We made the front of Flagpole!

This week's Flagpole features the Nasty Women show currently on display at Trio Contemporary Art Gallery. The performance night is Friday, and we'd love to see you here. The story (on page 15), perfectly details our renovations from the first half of this year, as well as our plans to fix up the downstairs during the second half of this year in honor of the Secret Squirrel.

The first paragraph is so great: "After a decade of basement shows and DIY activities, the former Secret Squirrel on Broad Street will continue to be a center for artists and musicians as Pixel & Ink Studio’s new location. While the main floor is dedicated to co-owners Carolyn Crist and Laulea Taylor’s business, the upstairs level is open as Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, directed by Tatiana Veneruso, and plans are underway to transform the lower level into a venue."

Read on below!

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Calendar Pick: Nasty Women Athens

Woot! Flagpole chose Trio's Nasty Women opening as the calendar pick this week. Love it!

They said: "Our town’s newest gallery, which will share a building with Pixel & Ink Studio at 766 W. Broad St., officially opens with “Nasty Women Athens,” a group exhibition that is part of an ever-expanding worldwide network demonstrating solidarity in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights. Curated by Melissa Lee and gallery director Tatiana Veneruso, the exhibition includes contributions by over 40 artists like Jenny Bell, Cameron Bliss, Jennie Cain, Vivian Liddell, Drema Montgomery, Lindsay Troutman and Marilyn Wolf-Ragatz. The opening reception will feature music by Lingua Franca and DJ Zelium, and proceeds from art sales will benefit the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta."

Art Happenings During AthFest (Our Opening Party)

Well, here we go! Six months of renovation and we're ready to show 766 W. Broad to you. Join us as AthFest cools down for good sights, good sounds, tacos and margs. Oh yeah, Flagpole made a note about it and used a rainbow photo from our move-in day in April!

They said: "PIXEL & INK: Over the past two years, Pixel & Ink Studio has bounced from the Chase Park warehouses to the Bottleworks, and now, after several months of renovation, the firm is ready for business at its third and hopefully charmed location. The building at 766 W. Broad St. comes with a storied past, having been previously occupied by DIY music venue Secret Squirrel and the Money Machine store, and will provide a much larger space for the firm to expand its services, which include photo restoration, fine art reproduction and design.

The studio will host a grand opening party Sunday, June 25 from 6:30–10 p.m. featuring live music by Four Eyes, The TaxiCab Verses, Hunger Anthem and Tabloid, plus a full taco bar catered by Sr. Sol. Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, which will be housed on the top floor of the building, will debut with a collection of works by some of the artists of Athens Art Prints, a project of Pixel & Ink that provides high-quality, on-demand prints as well as an impressive directory of local talent. A second pop-up exhibition will show a collection of letters and drawings created as correspondence between Lucy Ralston and Tomo Ralston.

Pixel & Ink plans to open for regular store hours, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., the following week. Trio’s next exhibition, “Nasty Women Athens,” will open on Friday, June 30 with a reception from 7–9 p.m."

Tarot Cards, Skateboards, a Mural and More

You may have noticed the mural going up above our new space at 766 W. Broad. One of our favorite artists in Athens, James Greer, is doing a fantastic design just for us. Come take a look!

Flagpole wrote about Greer and his tarot card work, as well as the mural and our opening of Trio. They said:

"FINISHING TOUCHES AT TRIO: More of Greer’s work can be seen on the exterior of 766 West Broad St., the new home of Pixel & Ink Studio and Trio Contemporary Art Gallery. Over the past few months, the owners have made major strides towards completing the three-story building’s renovations. All the while, Greer has been steadily designing a new mural for the facade where the large futuristic letters of “Money Machine” once hovered above the entrance to the beloved Secret Squirrel.

Greer’s mural is fantastical and dreamlike, depicting two big-eyed, cloaked characters amidst a swirling design. Details like an old-fashioned keyhole, crescent moon through a floating window and fluffy yet big-clawed critter add to the mystery. 

“I would like anyone looking at it to form their own story, but essentially it is a non-religious variation on the ‘Ark’ narrative,” says Greer. “Two otherworldly beings are moving through the universe with the remnants of civilization in tow, searching for a new place to call home. They carry with them all of the things they could grab that they hold dear.”

Though translating a small drawing into a massive wall painting has been one of Greer’s most physically and mentally demanding artistic challenges so far, he manages to create incredible shading and depth through his trusted palette of black and white.

The first chance to see the space’s completed transformation will be at the opening reception for Trio’s inaugural group exhibition, “Nasty Women Athens,” on Friday, June 30. Co-curated by Tatiana Veneruso and Melissa Lee, the show is part of a worldwide series demonstrating solidarity in the face of policies that encroach on women’s rights and reproductive health.

Submissions of all media are welcome from anyone who identifies with the ideologies of Nasty Women, and images of work should be sent to trioathens@gmail.com by Saturday, May 27. Proceeds from the exhibition will support the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta.

“Nasty Women Athens” will remain on view through Aug. 20, and will be followed by “Color Theory,” a group exhibition presenting artists who focus on color as the central element within their work. Proposals will be accepted through July 31, and the show will run Sept. 1–Oct. 15."

AthFest Educates Funds Another Mural, and More Art News (Our Move)

Word is gettin' 'round. Flagpole mentioned our move to 766 W. Broad Street this year. Read what they said and get ready for some fun:

"MAKING MOVES: After over a decade of hosting some of the best DIY events and weirdest late nights in Athens, the Secret Squirrel on West Broad Street has officially left the building, but renovations are already underway to prepare for three creative endeavors moving in. The street-level floor will be the new home of print and design firm Pixel & Ink Studio, which has been most recently housed in the Bottleworks following its original location at the Chase Park warehouses. The building’s third floor will become Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, a new exhibition space spearheaded by Tatiana Veneruso, curator behind the digitally-based TV Gallery. Graciously, some of the Squirrel’s live music legacy will be carried on in the lower level, an event and performance space organized by multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Jim Wilson.

Pixel & Ink’s current services range from photo restoration and editing, web and graphic design, high-quality printing and fine-art reproduction, and co-owners Carolyn Crist and Laulea Taylor intend to expand into framing and mounting at their new, much larger space. Trio aspires to present challenging, innovative projects, and will be able to accommodate large-scale sculpture, site-specific installations, new media and performance art.

Pixel & Ink and Trio’s grand opening celebration will be held in May, once renovations are completed, and will feature an invitational group pop-up show. Trio’s first official exhibition, “Nasty Women Athens,” will benefit the Feminist Health Center, and an opening reception is scheduled for June 30. The gallery is currently seeking proposals from curators, artists and collectives, and ideas can be pitched to trioathens@gmail.com."

Athens women return energized from D.C. march

Wow. What a powerful time in D.C., road tripping and marching with my Athens friends. Great quotes in this Athens Banner-Herald story from Laulea, Penny, Bridget and Jessie. Pixel & Ink is mentioned.

Many Athens women were among the hundreds of thousands of people who joined the Women’s March on Washington in the nation’s capital Saturday, one of a number of marches across the country that saw an estimated 3 million people in the streets.

Washington was the hub of the women-led marches that spread to hundreds of cities across the globe, and the city was so crowded that one group of women from Athens traveled for three hours on the Metro, the capital city’s public transit system, just to get to the back of the march.

Tracey Wyatt, team leader for the East Georgia Women’s March on Washington, said the event was just the beginning. The women’s group is planning to take action throughout the presidency of Donald Trump to protect the rights of all minorities, she said. The marches in the United States and around the world came the day after Trump was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president.

“We are tired of the ignorance of discrimination in all its forms. We have every intention, and it has already started, to split off into these areas of discrimination that are our strongest passions and organize and begin with daily action,” Wyatt said.

Laulea Taylor, who co-owns Pixel & Ink, an Athens print and design studio, took her 13-year-old daughter to the women’s march after she and her three children were reeling from the election of President Donald Trump.

“I was pretty horrified about the election, and there was kind of this sense of mourning that just was everywhere in the community,” Taylor said of the presidential contest that pitted the Republican Trump against Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady.

“Watching the election, with my son especially, was like watching the villain and the good guy. And you’re certain that the good guy will win. Having to wake my kids up the next morning and tell them was a traumatic experience,” Taylor said. “All of the kids cried.”

Taylor and her stepdaughter, Penny Merva, were committed to getting to the march and offered extra seats in the family van to anyone from Athens who wanted to go.

Merva said Trump’s “sexist and offensive” comments angered her during the presidential campaign, making her want to get involved in efforts to speak out.

“One of my favorite things about it was everyone there was just so supportive of each other. We all came together to support a common cause,” Merva said. “One reason I wanted to go and one main thing that made me really mad was that more people wanted Hillary (Clinton) than him.”

Bridget Dooley, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at the University of Georgia, rode with Taylor.

“I’ve been feeling sort of despondent and powerless since the election and very worried. This is a great way to funnel that energy into something productive,” Dooley said.

Dooley said she’s been working since the election to call or write to her representatives expressing her views. The march helped her remember she is “part of something bigger,” she said.

Jessie McClellan of Athens, who works for WUGA-FM and New Urban Forestry, agreed that the march was energizing.

“It was amazing to see that many people who shared a similar goal and a similar viewpoint and who refused to accept hate,” McClellan said. “We set out not just to march but to make a lasting change.”

McClellan said she felt the need to take action in protest of Trump’s election.

“I felt like I needed to not just sit on my couch and be angry but actually find ways to use that anger to do something positive and influence other people,” McClellan said.

Another Athens woman who attended the protest in Washington, D.C., was Kami Wood.

Wood said she’s never been to a protest, and she met many women on the bus ride north who, like her, had never been active in politics.

“I would never have gone if it was going to be like a protest because that’s just not who I am. I went to be part of something bigger, not just talk,” Wood said. “I don’t agree with everything that everyone said, but that’s not the point. The point is we were there together.”

The packed city streets were filled with positive energy, Wood said, with no acts of violence or aggression — something she found inspiring. According to official reports, no arrests were made during the Women’s March on Washington.

“Women led this whole thing, and I think that came through in the event, that we’ve all got each other’s backs,” Wood said.

Holiday Market Roundup: Where to Buy Gifts From Local Artists (Yup, We're Included)

Need unique and interesting holiday ideas? Athens always has great gifts from artists, especially at craft fairs near the end of the year. We'll be at the Indie South Fair Holiday Hooray — and we got a mention in Flagpole for it! Come find our booth and awesome prints.

Flagpole said: "Celebrating its 10-year milestone, Indie South Fair's Holiday Hooray offers a lineup of over 150 vendors—the most its ever hosted—covering virtually everything handmade, from original art in every medium, bath and beauty products, toys and sustainable fashion to artisanal food, home goods and furniture. Highlights include Appaloosa Jewelry, Pixel & Ink, Songbird Soaps, Rockbelly, Pale Blue Dot, Extollo Jewelry, My Athens and Oscar Bites. Indie South is unique from the majority of other markets in that it also incorporates a wide selection of collectors who focus primarily on vintage clothing and accessories. The two-day open-air market, which also promises music, food trucks and kids’ activities, takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at 660 N. Chase St., just off Prince Avenue. Santa will visit for photo opportunities from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday. Representatives from Girls Rock Athens will offer a donation-based gift wrapping station. Admission to the market is $3, and free for ages 12 and under. For more details and a full list of participating art vendors, visit indiesouthfair.com."

Calendar Pick: Pixel & Ink Party

Woot! We're ready to celebrate our move and first-year anniversary as a business. Flagpole picked our party as a calendar pick this week, so come join.

They said: "Flagpole recently reported that Pixel & Ink Studio would relocate from the Chase Park warehouses into the Leathers Building on Pulaski Street to share a space with Smokey Road Press—scratch that. In a quick plot twist, the printing and design shop is now nestled into the Bottleworks on Prince Avenue. Pixel & Ink will celebrate its first anniversary with live music by Los Cantares, Tabloid, John and Kiran Fernandes and Four Eyes. In addition to a raffle for gift cards and prints from its ever-growing Athens Art Prints project, the shop will have copies of the most recent Outside the Lines, a local-music-themed coloring book benefiting AthFest Educates."