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Best New Trend in The Arts: Affordable art

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AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises like Beehive Co-Op and T-Shirt Construction Company — that have figured out that one of the best ways to support artists is to treat their work like retail and actually sell it.

Best Art Neighborhood

The Westside

Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell »more

Best All-ages Author

Andy Runton

In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, »more

Best All-around Play

Keeping Watch

In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, »more

Best Alternative Art Space

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual »more

Best Art Blog

www.extremecraft.com

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at WWW.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by »more

Best Art Event

Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

The place to both look at art and be looked at looking at art is the CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL. The diverse Friday night scene, »more

Best Art Exhibit In A Gallery

David Humphrey'sNew Paintings at Solomon Projects

Few shows this year generated the laugh-out-loud chuckles of DAVID HUMPHREY’S NEW PAINTINGS AT SOLOMON PROJECTS. The New York artist’s über-kitsch paintings feature oddball imagery »more

Best Art Exhibit In A Museum

Origin: Andrew Ross Installations

ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual »more

Best Ballet — and Stoning

The Lottery

Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. »more

Best Book By An Atlanta Author

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure

The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a »more

Best Book Set In Georgia

Between, Georgia

Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised »more

Best Cartographic Dance

The Mapping Project

You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon »more

Best Cinematic Shout-out

ATL

ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value »more

Best Coffeehouse to See Art

Aurora - Little Five Points

Most coffeehouse art makes us cringe, but AURORA-LITTLE FIVE POINTS — the happening java joint sharing a Moreland Avenue strip with Criminal Records and Junkman’s »more

Best Comedian

Drew Thomas

With his quick wit and smooth delivery, DREW THOMAS has become a force in Atlanta’s comedy scene. Aside from hosting the weekly open-mic night at »more

Best Dance-community Response To Hurricane Katrina

Moving Forward

Dancers are plenty familiar with people not eating, but this time they danced to fill others’ tummies. Pamela Dionne’s CityDance Ensemble brought together nine Atlanta »more

Best Emerging Visual Artist

Sheila Pree-Bright

Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created »more

Best Established Visual Artist

Joseph Peragine

With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a »more

Best Example Of Getting Stuck On Dance

Flypaper Dances

How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps »more

Best Female Actor

Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War

No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The »more

Best Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival

The 30 year-old ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL has caught some criticism and suffered some turnover in recent years. But it remains the city’s pre-eminent film event »more

Best Film Series

Film Love

Andy Ditzler’s frightfully ambitious, dedicated series at Eyedrum, FILM LOVE, devoted to avant-garde and experimental film often unavailable to consumers by the likes of Stan »more

Best Friend of the Arts

Lucinda Brunnen

LUCINDA BUNNEN is a collector and philanthropist, a major proponent of photography in the city and an important patron of the High’s growing photography collection. »more

Best Gallery

Romo Gallery

The tiny, adventurous ROMO GALLERY in Castleberry Hill consistently surprises — and sometimes confounds — visitors with its mix of emerging and established artists, and »more

Best Guerrilla Art

Indie Craft Experience

OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual »more

Best Guest Actor

J.D. Goldblatt

Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created »more

Best Hip-hop Hooray

A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival

Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name »more

Best Local Artist on the National Scene

Amalia Amaki

AMALIA AMAKI was featured in a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and a smaller show at Sandler-Hudson this year — all »more

Best Local Curator

Stuart Horodner

When the Atlanta College of Art folded, STUART HORODNER’s future helming its prestigious ACA Gallery seemed uncertain. But thankfully, this well-connected, extremely knowledgeable recent Atlanta »more

Best Local Playwright

Steve Yockey

For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of »more

Best Male Actor

David Silverman

For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of »more

Best Museum

Museum of Design Atlanta

Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN »more

Best New Gallery

Composition Gallery

COMPOSITION GALLERY, a labor of love undertaken by Movies Worth Seeing staff member Ron Hughes, has brought contemporary photography — at an affordable price point »more

Best New Trend in The Arts

Affordable art

AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries »more

Best News For The Arts Scene

Contemporary Art at the High Museum

CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, »more

Best Place To See A Movie

Lefont Garden Hills

LEFONT GARDEN HILLS, the cozy Buckhead 1946 cinema, provides the perfect old-school environs for catching local independent cinema mogul George Lefont’s diverse repertoire of art »more

Best Public Art

Niki in the Garden

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up »more

Best Reason To Shout Out “Eureka!”

Ephiphany

The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while »more

Best Spoken Word Series

Art Amok

Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete »more

Best Stage Director

Kent Gash

Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals »more

Best Supporting Performer

Yvonne Singh

In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility »more

Best Theater

Theatre in the Square

After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial »more

Best Theatrical Gimmick

Metamorphoses

Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild »more

Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic)

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

OK, no one’s going to mistake the still-seedy stretch of Peachtree Street for Stratford-on-Avon. Nevertheless, THE NEW AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE TAVERN’s $300,000-plus Elizabethan-era façade goes a »more

Best Theatrical Makeover (Mission)

Theatre Decatur

After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by »more

Best Unspoken Spoken Word

Java Monkey Speaks, Vol. 2

We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but »more

Best Art Neighborhood

The Westside

Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell »more

Best All-ages Author

Andy Runton

In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, »more

Best All-around Play

Keeping Watch

In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, »more

Best Alternative Art Space

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual »more

Best Art Blog

www.extremecraft.com

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at WWW.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by »more

Best Art Event

Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

The place to both look at art and be looked at looking at art is the CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL. The diverse Friday night scene, »more

Best Art Exhibit In A Gallery

David Humphrey'sNew Paintings at Solomon Projects

Few shows this year generated the laugh-out-loud chuckles of DAVID HUMPHREY’S NEW PAINTINGS AT SOLOMON PROJECTS. The New York artist’s über-kitsch paintings feature oddball imagery »more

Best Art Exhibit In A Museum

Origin: Andrew Ross Installations

ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual »more

Best Ballet — and Stoning

The Lottery

Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. »more

Best Book By An Atlanta Author

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure

The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a »more

Best Book Set In Georgia

Between, Georgia

Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised »more

Best Cartographic Dance

The Mapping Project

You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon »more

Best Cinematic Shout-out

ATL

ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value »more

Best Coffeehouse to See Art

Aurora - Little Five Points

Most coffeehouse art makes us cringe, but AURORA-LITTLE FIVE POINTS — the happening java joint sharing a Moreland Avenue strip with Criminal Records and Junkman’s »more

Best Comedian

Drew Thomas

With his quick wit and smooth delivery, DREW THOMAS has become a force in Atlanta’s comedy scene. Aside from hosting the weekly open-mic night at »more

Best Dance-community Response To Hurricane Katrina

Moving Forward

Dancers are plenty familiar with people not eating, but this time they danced to fill others’ tummies. Pamela Dionne’s CityDance Ensemble brought together nine Atlanta »more

Best Emerging Visual Artist

Sheila Pree-Bright

Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created »more

Best Established Visual Artist

Joseph Peragine

With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a »more

Best Example Of Getting Stuck On Dance

Flypaper Dances

How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps »more

Best Female Actor

Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War

No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The »more

Best Film Festival

Atlanta Film Festival

The 30 year-old ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL has caught some criticism and suffered some turnover in recent years. But it remains the city’s pre-eminent film event »more

Best Film Series

Film Love

Andy Ditzler’s frightfully ambitious, dedicated series at Eyedrum, FILM LOVE, devoted to avant-garde and experimental film often unavailable to consumers by the likes of Stan »more

Best Friend of the Arts

Lucinda Brunnen

LUCINDA BUNNEN is a collector and philanthropist, a major proponent of photography in the city and an important patron of the High’s growing photography collection. »more

Best Gallery

Romo Gallery

The tiny, adventurous ROMO GALLERY in Castleberry Hill consistently surprises — and sometimes confounds — visitors with its mix of emerging and established artists, and »more

Best Guerrilla Art

Indie Craft Experience

OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual »more

Best Guest Actor

J.D. Goldblatt

Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created »more

Best Hip-hop Hooray

A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival

Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name »more

Best Local Artist on the National Scene

Amalia Amaki

AMALIA AMAKI was featured in a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and a smaller show at Sandler-Hudson this year — all »more

Best Local Curator

Stuart Horodner

When the Atlanta College of Art folded, STUART HORODNER’s future helming its prestigious ACA Gallery seemed uncertain. But thankfully, this well-connected, extremely knowledgeable recent Atlanta »more

Best Local Playwright

Steve Yockey

For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of »more

Best Male Actor

David Silverman

For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of »more

Best Museum

Museum of Design Atlanta

Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN »more

Best New Gallery

Composition Gallery

COMPOSITION GALLERY, a labor of love undertaken by Movies Worth Seeing staff member Ron Hughes, has brought contemporary photography — at an affordable price point »more

Best New Trend in The Arts

Affordable art

AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries »more

Best News For The Arts Scene

Contemporary Art at the High Museum

CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, »more

Best Place To See A Movie

Lefont Garden Hills

LEFONT GARDEN HILLS, the cozy Buckhead 1946 cinema, provides the perfect old-school environs for catching local independent cinema mogul George Lefont’s diverse repertoire of art »more

Best Public Art

Niki in the Garden

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up »more

Best Reason To Shout Out “Eureka!”

Ephiphany

The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while »more

Best Spoken Word Series

Art Amok

Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete »more

Best Stage Director

Kent Gash

Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals »more

Best Supporting Performer

Yvonne Singh

In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility »more

Best Theater

Theatre in the Square

After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial »more

Best Theatrical Gimmick

Metamorphoses

Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild »more

Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic)

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

OK, no one’s going to mistake the still-seedy stretch of Peachtree Street for Stratford-on-Avon. Nevertheless, THE NEW AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE TAVERN’s $300,000-plus Elizabethan-era façade goes a »more

Best Theatrical Makeover (Mission)

Theatre Decatur

After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by »more

Best Unspoken Spoken Word

Java Monkey Speaks, Vol. 2

We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but »more

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