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Art notes: Art Papers auction on Feb. 21; 'Field Experiment' launches; Art Materials Expo opens Feb. 20

With works by more than 200 established and emerging artists from Atlanta available, more than 1,200 are expected to attend the 16th annual Art Papers Art Auction on Feb. 21 at a new location, BoBo Intriguing Objects, a Westside interior design showroom.

Participating artists include Artadia Award finalist Paul Stephen Benjamin, Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project winners Sarah Emerson and Scott Ingram, John Gutmann Photography Fellowship recipient Nancy Floyd and New York artist Phong Bui.

Additionally, there will be music, people watching, cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by top Atlanta restaurants.

The fundraiser supports the Atlanta-based magazine, its lecture series, a newly launched exhibitions program and digital initiatives.

Collectors’ Preview (with the opportunity to meet artists and purchase works ahead of the auction): 7-9 p.m. Feb. 20 ($175, includes auction ticket). Silent auction and party: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 21 ($50 advance, $65 door). 1235 Chattahoochee Ave N.W., Atlanta.

Field Experiment art project seeks risk-takers

Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center and northeast Georgia's the Hambidge Center have partnered to fund "Field Experiment," an art project opportunity with a $20,000 commission attached that will bring the winning presentation to the public this fall in Atlanta.

The opportunity (proposal deadline: Feb. 24) is open to a wide array of creative talents nationally, from artists and architects to scientists and visionaries of various stripes. Individuals or collectives may apply.

Organizers are seeking "extraordinary projects that are interactive, community-driven, collaborative, cross-disciplinary and accessible to the public," according to an announcement.

Five finalists will each receive $2,000 and technical and production support. Their concepts will be presented at the Goat Farm Arts Center in late spring.

The artist or artists selected for the final commission also receives a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center, a Rabun Gap refuge that offers artists residencies where they can hone creative expressions, as well as additional administrative and production support.

“At our residency program, I am so fortunate to see creative genius run wild," said Hambidge Center Executive Director Jamie Badoud.. "In Atlanta, we see ambitious ideas tamed by lack of support. Both Hambidge and the Goat Farm uniquely celebrate and nurture risk-taking, and this 'Field Experiment' aims to foster a new level of creative freedom and appreciation in our city streets.”

Added Goat Farm leader Anthony Harper: "We also simply wanted to do something vigorously kick [butt] for Atlanta.”


Expo explores a world of art materials

Attention, visual artists: The inaugural Art Materials Expo, with more than 80 art supply brands represented, is set for Feb. 20 through Feb. 22 at Gwinnett Center.

The expo will feature product demonstrations of new materials and techniques, special promotions and discounts, artist presentations and workshops and art advocacy talks from community organizations.

Free admission. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

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