THIRD THURSDAY: Athens is lucky to have Third Thursday, the monthly event in which the seven largest art venues in town—ATHICA, Ciné, The Classic Center, Georgia Museum of Art, Hotel Indigo, Lamar Dodd School of Art and Lyndon House Arts Center—stay open late from 6–9 p.m. for free visitations. Conveniently, the new Third Thursday shuttle, sponsored by the Classic Center Cultural Foundation, completes a route among the venues every 30 minutes. To take advantage of this free service, just get yourself to one of the venues and look for the “3Thurs” sign out front for pickup. If you’re driving, free parking is available at ATHICA, Lyndon House and the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the UGA campus. Visit 3thurs.org for a complete list of exhibits viewable on Thursday, Feb. 19.
GUERRILLA GIRLS: Arrive early at 5:30 p.m. on Third Thursday to the Georgia Museum of Art for a rare visit by two members of the Guerrilla Girls, whose provocative multimedia campaigns are highlighted in the exhibition “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond.” Formed 30 years ago in New York City, the collective feminist activists maintain anonymity by adopting the names of deceased woman artists and disguising themselves by wearing gorilla masks. The group’s projects initially centered around confronting sexism and racism in the visual art world and have since expanded to tackling discrimination and underrepresentation in film, popular culture and the political sphere.
Founder and current Guerrilla Girl Frida Kahlo will participate in a free panel discussion led by Neysa Page-Lieberman, who served as curator of the exhibit and is director of the department of exhibitions, performance and student spaces at Columbia College, Chicago. (Former Guerrilla Girl Romaine Brooks, who was also originally scheduled to appear, is now unable to attend.) The discussion, which is sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Studies.
90 CARLTON: The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host the museum’s quarterly reception, 90 Carlton, the following day on Friday, Feb. 20 from 5:30–8:30 p.m., offering yet another reason to make a visit. In addition to gallery activities, door prizes and refreshments from Epting Events, the reception is the first opportunity to view two new shows that will officially open the following day. “Pierre Daura (1896–1976): Picturing Attachments” focuses on works the Catalan-American painter created in response to personal relationships. “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision” presents paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures donated by the artist’s daughter, Martha Randoph Daura.
“Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda,” another new show which opened this past Saturday, is a collection of mixed-media abstractions by the experimental Italian artist. Additional exhibitions include “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer” and “The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Cultural Pioneer.” 90 Carlton is free for Friends of GMOA or $5 otherwise.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Launched in May of last year, Friends of WUGA’s creative fundraiser, Artists in Residence, highlights one highly distinctive, professional local artist each month month through a home tour. These events give a rare opportunity to meet and learn more about them while viewing the artists’ works-in-progress and personal collections of art.
On Saturday, Feb. 21 from 3–5 p.m., Athenians can visit the home of Lori Bork Newcomer, located at 150 Pulaski Heights. Newcomer, an award-winning architect known for her contemporary homes, such as those that have spring up along Pulaski Street, specializes in energy-efficient houses that incorporate sustainable materials when possible. Newcomer will be interviewed on WUGA 91.7 and 97.9 FM on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., and Pratt Cassity from the College of Environment and Design at UGA will speak about the architect’s work around 4 p.m. during the open house.
The Saturday afternoon series kicked off the new year at the home of painter Terry Rowlett, and will continue at the homes of designer and curator Didi Dunphy on Mar. 21, photographer Jeremy Ayers on Apr. 18, folk painter Peter Loose on Aug. 15, musician and artist Michael Lachowski on Sept. 12 and potter Ron Meyers on Oct. 10. Admission is $10 for Friends of WUGA or $15 otherwise, with proceeds benefiting the station. Reservations can be made at 706-542-9842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOVE: The Kristen Ashley Artist Shop, which officially opened this past November downtown at 127 N. Jackson St., is a one-stop spot for craft supplies, classes and artwork made by the shop’s owner. Its first group gallery show, “Love, In All Its Many Forms,” presents a wide range of styles by a group of artists that includes Lisa Freeman, Manda McKay, Lawson Grice, Ruth Allen, David Hale, Will Eskridge, Dan Smith, Tim Dominy among others. A reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 19 from 7–9 p.m., and the show will remain on view through the end of the month.
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