Summer Weekends: Deliciously Art-filled

The exciting thing about summer weekends -- there’s always something fun to do -- festivals, concerts, and my two favorites, outdoor markets and art. This weekend was filled with my favorite things.

Friday evening, I attended the opening of Shana Robbins’, Supernatural Conductor, at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The exhibition features paintings, videos and drawings that link womanhood with the Earth. Her bold images are graced with the soft femininity of lace and dollies. Iceland, Mexico, rural Georgia and New Mexico, set the stage for poignant videos that evoke thought and emotion, as they bring her Tree Ghost to life. Ms. Robbins graced opening night attendees with a Butoh dance to America’s, You Can Do Magic, adding the last and perfect layer to her multi-dimensional installation. Indeed, Shana Robbins did magic. Supernatural Conductor is on display until September 19th, once you see it, you’ll be glad you did.

Farmers markets, once the best kept secrets around, are more popular than ever. One of my favorites is the Marietta Square Farmers Market, open every Saturday through November from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in Marietta Georgia. I’ve watched this gem morph into a market boasting almost sixty vendors -- very different from the ten vendors of its early years. Two of the original and must-see vendors are Callan’s Lemonade Stand and Allene’s Farm Fresh Produce. More vendors mean an abundance of very delicious delights. Ogeechee Peaches, Zio Micu’s Garden, Granny’s Goodies (the cabernet sauvignon wine jelly is “must have more” scrumptious), Annie Okra’s Barn, Emily G’s Jams of Love (tarragon makes her red zinfandel jam wow you), and Bernhard’s Bread Bakery -- to name a few -- add something special to the mix. In addition, the restaurants surrounding Marietta Square make the Marietta Square Farmers Market a perfect shop and dine excursion.

Additional photos of Shana Robbins’ Supernatural Conductor exhibit and Marietta Square Farmers Market can be seen here.

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.