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Buckhead Shark Jan Kapoor; 2005
March 10-April 23, 2006
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Toy Joy is a juried show of work created with toy cameras by regional, national, and international artists. These toy cameras are made of plastic, with simple lenses and few, if any, adjustable features. The resulting images are characteristically blurry, having light leaks and other strange abberations that most photographers would consider unacceptable. Photographers who use these cameras embrace their inherent flaws with enthusiastic zeal. The artistic vision of these photographers, combined with the optical properties of toy cameras, can produce hauntingly beautiful, dream-like images. Plastic cameras are inexpensive and have names like Holga, Diana, Dorie, Snappy, Click, and Clack.
Toy Joy features work by Michelle Bates, Cynthia Batmanis, Wade Beals, Kimberly Berba, Timothy Berg, Susan Burnstine, Matt Callow, Jean Caslin, Shanti Chang, Ryan Daniels, Hazel Dooney, Grant Edwards, D. Clarke Evans, John Fulbright, Tinker Greene, Diane Griffin Gregory, Emily Gross, Nicolai Grossman, Matt Hall, Warren Harold, Robert Holmgren, Mikas Kalinauskas, Jan Kapoor, Carol Sandin Kelly, Bob Kubiak, Jocelyn Mathewes, Kyle Mercer, Jeremy Moore, Creed O'Hanlon, Kathleen O'Hare, Becky Pendel, Valyn Perini, Linh Pham, Chricel Portela, John Reeves, Francisco Mata Rosas, Katie Clark Slick, Royce Ann Sline, Edie Stavinoha, Gordon Stettinius, Carol Stevens, Ryan Stoddart, Ann Texter, Larry Treadway, Candice Tripp, Bill Vaccaro, Marco Vittur, Shannon Welles, Barbara Winderman, and Lu Yi-Chuan
Grotto Series, #2 Jan Kapoor, 2003
Georgia to Georgia
Women in Focus presents "Georgia to Georgia", a landmark exchange of work between women photographers of the Contemporary Art Club (CAC) in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and Women in Focus of Atlanta, Georgia. This photographic event is being held in honor of "International Women’s Month" and is being sponsored by Showcase, Thompson's Frame & Gallery and Blick Art Materials. The exhibitions in Atlanta will take place in three different venues: The Brezler Gallery, Spruill Gallery and Composition Gallery.
Women in Focus (WIF) is a non-profit, artist-initiated organization of women photographers from Atlanta, GA, who have joined together to support and promote the photographic arts in Atlanta and the world (http://www.womeninfocus.us).
The pieces from Atlanta photographers have been juried by Levette Bagwell, features photo editor for the AJC and will be exhibited in "Karvasla", the Tbilisi State History Museum. Alexandra Gabunia of the Academia-Gallery is the curator for the women photographers of CAC. CAC is an organization of artists, in the Republic of Georgia, seeking international awareness of human rights through the arts (www.actualart.ge/).
Coinciding with the opening in Tbilisi, The Brezler Gallery kicks off the Atlanta, GA exhibits with its opening on Saturday, April 1 from 6 to 10 PM and will run through April 30. The Brezler exhibit, curated by Robb Helfrick, Gallery Director, will feature work from members of both WIF and CAC groups. Gallery hours are 12 to 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
The exhibit at the Spruill Gallery, arranged by Julia Fenton, Exhibitions Director, opens with a reception on Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 9 PM and will run through June 17. The Spruill Gallery will be featuring the work of artists from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, curated by Alexandra Gabunia and Nino Gujabidze of the CAC. Spruill Gallery viewing hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Composition Gallery, in Candler Park, will be hosting an opening of work from Women in Focus on Saturday, April 22, from 7 to 10 PM and will run through June 17. Gallery hours are Fridays 3 to 7 , Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 12 to 6.
The Brezler Gallery: 35 Oak St., Roswell, GA 30075, 770-642-1515
Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta GA 30338, 770-394-4019 www.spruillarts.org/gallery.htm
Composition Gallery: 1388 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 678-982-9764 www.compositiongallery.com