2011-09-29

Pulaski St. Art Crawl

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Athens, GA (October 8, 2011) - The Georgia Sculptors' Society is hosting The Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Pulaski Street artists and businesses are opening their venues to the public to showcase Athens artists. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl will start at ARTini's Art Lounge, culminating at Pints and Paints featuring the Georgia Sculp...tors' Society's Juried Art Exhi...bition. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl is an opportunity for Athens artists, business owners, and patrons to come together and engage in cultural discourse while boosting Athen's respective businesses and art community. Food for the juried show will be provided by Last Resort Grill and The Grit! Admission is free and open to the public.
The Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition will be judged by local bronze and mixed media sculptor, Mary Engel, and local figure sculptor, Kinzey Branham. The public is encouraged to plan their walk down Pulaski Street to arrive at the Leathers Building by approximately 7:00 P.M. for the opening of the Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition. Pints and Paints is located in the Leathers Building (suite 600). Maps of all participating venues will be available at ARTini's Art Lounge located at Broad and Pulaski.

ARTini's Art Lounge, the kick off point, is showcasing Project Safe artwork and will have artists and organizers of Project Safe available to answer questions. Participating venues include ARTini's Art Lounge, Agora, Pain & Wonder Tattoo, Flicker Theatre and Bar, Sunshine Cycles, Ted's Most Best, Revolutions Per Minute, The Grit, Mary Engel's Studio, Stan Mullins' Studio, Gymnopedie, Magic Mountain, Shiraz Fine Food & Gourmet, Plexus, Bellwether Salon, Studio in Athens, Koons Environmental Design, Pints and Paints and more. Please visit Georgia Sculptors' Society's generous sponsors: Pints and Paints, The Grit, Last Resort Grill, and Lowes Home Improvement (Lexington Road).

The Georgia Sculptors' Society is a diverse group of artists organized through UGA's Sculpture Department. We are student run; however, we do have members who are alumni and professional artists. We're not just sculptors, we also have ceramic people, metal smiths, and painters. Our main purpose is to further our education by emerging ourselves in the art world as well as bringing art to the community so they may experience the power of art—the power to engage us in the world in which we live and converse. Members of the Georgia Sculptors' Society are actively involved in the community through hosting events such as this year's Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on October 8.
It is the very nature of sculptors to get involved and engaged with the community. Larry Millard, the head of UGA's Sculpture Department, often asks new students, "How do you manifest inspiration? How can an artist take a pure idea and manifest it?" Well, sculptors are trained to do this! We build inspiration. What sets us apart is that often sculpture takes a lot of hands to create—it takes a community of artists. One sculptor can't pour molten iron to make art on her own. We all have to work together. It takes excellent management and collaboration skills to be a sculptor. So it's only natural that we, as sculptors, would reach out to our larger community of Athens to collaborate between artists, businesses, and the people of Athens to bring into being The Pulaski Street Art Crawl.
Our vision is for Athens to have a fully engaged community of artists and business owners participating in cultural and art centered events like The Pulaski Street Art Crawl. Atlanta has their First Thursdays where galleries stay open late for art walkers. But we are Athens! We can do this even better. Let's not just engage with artists and galleries, but lets have a bigger vision. A vision where artists come together with businesses, non-profits, and the community. One of the ways we can do this is through a monthly Athen's Art Crawl where businesses and organizations are just as involved as the galleries and artists. The Railroad Art District of Pulaski Street is the perfect starting point in manifesting this vision. It can be what SoHo was to New York in the 1970s—on a mini scale.

Valerie Mathews
Sculptor. Painter. Pilot. Poet.
President,  Georgia Sculptors' Society.
Event Organizer, The Pulaski Street Art Crawl--October 8.
Gallery Director, Art Land Gallery

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