Women's Work

As we close out March and Women's History Month, we want to give a shout out to some women artists who are still killin' it at basketry, typing, dress-making, porcelain painting, quilting, weaving, floral arranging, stitchery, pottery, etc. even though they don't have to.

Because "women's work" is always FINE ART.


Ultra Violet | PANTONE'S 2018 Color of the Year

“We’re in a complex time; this is a complex color.”
- Lee Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute


With their announcement, Pantone explains: "[Ultra Violet] is a very provocative shade, but it’s also a thoughtful color–it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron,” Eiseman says. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. These are the elements we need to create a meaningful future. Inventiveness and imagination is something we seek in our personal lives and business worlds. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is the perfect shade to lead right into it . . . It’s intriguing, fascinating, and magical.”


Please enjoy 20 images inspired by the color Ultra Violet...

Hurricane Symbolism | Elyse Defoor

Earlier this month, prior to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we had a great studio visit with ATL Artist Elyse Defoor. Her new space allows her to have many of her past works on display.

This piece, By The X, is from her X.U.ME series - a response to the visual symbolism of the X in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With our thoughts on the people of Houston, we share this poignant past project.


Elyse Defoor, By the X, mixed media on muslin, 108" x 90"

Elyse Defoor, By the X, mixed media on muslin, 108" x 90"

Watch the PBA30 video spotlight on X.U.ME Project here

Learn more about Elyse here: www.elysedefoor.com

In Transition / Take Action

"It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world..."

ATL Artist Anita Arliss created this protest image because in her words: "We may never know the USA we grew up in again. Things look dangerously unstable." She has made the image available for public use via Hair on Fire. Click the flag to download if you feel so inclined. 

Even though it feels as if the sky is truly falling, we must fight through this discomfort
and uncertainty
and take action. 


Learn more about the Artist: www.anitaarliss.com
Quote taken from "Lola" by The Kinks. Listen here.

Source: www.haironfire.org

Rest in Praise, Mr. Christenberry

Renowned Southern artist, William Christenberry passed away Monday, November 28th. His photographs of the dilapidated buildings and vanishing landscapes of Alabama have as lasting endurance as the writing of Faulkner or the music of Ray Charles. Christenberry epitomizes the great identity within Southern culture that was written about in Heritage of the South: "a loyalty to a place where habits are strong and memories are long. If those memories could speak, they would tell stories of a region powerfully shaped by it's history and determined to pass it on to future generations."

We remain grateful for his eye and the Kodak Brownie that captured his images. Rest in praise, Mr. Christenberry.






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Happy Independence Day from Amy Parry Projects!

This painting is a perfect expression of James Abbott McNeil Whistler's intent to create art for art's sake. Some of life's experiences are best depicted through nuance and implication. 

James Abbott McNeil Whistler,  Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket , ca. 1875, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, Detroit Institute of Arts

James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, ca. 1875, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, Detroit Institute of Arts

Whistler had given to literally flinging paint at the canvas and had become quite masterful at it by the time he created this Nocturne series. This city scene expresses very well the intangible moment that a burst of fireworks can imprint in spectators' minds. 

May you create memories and feel spectacular this holiday weekend.



Amy Parry Projects

The Iconic ATL Airport Ants

It has become more shocking to NOT see red fire ants crawling on the ceiling of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport than it ever was to see them there in the first place...

Brute Neighbors, a commissioned public art sculpture created and installed by ATL artist Joe Peragine in the summer of 2001 has just been removed without his knowledge. In the 15 years that the ants were scattered overhead the North and South Baggage Claim areas, they became iconic for so many of us. An article released by the Airport in November of 2010, highlighted the continued popularity of the piece and the element of surprise it offered travelers passing through.

Apparently, however, there have been intermittent grumblings about the ants from airport business owners and complaints from concerned parents over the years. As with other examples of public art, the sight of Brute Neighbors sparked both curiosity and controversy.

The circumstances surrounding the removal of the piece last Thursday are still not fully known. The ants will remain in storage until the fate of the work is determined and forthcoming renovations in the airport are completed. If you feel connected to this work and compelled to show support for its reinstallation, please send a note to the Airport Art Program Manager, David Vogt at david.vogt@atlanta-airport.com.

Details on the piece - which is described as being in the Airport’s “Permanent Art Collection" - can be found here.



To learn more about this significant artist, please visit Joe's website: www.josephperagine.com


Vivian Maier

March is Women’s History Month and APP would like to pay tribute to photographer Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009). Maier was a true testament to the fact that a person can live multiple lives and that our creative efforts are never in vain.

When a handful of collectors discovered her negatives in 2007 during a forced auction of her Chicago storage space, the world was introduced to a previously unrecognized master of photography who documented the streets of Chicago, NYC and LA for decades. This unselfish documentation of the everyday is now such a valuable glimpse at history through the eyes of a woman who experienced life primarily as a nanny whom a long-time client described as a real-life “Mary Poppins.”

She was the champion of bathroom selfies, of the window-shopping snapshot. The medium format film she used at the time probably only afforded her a dozen shots per roll, yet her oeuvre has been quantified to include over 100,000 negatives (very few ever actually printed by Maier).

Happy Women’s History Month. What passion are you exploring in your spare time?

© Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Source: http://www.vivianmaier.com/