Artwork such as this original piece will be on display at the D'town Arts Coalition's Superfancy Art Show Saturday at Albany's Flint RiverQuarium on Pine Avenue.
ALBANY — Sure, there’s plenty of fancy to go around. But leave it to the D’town Arts Coalition to bring “Superfancy” to lovers of the arts.
The growing coalition of local artists will present “Superfancy Art Show Part Deux” Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Flint RiverQuarium. More than a dozen artists who are a part of the D’town collective will display mostly contemporary art ranging from abstract to seurrealist to impressionist to photography to performance art at the most progressive art show in the area.
“Participants — artists, patrons and lovers of art — have the ability to shape and mold the arts scene here,” D’town coalition member and local artist Cameron Malphrus said. “One of the ways they can do that is by participating in and supporting shows like Superfancy.
“It’s going to be a grandiose show like nothing anyone’s seen around here. (The coalition has) experienced tremendous growth in the past year, and I believe it’s because people support a common goal, they see the all-around benefit of the things we’re trying to do.”
The first Superfancy, which had a far greater impact than D’town members had hoped for, will be a tough act to follow. But the collective is going all out to do just that.
In addition to the impressive display of local artists’ works, attendees of the free show will enjoy live music, food from Our Daily Bread, living sculptures and other surprises that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Art work (“ranging from $25 to $10,000”) will be sold at the show, and a D’town Arts Coalition gift shop will be set up in the lobby of the RiverQuarium. In addition, a photo booth will be available for unique individual snapshots.
“Last year we kind of exploded onto the local arts scene,” artist and D’town coalition member Kris Letlow said. “This year we’ve been getting our legs under us, working on any number of projects. We meet the first Wednesday of every month, and at every meeting we’ve discussed new projects that have sprung up.”
Among the collective’s projects have been murals commissioned by the city of Albany and for the Butterfly Kisses Play Park in Lee County, a Martin Luther King Jr. retrospective created through a project with the local Boys and Girls Clubs and donated to the Civil Rights Institute, a showing at the Albany Area Arts Council, and artist village displays at the Georgia Throwdown, the Deck of Arts celebrations, the RiverQuarium’s Zombie Run and at FlintFest.
As for the “Superfancy” moniker given the show, the artists admit it’s a tongue-in-cheek jab at established art events.
“We’re having fun with the traditional cheese-and-wine art show,” Letlow said. “It’s not mocking, it’s a little tongue-in-cheek play on the seriousness that surrounds most of those events.”
“It’s taken from the fabric of Dadaism, an appreciation for the absurd,” Malphrus said. “It’s mocking, but at the same time is an homage to the bourgeois standard of art.”
In addition to Letlow and Malphrus, artists whose works will be on display include Sean Mulkey, Heather Ashberry, Durrell Smith, Jazzmine Phoenix, Erin Whatley, Charlene Maldonado, Eric Gordon, Treesy Cutts, Jen Maloney, Ashley Branch, Vicki Churchman, Alex Mixon and Meg Anderson.
The food from Our Daily Bread will be complemented by a Stillpond Vineyards wine tasting, and Moe’s Southwest Grill will have a cash bar.
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