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New Artwork for a New Year: Six Receptions to Catch This Week

Lamar Dodd School of Art: Taking over five full gallery spaces at the Dodd Galleries, the art school’s triennial faculty exhibition “All Together Now!” presents pieces by full-time professors and part-time instructors working in painting, drawing, photography, jewelry and metalsmithing, textile design, ceramics, video, interior design, sculpture and mixed media. Additionally, a site-specific installation made by associate professor in printmaking Jon Swindler, created in collaboration with Michael McFalls of Columbus State University, is on view. Gallery Talks with participating artists will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at 12:20 p.m., and “All Together Now!” will stay up through Feb. 20.

Georgia Museum of Art: In addition to “Reflecting on Rembrandt: 500 Years of Etching,” which opened earlier this month, the museum is now showing “Kevin Cole: Soul Ties,” a collection of paintings and three-dimensional wooden and metal constructions by the Atlanta-based artist. The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host its quarterly reception 90 Carlton: Winter on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. In addition to door prizes, refreshments and an “Ask the Experts” session, the event offers a sneak peek of “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” an exhibition of more than 60 objects reflecting over 30 years of the famed stained glass artist’s prolific career. Entry is $10–$15, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP to

Hip Vintage and Handmade: “Quiltworks,” a new display in the shop’s Hip Gallery, shares recent work by members of Modern Athens Quilts. In addition to a group project, the show features interpretations of bi-monthly challenges. An opening reception and chance to meet the artists will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2–5 p.m., and the quilts will remain on view through February.

Howard’s: The downtown gallery presents a new solo show of six small paintings by Jenna Gribbon, a BFA graduate from Lamar Dodd who went on to receive an MFA from Hunter College and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Melding reality and history with fantasy and memory, her opulent portraits create new personal narratives. Her subjects include close friends and her girlfriend reimagined as fictional characters or cultural figures the artist fixated on during adolescence. Her work touches on how viewing very little lesbian representation in media and culture can allow for the imagination to fill in elaborate gaps. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 1 from 6–8 p.m.

Tif Sigfrids: Howard’s sibling gallery, which curates its own distinctive programming yet co-shares the second-story space, debuts “New Paintings” by Becky Kolsrud. The Los Angeles artist’s six paintings depict female faces or figures superimposed on one another or embedded into surreal landscapes. A reception with the artist will be held in conjunction with Howard’s presentation of Gribbon’s work on Feb. 1, and both exhibitions will remain on view through Saturday, Mar. 7.

Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: For many galleries across the nation, memberships serve as a method of not only providing financial support, but strengthening a sense of community. The “2020 ATHICA Members’ Showcase” represents a cross-section of the local scene through artwork by 45 members specializing in a variety of media not limited to painting, photography and sculpture. Many recognizable names can be found, including Margaret Agner, Bob and Claire Clements, Lisa Freeman, Yoni Younkins-Herzog, Stan Mullins, Erin McIntosh, Paula Reynaldi, Harold Rittenberry Jr., Dan Smith and Jimmy Straehla. ATHICA will host a Music/Moving Images/Mood Night with sound by Long Green (George Davidson and Joe Rowe) and projection art by Lauren Fancher on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. An Artists Roundtable Discussion will close out the exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. 

Athens Academy: In the Myers Gallery, Roman Zalac shares a collection of oil paintings made in recent years. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, the artist relocated to Athens from Florida in 2017 with his wife, Susan Zalac, who currently serves as the director of the upper school. Considering himself to be primarily self-taught, Zalac’s portraits are distinct for their expressive eyes, curvy line work and punchy highlights in a palette of peach, pink and lime green. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Feb. 2 from 3–4:30 p.m., and the show will remain on view through April. The campus galleries are open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and visitors are requested to check in at the Chambers Center.