The energy of the emerging, underground, DIY, etc. art scenes in Atlanta has manifested itself into two big events this Saturday June 6th.
The first event is the Artlantis Arts Festival, an all day event cooked up by Beep Beep Gallery as an alternative response to the current art festival scene. Artists include Beep Beep regulars like Meta Gary, Evereman, and Baxter Crane,as well as festival veteran R. Land among others. Music acts feature local favorites Judi Chicago, Ocha la Rocha, and new favorite of art spaces around town, Book of Colors. It takes place from 10am-8pm outside of Druid Hills Baptist Church on the corner of Ponce and Highland.
The second event is Gather Atlanta, the first annual (and ever) networking conference to unite and promote emerging galleries and creative entities. MINT, BurnAway.org, WonderRoot, and ThoughtMarker have reached out to galleries around Atlanta in an attempt to ignite future collaboration and cooperation between disparate art communities. GATL features a panel discussion moderated by Cinque Hicks (of creative loafing) entitled "Viral Growth: Sustainability and Community Transformation for Young Artists, Galleries, and Nonprofits". More information about participating organizations and panel speakers can be found at GatherAtlanta.com. Gather Atlanta will take place at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery from 6-9pm. The panel starts promptly at 6.