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Column: Contemporary art center to unveil landscape art
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
July 02, 2013 09:00 AM | 2726 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in west Midtown and the Georgia chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects have partnered together for a unique “contest” to revitalize and animate the underutilized area of the pavilion in front of the center, located on Means Street. An unveiling July 10 will be celebrated with a public reception.

The installation will remain on display July 11 through Sept. 26.

“We challenged landscape artists to respond and utilize the unique aspects of our site for a challenging summer outdoor design,” center Artistic Director Stuart Horodner said. “We are excited about the winning design results as we seek new partnerships with like-minded peers in the creative art community.”

The winning project, headed by Joanna Schwevens of Sylvatica Studios and titled “Overlap Wrap,” combines natural and industrial materials in lush colors and varied textures to create a cascading and contemplative space for visitors. The temporary installation uses hanging rocks, gravel, succulents and flowers as focal points.

This summer the center’s public spaces will be closed from July to October for major building renovations.

In the meantime, the public is invited to reflect on the outdoor pavilion landscape project.

The nonprofit, non-collecting center, founded as Nexus in 1973, is dedicated to the creation, presentation and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists. The unique Atlanta center, which has been at its current location since 1989, creates a diverse cultural landscape for artist, arts professionals, and the art-interested public through exhibitions, educational and studio artists’ programs.

This June the center has been honored with a $150,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It will support exhibitions and programs beginning this fall and continuing through 2015.

Information: (404) 688-1970, extension 216 or visit

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The Thursday session of A Great Friend Music Series is being moved from the first Thursday schedule in July to the evening of July 11.

“Our free evening of song and laughs will be off schedule in July to accommodate July 4 celebrations.  . . . Join us for a glass of wine, light refreshments and wonderful harmony by vocalists Jane Burke, Larry Manning and Amy Holloway at 6:30 p.m. on July 11,” founder Dan Britt said.

The location on Commerce Drive in Buckhead is entered near the Great Friend Career Institute sign.

Atlanta-area music aficionados are excited about the renewal of free cabaret-style performances this year by talented local performers who have moved on from the Lyric Theatre and other professional gigs. They often transition to non-musical careers but enjoy sharing their talents with friends and the public at the Northside location.

“I created a new company this year, A Great Friend LLC, offering personal home care services with a staff of certified nurses‘ aides and located my offices and training center in the complex where I used to perform with the Lyric,” Britt said. “It brought back great memories and the desire to keep on singing for pleasure. My company is sponsoring the free informal monthly sessions.”

Reservations and information: (404) 605-8448 or visit

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