Category: Features

Coloring the Whole Damn World: Gunnar Tarsa

No one ever said saving the world would be easy…but local artist and recent Lamar Dodd graduate, Gunnar Tarsa, makes it look pretty easy. Artists and their big dreams gravitate naturally to Athens like swallows to Capistrano. Our fair city nurtures big dreams, cultivates talent, and provides a helpful cocoon […]

Portraits – Cameron Bliss

AU spoke with artist Cameron Bliss, 47, at the studio she shares with her husband – musician and Winterville, Georgia Mayor Dodd Ferrelle  – bursting with instruments, recording equipment, paintings, along with her trusty dog Buoy. A lone easel displayed a work in progress. There was an extra-large […]

Miniature Ministry

Nine-tenths of a tiny, yellow wooden beach house sits on display in the lobby of the Lanier Gardens assisted living facility’s favorite gathering spot, The Wicker Room. It would be a complete house if not for the see-through cut-out on the back side. But without the cut-out it wouldn’t […]

Athventure

Welcome to Athventure! AU first ran into artist Will Eskridge at the Bulldog Inn Art Show in 2015, where he transformed a generic motel room into highly-charged weirdness with his humongous (there’s no other word) Wolf City installation. We brainstormed with Eskridge who came up with the concept […]

Mrs. Creatinomics to the World

INIMITABLE, PRIMARY, BEAUTIFLORAL, AND UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN: A DAY IN SARAH CARNES’ IMAGINARIUM “The doctor who delivered me, at home of course since that’s how they did it back then, told my mother that he could tell that I would do something special.”  “I like it […]

Script – Setting Solstice

SETTING SOLSTICE by Cheryl Ruebner SCENE I, Birth Woman wakes up on rock in the middle of the river. Her eyes are closed (she is blind), and she makes her way by feel to the bank, and climbs up. She continues to walk by feeling her way. SCENE […]

Fire Goddess – an interview with Ember Fox

Ember Fox (aka Cheryl Reubner), 30, is a poet, fire-flow/performance artist, entertainer, provocateur, gypsy, self-described “ham.” Her journey led her to Athens, which is not uncommon for artist-spiritual questers who meet up on the secret art nodes. Since her time here, she’s moved on to Chicago, where she […]

One More Chance: Harold Rittenberry

  Harold Rittenberry, 83, has a unique approach to showing his work. “I don’t like to fool around with galleries,” he says. He just places them in his front yard. The Rittenberry Spirit Sculpture Yard is open 24/7, come rain or shine. So if you’re in Athens do stop over to the […]