The Andersonville community is near and dear to my heart.   I’ve loved helping buyers and sellers achieve their dreams as their Andersonville realty specialist through the years.     What makes Andersonville so special to me is its small-community feel within a large city.   Andersonville residents thrive on doing business locally.   Growth and change are received with open arms from this energetic community.   A passionate for new ideas and diversity makes Andersonville a warm and welcoming home for the arts community.

Join me in celebrating Andersonville on October 2nd through the 4th, when businesses and artists unite for the Andersonville Arts and Home Weekend.   You’ll see exhibits, attend workshops, attend performances, celebrate a festival and more.   Attend the opening Night of 100 pARTies on Friday, October 2, 2009, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.     Come back for more on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4, 2009, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

This week, I’m pleased to treat you with samplings of Andersonville businesses who will host over 80 visual and performance artists during the event.   Today’s sampling?   Highlights from the Andersonville Galleria.

A well-known artsy Andersonville retail center, the Andersonville Galleria is home to 90 tenants who invite you to admire their artwork, furnishings, jewelry, clothing and more.

Are you a nature lover in need of calm?   Be soothed as you take in the paintings of Galleria artist Molly Cranch.   While you’re relaxed, check out self-taught painter Dan Cuevas.   Cuevas incorporates techniques both classic and modern.   He values the presence of art everywhere-“not just when we visit museums and galleries.”

Do you appreciate human beauty in diverse forms?     Photographer Jo Minaxe boldly liberates her subjects from culturally defined ideals of body type.   Speaking of bold, mixed media artist Annette Rapier might say that well-behaved women rarely make history.   The unabashed Rapier loves to experiment with methods old and new for art that’s a pleasant surprise.   Rapier’s boldly original techniques can mystify her viewers and spark conversations.

Do you resist change?   Photographer Denise Riesen thrives on change as her muse.   Her award-winning work spans 15 years of travel and ever-changing life experiences that keep her style evolving.

Do your hands inspire you?   Yadi Royster‘s do.   Her lively hands inspire her to paint and sculpt.   Constantly challenging elements of art, Royster will mix and match without apology.   Social issues are a theme in her black and white work. What might those hints of color mean?   She hopes to get you thinking and questioning.

Can you multitask?   Michelle Williams certainly has a full plate as expressionistic watercolorist painter, licensed social worker, teacher, writer and singer.   The feline-loving Williams admires the beauty in flowers and curious women in her subjects.   Commissions are welcome.

How do you connect the seemingly dissimilar?   Anas Ben-Musa, of Libyan and North American heritage, seeks to connect the two cultures.   His Islamic and Mediterranean ornamental art join modern mediums such as acrylics and origami papers.   Culture and wellness dominate his themes.

Stay tuned for my next post, where you’ll get samples of many more businesses and artists involved in Andersonville Arts and Home Weekend.

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