September Artist Carlos Solis

September Artist Carlos Solis

Inman Perk Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with artist Carlos Solis, a native of Venezuela. Surreal Reality – paintings on canvas and panel. Media:  oil and polymer acrylic. “In my infinite world of imagination, I try to convey and stimulate the mythic and spiritual elements of visual expression.  My artistic passion begins with magnificent elements of nature – fauna and flora; natural beauty involves its selective conditions.  For example, the majestic animals of the Amazon and the indigenous people of my homeland of Venezuela, the Guajiros, are often featured within my paintings, I always try to expand my work to other areas of reality and with spiritual meaning.  Therefore, I have a tendency to go from one extreme to another in order to explore.  I strive to show a range of styles and technique, and express the most beautiful delicate components of life within a complex and strange art. Fortunately, I have known the pleasure and opportunity to experience the richness of many cultures in both South and North Americas.  That allows me to further expand my imagination.  It also helps me to understand the difference and similarity of both worlds.  my work reflects a distinct artistic perception gained from those exotic experiences.  Vivid colors and physical details make something visually pleasing, and sometimes grotesque or unfamiliar to look at.  Furthermore, I try to advance awareness and to express an opinion bout our delicate habitat and lack of knowledge about cultural diversity in Latin...

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August Artist Charles-Ryan

August Artist Charles-Ryan

  We are thrilled to have Athens photographer Charles-Ryan Barber displaying in our Gainesville location this month!   Series Explanation: “California Summer Night Lights” This was a simple experiment that turned itself into an art series during my travels in the summer of 2011.  I was riding in the front seat of a car on the way back to West Hollywood from a surfing excursion in Malibu, California, when for no other reason that curiosity and a severe case of ADHD, I decided to see what the passing lights would look like if I spun my camera around and around during a long exposure.  To my knowledge, I had never seen this done before, so i had only a vague guess of what sort of results I would end up with.  The very first attempt was so amazing to me that I spent the rest of the ride playing with different settings and techniques to capture the ever-changing scene as it unfolded and streaked by.  I later continued to experiment during an overnight stretch from Los Angeles to San Fransisco.  All of the photographs in this piece are from either of those two nights.  They were captured on my Canon 5D Mark II through an 80’s era manuel focus Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens I have adapted to mount my camera.  None of them has been cropped or altered in any way other than for basic exposure and color balance.  Also, if you’re curious like me: the “perforated” lines are caused by alternating current (they’re stationary bulbs on the city power grid)- to the naked eye, they appear to be constant but are actually flickering imperceptibly fast – while the solid lines are usually running direct current ( this is what cars use).  Due to an extremely high percentage of absolute black in the composition, these images make for tricky printing.  I chose a borderless foam core for this display, but there are several other formats that will work nicely for this type of photo.  I am happy to personally talk through all the options.  Thank you for look at my work, and I sincerely hope you enjoy...

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Chalkboard Art in Gainesville

Chalkboard Art in Gainesville

Inman Perk in Gainesville has been lucky enough to have a very gifted artist in our midst since our opening.  Many who are regular visitors to our store will no doubt have noticed the amazing chalk art that graces our walls.  Sam Roper has been  nice enough to lend us his talents since we opened our doors.  Sam is a local artist from Gainesville who works in a variety of mediums.  His work can be seen not only in our store, but also during Art Walks on the square.  Our chalkboard serves as his public canvas when the mood strikes him and thus often changes from month to month.  Come by Inman in Gainesville and check out what he has to offer.  Thanks a billion Sam we love your work!...

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Thank You to The Georgia Mountain Players!

Thank You to The Georgia Mountain Players!

Inman Perk Gainesville would like to say a big thanks you to the Georgia Mountain Players for including our name in its current show ‘Death and Taxes’.  They will be opening Thursday April 7th and running through April 16th.  All tickets can be purchased at the ticket office at the Georgia Mountain Center in downtown Gainesville. The theater group that is known for family friendly comedy is widely known for their smash hit ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ which runs in mid to late August.  If you are looking for a fun night out with the family this group is definitely one to check out.  Full of laughs, and now Inman Perk, the Georgia Mountain Players are always a good...

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Ulli Chamberlain Art at Inman Perk Gainesville

Ulli Chamberlain Art at Inman Perk Gainesville

“Draw From Within” Inman Perk Gainesville is proud to have Ulli Chamberlain as our artist for the month of April. “I grew up in Germany as a teenager through World War II.  Of course that had an impact on my psyche; as well as artist – I am a peacenik! As a young woman, the amazing place for my training in ceramics…one of the oldest professions…was in a beautiful studio on the woods near Kassel, the big workshop of ceramic sculptor Rolf Weber.  Henner Brown, our master potter, taught me as one of three apprentices-in-training; and so began my initiation as a potter. After three years of art training I emigrated to the U.S.A., where I could live and create in freedom.  After a college education in Buffalo, N.Y. and then working as a professional art therapist, I got involved in painting with bright colors in watercolors as a productive path toward self expression. I like to paint abstract art and nature, landscapes, flowers and also portraits of people.  Each painting gives a feeling of what i imagine and see and is part of me.  As I paint, I reach back to my beginning of centering and find the answers within me.  Each new creation of the present keeps me moving on and leaving the past behind. now in my retirement I enjoy doing art at my own pace.  My art helps me to heal, to be alive, and to be in the here and now and in touch with myself and my...

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Jennings and Avi Wisnia Concert

Jennings and Avi Wisnia Concert

Mary Jennings: The old adage “big things come in small packages” has perhaps never been more fitting for an artist than in the case of Jennings, the one-name moniker of New York based siren Mary Jennings. Standing just a shade over five feet tall, Jennings delivers a robust and heartfelt sound that is anything but small-scale.  Her music reflects an enormous strength and drive that is uniquely hers, combining a deep range of rock and pop influences with an unabashed sense of vintage style that few, if any, could ever pull off.  “I believe that the difference between an artist and the average person is a fearless and relentless willingness to expose their quarks, oddities, secrets, and passions for all of the world to see and hear.” says Mary. Mary’s surge in musical expression started after the sudden death of her mother in 2001. “This tragedy rocked me to the core, but there is so much beauty in what it allowed me to do,” she says. “All of my emotions came pouring out in the form of melody.” At the time, her father, a former musician himself, gave her the option to go through therapy or record an album. He knew both would be equally helpful to her, but by recording her music, she would be able to have something to hold on to and share with others for a lifetime. It was on that first album that Jennings’ established her creative foundation, crafting music that bonds her to the listener in a genuinely honest and relatable way.  That openness, and the raw emotion that she has shared on subsequent records, has attracted praise from fans and press alike.  “Jennings’ music is sweet, lush, powerful, full of great hooks, intelligent and meaningful to boot! I love it!” said Heather Miller-Rodriguez of 100.1FM KRUU. Platinum award winning producer John Rowe agrees, calling Jennings’ music “creative and original… A breath of fresh air!” Recent years have seen Mary’s musical aspirations starting to take shape.   She has worked with Billboard-charting songwriters, toured with national acts and has had a number of her songs placed on popular television shows.  While the professional growth and the accolades that have accompanied it are nice, it is still the simple act of connecting with a live audience that she values the most.  “Live performances give me such a rush. It is one of the best parts about being a musician. To me, it was what really brings the music to life. To know that you only have a few moments to capture and audience and keep them engaged long enough to fall in love with you and your music is a difficult task, but one that I wouldn’t trade for any other...

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