by Shawn Vinson
DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY Partner/Director
When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art.
When artists get together for dinner,
they discuss Money.
- Oscar Wilde
Earlier this year at the opening of the Decatur Art Festival Fine Arts Exhibition at Agnes Scott College's Dalton Gallery, I was introduced to a charming local banker from Cornerstone Bank. I didn't realize that we still had any community banks left and it was nice to meet Jamie Ensley. When he learned that I had just opened DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY his eyes lit up!
Do you want to open another gallery in our bank? he asked.
Turns out that Jamie and his team were just discussing the best use of some extra space they had at their Decatur office. Ideas were floated: a community room? a wi-fi cafe?
Jamie, who was once the chair of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, had another idea:
What about an art gallery?
Our man on the street in New York City, Kosmo Vinyl, recently posted a comment on our blog about the Raymond Pettibon Surfers exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan.
It's nice to live vicariously through our friends in Manhattan sometimes. Sure, we read about art online at excellent websites such as Artinfo.com, and I enjoy following famed NY critic Jerry Saltz on Facebook - but the personal touch of getting a 'note' from a friend is a fine way to discover a new artist or gallery show I might otherwise miss when scanning the blogs and online art magazines.
This exhibition, the first ever to be devoted entirely to the California-based artist's 'surfer paintings', closed a few days ago - but you can still view it online. I liked the short video of the installation, and couldn't help notice all the folks sitting around watching one guy work (reminded me of a construction crew), but that's another story.
Here's what Kosmo Vinyl had to say...
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