This past weekend a renaissance was brought to the light. Tyree Smith, owner of ARTlanta, has a dream to make art relevant again in the world and is starting his dream in Atlanta. ARTlanta Gallery is a wonderland for artist and like-minded individuals to enjoy their creative side of life. Not only does the gallery have ample amount of space for unique up and coming artist to display their work, there is a huge chalkboard room that allows for anyone to leave a quick chalk moral, as well as a life-sized checkerboard making you re-live your childhood by playing the biggest game of checkers period. It was no question why ARTlanta Gallery was selected to be included in the A3C Hip-Hop Festival.
“ARTista3” started off the A3C weekend at ARTlanta with an all women art show. Displaying beautiful pieces from artist like Zipporah Joel, Fatima B, Mirage V, Krissi Scribbles and VH1’s Black Inc Crew Kat Tat. The event also had live performances from energetic Yung Baby Tate and the soulful Eri Soul singing lead with her band Black Garden providing a gut punch of creative expression with guitar and drum solos.
The second themed night for the gallery provided a different take on the art experience giving the guest the opportunity to provide their own spin to the pieces they saw. For “Colours” all over the walls was large poster like images used as blank canvases. The guest took turns adding their take of color and design to the pieces using the crayons that were scattered around. Smaller prints of the posters were also there for sale that went to the gallery’s Non-Profit organization Wolf Idea Group. Although the smaller prints were there for guest to color on, most purchased solely for the purpose of having their own piece from artist like Miya Bailey, Kendall Deon, Quake Solo, Choze and Rob Regis. Friday night concluded a tab bit more hype than the first night with crazy performances from Money Makin’ Nique and Curtis Williams.
ARTlanta ended the first-ever visual art portion of A3C by having its one-year anniversary party. The event started early with artist like Barry Duperon, Lucas R, Mr_Mustard16, and Delinda Arts doing live paintings as well as a live body painting demonstration by Jeremiah and Draya B allowing guest to see the process of their work. During the first portion of the night there was an open bar providing red and white wine to the patrons who made it early allowing them to sip and relax before the turn up began. Juju Gotti, Jace, Tommy Swisher and even Tyree Smith himself blessed the stage concluding the event. DJ Milhouse and DJ OhLaLa had the sounds bumping throughout the entire weekend making ARTlanta one of the most memorable events A3C had to offer in 2016.
This is just the beginning of the ARTlanta movement. There is so much more in store for ARTlanta not only just for Atlanta but for the world!! Make sure you follow them on their social media outlets for updates :