5 Atlanta Art Events To Mark On Your Calendar This September

"Design By Nature" is open through Oct. 14.
“Design By Nature” features works by three photographers at Lumiere Gallery. Detail of piece by Diane Kirkland courtesy of Lumiere Gallery.

This month several Atlanta art galleries are opening new exhibits, and photography is a common theme as the city prepares for next month’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival (ACP).

From opening receptions to artist talks, here are some of the Atlanta gallery shows and events you should see in September.

Take A Look At Beauty Mistakes In Art At Sandler Hudson Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. with Louis Corrigan

Regrowth” is the first exhibit of strictly paintings by Amber Boardman to be shown in Atlanta in over a decade. The exhibit opens with a reception on Sept. 8, and you can delve deeper into the works at an artist talk with Louis Corrigan on Sept. 9. The exhibit is set to close Oct. 14. Boardman’s works feature the frightening and hilarious beauty secrets most women commiserate with but hide from the world. Her characters exist behind the scenes of spray tans, dyed hair and makeup application gone wrong in order to look at the hilarity and grotesqueness behind appearances.

‘Follow Your Heart’ To A New Photography Exhibit At Spruill Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.

"Follow Your Heart" is a new photography exhibit from Andrew Lyman. Photo courtesy of Spruill Gallery.
“Follow Your Heart” is a new photography exhibit from Andrew Lyman. Photo courtesy of Spruill Gallery.

On Sept. 14, Spruill Center for the Arts is throwing an opening reception for “Follow Your Heart,” a photography and installation exhibit by Andrew Lyman. After traveling the world, Lyman returns home to North Atlanta to show documentation of his experiences through images, video, writing and drawing. His new exhibition is said to show “love, heartbreak, adventure, family and queer futurity captured through Lyman’s tender, confronting and intimate lens.” The exhibit continues through Oct. 28 and is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Visit Lumiere Gallery To Hear About Nature Photography

Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.

Design By Nature” features works by three photographers who have all centered their professional lives around using a camera to become one with nature. Diane Kirkland, Tim Barnwell and Robert Glenn Ketchum have spent decades understanding various environments from the marshes of Georgia to the mountains of North Carolina to the raw majesty of Alaska. Join Ketchum for an artist talk on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., or make plans to see the exhibit at Lumiere Gallery in Peachtree Hills before it closes Oct. 14. The exhibit is included in the ACP festival.

Attend An Opening Reception For Two Exhibits At MOCA GA

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

MOCA GA hosts an opening reception for two new exhibits on Sept. 22: an exhibit by Paul Stephen Benjamin, a recent recipient of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project, and an exhibit titled “One Glass Eye” by Chip Simone. Simone’s exhibit is a retrospective of the last 45 years of his work. His career began in the 1960s, and MOCA GA says his most recent images “combine the traditional concerns of photography in the 20th century with the expressive potential of photography in the 21st.” Both exhibits continue through Nov. 18, and “One Glass Eye” is included in Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Submit Your Own Photography For The ACP Open Exhibition

Saturday, Sept. 30 from 12 to 4 p.m.

The ACP Open Exhibition, formerly called My Atlanta, is an annual favorite of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival. The works shown are donated by photographers – amateur and professional, young and old – from all walks of life. The photos are judged for prizes. On Sept. 30 between 12 and 4 p.m. the walls are open! Come take advantage of this opportunity to have your work showcased – and maybe recognized – in an exhibit!

For more exhibits and special events check out the Atlanta Galleries section of Atlanta PlanIt.

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