BURNAWAY’s Spring Studio Soirée will be at Westview Studios in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood. Come join us in the studios of Cosmo Whyte, Krista Clark, Yanique Norman, Tracey Murrell, Michael Jones, Charly Palmer, Brian Christian, John Crooms, Carolyn Grady, Kim Roseberry, Karen Simmons, John Taylor, and Lisa Zunzanyika, and art therapist Orion Crook.
Studio Soirée gives the public a chance to peek into the unique places where artists make their work. You’ll get to see what these great artists are up to, while mixing and mingling with fellow art lovers.
WHERE: Westview Studios, 1450 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta 30310
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 7-10pm
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $25, and include snacks and one drink ticket.
PARKING: Free and secure off-street parking is available.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
YANIQUE NORMAN is a visual artist whose multimedia work explores themes of alienation, identity and the black psychological body. Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica in 1981, Norman migrated to the United States and was raised in Brooklyn, New York, from the age of 12. In 2005 she relocated to Atlanta and started drawing on her own. With strong encouragement from a mentor she completed her studies at Georgia State University (BFA, 2014). Norman was included in two major museum surveys, “Drawing Inside the Perimeter” (2013) and “A Surrealist Conspiracy” (2010), at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She is the recipient of many awards, notably the Walthall Artist Fellowship (2016), IDEA Capital Grant (2015) and the Mary Brock Williams Scholarship (2013). She has had works featured in national publications such as Oxford American, Liquid Blackness and NOPLACELESSNESS: Art in a Post Urban Landscape. Norman is currently pursuing her MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta.
TRACY MURRELL is an Atlanta-based artist and curator. Her artwork explores the use of silhouettes, recontextualizing the images to use as entry points for deeper conversations on gender, race, and beauty. Using imagery from popular culture, her process begins by reducing her subjects to their essential elements, eliminating everything until they are stripped to raw line to expose their most compelling details. Painted in high key color, her paintings are reminiscent of Pop and post-Pop masters such as Lichtenstein, Katz and Hume, prompting the viewer to question their own beliefs about race and gender, as well as what is high and low art.
Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. He attended Bennington College in Vermont for his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has exhibited in the US, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2010, he was the winner of the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Prize. In 2015, he received the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” and in 2016 he received an Artadia Award. Whyte was included in the 2016 Atlanta Biennial and the 2017 Jamaica Biennial. Whyte is based in Atlanta and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.
MICHAEL JONES was born in Dallas, Texas, where he attended the famed Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He relocated to Atlanta in 1994 where he received his bachelor’s degree in Painting, Video and Sculpture from Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) in 1998. He is also known for his abstract cityscapes paintings, public art and murals, in which he amplifies and distorts perspective and space within urban environments. In 2017, Jones completed The Chamblee Gateway, a 300-foot mural located in Chamblee, Georgia, at Peachtree Road and Peachtree Bouldevard. His work can be seen at www.letter75.com.
CHARLY PALMER was born in 1960 in Fayette, Alabama, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A successful graphic designer and illustrator with his own design studio and Fortune 500 clientele, Palmer devotes much of his life to pursuing his fine art dreams. In the recent past, he created work under the assumed name “Carlos,” his alter ego, which gave him the freedom to experiment, be spontaneous, and have fun with his art. Palmer studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, and has taught design and illustration at the college level. His work is included in a number of private and public collections, which include those of Atlanta Life Insurance, McDonald’s Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, the Coca-Cola Company and Vanderbilt University. Among his commissions was an official poster for the 1996 Olympic Games and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
KRISTA CLARK grew up in Burlington, VT and holds a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in printmaking, an MA from New York University and an MFA from Georgia State University. She lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the High Museum and is part of an ongoing exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia through Art in Embassies.
KAREN SIMMONS is a retired engineer, graduate of Tuskegee University and Mercer University with Masters of Science Technology Management. Her love of photography began at age nine, and she has worked as a professional photographer for several years. In her spare time, she loves nature and watching science fiction.
LISA ZUNZANYIKA of Simply Zee Imagery combines her background as an award-winning Air Force Combat Photojournalist with her acumen for brand management. She creates images that match the “you” that you say you are. Simply Zee Imagery specializes in personalized portraiture for businesses, families, entrepreneurs, models, performers, artists, and creatives. www.simplyzeeimagery.com.
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