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Culture notes: New exhibits, Cuban music at Rialto, Actor’s Express digs out

VISUAL ART
Creative process revealed
A new exhibit at the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library downtown provides a rare glimpse at the art-making process. “From Conception: Art in Process,” by the Atlanta collective pARTicular Women Artists, tracks works as they evolve from original idea to sketch to working drawings to finished product. Incorporating diaries, journals, rough drafts, thumbnail sketches and other materials, the free show continues through April 30. Reception: 6-8 Thursday[4/7] as part of downtown’s First Thursdays Art Walk. 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta. 404-730-1700. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Civil war to space

Artist-illustrator Mort Künstler, whose Civil War paintings and drawings are receiving a just-opened major retrospective at Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum, is also the subject of a smaller show of Space Shuttle images at Booth’s sister institution, Tellus Science Museum. The New York artist will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Friday[4/8] at Tellus, then a 7 p.m. Saturday[4/9] members-only lecture at Booth (memberships will be available at the door). Information: www.boothmuseum.org, www.tellusemuseum.org. HOWARD POUSNER

MUSIC
Drumming up Cuban interest
Cultural relations with Cuba have warmed somewhat under the Obama administration, allowing groups such as the Afro-Cuban All Stars, which played the Variety Playhouse last weekend,[4/2] to tour in the U.S. again. At 8 p.m. Saturday,[4/9] another highly regarded Cuban group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, plays the Rialto Center for the Arts. Formed in the early 1950s, the percussive music-dance ensemble is considered the country’s leading rumba proponents. 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849, www.rialtocenter.org. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Express raising funds
Attempting to dig out of accumulated operating debt, Actor’s Express reached its initial fund-raising goal of $50,000 in March. Now comes the hard work, board chairman Bruce Cohen acknowledged: raising an additional $150,000 by July 31, the end of the Westside troupe’s fiscal year. “Rest assured that none of us is sitting back,” Cohen wrote in a Tuesday e-mail to supporters, noting that leaders plan meetings with potential individual and foundation donors, and that several benefits are in the works. HOWARD POUSNER

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Flora Rosefsky

April 6th, 2011
11:29 pm

Thank you Howard Pousner and the AJC for your online cultural notes regarding the Atlanta arts community! It’s most appreciated by those who create the work and for those who appreciate it. Venues like the Atlanta Central Public Library art gallery, with its refreshing commitment to special visual arts exhibitions, become additional treasures in the overall visual arts offerings for the Atlanta community. .