Cambrian: Arts & Events

Patrick Dennis has grand plans for new Cambria gallery, studio

Patrick Dennis works on a painting in his gallery.
Patrick Dennis works on a painting in his gallery.

Patrick Dennis has been a musician, restaurateur, teacher, museum specialist and lobbyist who’s also founded 13 art festivals.

These days, he’s planning for the Oct. 3  grand opening for his Working Artist Studio.

The studio, home to Patrick Gallery, displays Dennis’ works and those of visiting guest artists. It opened quietly on Aug. 15 at 815 Main St., Suite C, in the West Village — a former pet shop.

Dennis began painting seriously in 2005 and, the following year, founded the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces to give the public better access to art. The foundation worked for city and county ordinances to give new opportunities to artists.

In addition to his work as an artist and festival coordinator, Dennis has been a judge, writer and speaker in the arts community.

An oil painter, Dennis works in “an impressionistic landscape style that most people consider serene or soothing. I never include people or animals, just the elements of air, water and soil. Sometimes I paint a specific place, but more often the landscape is the result of my imagination based on memories or time spent in or near water.”

Dennis moved to Cambria to help his mother, who has lived in the community for 25 years.

“When one of my favorite retail spaces on Main Street became available in August, I saw it as the perfect artist’s loft. It hit me: ‘This is what I was meant to do.’”

Dennis said the public is welcome to stop by and watch him paint, as well as to use the gallery as a gathering place. Musical sessions, wine tasting, yoga and painting activities are among the events he envisions holding there.