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The Peachtree Corners Artist’s Corner: A Conversation with Blair LeBlanc

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Photograph by Leo Heikkila, 2021.

Blair LeBlanc is an American artist living between New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. She also grew up in the Peachtree Corners area.

“When I think of growing up in Peachtree Corners, I think of running around my neighborhood, rolling down hills, the smell of sweat and cut grass in the summer, dancing on the kitchen counter with my sister and our friends after school. It was a really normal, magical place to grow up,” LeBlanc said.

Her first solo painting exhibition (September – October 2020. Athens, GA) marked both her transition from photography and her homecoming from a year living in New York City. Recently, her photography landed in international press including Artforum and ARTnews in January 2020. Her next exhibition opens June 2021.

Like the Peachtree Corners area itself, LeBlanc appears to be in a constant state of professional transformation, as exhibited by her recent switch from the medium of photography to her current commitment to painting.

Photograph by Ben Absent, 2021.

“I completed a project called Sacred Bloom, in March ’20, with Burnaway magazine. Which was a great experience. I got to work with both Executive Director Erin Jane Nelson and Editor-In-Chief Logan Lockner. Erin helped me edit my work and Logan wrote a beautiful lyrical poem to accompany it. What I love about Burnaway is they have a very strong focus, but stay open to oddities. So on Sacred Bloom, I felt guided but they also gave me the freedom to develop it and let it evolve. They are just ideal collaborators.

But, as far as my professional career goes, I think that project marked my last photo work. Since then, I pushed all my chips into painting. I prefer moving forward. I’ve got blinders on and am full force ahead.: LeBlanc said.

When asked about where she draws her artistic inspiration, LeBlanc had many sources to pull from.

Basquiat ’82, 2020. Image courtesy of Blair LeBlanc Studio.

“In this new body of work, Dream (2021), I conceptually create a painting for mega art dealer Larry Gagosian. So to make the work, I spent my summer studying the characteristics of what makes a painting that draws record-breaking sales. Surprisingly, the research brought me back to the people that inspired me to be an artist in the first place; Warhol, Picasso, Basquiat. I pulled from each of them and made my version of their work. I think of these paintings as universal or “Blockbuster”. They function in a similar way as a blockbuster movie or a pop song.

X, 2020. Image courtesy of Blair LeBlanc Studio.

The Beatles for example, you can go deep into their history, learn about their philosophy, sexuality, politics, influences, instruments, fashion…all of that. Or, you can just enjoy “I Want to Hold Your Hand” when it comes on at a beach party. Their music has a kind of open complexity that doesn’t ask anything of you, but offers it if you want it. And that’s the quality I hope to capture in my work,” LeBlanc said.

Rockstar, 2020. Image courtesy of Blair LeBlanc Studio.

The young artist has a sharp vision for her creative journey that will take her very far, allowing her fans to escape into the brilliant worlds of her making, which are fresh, new and familiar all at once.

Source: Biography info and photo credits provided by Blaire LeBlanc and Blair LeBlanc Studio

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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Women’s History Month at Gwinnett Libraries

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Upcoming Virtual Author and Speaker Programs

Each month the Gwinnett County Public Library brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers. All author events listed below are live & virtual.

A Women’s History Month Program for Children

Live Book Talk/Storytime with Children’s Author Deborah Hopkinson

Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 am

Deborah Hopkinson- Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Library site.

The book is Thanks to Frances Perkins-Fighter for Workers based on the life of a real-life woman hero. Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory fire in 1911, she was forever changed.   Frances decided to work to bring about new laws and became the first female Secretary of Labor in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and she created our Social Security program  

  To rsvp email events@gwinnettpl.org  

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Author Carolyn Curry in conversation with President of Accent Creative Group, Pam Ledbetter.

Thursday, March 11
7 – 8 p.m.

Carolyn Curry. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Public Library site.

Carolyn Curry is the founder of Women Alone Together and she is the award-winning author of the biography Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1824 – 1907.

Ella grew up in one of the wealthiest families in Georgia and attended Wesleyan, the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. She kept a diary before, during, and after the Civil War.  Post-war she documents facing her bankruptcy, the death of four children, and the turmoil of reconstruction. She survives and thrives and was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Suffrage Movement.

Registration is required to access this event. Once registered, you will receive a link to access this event. 

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Bill Gates Headlines MJCCA Virtual Book Festival

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Gates Discusses His Timely New Book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, with NBC’s Kristen Welker. Photo from ticket site.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 8:00 pm EST, technologist, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates presents his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, as part of the MJCCA’s Book Festival In Your Living Room winter 2021 author lineup. Interviewed by Kristen Welker, co-anchor, “Weekend Today” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, the two will discuss his wide-ranging, practical, and accessible plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

Presented by the MJCCA; the National JCC Literary Consortium, which is made up of more than 80 Jewish Community Centers in North America; and two independent bookstores, A Cappella Books in Atlanta and Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida, where the event will be live-streamed on Zoom. Advanced registration is required. Tickets, which include a hardcover copy of the book shipped to homes, are available here: showclix.com/event/bill-gates-climate-disaster

The full BOOK FESTIVAL IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! lineup. TICKETS ON SALE NOW:

Wednesday, February 24

Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Interviewed by NBC’s Kristen Welker

Thursday, March 4

Walter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Sunday, March 7

Mark Gerson, The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life

In Conversation with Rabbi Brian Glusman

Every registered ticket holder receives a complimentary copy of the book!

Thursday, March 11

Annabelle Gurwitch, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility

In Conversation with Dave Barry

Sunday, March 21 – NEW DATE!

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal: A Novel

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Monday, March 22

Tim Shriver, The Time to Unite

In Conversation with Deepak Chopra, MD

Thursday, March 25

Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings: A Novel

In Conversation with Greg Changnon

Wednesday, April 7

Brooke Baldwin, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power

In Conversation with Holly Firfer

Sunday, April 11 – Special Yom Hashoah Event featuring Rabbi Brian Glusman

Daniel Lee, The SS Officer’s Armchair

Click here for Tickets and registration

Source: MJCCA Press Release

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Free Photo Classes Return – Topic: The Perfect Portrait

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The city’s popular photo workshop classes taught by Tytan Pictures‘ Jim Stone and his crew are back.

Date and Time: March 20, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM  

Location: Community Chest
310 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092

Who can attend: The free classes are open to Peachtree Corners residents and anyone who works in the city.

The topic: the Perfect Portrait

What does the class cover: Camera settings, lighting and post production techniques that professional photographers use to create magazine quality images.

Professional models will be on hand for this class

Also included: How to set up lighting online meetings so you can look your best.

What to bring: Your camera and any lighting you may have. There will be a variety of cameras and different lighting equipment for use as well.

Reservations required: Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the class is limited to 25 attendees. 

No Walk-Ins permitted: You must reserve in advance.

Temperatures taken at the door. If you do not feel well, please stay home.

Face masks required

To register, send an email to Jim Stone at stone@tytanpictures.co

Please register early — and if you are unable to attend, notify Jim so he can open your spot to someone else.

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