Posts by WonderRoot Interns

Arts + Advocacy Talk: Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson It is a hot, humid day in Atlanta. The sun is bright and fills the WonderRoot Community Arts Center. There are a handful of artists visiting the center at this time, including Atlanta/New York-based photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden. McFadden is widely recognized as a top emerging photographer; his works—Come to…

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Guest Blog: Spread the Vote Atlanta

Voter ID Laws are Voter Suppression Written By Seth Reuter Voter ID laws are voter suppression. Full stop. But we’re fighting back against them. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in an effort to counter clearly racist voting restrictions pioneered in the former confederacy. Sadly, Chief Justice John Roberts…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: Weaving Political Action into the Healing Arts

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson Last week, we discussed the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This journey to Montgomery, Alabama taught us about EJI’s efforts to educate the world about lynching, Jim Crow laws, and slavery. As institutions committed to memory and justice, they invoke conversation surrounding these…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: The Power of Memorializing Injustice through the Arts

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson This summer, WonderRoot will unveil a groundbreaking, large-scale arts initiative elevating remarkable moments in Atlanta’s struggle toward social justice. Leading up to our announcement of this project we are using this blog to highlight the rich relationship between artistic expression and issue-based advocacy. The stories lifted up here will cross…

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An Exploration of Her Ritual: April 13-May 4

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson Each day, we participate in rituals. Some of us wake up at a specific time to meditate and be in peace, while others devote their morning to combing their hair with a certain level of attention, never deviating from routine strokes. Our rituals consume the hours in our days, but…

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: WILL MASSEY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: WILL MASSEY with Martin Mathys Brown   You’ve seen the sculptures, you’ve seen countless people taking pictures in front of it, you’ve wondered how much time the artist spent welding, glueing, scratching their head, trying to figure out where each patch or scrap of metal is supposed to go. In the only spot…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Creature

Written by WonderRoot Intern Courtnee Miles Creature is a line of art, jewelry and apparel featuring original designs by Atlanta, GA based artist, Sara Lehtman. Her jewelry pieces are fabricated with the use of metalsmith and lost wax casting techniques. Using high quality metals and earthy stones such as Agate and Jasper she is able to…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Justin Coelho

Written by WonderRoot Intern Martin Brown Born in Miami, and raised in Indianapolis, Justin Coelho is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration/Communication Arts. He recently moved to Atlanta, and his involvement in the PCM Artist Market and WonderRoot put him on our…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Colin Egan,The Catoonist

Written by WonderRoot Intern Grace Coltrin Local Atlanta artist, Colin Egan (AKA the Catoonist), has been bringing a new perspective of our normal day to day to life with his Blue Cat character that stars his cartoons. Egan’s work began with a childhood passion for doodling here and there in times of boredom. Once he…

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Artist Market Vendor Spotlight: Laurie Duncan

Laurie Duncan has been drawing and painting ever since she could pick up a pencil and paintbrush. As she got older, Laurie began to take inspiration from fashion, pop culture and nature creature’s and using mediums such as watercolor and intricate hand-detailed pencil.   Recently, Laurie came to the realization that she was exhausted by…

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Artist Market Vendor Spotlight: Mathilde Ingram

Mathilde Ingram, creator of Thread Foundry Designs, is a young Atlanta-based artist that is currently pursuing embroidery as her chosen medium of creation. Fresh out of school, Mathilde is different than most artists one might encounter because she is fearless when it comes to trying new mediums to create with. Despite her only getting serious…

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WonderNight Artist Spotlight: Sequoyah Murray

Sequoyah Murray is a 20-year-old singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Born in the Emory Crawford Long Hospital, renamed to Emory University Hospital Midtown, raised in the West End, and attending Georgia State University-Clarkston, where he’s studying Music, Sequoyah’s history rests in Atlanta. With a spirit that can best be described as vibrantly calm, Sequoyah sat down with…

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Inspiration from Travel and Being Curious: An Interview with Erin Palovick

Erin Palovick is an Atlanta-based visual and performance artists featured at WonderRoot’s “The Gathering”, where her four part “Glossary of a Shrine” is displayed. Palovick’s work is subtly fortified with her experiences and interpretations from travel and experiences that are divine and transcendent in nature. Palovick’s work, whether making marks on paper, sounds in space,…

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Magical Realism and Chicana Pride with Laura Vela

Written and Interviewed by Naya Clark Laura Vela is a Chicana, interdisciplinary based in Atlanta. Vela’s welcoming charm without having to say much at all. Although limited words may give the first impression of being timid, it is offset by great hair, tattoos, and pizza socks, which she sported during our conversation. Graduating from Kennesaw…

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Talking Healing, Ritual, and Connectivity with Angela Davis Johnson

Interviewed and Written by Naya Clark A conversation with Angela Davis Johnson is a conversation of peace and wisdom. Johnson’s voice maintains the soothing quality of speaking to a relative which gives her work a deeper context. Johnson, an interdisciplinary visual artist, does work in between Atlanta and Little Rock, Arkansas. Her work primarily consists of her painted…

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Textures within Textures: The Works of Manty Dey

Written by Naya Clark   Manty Dey is an Indian Born, Atlanta raised artist who painting, paper, and acrylic in a way that expresses texture, emotion, and process. Dey is very well achieved, having originally gained artistic education at Georgia State University, where she earner her Bachelors in Drawing and Painting and later, her MFA in…

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At our Artist Market

Oscar Gittemeier explains Transliteracy and the New Role of Libraries Written and interviewed by Naya Clark   Oscar Gittemeier is a modern librarian indeed. The last two weekends of March, he appeared stylishly with a button up and suspenders. Gittemeier is a very amiable and informative fellow,  zealously passionate about his role as an Adult…

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Zines for the Culture

  Since the technology of self-publishing ideas in leaflet and pamphlet form have been available, members of marginalized and minority groups have been distributing information themselves. By definition, zines are a cheaply made, cheaply priced independent magazines that cover broad topics from politics, art and design,fan fiction, personal journals, single-topic obsessions, sex, social theory, intersectional feminism, and…

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A Talk with Paria Almasi

Interviewed by Naya Clark   If anyone sits for a conversation with Paria Almasi, one of the easiest characteristics to mark is her interest in understanding the perspective of the people around her. She loves asking questions about people and their experiences, not to be nosey, but out of pure curiosity. It is no surprise…

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PeachDish and the Parallels of Art, Food, and the Art of Food

Broiling, scrambling, simmering, and flambéing are all processes involved in the craft of cooking. They aren’t painting, sculpting, illustrating, or blending, as in visual art, but the similarities between art and cooking are endless. The two forms have ability to cater to our senses, emotions, and desire to create. Similarly, both art forms require an immense need…

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What is going to Happen to Art Funding in the Next Four Years?

Wait, What’s Happening?  Despite only using about .02% of governmental funds, arts and humanities organizations across the nation will face budget cuts as the government seeks to save federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities will face complete…

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New Gallery Show: Marks of Discipline by LYNX

On Friday, January 13, WonderRoot welcomed Lynx Nguyen to its gallery by hosting the opening of his Marks of Discipline exhibition. In 1985, Lynx came to America with his family as refugees in from Vietnam, escaping war and violence. Since then, he has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Georgia State University…

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