|Executive Director Sally Macaulay and Curator Kelsey Moran|
|100 Years of the Coca-Cola Bottle | 40 x 40 | Oil on canvas | 2015|
|Star Drug Store Drink Coca-Cola | 40 x 46 | Oil on canvas | 2015|
The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art will present a new exhibit “Catch the Wave: The Coca-Cola Company and Mason Fine Art Collections,” opening April 16 through June 26.The exhibit will feature original works by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Haddon Sundblom and Andy Warhol, along with contemporary artists such as Steve Penley, Kate Brinkworth and Todd Ford.
“Throughout history, The Coca-Cola Company has linked its flavors with the most popular designs and lifestyles of the era through the art of advertisement,” said Kennesaw resident Kelsey Moran, MCMA Curator.
MCMA will feature traditional and contemporary art. “The fact that we are showcasing a Coca-Cola exhibit implies that we are featuring the art of advertisement. Indeed we are, with the timeless and original paintings of Rockwell and his studies for advertisement used by The Coca-Cola Company, interpretations of Coke by Andy Warhol, and, of course, Sundblom’s Santa Clause,” she said.
The exhibit is a unique chance for the community.
“This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Coca-Cola is everywhere, it is such an integral part of culture, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to stand in front of the artwork that started it all and continues to propel the company,” Moran said.
As part of the exhibit, MCMA will unveil a community display made with 20-ounce Coca-Cola products. “The community and local schools have worked hard to decorate these bottles in order for this public art display to be unique to Marietta Square,” she said.
“This exhibition will surely provide the community with a nostalgic glimpse of the ‘good old times,’ providing a refreshing pause from the chaos of today’s world and a moment to be wowed by the contemporary works from the Coca-Cola Archives and Mason Fine Art Gallery; Otto Lange, Kim Karelson, James Zamora, Sally Tharp, Will Rafuse, and Cason Adams,” Moran said.
The opening reception is April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is free for Members, $10 for guests. Carriage House Catering has prepared a special menu with Coca-Cola as the featured ingredient.