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Arts briefs: Dashboard Co-op, ‘Folk Art’ and Athens pottery

Residency makes art of unplugging

Artists, like all of us, navigate daily through a world full of wired and wireless stimulus.

Dashboard Co-op’s “No Vacancy, An Alternative Residency,” in which two artists are holed up in an undisclosed vacant Atlanta property for three weeks, is an effort to turn it all down and to see what kind of art develops in the relative silence and isolation.

While Atlanta artists Henry Detweiler and Ben Coleman have no phone, TV, Internet or transportation during the residency, Dashboard is tending to their needs — both of the well-being and art-making sort. With a stated mission to “activate raw space with radical contemporary art to inspire neighborhood development and cultural awareness,” the nonprofit arts presenter arranged the duo’s 4,000-square-foot live-work studio and is providing $1,000 for material requests.

From 7 to 11 p.m. July 20, the final day of the residency, the public will be invited to the location-to-be-announced — described as “a storied space in a ripe, historic Atlanta neighborhood” — to view what the duo created.

“We’ve given the artists strict physical parameters, but have incited no expectations in terms of what they should make,” Dashboard co-founder Beth Malone said in a statement. “Ben and Henry have complete creative freedom, but their health, safety and connection to the outside world are in our hands.”

Meanwhile, Detweiler presumably will be busy when he emerges from the residency. He recently was named gallery manger at Mint, which moved earlier this year to the space fronted Young Blood Boutique at 636 N Highland Ave. N.E. in Poncey-Highlands.

For more information on the “No Vacancy” residency and details on its closing program, watch

Get This Gallery moving to Midtown

Atlanta’s quicksilver gallery scene continues to morph.

Hot on the heels of recent developments including the return of the Fay Gold Gallery and the opening of a pop-up gallery for Saltworks, both on the Westside, comes the announcement that Get This Gallery is departing its Westside home of nearly five years for Midtown.

Get This will expand into the former location of Solomon Projects at 1037 Monroe Drive N.E., across from Piedmont Park.

“While we continue to engage with emerging artists, the new Midtown location will offer multiple exhibition spaces that will allow us to push our programming and to handle secondary market works,” gallery owner Lloyd Benjamin said in a release.

Get This’ final show at its 662 11th St. home is “AMW / BR / HK” — new works by Andy Moon Wilson, Ben Roosevelt and Harrison Keys, each of whom is included in the High Museum of Art exhibit of new acquisitions by Atlanta artists, “Drawing Inside the Perimeter.” “AMW / BR / HK” continues through July 27. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m Wednesdays-Saturdays.

The Midtown gallery will debut Aug. 24 with the Drew Conrad exhibit “Backwater Blues” (public reception 7-10 p.m.). Information: 678-596-4451,

‘Folk Art Visionaries’ in Marietta

The 20th anniversary of Folk Fest, the annual show and sale at North Atlanta Trade Center, is coming up Aug. 16-18 ( But ahead of it, metro fans of folk art can get their senses tingling by checking out an exhibit at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.

“Folk Art Visionaries: Works by Self-Taught Artists,” opening with a 6-8 p.m. reception July 20, comprises more than 60 works drawn from private collections and galleries by 30-plus regional folk artists, including the late Georgians Lanier Meaders and Howard Finster.

The run is through Sept. 25. The museum is at 30 Atlanta St., just off the Marietta Square. 770-528-1444,

Evolution of an Athens potter

After the first of his four productive decades working in the Athens area, potter Michael Simon started setting aside one piece from every kiln firing to track how his craft was developing over time.

On July 20, the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens opens an exhibit of these prime, mostly functional pieces, “Pick of the Kiln: The Work of Michael Simon.”

“The various formats — cups, bowls, pitchers, jars — advance in constant evolution,” the potter said in the book, “Michael Simon: Evolution.” “Slow progress comes into view in the development of the work in total, not the beauty of any one pot. There is no end.”

Dale Couch, the museum’s decorative arts curator, said the show curated by Caroline Maddox, “simultaneously reveals the chronology of (Simon’s) work and the creative consciousness of the artist. These are brilliant examples of modern craft.”

An exhibit reception, beginning with a 1:30 p.m. group discussion moderated by potter Mark Shapiro, will be held Aug. 25. Through Sept. 8. 90 Carlton St., Athens. 1-706-542-4662,

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