The 2016 Bulldog Inn Annual Bi-annual has been postponed until later this fall. Launched in 2010 as a venue for experimentation and alternative art, the one-night event transforms ordinary bedrooms into multi-faceted installations dreamed up by local artists.
Originally scheduled for Friday, Apr. 22, the event was later moved to Wednesday, May 11 in hopes of accommodating more artists. Due to growing construction in Athens, however, the iconic motel on Commerce Road is currently occupied by long-term residents, making it impossible to reserve enough rooms.
When an editor suggests to me that I check out the inaugural art opening at the new Winterville Center for Community and Culture, I don’t know why images of Siberia pop into my head. After all, it is only five miles from Athens.
I do know that after arriving at the center on a recent Friday night to check out the show curated by Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla, I was reminded of just how jaded I’ve become.
Walking in the door, the sense of community, enthusiasm and pride was palpable. Smiling arts council members took the time to introduce themselves and shake hands. The Executive Director, Jack Eisenman, made sure to welcome visitors personally.
From the end of a long and glossy hall, they beckon you. Two totemic figures stand silently in the distance and you find yourself drawn to them. Organic and disparate in their modern architectural setting, they have a strange and commanding presence.
The Collective and For Her Forever are works by Aaron Obenza, an MFA Candidate from the Philippines. They are the sculptural emissaries who greet you as you enter this year’s “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Local fashion boutique Community officially announced plans this afternoon to relocate to a new space at the end of June. Currently located downtown at 119 N. Jackson St. above Jittery Joe's, the shop will move across the street into 260 N. Jackson St., the former home of the recently shuttered Jackson Street Books. The shop plans to carry out business as usual in its current location while renovations are underway.
The National was especially pretty on a recent crisp spring afternoon. Sunlight streaming through the restaurant’s windows made the glassware and big dispensers of lemonade and tea sparkle. Fresh white linens topped with blue and white oil cloth were set off by fresh cut azaleas and a large pink and white orchid.
It was a serene setting to celebrate the long awaited release of Athens Eats: Recipes from theClassic City. The cookbook has been 11 years in the making and is a fundraiser for AIDS Athens.
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