Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brookhaven Buzz Coverage

Brookhaven artists show their work at 'hometown show'

By Joe Earle
joeearle @ reporternewspapers . net

Painter Kimberly Landers plans to show and sell her latest crop of “semi-psychedelic abstract landscapes” during the Brookhaven Arts Festival. Jewelry maker Chris Howell will be there, too, showing and selling her hand-crafted necklaces and earrings.

After all, they’re both artists who happen to live in Brookhaven. The Brookhaven Arts Festival, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this year, has become their hometown festival.

“If I’m going to do one show a year, it might as well be the one in my neighborhood,” said Landers, who lives in the Ashford Park neighborhood.

The 2010 Brookhaven Arts Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17. It’s open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibitors will set up booths along Apple Valley Road between Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road, which is behind the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station. More than 125 artists have signed up to participate in the show. Admission is free.

Landers has taken part in the Brookhaven festival twice before. She says she enjoys it, in part because she sometimes spots familiar faces in the crowd trooping past her booth. She recognizes neighbors or former students from her days as an art teacher at Chamblee High School.

“I see former students from Chamblee and their parents. I see friends, people who have businesses in the area,” the 38-year-old painter said. “It just feels like hanging out with everybody.”

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I Love these Colors!

This canvas has been sitting in my basement, sketched, but not painted for a year or so. Why was it neglected for so long? I'm not completely certain, but I am loving it now. I'm finally in my new home and able to expand my work space throughout the house. The studio is amazing, but I need to get some better lighting for the late night painting sessions. The dining room will do in a pinch.

Today was PSAT day and I had five kids in my room who had already taken their SATs. So, we painted. I occasionally bring work in to my classroom so they can see that I am a working artist. This piece will be finished tonite so I'll share it with them tomorrow and post a final picture.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Have Been Making Art, Really!

Okay, so it's been a little while since I've posted, but I've been quite busy. My big art project was purchasing and remodeling a home since my last post and got into chronicling that entire process on facebook. Meanwhile, I have been doing a few festivals a year, Virginia Highlands Summerfest and the Brookhaven Arts Fest (which is this weekend - Oct 16 & 17, 2010).

I spent some time up on Lake Lanier right after school got out in May and worked on a few paintings for Summerfest. I've been obsessively painting with reds, oranges and greens, so naturally, the first large painting I did in a while was the muted palette of those colors instead of the brilliant beachy colors (which I would pick up again after a summer full of beach travel).