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Atlanta, GA | Atlanta Art Week – Private Collection Tour with Cathy Byrd and Curator’s talk with Arnika Dawkins

October 2, 2022 | 12:00 pm

Two artworks, one my Monica McGivern, one by Wendi Schneider

Join ArtTable in Atlanta, GA during the inaugural Atlanta Art Week for a private collection visit with Cathy Byrd and an exhibition visit and tour of Wendi Schneider | States of Grace at Arnika Dawkins Gallery, with gallery founder and owner Arnika Dawkins.

Cathy Byrd invites ArtTable members into her 400 sq ft studio for a conversation about how she creates a sense of place with art, objects, and books collected since the 1970s in the U.S., Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. 

Arnika Dawkins Gallery is pleased to present States of Grace, a solo exhibition featuring a series of stunning photographic gilded pigment prints by Denver-based photographer Wendi Schneider during the inaugural edition of Atlanta Art Week. Drawn to the serenity she finds in elegant organic forms, Schneider creates unique objects of reverence to preserve vanishing beauty in our vulnerable environment. Schneider is a photographic artist who seeks beauty in a world that challenges our sense of inner peace. Her intuitive photographs center around “illuminated images inspired by the grace of organic forms: flora, fauna, and figura.” Each image is unique, differing in color or texture, and, as the effect of gilding inherently varies, resulting in photographic objects that shimmer with luminosity and elegance. Schneider helps us find our way back to beauty one image at a time.


  • ArtTable Members – $25
  • Member Guests/Non-Members – $35
  • Member + Guest – $60

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Please review the below before registering:

Private Collection: Face masks are not required. Hand sanitizer will be available and guests will be invited to use it. Anyone experiencing cold or Covid symptoms is kindly requested to stay home.

Gallery: Face masks are not required.

Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.

Private Collection: The studio is situated behind and downhill from the main house. There are no stairs, but the path is uneven in a few spots.

Gallery: The gallery is not wheelchair accessible. Guests are required to navigate stairs at this location.

If you would like additional information about accessibility or need particular accommodations for this program, please email Haley at

The private collection visit address will be shared with all attendees upon registration. Transportation to and from this program, as well as between locations, will not be provided. Attendees should plan accordingly.

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About the Speakers

Headshot of Cathy ByrdCathy Byrd is a contemporary artist, curator, educator, and art journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Art censorship, the environment, activism, public and performance art, the global diaspora, and technology are among her research interests. Broadening access to art and culture has been her priority since 2011. In a roving audio podcast that she launched from a park bench in Brooklyn, Byrd demystifies contemporary art through stories appealing to the cognoscenti and the curious. She engages with today’s issues and ideas on a platform that fuses digital media, sound art and social practice. Fresh Art International has streamed programming from the Everglades and Key West, São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and Dakar. The first 300 episodes of the podcast feature emerging and established artists, curators, writers, designers and filmmakers, as well as spiritual leaders, scientists, activists, and environmentalists at the center and fringe of creative communities around the world. Byrd considers it a privilege to witness and document the nuanced character of our cultural landscape. 

Portrait of Arnika Dawkins, seated on a benchArnika Dawkins is the owner of her eponymous fine art photography gallery established in Atlanta in 2012. The gallerist shows work by talented emerging and mid-career artists specializing in exhibiting fine art photography by African Americans and images of people from the African Diaspora. Her passion is connecting collectors to photography that is significant, inspiring, and provocative. As a fine art photographer and avid collector, herself, she is a valuable resource to collectors and artists alike. She is passionate about the medium, having obtained a Master of Arts in Digital Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Arnika Dawkins Gallery is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), where she serves on its board and as Education Committee chair for AIPAD Talks.

Images: Headshots courtesy of the speakers.

Thank you to Lauren Jensen and Waduda Muhammad, ArtTable Chapter Leaders in Metro Atlanta, for organizing this program.

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