The center is housed in a 43,000-square-foot building with 25 studios for rental artists, art classes, art workshops and art events.
“ARC provides space for artists making a living at their craft. We use the center for people to be able to work together, explore how they’re going to market their product. It’s a place for artists to go, rent a studio and be in a whole network of business-oriented art,” said Rip Patter, who is one of the owners of ARC.
More than 18 professional fine artists, craftsmen, and a new theater will open their studios at the event for the public to see commissions and a take a peek into the operation of a professional art studio. Admission and parking is free with the exception of theater performance tickets for “Almost, Maine” at the new Out of Box theater in Studio C-1.
This performance is one of two events when ARC is open to the public.
“We open the studio in spring and fall. This is the only time we open it to the public,” said Patter, a Marietta resident who works on design build for special projects.
The weekend features demonstrations by artists throughout the event, fine and functional art exhibits and gift items will be available for purchase and more. An Artists Market where one-of-a-kind, limited editions will also be featured.
A variety of mediums will be showcased such as flame worked glass, sculpture, encaustic paintings, fine jewelry, silversmith, portrait painting, landscapes, contemporary painting, hand-crafted furniture, contemporary pottery, wood turnings, textiles and black-smith/forged metal.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at ARC.
“The artists all have their own artistic niche. There’s contemporary art to old master-style. People come on Friday, and they bring their friends on Saturday. It takes all day. There’s so much to see. You almost have to go all three days if you want to see it all,” he said.
The center is at 585 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta.
Hours are today from 6 to 10 p.m. (includes opening reception); Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. For detailed listing of events, visit artisanresourcecenter.net or call (770) 423-0049.