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Culture notes: New contemporary art gallery downtown; Academy Theatre hosts coming-to-America show through Feb. 19

VISUAL ARTS
New gallery downtown

Mary Stanley Studio – Project Space, a contemporary art gallery, opened in the Marquis Two Tower in downtown Atlanta earlier this month.

The gallery’s debut exhibit is “New Masters,” works on paper, including playful renditions of Old Masters paintings, by New York artist Samuel Stabler. The native Atlantan graduated from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia before pursuing his master’s at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London in 2008. He works full-time as assistant director of exhibitions at New York’s Gagosian Gallery.

“New Masters” continues through Feb. 29. Mary Stanley Studio, on the ground floor of the Marquis Two Tower at 285 Peachtree Center Ave. N.E., Atlanta (the space formerly occupied by the Museum of Design Atlanta), is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and by appointment. 404-892-3211, www.marystanleystudio.com.

An art consultant, artist representative, independent curator and collector, Mary Stanley founded the Young Collectors Club in Atlanta in 2006, presenting educational programming to would-be collectors of contemporary art. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
An American tale

“Jamaica, Farewell,” Debra Ehrhardt’s one-woman coming-to-America show based on the mostly true story of her journey from Jamaica in her homeland’s turbulent 1970s, has returned to the Academy Theatre through Feb. 19. Actress Rita Wilson produced n run of the show in Burbank, Calif., last year, and has optioned film rights. 119 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-474-8332, www.brownpapertickets.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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