It’s a ritual unlike any other in sports. Conventional wisdom would suggest that staging an all-out civil war immediately before a season starts is not the best way to build camaraderie, establish chemistry or avoid injury in team competition.
But roller derby isn’t your average sport, and the Classic City Rollergirlsdon’t mind talking a little trash or getting into each other's faces,especially before the season starts, as every skater competes for one of the 20 coveted spots on the team charter and, ultimately, the active roster of 14.
A chance conversation with artist Claire Clements inspired Hope Hilton to put together "In Bloom," a group exhibition currently on display at Ciné through Sunday, Mar. 15. “She told me about her latest work. Just the idea of how she was working set my wheels turning,” the curator, artist and educator said. “[She] inspired me to visit the studios of several other artists I admire in hopes that they might have something different to exhibit than what we’re used to seeing.”
Inspired by nature, growth and the idea of brightening “the January grays,” the works on display are fresh or new in some way. The artists, creatives and Athens tastemakers involved are working out of their comfort level, or at least showing us something we haven’t seen from them before.
Inspired by the popular Humans of New York blog, Flagpole editorial interns Ryan Kor, Laura James and Lauren Steffes are setting out to profile the people who make Athens, Athens. Check back every Tuesday for a new post.
Photo Credit: Laura James
HUMAN: Monica Nixon ("Nixon like the president, and Monica like Lewinsky. I have a very political name"), 4th-year Molecular Biology and Religious Studies student at UGA
“It was like my wedding,” beamed artist and curator Peter Loose as he recalled last Friday night’s opening for "The Great Folk Parade: From Finster Forward." "It was so huge, it was crazy." Hundreds had flocked to the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) to see the large selection of Southern folk and self-taught art on display. Artists like Cap Man and Kip Ramey were there working the crowd and dressed to the nines, adding to the fun and colorful evening.
Didi Dunphy, curator and director of the Gallery@Hotel Indigo, held yet another lively party at the space last Thursday to welcome its latest show, "Ornament," which will be on view at the gallery through Friday, Apr. 3. As is often the case, the show features work by a mix of artists from Atlanta and Athens, some of them students and some of them more established.
“For January, I try to design a show that is bright in nature—not just in color and style, but also in feeling and generosity,” says Dunphy.
People don’t float anymore in Terry Rowlett’s paintings. He has lost the deep religious convictions of his youth. But Rowlett’s works, realistic depictions of everyday people in natural landscapes, are still hauntingly allegorical. They are still unsettling and fascinating to ponder. So, it was a treat to visit his home and studio last Saturday when WUGA held their latest installment of the ongoing “Artists in Residence” fundraising series.
Homeplace Gifts and Toys, the beloved purveyor of wooden train sets, English soaps, Christmas ornaments and linen dresses, will close its doors later this year. The Five Points shop has been open for over 45 years and has been a favorite source of gifts and homewares for many local families.
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