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Culture notes: Atlanta artist creates Kentucky Derby posters; Spano, Stallings, Stansell to collaborate

Atlanta artist creates Derby posters
Susan Easton Burns fell under the spell of horses as a girl growing up in upstate New York, enjoys the equestrian life today and has found the powerful animals an inspiring subject for her paintings that merge motion with emotion.

The Kentucky Derby tapped the Atlanta painter as the official artist of its 140th running, and she has created posters for it and the preliminary Kentucky Oaks race.

Marietta’s Dk Gallery will host an art talk and poster signing event from 2 to 6 p.m. April 12.

“The artistic challenge for me was to remember what the day really represents and to convey that meaning as honestly as possible,” Burns said in her Derby artist biography. “Thousands of people have spent countless hours establishing two small minutes as a reminder of some simple principles that guide us in the universe. Unity, the pursuit of excellence and honoring those who came before us are some of the principles that apply here.”

Signed posters, $40. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. 770-427-5377, HOWARD POUSNER

Spano, Stallings, Stansell to collaborate
GloATL and the Goat Farm Arts Center have announced plans for the September world premiere of “Cloth,” a performance piece about man in dialogue with nature, to be created by collaborators including Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, choreographer Lauri Stallings and filmmaker Micah Stansell.

The full-evening show will preview Sept. 10 at Goodson Yard, the Goat Farm’s 115-year-old former factory, then run Sept. 11-14.

Part I, the title work, unveils a Spano-composed piano score, played live by the maestro, written for Stallings and seven dancers.

Part II, titled “The Tower,” features an arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for piano four-hands (Spano and Bosnian keyboardist Pedja Muzijevic), accompanied by a percussion ensemble lead by ASO principal percussionist Tom Sherwood. Stansell’s film will interpret the Stravinsky score. Stallings will direct and choreograph “The Tower,” featuring 48 dancers and other performers.

Tickets, at a pay-what-you-can rate, will be available through HOWARD POUSNER

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