Public Art

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

As a photographer and a photo stylist, we are obviously pretty big fans of pictures. It's an art that is close to our hearts, and is one that can so clearly capture love, pain, joy, and the full breadth of human emotions and creations.

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photos are such an important part of our culture. After all, when someone gets married, they have photos taken, when someone completes a work of art or design, they have it photographed for their portfolio. And when we see images of people in need or of historical events, we are moved and connected to the story. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

If you love photography like we do, you're in luck! Atlanta Celebrates Photography has hit the scene. Our city's heartbeat is our thriving art scene thanks to the Art Institute and SCAD, along with other colleges and universities drawing creative minds to Atlanta. In addition to the local art schools, Atlanta's culture draws people from near and far who are art enthusiasts or artists themselves. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography is happening throughout the city this month. You can find works of art, attend lectures, check out some films, and enjoy all that this festival has to offer no matter which area of the city you live in. Check out the festival guide here to find out where and when to be for all of the best of Photography in Atlanta. 


Spotlight On: Mark Wentz

 

 

Mark Wentz is a renaissance man. He can do the following, in no particular order:

  • Blow Glass
  • Weld
  • Forge
  • Carve
  • Sculpt
  • Build
  • Paint
  • Be a cool dad
  • Wrestle

The last one was a curve ball, but it's serious. Mark went to Kent State University on a wrestling scholarship and approaches life with the same competitive, can-do spirit of a trained athlete. Mark and I worked together on Season 4 of HGTV's Elbow Room where we joked that he was every episode's MVP. Need a sculpture? Call Mark! Need something 3D printed? Call Mark! Need something built? Call Mark! He can do it all and does without complaint. He's a laid back dude with talent for days. 

If you need public art made or someone to teach you how to do basically anything, Mark is the guy. He's patient and kind and just an all around great guy. Let's get to know him!

How did you get your start?

I got my start by moving to Georgia and attending Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.

Was there one job or contact that set the course of your career?

Being awarded the Blooming Hill project in Midtown Atlanta has set the tone for my public art career.

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

The most successful way for me to advertise is word of mouth.

If there was one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

I would have started it sooner.

What is your favorite stress reliever?

My favorite stress reliever is kayaking and creating something in the studio.

What is your favorite destination?

My favorite place is Interlacken, Switzerland.

To contact Mark for fabrication and/or design, go to his website Americo Glass Fabrication and Design.