By Howard Pousner
Spivey decks the halls
Spivey Hall, on the Clayton State University campus in Morrow, has announced a diverse slate of performances, most well suited for families, this holiday season, notably including a concert by Michael Londra from Broadway’s “Riverdance.”
The schedule at Spivey, the elegant 392-seat recital hall that will be decorated with Christmas trees and wreaths, garlands and colorful lighting:
Tickets: 678-466-4200, www.spiveyhall.org.
Folk soars despite economy
With Chuck Rosenak in the audience at last weekend’s Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Fall Masterpiece Sale, a number of works from his highly regarded private collection drew huge bids at Historic Buford Hall.
In fact, the first and third-highest prices of the weekend were fetched by pieces from Rosenak, who co-authored with his late wife Jan the “Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists” and other seminal self-taught art tomes.
The auction’s top five sellers:
1. “Dr. Buz,” an undated painting on found roofing tin by Gullah artist Sam Doyle, $48,300
2. “Island Beauty,” an undated 1980s painting on tin by Doyle, $35,650
3. A circa 1940-42 painting of a horse on cardstock by Alabama sidewalk artist Bill Traylor, $35,650
4. “Charging Bull with Matador,” a 1987 painting on board by Kentucky-born William Hawkins, $33,350
5. An anonymous circa 1920s religious banner, 68 inches wide, on muslin cloth, $33,350
“I’m always a little bit more nervous when a consignor comes to watch the auction of his items in person,” said Amy Slotin, who assists her husband Steve in organizing the twice yearly auctions and Folk Fest every summer. “Of course they want the pieces to sell for good money, but often more importantly, it is a validation of their life’s interest … and, in Chuck’s case, his life’s work.”
Details on all 1,225 lots: www.slotinfolkart.com.
Metro leaders arrive, depart
The former managing director of Marietta’s Theatre in the Square takes over for inaugural ArtWorks executive director Sally Corbett, who is returning to her home state of New York after 18 years in a variety of roles in the metro Atlanta arts community.
Information about Gwinnett’s cultural offerings: www.artworksgwinnett.org.