Picking which Atlanta Celebrates Photography to attend is no easy snap

So many great photography events, so little time.

The Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2015 Festival Guide, out around town and online at festivalguide2015.acpinfo.org, lists 105 — count ‘em! — exhibitions, lectures, public art projects and more at venues across the metro area, most taking place during October.

Highlights include:

      “On Being Black” panel discussion, 11 a.m. Oct. 17: The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts photographers Sheila Pree Bright, Albert Chong, Allen Cooley, Renee Cox, Delphine Fawandu, John Pinderhughes and Deborah Willis for a free talk moderated by Kirsten Pai Buick of the University of New Mexico

    . The photographers are among 20 top artists included in an Arnika Dawkins Gallery exhibit of the same name that promises a less verbal but equally compelling conversation about race

The show opens with a 6-9 p.m. Oct 16 reception and continues through Jan 22. 4600 Cascade Road, Atlanta, 404-333-0312, www.adawkinsgallery.com. Spelman Museum: 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta, 404-270-5607.

  • Documentaries on two Southern photographers, 7 p.m. Oct. 8: “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America,” on Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) and his quintessential images of rural Arkansans, will be screened at SCADshow (the former 14th Street Playhouse). Also showing: “Picture Man,” a portrait of Atlantan Oraien Catledge (1928-2015) who chronicled the Cabbagetown mill neighborhood’s transformation. There will be post-screening talk-backs with “Disfarmer” associate producer Hava Gurevich and “Picture Man” producer Steve Bransford. Free. 173 14th St., Atlanta, 404-253-2740, scadshow.com.

VISUAL ART

1,500 ceramic pots and sculpture, all for sale

Signature Gallery is presenting the second “Designed + Crafted,” a show and sale of more than 1,500 ceramic pots and sculpture. Featuring a dozen nationally recognized artists such as Warren MacKenzie of Minnesota and Kyle Carpenter and Josh Copus of North Carolina, the pop-up event will be held at Westside Provisions District on Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

“We want to celebrate the rising popularity of contemporary studio ceramics and its relationship with design while fostering a deeper appreciation for handmade objects and the individual maker,” Signature owner Carr McCuiston said. Several of the artists will be present to meet with collectors.

Opening reception: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $25, benefits the Hambidge Center, a creative residency nonprofit in Rabun Gap. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Westside Provisions District, 1193 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Signature is showing an unusually provocative exhibit through Oct. 31 at its long-time Buckhead space, “Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics,” featuring 30-plus artists exploring the intersection of contemporary ceramics and personal, political and social issues. The show benefits Lost-n-Found Youth, a nonprofit that helps homeless LGBT youth. 3267 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-237-4426, www.thesignatureshop.com.

ARC’s public art program selects first four projects

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), which launched a public art program in March, has announced four communities selected for its first round of project funding.

Sixteen entities from six counties submitted applications. Applicants were asked to focus on interpreting the theme: “There is ample opportunity to participate in making history in our region.”

The ARC will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds for the art’s creation and installation as well as technical assistance to …

  • The city of Decatur, for a mural on the MARTA overpass at the intersection of West Trinity and Atlanta avenues.
  • Hapeville, for sculpture that will be part of a combined oral history-public art project, “Sharing Our Stories,” marking the city’s 125th anniversary.
  • Woodstock, for a mural that will interpret the town’s history, to be painted on a Woodstock Pharmacy wall downtown.
  • MARTA’s En Route Community-Based Mural Project, for a mural to enhance the King Memorial Station.

More on the program: publicart.atlantaregional.com

DANCE

Glo setting two-year project at Atlanta Contemporary

With her movement artists having lead New Yorkers and visitors though the woods of Central Park’s North End this summer, Glo founder-choreographer Lauri Stallings is now planning a local exploration — a site-specific, two-year work launching at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center starting this fall.

The two Atlanta arts entities recently announced the project, titled “Search Engine.”

It will begin with the creation of a “temporary structure” within the Secret Garden, an obscure space on the Westside grounds of Atlanta Contemporary, on view from Oct. 11 to Dec. 12. The work will unfold there with programming of “choreographic situations, social engagement and contemplation,” according to the announcement.

“Search Engine” will be a continuous experience during its first week, running 24 hours a day from Oct. 11 to 17, with the public welcomed to engage with Glo’s artists, who will move to an electronic soundscape by New York composer Daniel Wohl.

“This is the beginning of a collaboration with Atlanta Contemporary and our collective new and established audiences to engage in quietly generative work that helps build relationships and trust,” Stallings said.

“Search Engine” will migrate to a site or sites to be announced after its first phase at Atlanta Contemporary ends Dec. 12.

More information: atlantacontemporary.org, www.facebook.com/gloATL.

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