Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spotlight on Art

I recently read a quote by an artist on the Emily Amy Gallery blog - "What is better than a painting? Nothing."  Although this is taking love of art to an extreme, I do appreciate a good painting, and would far rather spend money on a wonderful piece of art than on expensive clothes, shoes, or handbags. A beautiful piece art is something that can be enjoyed for many, many years, and is such a wonderful expression of creativity.  This is why I am so excited that on Tuesday night at 6 pm (2/17/09), my favorite Artist Market of the year begins!  It takes place at Trinity School, which is located in Atlanta off of Northside Parkway, just north of Mount Paran and 75 (in Buckhead). 

The 'Spotlight on Art' Artist Market is my ideal kind of place- thousands of paintings and works from hundreds of artists, all under one roof, in a very relaxed atmosphere.  Virtually every genre is represented - contemporary art, impressionism, realism, sculpture, folk art, children's art, and most of the prices are very reasonable.  There are many established gallery quality artists, as well as new and emerging artists.  Here is a sneak peek of the show; all items in the pictures are for sale, and the show runs daily through Saturday afternoon, 2/21/09.  My favorite thing about the market is that the new paintings are put out every day, so there is always something new every time you visit.  For more information, hours, and directions, visit the website www.spotlightonart.com.  


I like the painting on the bottom right - very organic and beautiful.  The paintings on the upper left are by one of my favorite artists, Annie Butrus. I was hoping that she would bring a bigger piece this year, but the small paintings she brought are beautiful. The framed series of pastels are by her too, and priced at $275 each, a pretty good deal.



It is hard to see in the picture, but the artist on the right paints lots of abstract angels and landscapes.




I thought this section was so pretty with the fresh colors.  I always like to see what artist Christy Kinard brings to the Market - she is the one who painted the florals in this picture.


I was intrigued by this dress sculpture, titled "Charlotte". Isn't it beautiful? 




Folk art



Traditional landscapes, still life, and equestrian art. I love that painting of the poppy field.



Another lovely dress sculpture.


A larger dress sculpture surrounded by beautiful art. It is hard to see in this photo, but the skirt of the dress is made of a deck of cards.  I love the yellow painting in this picture.

Do you see any trends looking at these pictures?  Red, yellow, and earth tones seem to be in vogue, although there were paintings to please every color preference, taste, and style.   For more information, hours, and directions, visit the website www.spotlightonart.com.   For those of you in Atlanta, I highly encourage a visit! 


  1. Personally, I think money is much better spent on art than on most things.

    My daughter just got into art school - I'm so excited for her. She'll be poor but happy and always surrounded by beauty.

  2. Yes, I think of paintings like little beautiful treasures. There are a few paintings that I bought years ago that are now in the attic, but there are others that I look at literally every single day and feel inspired by their beauty (and inspired by the gift of the artist who created the painting).

  3. I am stunned by the quality of the art. I see many many pieces I would love in my house or yours! I can't wait to see what you choose!!!!!

  4. The flash-card skirt - fantastic. If you think you've seen everything, go to an art show.

  5. What fun! I love Christy Kinard's work. I first saw her paintings in Charlotte. Really fun......and I want one of those dress sculptures!! Have a great time and please post what you choose.

  6. Sounds (and looks) wonderful. I love landscapes and abstract most of all. Funny what we like.

    I hope you find a gem or two for the house! If you do, you must blog about it and not keep us waiting!

    xo T.

  7. I love the landscapes & abstracts too- saw some beautiful ones in there.

  8. I went to the opening night of the market, and it was good - I saw some notables of the Atlanta art and design scene there. I always like returning when things are a little quieter, as it is much easier to see the art.

  9. So beautiful! What a great show, I love that first one you talked about as well.

  10. Wow. I love art. There's so much to look at.
    Stay chic!

  11. Of course I would rather have a wonderful, mesmerizing work of art! I love some of your favorites, and the dress sculptures are so enchanting! PS I am having an art giveaway.....

  12. Sara -- so glad you posted this preview!

  13. Those dress sculptures are so cool. I have never seen them before. Love all the art very inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. so much great stuff.

    beautiful work !!

    get anything wonderful ?

  15. We left that area almost 3 years ago and this post helped me remember some of the wonderful times we had there. This was always such a wonderful and eventful time of the year for families. I really like the beautiful yellow painting on the bottom right in the first photo. I tried to find it on their website to no avail. If you come across the name of the artist I would really appreciate it. Thank you for a wonderful post!

  16. Is there any better way to spend the afternoon...I loved seeing the art. thanks

  17. What a great collection. how would you even begin to choose.


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