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Artists, restaurateurs unite for ArtSSpring
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 10:18 AM | 968 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Artists, from left, Kimberly Trump, of Dunwoody; Emily Hirn, of Buckhead; Susan Westmoreland and Suzanne Engel, both of Sandy Springs; sit surrounded by paintings and photos in the Brooklyn Café by local artists for Arts Sandy Springs.
Artists, from left, Kimberly Trump, of Dunwoody; Emily Hirn, of Buckhead; Susan Westmoreland and Suzanne Engel, both of Sandy Springs; sit surrounded by paintings and photos in the Brooklyn Café by local artists for Arts Sandy Springs.
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Artists and eateries are banding together in the name of cultivating culture as part of ArtSSpring.

The collaboration — 28 artists and 13 restaurants in all — accounts for the ArtSS About Town phase of the aforementioned festive month of art, which ends May 17.

“It’s a perfect combination. It helps the restaurants and gives artists exposure. … It’s just a win-win,” said event chairwoman Susan Westmoreland.

Helming the project for the second year, Westmoreland is also doubling as a featured ArtSS About Town artist.

Her oils-on-canvas handiwork is among the locally crafted pieces — diverse in subject matter and medium — currently adorning the walls of participating tony venues like Brooklyn Café.

Twenty percent of proceeds of the sale of art in the restaurants will be donated to Art Sandy Springs.

The project also serves to fill a significant cultural void, given the dearth of art galleries operating in Sandy Springs, Westmoreland said.

“I know so many [artists] around here — some new but who are really good and some established but who are not showing anywhere,” she added.

Joining Westmoreland in the endeavor are painters dealing in styles including abstract, impressionism and realism.

Photographer Kimberly Trump’s work is also in the mix. Her framed “life-capturing” images of children and families illuminate her assigned interior display space at Brooklyn Café.

“I find it to just be an honor to be involved with such a great organization … that’s doing a great job helping to promote art for other people to see,” said Trump.

Locally rendered art there is actually on display year-round.

That includes the landscapes and “funky” flowers of palette-knife painter Suzanne Engel.

“In Sandy Springs there’s very few opportunities to show your work, other than a show or art show,” said Engel. “Therefore, being able to hang permanently in a restaurant is a very favorable thing … just to be able to put the work up and leave it up.”

The advent of an atelier or co-op space could help remedy artist showcase shortcomings, she suggested.

Oil painter Emily Hirn, another featured artist this month, has work currently being shown in galleries in Marietta and Carmel, Calif.

Brooklyn Café is her only Sandy Springs site.

“[ArtSS About Town] is a wonderful way to show support for us,” Hirn said. “Just looking around this restaurant, you see people working in a variety of mediums and styles, which makes it really nice … [and] gives a richness to the visuals here.”

Organizers predict bluer skies and greener pastures for the project in the near and distant future.

Westmoreland painted the conversation in even broader and brighter brushstrokes.

“It’s only going to get bigger and bigger each year,” she said. “At first, you have to get a commitment from [restaurateurs] … but, I think in the future they’re going to be calling me.”
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