JIMMY O’NEAL COMMISIONED BY COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center has commissioned Bill Lowe Gallery artist Jimmy O’Neal to create a monumental work of art as a permanent installation for its new facility. The Centre is the largest cultural or performance arts center built in the Southern United States in the past fifty years and features an auditorium seats that seats almost 3000 people in a state-of-the-art environment. The 28-foot-wide work, with the signature Jimmy O’Neal reflective surface is tentatively titled, The Nine Muses. The artist was inspired by Greek mythology as ancient Greece was the birthplace of theatre. He chose the imagery of the Nine Muses as a representation of the multi-faceted spectrum of theatre. The piece symbolically creates a stage for the viewer to become an integral participant through his reflection, animating the image while passing through the Nine Muses.
BILL LOWE GALLERY HOSTS SALON DINNER FEATURING ARTISTS
DEBRA FRITTS AND HARRY ALLY
The Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta recently hosted a Salon Dinner for a group of 40 guests which included gallery staff, collectors, artists, curators, critics, media figures and other arts enthusiasts. The work of gallery-artists Debra Fritts and Harry Ally was the featured topic on conversation. The evening was structured around a cocktail hour, followed by an exquisite dinner prepared by one of the top chefs in the South, followed by desert, coffee and conversation.
The Salon Dinner construct is loosely modeled on the precedent established by Gertrude Stein, the enigmatic and influential art dealer who lived in Paris in the early 20th Century. As opposed to gallery openings and other events, the salon dinner is specifically designed to create a real dialogue between the various constituencies that comprise the art world. It is our intention that this initiative creates a renewed vigor for discourse that is rooted in the depths of people's hearts, minds and souls. We are convinced that most people are curious and interested, yet they often feel intimidated to really delve into the art world because of a fear of seeming unknowledgeable. Our goal is to create and amplify a more active advocacy for the primacy of the visual arts in American and global popular culture.