Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Art and Community

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Beneath the Ogirishi Tree

The Journey Projects has moved back into the studio.  Pierre Coiron of Stability Engineering has approved the weight limits for the sculpture and Jason Smith of Smithworks Iron and Design, is forging the Ogirishi Tree out of steel, while I tackle the ornamentation for the […]

Beneath the Ogirishi Tree

The Journey Projects has moved back into the studio.  Pierre Coiron of Stability Engineering has approved the weight limits for the sculpture and Jason Smith of Smithworks Iron and Design, is forging the Ogirishi Tree out of steel, while I tackle the ornamentation for the […]

Young Photographers!

The playground at South Fulton Arts Center
These photographs taken in and around South Fulton Arts Center by young photographers emphasize line, a basic design element.

2013-10-09 16.45.55The commission awarded by the Fulton County Commission is the largest awarded to me and the Journey Projects to date. I  immediately thought about the notion of sustainability, which includes not only supporting local merchants  but  also sustaining local artists.  The commission presents the opportunity to work with an amazing community of artists including young artists who are contemplating careers in the arts or are interested in utilizing the arts to enhance other careers. Over the next several weeks we will visit some of these artists.

Leo Daly and Associates, the architects for Wolf Creek Library included an area for teens that they tentatively named “The Spot”. The Spot will be a place for teenagers to socialize, do homework, and work on personal projects.  I have hired a group of 15 teens from South Fulton County Arts Center and Southwest Arts Center to assist in creating artwork for “The Spot”. Each teen will receive a small stipend for participating.

The “orientation” for these young employees includes classes on photography basics. Teens begin with a contemplative practice where they write about what they see rather than taking an actual picture.  They also learn about Nicephore Niepce, Louis Daguerre, Anna Atkins, and other early photographers and the development of photography as an art form and commercial medium.

In addition, I cover exposure–aperture, shutter speed and ISO–how to pre-visualize a photograph and then adjust the settings to get the shot that you want rather than letting the camera make decisions for you. While the “auto” button on the camera makes it easy to take a photograph, you have no creative control. We also look at basic design elements such as line, shape, form and texture. Hopefully, these young photographers will emerge from their assignments with a greater knowledge about the medium that changed the way that we look at the world.

First Church Ancestor, John Thomas Gayton, Washington State Pioneeer

Born a few months after the end of the Civil War, John Thomas Gayton drove to Seattle by stagecoach in 1888 from Yazoo City, Miss. A year later, as Sheriff’s Deputy, Gayton helped fight Seattle’s Great Fire During his first years here, J.T., as he […]

First Church Ancestor, William Benjamin Reynolds

William Benjamin Reynolds is the grandfather of Miss Simone Reynolds Anicette. Simone’s mother, Suzzanne Reynolds Anicette, writes: “I have included a photo of my father, the ancestor my daughter chose to memorialize. I’ve also included a photo of the historic Congregational church in Guyana, South America where my father attended.  He […]

Welcome to the Journey Projects at First Congregational Church, Atlanta, GA

An early view of First Congregational Church

The Journey Projects is pleased to be commissioned to create a permanent site-specific artwork for the east wing of the newly renovated  First Congregational Church located in downtown Atlanta. According to the First Church website, “The First Congregational Church of Atlanta came into existence as a “gathered church” on May 26, 1867.  As one of the oldest African American Congregational churches in the United States, the early history of First Church is embedded in the history of the American Missionary Association (A.M.A.).”

The photo-based mixed media artwork will consist of pieced fabric containing photographic images of the ancestors of church members along with a large scale mixed-media painting that includes a photograph of a fountain that was installed outside the church shortly after the Atlanta race riots in 1906. African Americans did not have access to clean drinking water after they passed a certain point on Courtland Street downtown. In response to the lack of access to water, the church installed a fountain providing water to all. The photograph, possibly taken by Thomas Askew, documents this historic event.

The unveiling of the artwork is scheduled for October 6, 2012. Entitled “The Ancestral Memory of Water”, the artwork will be right at home among the newly restored stained glass windows. To learn more about this historically significant church, which has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places please click the link:  First Church, Atlanta, GA.

In the coming weeks, look for posts about ancestors of church members and information about the history of the church.