MARIETTA, Ga. (March 7, 2010) – The Earl Smith Strand Theatre will open its event rooms and Cobb Terrace overlooking the square to the public during the Square’s Art Walk in 2010 during its Brew With A View series. The second floor event room and gallery wall will feature a different fine artist each month, including Linda Flournoy, Eduin Rosell, Frank Buckner, Nita Burge, Claire Dunaway, and Brandon Hunt.
The artwork of each artist will be displayed at The Strand for a month, and Art Walk will be the opening night for each exhibition. Patrons can admire a variety of art as well as an unmatched view of Glover Park while enjoying a glass of wine, beer, or a mixed drink from The Strand’s terrace, just named “Best Place to See & Be Seen” by Cobb Life, during the following First Friday Art Walk events:
* Friday, April 2, 6-9 PM – Artist: Linda Flournoy
* Friday, May 7, 6-9 PM – Artist: Eduin Rosell
* Friday, June 4, 6-9 PM – Frank Buckner
* Friday, August 6, 6-9 PM – Nita Burge
* Friday, September 3, 6-9 PM – Claire Dunaway
* Friday, October 1, 6-9 PM – Brandon Hunt
“We like to say that The Strand is not only a place for the performing arts, but also the fine arts,” said Earl Reece, executive director at The Strand. “We’re proud to display original art from local artists at The Strand including oil and acrylic paintings, photography, and even scratch-board art. We’re honored to present the public a myriad of incredible local art.”
Here is more information on the upcoming featured artists at The Strand:
The award-winning artist Linda Flournoy is a native of Oklahoma and was educated at Oklahoma State University with a Fine Arts major. In recent years, she has traveled a new direction with her art and has focused on painting marshes she photographed in St. Simons Island and South Africa as well as Italian landscapes. Her medium of choice is oil on canvas.
Eduin L. Rosell
Born in Havana, Cuba, Eduin Rosell planted his roots in Kennesaw in 2004 and focuses his free time on creating vividly colorful and often Latin-inspired art. The subjects are varied, but classic cars, performing arts, people, and architecture, such as The Strand, can be found in Rosell’s collections. Rosell generally paints in acrylic but dabbles in other mediums including oil, charcoal, illustration, and digital art. A selection of Rosell’s work can be viewed on www.EduinRosell.com or Facebook users can become a fan of “Eduin Rosell.”
A Georgia native, Frank Buckner began drawing and sketching at an early age. But his love of painting grew from a trip to the mountains and his wife’s gift to him of brushes and paints. Today, his work continues to evolve, but color is still what intrigues the self-taught artist. Buckner’s art consists of a mix of bold colors and compelling shapes and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the country. The artist credits his wife of 42 years, and his “favorite collector” for inspiring him to cultivate his passion.
Nita Burge, a Georgia native who lives in Marietta, is an oil painter who uses expressive brush strokes, rich color palettes, and discerning subject matter. No matter the topic of her paintings, the artist wants the viewer of the work to think, “How fun or wonderful is that? I love that too!.” Burge has a musical background which is often reflected in her artwork, along with other interests including dance, theatre, home, travel, and people.
Marietta native artist and teacher, Claire Dunaway has drawn inspiration from her travels as well as family, canine camaraderie, faith, history, the great outdoors, and 800 elementary school students. With a B.A. in Fine Arts from Presbyterian College and an M.A.E.D. from the University of Phoenix, Dunaway works in charcoal, pastels, encaustic, and paint, sometimes venturing into photography, sculpture with ceramics, and printmaking. A selection of Dunaway’s work can be viewed on www.ClaireDunaway.com or Facebook users can become a fan of “www.ClaireDunwaway.com.”
Brandon D. Hunt
A multi-talented fine artist and graphic designer, the Iowa native Brandon D Hunt now resides in Atlanta and works in Cobb County. His art ranges from intricate hyper real color collage oil paintings to monochromatic landscapes. His inspiration can come from nostalgia or even from his dreams. Hunt received a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio where his focus was illustration. A selection of Hunt’s work can be viewed on www.BrandonDHunt.com.
Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 6 to 9 PM on the first Friday of every month from April through October (excluding July), rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin at Art Walk’s Headquarters at “Artist’s Alley,” just outside of the Welcome Center or Cool Beans Café. Participants will receive a map with the locations of participating venues, and will get them stamped at each location. Be one of the first 100 to return the completed map (with at least 10 locations) to Art Walk Headquarters, and receive a gift bag. For more information about Marietta’s First Friday Art Walk, visit www.artwalkmarietta.com/.
More information is available at www.EarlSmithStrand.org or 770-293-0080, The Strand box office, Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, Ga.
OTHER BREW WITH A VIEW DATES:
April – October (Select Dates on Fridays & Saturdays)
Brew With A View
Brew With a View is back by popular demand! Meet with friends and enjoy a beverage and an incredible view of Glover Park and Kennesaw Mountain from the popular Cobb Terrace on The Strand’s rooftop. The terrace was voted “Best Place to See & Be Seen” by Cobb Life Magazine in 2010. No cover charge. Beer, wine & cocktails are available for your refreshment. Cash and credit accepted. 18+ to enjoy the view with friends. 21+ to enjoy alcoholic beverages. The Strand IDs.
April 2 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Linda Flournoy (6-9 PM)
April 25 – Brew & Taste of Marietta (12 PM – 7 PM)
May 7 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Eduin Rosell (6-9 PM)
May 22 – Brew (6-10 PM)
May 28 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Glover Park Concert
June 4 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Frank Buckner (6-9 PM)
June 5 – Brew (6-10 PM)
June 18 – Brew (6-10 PM)
June 19 – Brew (6-10 PM)
June 25 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Glover Park Concert
Aug. 6 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Nita Burge (6-9 PM)
Sep. 3 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Claire Dunaway (6-9 PM)
Oct. 1 – Brew (6-10 PM) / Art Walk Feat. Brandon D. Hunt (6-9 PM)
**Check www.EarlSmithStrand.org for more dates later this summer**