, including a raffle, a small thrift(y) store, and many opportunities for donation. The raffle had the greatest reception and offered prizes that ranged from gift certificates to sponsors like Cinco y Diez and White Tiger Gourmet to studio time with art professors to a glamour shot and even a lap dance.
Overall, I'd say Crossfire was a great success and had a warm, buzzy atmosphere. I thought it was fantastic to see such initiative and dedication from a group of people who aren't that much older than I am. It was also great to see so much local support. Latticeworks, I can't wait to see what you do next.
ADDRESS: 660 N. Chase St.
The Indie South Fair is one of my favorite Athens events, and I look forward to it every semester. This weekend's Holiday Hooray! event kicked off today at 11:00. If you missed it, I urge you to go tomorrow - it starts at noon and runs until 5:00.
If you've never been, Indie South is a biannual artist market that occurs on the first weekends of May and December. Most of the art is local - I was really impressed at how many artists are right here in Athens - but some of it comes from outside the state.
Today's post is more of a gallery because I want people who haven't been to Holiday Hooray! yet to see what the artists have to offer. Most of my favorite booths belonged to Athens artists and shops. Indie South's booths have great variety, from prints and pillows to vintage finds and toys that made me squeal like a four-year-old.
Holiday Hooray! is set up to encourage people to engage in local holiday shopping, and if you don't know or can't tell, Indie South is a great place to get gifts. I've never given an Indie South gift that the recipient didn't like.
If you get hungry at Holiday Hooray! home.made catering is serving a variety of hot dogs with a toppings bar, apple cider, and coffee. Or you could always leave and come back like I did.
If you missed the event, many of these products are available in Athens stores or online. Look out for the Indie South holiday gift guide post later this month.
ADDRESS: 127 N Jackson St
KIDS/PETS: Yes/Yes (must be controlled)
For the past five years, Penumbra has brought a different kind of Halloween treat to Athens. In late October, the empty space on Jackson street turns into a gallery celebrating the surge in creativity that Halloween inspires. Local artists Timothy and Jennifer Schildknecht started Penumbra back in 2009 simply because they both love Halloween.
Timothy said Halloween is "holiday that's for the sake of a holiday" and a motivation for a lot of creativity. He wants Penumbra to help inspire people to create, which is a great healing method. He also wants to share what the featured artists have done. Timothy said he gets thrilled just hearing people come up the stairs. Jennifer wasn't at Penumbra when I stopped by, but Timothy said that she enjoys Halloween itself and the interaction with people and artists that the holiday brings.
Most of the pieces on display are by local artists, but some of the work is from as far away as Canada. Several of the pieces are by the Schildknechts themselves. This year's show is Penumbra's biggest yet and will end on November 1. On closing night, Penumbra will host an event from 7-10.
During the rest of the year, Timothy and Jennifer respectively run Fringe Alternative and Over the Moon Creative Possibilities. But for now, the couple are happy to celebrate their favorite holiday in a way that makes a difference for artists and the community.