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Wesleyan Artist Market Announces Roster of Artists, Media Sponsors, and Opening Night Webinar

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Julian Tablada- Watercolor

The Wesleyan Artist Market has announced the roster of artists for its 23rd annual event, to be hosted virtually April 22-29, 2021.

Many of Wesleyan’s top selling artists from 2019 (2020 cancelled due to COVID-19) will return in 2021 and will be joined by established and emerging artists from across the Southeast. Local Peachtree Corners and Norcross participating artists include Allison Wright (Mixed Media), Andy Free (Wood), Elizabeth Ables (Ceramics), and Julian Tablada (Watercolor).

Andy Free- Wood

The Artist Market also announced the following Media Sponsors for 2021: Presenting Media Group Sponsor-Peachtree Corners Magazine and Peachtree Corners Life; Opening Night Presenting Sponsor-Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine; Advertising and Publishing – Imagine Advertising & Publishing, Inc., and Digital Media Management – Stirrup Media Management.

Opening Night, April 22, AH&L will present “The Art of Collecting: Where to Begin & Making it Approachable” via online seminar. The presentation will feature a discussion with interior designer Liz Godwin, art consultant Colleen Lane, and artist and designer Tyler Colgan about the process of procuring art. AH&L’s Home & Design Editor Suzanna Cullen Hamilton, a former antiques and fine arts dealer, will moderate the online seminar.

Kathleen Plate

Kirsten Scott, 2021 Market Co-Chair shares “we remain as committed as ever to bringing outstanding art to our community. The Virtual platform is an exciting opportunity to carry on the great tradition and community-building spirit of the Wesleyan Artist Market.”

JC Pino

The Wesleyan Artist Market is a fine arts, jewelry, and fine wares show. The event will feature the works of 84 professional artists plus 17 Wesleyan student artists. Typically held on Wesleyan’s campus, the Market will be hosted virtually via Shopify’s e-commerce platform due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Susan Westmoreland

The Wesleyan Artist Market is a long-established Spring tradition and is one of the premier school sponsored art shows in the Southeast. Admission is free, and all are welcome to join the event online. The show has been extended from three days to a full week to accommodate the virtual platform.

Adriana Blackard

For the complete artist roster and more information about the Wesleyan Artist Market, go to artistmarket.wesleyanschool.org

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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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Wesleyan School ‘Wolf Players’ perform Into the Woods

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Wesleyan School's Production of Into the Woods. Photos courtesy of Wesleyan School.

On February 3, the Wesleyan Wolf Players opened their production of Into the Woods, a musical that intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood.

For several seniors, this will be their last opportunity to perform a musical in the Wesleyan fine arts program. The seniors in the musical are Matt Free, Constance Harris, Elsah James, Ally Jones, and Elizabeth Middleton.

Free decided to participate in Into the Woods because “I have grown to love the program and the people involved. Acting as another character is freeing for me. Most people believe that the more prominent roles get to have the most fun in acting their character, but I have always enjoyed being a nameless face in the ensemble, as you get to create your own character in how you move, speak, and sing.”

Harris echoed this by saying, “This was my last chance to be in a show at Wesleyan and this theatre department has been such a large part of my life for so many years. I wanted to have one last go and share this moment with some really great friends.”

For James, she has auditioned for every production possible during her high school career. This year’s performances have been different than any other, but has also led to learning different acting methods. “Because of the masks, the audience can’t see our faces very well when we’re on stage. I have had to learn how to act and show emotion with my body language and movement, instead of just using facial expressions.”

Middleton said, “I have always loved to sing and act, and since this is my final year of high school I thought I would finish strong by participating in Into the Woods despite the limitations and difficulties of blocking and acting.”

The show runs through the weekend. Tickets are sold out and live streaming is not available for this production.

Source: Wesleyan school release

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