“Some Semblance: Selected Self-Portraits from The Atlanta School” will open 1-6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Cinder Winery in Surel’s Other Place, a small gallery on the mezzanine in the winery’s tasting room during the Garden City Mural Block Party celebration. The block party celebrates the completion of "A Garden of Creativity," the first of five planned murals in the winery's alley.
The Atlanta School opened last summer in a small cabin in the historic Idaho town. The concept came from dancer and artist Amy O’Brien and multimedia artist Rachel Reichert, who also works for the Boise Department of Arts and History. O’Brien has spent several years restoring some of the structures in Atlanta, so the school’s focus includes architecture, building and restoration, along with art and writing.
Surel’s Place is a residency in the live/work home where artist Surel Mitchell lived. Mitchell died in 2012, and her daughter Rebecca Mitchell Keleda and longtime friend and artist Karen Bubb founded the residency as her legacy. Artists of all disciplines can spend up to three months in the space to work.
The self-portraits were created this past summer at a workshop taught by artist Kris Hargis, who is a master’s student at Boise State.
The students who came from Idaho and the Northwest used mirrors to create their self-portraits that examined their personal and local history, inspired by performance, costumes and their surroundings.
At the show, you are invited to explore the same process. There will be costumes to try on, mirrors and art supplies so you can create your own self-portrait. This is the first collaboration between Surel’s Place and The Atlanta School.