Chance coming to appreciate Marietta’s softer side
by Dick Yarbrough
January 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 1538 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dick Yarbrough
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In the cacophonous world in which we reside and where we spend our waking days wrangling over gun control, abortion, illegal aliens, TSPLOST, ESPLOST, recession, depression and even whether or not we can have chickens in our yard, I am thankful we have Donna Krueger around to remind us that there is a softer side of life.

It is called art and we would be poorer people without it.

Ms. Krueger owns dk Gallery on the Square in Marietta and would like to see the Square become a focal point for the arts, not only in the city but throughout the county and the region.

Next weekend, she and her gallery will host its fifth annual gathering to celebrate — love. Don’t snicker. Love is a heckuva lot more important to our wellbeing than the constitutional rights to own chickens.

This year’s event will be entitled “Expressions of Love” and will include art exhibits from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and poetry readings Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5. Artists on hand will include Catie Radney, a well-known Birmingham artist; Albert Mier, a newcomer to the dk Gallery; local sculptor and artist Cameron Hampton; and (drum roll, please) Kristopher Meadows, of Marietta, who will be doing a live demonstration.

If the name Kris Meadows rings a bell, he is my art instructor and an excellent artist in his own right. The old saw, “Those that can, do; those that can’t, teach” doesn’t apply to Kris Meadows. He can do it. He has painted the portrait of a certain modest and much-beloved columnist that hangs in the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He can teach, too, as attested to by his loyal students, of which I am one. I will never be mistaken for Norman Rockwell but nobody enjoys art more than I and nobody is more responsible for my enthusiasm and my progress as Kris Meadows.

One of the features of “Expressions in Love” will be the appearance of abstract artist Jennifer Rivera, of Kansas City, who will exhibit paintings that she produced after reading the works of members of the Atlanta Poetry Community.

“One of the inspirations for combining art and poetry in this show,” says Krueger “was a terrific book of poetry by Dr. Bruce Gillett.” Dr. Gillett is a retired Marietta neurologist whose book is titled, “Quarter Peeled Oranges” and was illustrated by Bill Needs, a Marietta vocational rehabilitation counselor.

For all you Bible thumpers, let me give you fair warning. You will see a little nudity in some of the works being presented during the exhibition. If that ruffles your self-righteous feathers, may I remind you that nude is the way God made us. God doesn’t have a problem with what He created and we had better be careful before we start telling God that we are embarrassed by His good works. We probably embarrass Him more than He embarrasses us. End of sermon.

On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Gillett and a group of local poets, including Becca Holohan, Alyse Knorr, Kathleen Brewin Lewis, Christopher Martin, Forugh Farrokhad, Julie Senger and Christopher Ward, will read their works at dk Gallery. Knowing that appealing to our soft side has its limits, Ms. Krueger says she will have us out in time to go watch the Super Bowl. That is a good idea, although most Super Bowls are a crushing bore and probably won’t be near as good as the poetry.

Donna Krueger is a tireless promoter of the arts. Even in dealing with all the details of the upcoming “Expressions of Love,” she and gallery manager Mary Koronkowski are already looking ahead to April and the beginning of the annual Art Walk in Marietta.

“We want to take Art Walk to the next level,” Krueger says, “We are going to call it ‘Arts Come Alive.’” Ms. Krueger says you will see bands and singers and dancers all over the place. Maybe even a magician or two. It should be a blast. One of my great memories is having had the opportunity to exhibit some of my paintings during Art Walk a couple of years ago at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Thank goodness, they didn’t ask me to dance.

One of the things she continues to work on is getting people from east Cobb and Vinings and other parts of the county to come to Marietta and see all the good things happening here. I couldn’t agree more. Marietta has all the galleries, shops and restaurants you would want and not near as many panhandlers as “Malfunction Junction,” aka the City of Atlanta.

I hope you will take in “Expressions of Love” at dk Gallery next weekend, see the art, listen to the poetry recitations, watch my man Kris Meadows paint up a storm and remember that life is a lot better with art in it. I think even the chicken lovers would agree.

You can reach Dick Yarbrough at yarb2400@bellsouth.net or P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, Georgia 31139
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