Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at Toledo Museum of Art

When I decided to come visit my parents in Toledo, I knew I wanted to explore my hometown a bit. I was very excited to see that an exhibit I had been eyeing for a while had made a stop at the Toledo Museum of Art.

New York based, portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley was in Toledo with his exhibit, A New Republic. These amazing portraits beautifully captures everyday people and puts them in place of European aristocrats of Old Master portraits. The painting are so awesome! They draw you in with their vivid colors and the yearning to know more about the people in the paintings. They are just plain breathtaking! Definitely check this exhibit out if you’re in the Toledo area. It’s a MUST SEE!

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Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps -Photo via Toledo Museum of Art

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street

Toledo, Ohio

Admission to the Museum is always FREE. 

Museum Hours of Operation

Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

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Daniel Arsham: Hourglass Opens at the High Museum of Art 


Last night museum goers at the High Museum of Art were delighted with the art of Daniel Arsham. His new exhibit Hourglass is a collection of three related installations, each infused with mythology and vibrant colors. On the second floor of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing, you will find a complete Japanese Zen garden with traditional pagoda, tatami mats, and raked sand, all rendered in bright blue. In the next gallery space art enthusiasts walk through a most unique purple amethyst cavern filled with sports balls. The final installation, located in the lobby, consists of a set of large hourglasses filled with crushed blue crystals and sculptural casts. 


Hourglass continues Daniel Arsham’s ongoing project Fictional Archaeologies, in which he creates replicas of everyday objects—such as basketballs and cameras—in precious and semi-precious stones. 

Hourglass will be on display March 4th – May 21st. 

High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

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Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Greta Buccellato {5Church Atlanta}

Photo Credit: Gannon

Thursday, I traveled down to Midtown to meet another competitor in the High Museum of Art’s mixology competition, Highball. Greta Buccellato will be representing 5Church Atlanta as she presents a delicious cocktail inspired by the beauty of lavender. As I arrived to the restaurant, I stepped through the doors and was instantly in awe at how amazing it was. There was writing all over the ceiling. I didn’t know what it said, but it seemed pretty intense. Later I was informed that over the course of 3 months an artist very patiently wrote the entire Art of War book on the ceiling. Wow! With such a dramatic atmosphere, you can’t help be inspired in some way.

When Greta arrived, I instantly felt like I had met her before. The previous week was extremely busy for me. I had attend two other competitions last week, one of which was one she had participated in. I had actual took her picture that night with her beautiful cocktail. With that I was excited to start the interview. 

Marietta, Georgia native, Greta Buccellato, started bartending 9 years ago drawn to the life of money, alcohol, and a nonstop party. She started her career in dive bars around town, constantly fine tuning her skills, leading to her current home at 5Church. When she’s not mixing craft cocktails at 5Church, you can find her “in the kitchen, f@$king around with herbs and syrups” making soaps for online store, Southern Pandemonium. This mixologist never stops creating! Snag a ticket to Highball to get a taste of her latest creation! 

Rapid Fire Q&A

What time did you get up this morning?

4:30 AM
What did you have for dinner last night?

Baked chicken.
1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Zika

Name a cocktail you make for someone you want to impress someone 

Old Fashioned

Describe your job in one word.

Creative 

Describe your job in one cocktail.

A Straight Shot

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Charlie Chapman

What would you make?

Atl Alchemist

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato Chips

If you could drink one cocktail every day for the rest of your life what would it be?

Shots of gin.

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Element of surprise 

Ginger ale or ginger beer?

Ginger beer

Mimosas or Bloody Mary?

Mimosas 

If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?

Butter Pecan 

Favorite menu item at 5 Church.

Charred Octopus 

Best midnight snack.

Chili Cheese Dog

Disney Princess you would like to make a drink for?

Rapunzel

5 words to describe yourself.

Quiet,Creative, Impathetic, Awkward, Giver

Advice for aspiring bartenders.

YouTube! Watch YouTube tutorials.  And find a mentor.


What: Highball
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm
Tickets: http://www.high.org

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Ben Yabrow {Himitsu}

Photo via Instagram @himitsu

A couple nights ago, my friend and I went to an unfamiliar place in Buckhead. Neither one of us had heard of this Himitsu. I did some research and found that it was a Japanese Sushi and Cocktail Bar. Nice! I was excited I was able to get a reservation as well as the opportunity to interview another competitor in the High Museum of Art’s mixology competition, Highball. 

Before that could happen, we had to find the place. GPS was not letting us be so great. Finally we were guided in the general direction, “go through the courtyard.” That we did and still couldn’t find it. It was super cold last night too! We asked someone and nope, they had never heard of Himitsu. Just as we had given up in frustration, a very sharp dressed gentleman was walking very quickly up the walkway. We asked him. Yes! He was going to Himitsu!  He walk up to a building that we had passed several times and put in a code. At that point, I had a feeling that this was the person I was there to speak with. So I asked if he was Ben. And he was Ben! We confirmed our reservation at the door, then proceeded to the bar.

I formally introduced myself and told Ben the details of why I was there. First we order some cocktails. I asked if you knew what he was making for Highball. He said didn’t have all the components but could recreate it with what he had.  As he gathered everything to make the cocktail, I enjoyed watching the other bartenders making beautiful cocktails, the romantic atmosphere with the sounds of hip hope quietly playing in the background. It’s a really too spot. 

Ben was ready to wow me, but it didn’t know that yet. His cocktail for the Highball is inspired by the dessert. I’m not going to spoil the rest by telling you exactly what that means, but please be assured that this cocktail is something that you have never tasted before. The presentation is pretty awesome too. His international travels and apprenticeships under some of the best in the industry was strongly reflected in this amazing cocktail. At one point I asked why he gravitated towards bartending. He answer, “it was a way to show my creative side.” Well Ben, I definitely appreciate your talents. 

Come see Ben in action this Saturday at the High Museum of Art for Highball! Do not miss it!!


Rapid Fire Q & A

Hometown?

Marietta, GA

What time did you get up this morning?

9:30

What did you have for dinner last night?

Kyma

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Green Apple Smirnoff

Describe your job in one word.

Rewarding 

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Daiquiri 

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Earnest Hemingway

What would you make?

Other than a daiquiri? A corkscrew#2

Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato Chips

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Supersonic hearing.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?

Mint Chocolate Chip. Not because I like but it’s a flavor that people either love or hate.

Ginger ale or ginger beer

Ginger Beer 

What color is your toothbrush?

Teal and white.

Cocktail that represents Atlanta.

Whiskey Peach

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Favorite menu item at Himitsu.

Sakura

Best midnight snack.

Ramen 

Advice for aspiring bartender.

Find someone to work under. Study a lot. Stay humble.

What: Highball
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm
Tickets: http://www.high.org

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Amy Burns {Hampton +Hudson}

Photo via Instagram @hamptonhudson

Allow me to introduce you to Amy Burns, whimsical bartender at Hampton + Hudson as well as competitor at the High Museum of Art’s High Ball. Originally from Toronto, Amy now lives in Atlanta with her 15 year dog, Bill Murray. Amy studied Art History at Georgia State and was more than excited that a mixology competition was being held amongst such amazing art. Her travels abroad have had a great deal of inspiration on tge development of her craft cocktails. She has a love for Tiki drink as “you can never be sad with a Tiki drink in front of you!” Her theme for the competition is Alice in Wonderland. I’m already a fan! You should probably grab a ticket so you don’t miss out! February 18th is the day! Be there!
Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

2pm

What did you have for dinner last night?
Steak & Sweet Potatoes 

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Vodka 

Name a cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.

The Last Word

Describe your job in one word.

Exciting 

What color is your toothbrush?

Pink 

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Mai Tai

Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Salvador Dali 

What would you make?

Clover Club

Popcorn or potato chips?

Popcorn 

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Power of Conversation 

Ginger ale or ginger beer?

Ginger Beer

Cocktail that represents Atlanta.

Ferrari

Worse cocktail served to you.

Pizza Martini

Mimosas or Bloody Mary?

Bloody Mary

Favorite menu item at Hampton + Hudson.
Hot Chicken Biscuit Sliders

Best midnight snack.

Hummus & Carrots

If you were ice cream, what would be your flavor?

Chunky Monkey

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go.

Greece

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Outgoing, optimist, funny

Weird quirk.

I like mayo on everything.

Advice for aspiring female bartenders.

Don’t let the boys push you around.  Stand your ground.

What: Highball
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm
Tickets: www.high.org

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Jonathan Turner {Grain Spirits + Food}

Photo provided by Jonathan Turner

On the road to the High Museum of Art‘s 1st mixology event, Highball, we meet Atlanta resident, Jonathan Turner. Before becoming the Beverage Director at Grain Spirits + Food, Jonathan worked as a photographer, a woodworker, as well as dabbling in the real estate industry. Five years ago he added bartender to his skillset.  He has worked at some of Atlanta’s well known establishments such as, 7 lamps, 1 Kept, and Tavernpointe. On February 18th, Jonathan will represent Grain with an amazing craft cocktail sure to be a crowd pleaser. Check out Jonathan’s rapid fire answers then head to the High Museum of Art and purchase ticket to the Highball so you don’t miss out!

Hometown?

Hapeville, Georgia
What time did you get up this morning?

6AM



What did you have for dinner last night?

Matag Burger

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

Gordon London Dry Gin



Describe your job in one word.

Composer



Describe your job in one cocktail.

Old Fashioned



Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.

Jerry Thomas



What would you make?

Stuck in a Barrel



Popcorn or potato chips?

Potato Chips

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Ability to see everything.



Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes.

Nothing really. I give the people what they want, and then something extra.



Bartender or mixologist?

Bartender



Cocktail that represents Atl

Mosaic Tempo



Mimosas or Bloody Mary?

(Shows tattoo of mimosa on finger)



Cocktail snob or nah?

Nah



Favorite menu item at Grain

Cheeseburger Tacos



Best midnight snack.

Does Whiskey count?

Advice for aspiring  bartenders.

Shut up, keep your head down, and listen.

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What:  Highball

Where:  Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When:  February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Tickets:  www.high.org

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Hannah Leonard {Grain Spirits + Food}

Photo provided by Hannah Leonard
Last night I sat down with Hannah Leonard at a place that’s she is very familiar with, the bar at Grain Spirits + Food. In this Midtown Atlanta establishment, she has served as bartender for the last 6 months. Her skillful expertise earned this Atlanta native an invitation to compete in the High Museum of Art’s first mixology event, Highball. With 11 years in the service industry and 4 years of bartending under her belt, she is coming to the competition with much craftmenship and passion. I think the other contestants need to watch out! During my visit I also asked a few rapid fire questions to get to know Hannah. Read her answers below, then come see her in action at Highball on February 18th.

Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

8:10, and then 8:45

What did you have for dinner last night

A sandwich, I think.

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

A Costa Rican Beer

A cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.

Sazerac

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Whiskey Neat

Popcorn or potato chips?

Popcorn

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Helping guest feel comfortable in their environment.

Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes.
I try not too. No judgements from me when it comes to what guest want to order.

Ginger ale or ginger beer

Ginger Ale

Bartender or mixologist?

Craft Bartender 

Cocktail that represents Atl

Suppressor

Worse cocktail served to you.

Jack and Ginger

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Mimosas

Cocktail snob or nah?

When creating, yes. Ordering, no.

Favorite menu item at Grain

The Dirty Chick or Black Lyte

Best midnight snack.

Whatever’s in the fridge that I don’t have to prepare. Also any soup ever.

Advice for aspiring female bartenders.

Find someone in the industry who is willing to invest in you. Do your homework. Know every answer before it’s asked.


What:  Highball

Where:  Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When : February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Tickets: www.high.org