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The largest charity wine auction in the United States is coming to the High Museum

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Connoisseurs from around the world are invited to experience “perfection in wine, food and art” at the 27th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 20-23, 2019. As the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the Auction boasts proceeds of more than $30 million over the last 26 years.

The Auction provides significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programs. The Paddle Raise, which began in 2006, has contributed more than $1.5 million to the High’s Art Access program, which subsidizes visits to the Museum for approximately 125,000 students per year across all grade levels and provides teachers with classroom resources.

“The Wine Auction is absolutely vital for the Museum, essential to funding our mission-driven programming and continued outreach in the community,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “I look forward to a special celebration again this year, and I’m exceedingly grateful for the generosity of our donors, who make our work possible.”   

“Every year I think that the Auction couldn’t get any better, but it does,” said Steven Hargrove, Wine Auction manager. “We’re excited to welcome vintners, sommeliers, wine producers and enthusiasts from across the country to experience true perfection at this year’s events.”

The 2019 Auction is co-chaired by Allison Hill and Dawn Tresh, both Atlanta-based collectors of art and wine who’ve been supporters of the Wine Auction for nearly a decade.

This year’s Special Guests of Honor are James Beard Award Winners and co-authors of “Secrets of the Sommeliers,”Jordan MacKay and Rajat Parr. Both long-time supporters of the Auction, MacKay and Parr travel the globe speaking about wine, spirits and food and recently released the book “The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe.”

MacKay’s expertise as a writer on wine, spirits and food is evident in his work for some of the nation’s top publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine magazineMacKay is also the author of six books, one of which, “Franklin Barbecue,” was a New York Times bestseller he co-authored with Aaron Franklin, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest.

Partner/proprietor of Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte and Evening Land Vineyards, Parr is a sommelier and wine producer whose vineyards span the Sta. Rita Hills of California and the historic Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon. His passion for wine education also led him to establish the California non-profit wine group In Pursuit of Balance.  

The Special Guest Chef for the 2019 Auction is Todd Richards, culinary director of Jackmont Hospitality Restaurants One Flew South and Chicken + Beer, in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Richards is also owner of Richards’ Southern Fried in Atlanta’s Krog Street Market and has authored a cookbook, “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.”

Wine Auction Week officially begins March 20 and continues through March 23. The 2019 weekend events will take place in the Tents at Atlantic Station. The week’s festivities include:

  • Ladies Luncheon – March 20: This luncheon will feature food and wine pairings by top female winemakers and chefs. After lunch, guests will have the opportunity to bid on lots filled with items and experiences tailored for ladies.
  • Gents Lunch – March 20: This boys-only gathering will celebrate its fourth year with winemaking masters while indulging in unique dishes designed for the proper man.
  • Dine-Around Dinners – March 20-21: Some of the world’s best winemakers partner with Atlanta’s top chefs in renowned Atlanta restaurants to develop one-of-a-kind, way-off-the-menu, multi-course meals with wine pairings.
  • Winemaker Dinners – March 21: Fine wine, fine cuisine and fine homes make these private dining experiences unforgettable. Homeowners open the doors to some of Atlanta’s most extravagant abodes, while talented chefs and visiting winemakers create dinners paired to perfection. 
  • High on the Hog – March 21: This inaugural event will be a wine and food lover’s dream, boasting more than a dozen visiting winemakers, food stations and more.
  • Tasting Seminars – March 22: Hosted at local venues, seminars cover topics handpicked by winemakers and sommeliers and feature some of the world’s highest-rated and most distinctive wines.
  • Friday Fête – March 22: Inside the Tents at Atlantic Station, guests will mix and mingle with winemakers during a champagne reception, place bids on the impressive Silent Auction lots and enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by the Special Guest Chef. The after-dinner jam session will be led by Bogey and the Viceroy.
  • Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction – March 23: The weekend concludes with the main event, featuring wine tastings from many of the world’s top wineries, samples from Atlanta’s best restaurants and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind wine, travel and food experiences.

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Cori Maass: The Human Experience through the Eye of a Minimalist

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Mary Caroline Russell

How often do we pay attention to the human experience? An aspect of life so utterly important yet overlooked time and time again. But there are a rare few who get the picture, much like American artist, Cori Maass.

The LA-based illustrator uses her canvas to explore and depict the emotions and interconnectivity of people. Noting she’s deeply inspired by “lessons the Earth holds that mirror our internal experiences,” her minimalist style portrays the messages through intricate lines, shapes, and text.

Maass believes art is destined to intersect with life, which she conveys through murals, printed works, brand collaborations, fashion, and tattoos.

Does anyone of the work here engage with any particular social issues?

I like to focus on social issues first as human issues, both interpersonal and intrapersonal. I think sometimes it is easier to talk about issues from the standpoint of universal human experiences (like empathy, or shame, or sadness) rather than using the language of “politics”, where words can sometimes lose their meaning. Not that political conversation isn’t important, it is easier for me, however, to convey my feelings from a different place. I wrote a poem [attached] after the Cavanaugh trials brought up conversations surrounding the abuse that many women have experienced. My goal was to cut out the chatter and try to communicate from a place of power and identity for women.

Do you think art has the power to affect any kind of social change?

Definitely. Art is a reflection of what is going on at the time but also creates a narrative that affects society. Art shapes the social conversation whether that be through music, design, or any other medium.

With social media, artists are able to spread social change and images that give us something to visualize a better future rather than just talking about it.

Which themes and subjects do you like to illustrate and explore?

I am very interested in exploring the human experience. The human experience includes complex emotions, duality, moral dilemmas, and relationships. I like to explore visual (or written) metaphors to provide meaning for what I am experiencing.

Are you driven by creative interests or commercial interests?

My biggest interest is how art intersects and affects life. I like my art to be purposeful and engaging with people so that can lend itself to commercial interests because it allows people to be part of the story. However, I became an artist full time because I was frustrated by just creating things for the purpose of selling.

At the end of the day, I am fulfilled when I create from a pure place of honesty and it connects with someone else.

Do you find that this notion of place has a very strong impact on your work?

I think place definitely strongly impacts me personally. That will naturally translate to my work! I have to go to new places or different places to be able to stay centered within myself and continue to expand my perspective. Places are mostly made special to me by the people in them and the different parts of myself that come out when I am in those settings. Each place I have lived or traveled has taught me both about other people and about myself. I think of places as mirrors that show you pieces who you are.

Quite a lot of your work originates from human experience and the emotions and connections, please expand.

The best art advice I was ever given was in a photo class, where the instructor was talking about developing your photographic eye. He explained that good photos originate with seeing. This idea is something that I use for art and life as a whole now. I begin with seeing. Taking an honest look inside myself and taking the role of an observer in the world around me. I look for nuances and details and how they connect to form a bigger picture. Life as a human is messy and complex, much like nature.

Art is a way for me to process and wade through it all and reflect on the fact that it is ultimately beautiful.

Where do you create most of your pieces?

I work in coffee shops a lot!! The base of many of my pieces is digital or on paper so I can take my art and work wherever I go. These pieces then get translated into murals, apparel, prints, tattoos, and anything really. I am very interested in how art intersects life and adds to the fabric of our stories.

You talk about the “aesthetics of minimalism”. What does this mean and why is it important to you?

Minimalism is knowing how much is too much or too little; it’s a fine balance. I think it is important to me because I think it gives me the ability to say a lot simply while leaving space for someone else’s interpretation. This allows me to be honest and give people the opportunity to connect within their own life’s story.

In the minimalist space, I think it is important to apply new ideas to visual themes that may have been done, and in that, to add your personal perspective.

For example, artists have drawn faces minimally for years, but I ask myself to create from a perspective that is unique or (at least) honest.

Tell me about your current series.

Currently, I am exploring moral and emotional concepts through shapes and abstract lines. I hope to compile them into a book by the end of the year! The concepts I have been exploring so far are grief (the concept of death vs. rebirth, and acceptance of death), compartmentalization of emotions/actions, shame, and self-preservation. (I promise I am fun at parties hahaha).

What is one of the most challenging works you have made recently?

Lately, just in general, it has been a struggle to present myself honestly without feeling too seen. It is a hard balance of being vulnerable through art but allowing myself time to process when I know others are seeing my work. I always appreciate it though because I am creating through the confusion, I just sometimes get overwhelmed when I know I am being honest but it feels scary.

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Jackie Sorkin’s Candytopia offers sweet hangout spot

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The world of Willy Wonka meets pop culture and nostalgia in the Candytopia exhibit which has taken Atlanta by storm since opening Feb. 8. Upon entering, visitors are transported into a custom-made candy paradise. Southern hospitality will marinate topia-goers with enthusiastic zeal as they explore this sweet wonderland.

The massive displays within the entrance of the first room encompass the space and present the viewer with a one-of-a-kind treat. With swings, over-the-top interactives, and unique aesthetics, the photo opportunities are “NDLYSS” (excuse the pun).

The savvy team of engineers put the experience as a top priority. From the oversized lollipops, neon lighting, and rooms adorned with chandeliers, Sorkin’s touch of glam is breathtaking and simply unforgettable.

Coming of the hills of the infamous Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Sorkin has perfect timing for introducing ATLiens to Candytopia. In a city thriving off of culture and on its way to being adoptive of cool and quirky experiences like this one, Candytopia will bring attendees back to their adolescent roots. So, come with an open mind, willingness to be silly, and you’ll never want to leave the world of candy.

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Atlanta’s new Candytopia exhibition is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

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Joel Pitra

Move over, Willy Wonka! Candytopia is prepared to give your chocolate factory a run for its money.

Don’t panic –– this candy-coated paradise accepts golden tickets, too. Beginning Feb. 15, a one-of-a-kind, sugar-filled experience will descend into Atlanta at EDENS Lenox Marketplace. After two successful runs in San Francisco and New York, Candytopia is set to provide ATLiens with the sweetest Southern hospitality.

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According to a release sent to NDLYSS, Candytopia contains over a dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The delectable exhibit will also feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to this location.

Candytopia gives a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed celebrity candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

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The buzzworthy installation has even garnered attention from A-list celebs like Drew Barrymore, Gwynth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Tickets will officially go on sale to the general public on Jan. 15. Don’t procrastinate as Candytopia is expected to sell out quickly.

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