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Capture 2015 Announces Kansas City as Filmmaking Competition Partner

Read the full press release here and Sign-up to get the first news on our call for Capture Filmmaking Teams, Musicians and Community Filmmakers at the Capture website.


AVA + GPS SUMMER ART CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW!


GALLERY:

Exclusive AVA Supporters Event at the Studio of Isaac Duncan III

Isaac Duncan III is a local sculpture artist who has achieved international acclaim. After several years of working for renowned sculptor John Henry, Isaac opened his own studio in 2008.  Since then he has installed numerous pieces for both private collectors and public installations.  If you’ve been to Alleia Restaurant or driven down Main Street you have probably seen his work shown above.


COMING EXHIBIT

Spirit Moves:

Works by Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor

May 22-June19

The Association for Visual Arts will host an exhibition of work by husband and wife artists, Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor. The artists reside in Harrisonburg, VA where Allyson is an Associate Professor in the School of Art Design and Art History at James Madison University, and Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Piedmont Virginia Community College. They both received their MFAs from UNC Chapel Hill.
Both artists work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting and more. Allyson’s work is rooted in dystopic sci-fi and the lovely/uncomfortable space we humans attempt to occupy in nature. Jeremy’s work is built from a strong reverence for animals and nature. He explores issues of fear, domination, exploitation, manipulation and control. In his work, Jeremy uses traditional forms that are reminiscent of Japanese block printing, children's book illustrations, comic books, and Flemish engravings. His work finds the space where these illustrative formats converge to slur ideas of innocence and experience; where fantasy merges with ominous realism. Allyson and Jeremy frequently collaborate with each other, and this exhibit will feature some of their collaborative drawings, as well as their individual artwork.
The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Friday, May 1 from 5:30-8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
 
What: Spirit Moves: Works by Allyson Mellberg Taylor and Jeremy Taylor
When: May 22-June 12
Opening reception: May 22, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Avenue
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


CAPTURE 2015 ARRIVES THIS SEPTEMBER

Capture is a unique, Community-Sourced 48 Hour Film Project. Led by AVA, the aim is to encourage and empower the community. Anyone with access to a digital HD Camera, smartphone (iPhone, Droid, etc.) or other digital video device can participate by coming together to shoot and upload video to Capture's video library where professional editing teams with use the videos to create three short competing films. Watch our 2014 short films presentation below. Get more info at our Capture website: capturechatt.org


 

GALLERY:

March 6th DRIVEN  Reception work by AIM Center members


GALLERY:

Dec 2, 2014 - AVA Members Jury Show 


GALLERY:

Oct 21, 2014 - AVA MEMBERS SCULPTURE FIELDS TOUR

On a beautiful October afternoon our AVA Members enjoyed an exclusive tour of Sculptor John Henry's gallery and were treated to a preview of his  Sculpture Fields installation. John spoke to our member guests about it's progress and the mission to create this cultural destination. Thanks to John and his staff for a great experience. The Sculpture Fields will be an important artistic asset for our city and region.


2015 4 BRIDGES ARTS FESTIVAL

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival celebrates our 15th year of bringing fine artists from across the U.S. with a diverse array of mediums. Join us Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th at the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, TN. More info at 4bridgesartsfestival.org