So I’m mostly not going to go with the big names on this one. I’d rather share some people you may not know about, but I enjoy. The exception is in the dance category. If you are a modern dance fan, you’ve heard of my pick, but my sense is that modern dance is not something lots of people are really familiar with.
A shout out to a local artist whose work I really enjoy, our own list-maker Joye Schwartz. Her work hangs in our offices and I find it a source of great pleasure each time I go in. I aspire to earn enough to start collecting my own JoyefulArt!
And of course I like a bunch of big names. The impressionists are still high on my list: Renoir, Monet, Seurat.
Discovered this artist when I was running the Country Music Half Marathon last spring. He did the official artwork for the race. This man sculpts entirely of crayons. Yup–those things you drew with as a kid. His stuff makes me so happy. Check him out: Herb Williams.
Big names: Rodin, Henry Moore
I love sculpture gardens wherever I can find them.
I used to hang out at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA a lot when I lived in Atlanta. It is a truly amazing place to hear music by up and coming singer-songwriters. One of my favorite discoveries from the time I spent there is Jennifer Daniels. Other people I loved to hear there: Kristen Hall, Sam Shaber and Jeffery Hyde Thompson.
Ok, my friend Joe Bowie, at Brown, fellow work study serf in the Econ Department, English major, fellow teacher at the Exploration Summer Program discovered at Brown that he liked to dance. More than that, he was astoundingly good. I started watching him dance at Brown, but then he went on to much bigger things, and I became a little addicted to modern dance. I spent way too much money at City Center and the Joyce Theater when I was in grad school, but it was worth every penny, because I got to see amazing performances, by the companies of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Mark Morris (with whom Joe has danced for years now), and my absolute favorite, the Paul Taylor Dance Company. If you get a chance to see them, don’t pass it up!
As a postscript: here is my dog, Beulah, pretending to be a Goya painting.
Ok, she should be looking at the viewer, but still.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Siobhan O’Malley, for whom I was a babysitter WAY back in the day, just released her 3rd EP. She is a singer-songwriter in NYC, and I think she’s pretty good. Quick pictures, video and audio here.