Monday, March 25, 2013
The Lionheart Theatre Co., Kudzu Art Zone and the old rectory formerly known as The Nest all have their venues up for bid.
The city of Norcross is accepting bids to take over the leases of four downtown city-owned spaces, three of which are dedicated to the arts. The leases are being negotiated for the Latin American Association, Lionheart Theatre, Kudzu Art Zone and the old rectory formerly known as The Nest. This motion means that the current businesses could lose the spaces if other bids are chosen. "No one gave us a heads up on this," said Lionheart's Artistic Director Tanya Caldwell, who said she didn't know about it until she saw a notice on the theatre's door last Wednesday. "We have a full year of committed [shows] already, and we have season ticket holders. ... This has really thrown us for a loop." "This would devastate Kudzu," said David Raderstorf …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Lori Sturgess said she left the incubator, also known as The Nest, in December.
Lori Sturgess has taken a leave of absence from her position as director of the Norcross Arts Center, also known as The Nest. As director of the incubator for a year and a half, Sturgess said she was sad to let it go in December, but had to because of financial reasons and lack of support. During the later part of 2012, Sturgess and Gwinnett arts advocate G.G. Getz went before the Norcross City Council at policy work sessions to explain the importance of having a Norcross Arts Commission funded by the city. "I think the goal of having an arts commission is something that needs to happen if Norcross wants to be an artist community," she told Patch. The proposal also suggests having a paid arts director, which Sturgess was willing to fill. …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Get a Taste of Norcross High this Friday and check out the world in Saturday's Gateway International Festival.
Halloween may have just ended, but more excitement and activities await this weekend. On Friday, make sure to starve yourself for the day because it's time to stuff your face at the annual Taste of Norcross High. Lots of tasty restaurants such as Baba's Gyros, J. Alexander's, Shane's Rib Shack, Dominick's and Bleu House Cafe will offer samples from their menus, and local businesses will have items for sale in a silent auction. With the mayors from Norcross and Peachtree Corners as tasting judges, it's sure to be an amazing event. Tickets are $15 (proceeds will go to the school's athletics and activities) and can be purchased here. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Norcross High School. The Nest also is having an opening reception for …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Norcross Arts Alliance has classes all week for $20 each.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
All month, The Nest has hosted an assortment of classes for its "Beauty of Africa" exhibition, and this week is last chance to take them. The classes are $20 each and are offered everyday this week, twice daily at 2 p.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Check out the classes from Tuesday to Friday: Oct. 23: Ancient African Holistic Healing Oct. 24: African Jewelry Making Oct. 25: Salsa and Merengue Dancing Oct. 26: Swahili Classes The last day of workshops and classes is Saturday, Oct. 27, and it will be in conjunction with BOOfestpaint masks for free from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Nest, also known as the Norcross Arts Alliance, is located at 17 College Street in downtown Norcross. For more information or to RSVP for the classes, contact Doris …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday was the night for Kudzu Art Zone's annual "12x12 Xtravaganza" exhibition and benefit, and The Nest also had its newest exhibit, "The Urban Side of Light."
It was an artsy weekend in Norcross last Friday with two opening receptions. At The Nest, artist Nathaniel Roberts showed off his work in his exhibition, "The Urban Side of Light." (Other artist, Maxx, had planned to share the exhibition, but had to cancel at the last moment.) Roberts, who lives in Lawrenceville, is a Brooklyn-born and -inspired artist who covers a number of mediums: photography, painting and poetry. He entertained the crowd all night with the stories behind his work, spoken word and music. Also on Friday, Kudzu Art Zone had its third annual fundraiser and exhibition, "12x12 Xtravaganza" where lots of art, food and people were present to enjoy it all. More than 70 pieces by 50 artists were on display in the exhibit. Even …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This Friday, the Norcross art incubator will have a new exhibit featuring photography, painting and poetry.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This weekend, The Nest is debuting a new exhibition that is described as "an exploration of photography and fine art." "The Urban Side of Light" is a joint exhibit featuring city- and street-inspired photography and paintings from two artists: Nathaniel Roberts and Maxx. According to a release from The Nest, Maxx is a photographer and poet who is said to be able to capture his subjects' raw emotions through candid shots. His ability to mold poetry and images "results in lifestyle renderings whose inherent depth and dimension resonate with viewers," says the release. Nathaniel Roberts shares a similar vibe to Maxx, but through a different medium. As an illustrator and design artist, Roberts uses spray cans and brick canvases to exhibit an …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
An outdoor sculpture made of salvaged telephones is planned for downtown, but the Norcross Arts Center is asking for design help from students in Gwinnett.
Calling all art groups and students! Norcross Arts Center Director Lori Sturgess is searching for students in the Gwinnett area to work on outdoor sculptures to be placed downtown. Students would help Sturgess design a piece of art made from salvaged AT&T phones and phone parts, which she and Sustainable Norcross saved from a Cemetery Street home last year. The arts director kept onto the pieces for a year and a half until she found a way to recycle the outdated materials. "The concept of creating a series of outdoor sculptures out of all these parts was born, and the proposal was created by artists meeting at the Norcross Arts Center," wrote Sturgess in a call-out flyer for students. The group of students, led by either a parent, mentor …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A Tardis, an English Police phone box from the show "Dr. Who," landed on The Nest's porch in May, and Norcross Arts Alliance members need help making contact with the person inside.
The Nest and the Norcross Arts Alliance are having a little fun in the sci-fi realm. In its July newsletter, the Norcross Arts Alliance sent out a message entitled, "Who Landed in Norcross?" In the message, it's described how its members are looking for ways to make contact with whoever is in the Tardis that landed on The Nest's porch in May. While many science fiction fans will immediately perk at the name, a Tardis is a blue English Police phone box that the main character uses for traveling through time and space in "Dr. Who." As a fun activity, the NAA is asking community members to help out with discovering who's inside and why the Tardis is in Norcross. The NAA newsletter message about the Tardis is as follows: WHO LANDED IN …
Monday, July 2, 2012
At an open house Saturday night, Norcross residents were invited to The Nest to try hands-on painting, paper mache and sculpture. If you missed it, you can still sign up for art workshops at The Nest.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to paint. Or you’d like to make a piñata for your child’s birthday party, but you’re intimidated by paper mache. The Nest invited the public in Saturday night to its Summerfest see that art is much easier than you think. At the open house, stations were set up for people to try hands-on projects such as sculpture or painting. “We really want people to come in and get a feel for what it’s like to do these workshops,” said Lori Sturgess, director of The Nest, “just to learn a new craft or learn something new.” The Nest opened last year as a place for artists to work and display their art, as well for Norcross residents to experience art – by browsing the gallery, purchasing linen art for sale or taking …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Norcross arts incubator is having an open house on what's in store for the season.
The Nest, Norcross' arts incubator that debuted last year, is having an open house this Saturday to show off its new goods for the summer season. Guests will be able to check out and participate in four different craft and demo stations in the Nest's workshop sampler, according to founder Lori Sturgess. With the multiple businesses that operate inside the incubator, a number of workshops are offered throughout each month that would appeal to almost anyone, regardless of artistic ability. In between all the art, make sure to have some food and drinks, and enjoy the live music from Zephyr. Summerfest at the Nest will be held Saturday, June 30, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at its 17 College St. location. A $25 entry donation is asked, but …