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Driving Miss Daisy Coming to Onstage Atlanta in January

Written on December 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm, by Angie Macon

Driving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Cathe Hall Payne

Bobbie Elzey as Miss Daisy
Nat Martin as Hoke
DeWayne Morgan as Booley

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. Driving Miss Daisy is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man.

The show runs January 10-25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Tickets are $20.

Please note: There will be two Sunday shows.

Sunday, Jan. 12, 3 pm: Tickets are $20
Enjoy Sunday dinner with all the fixings at 1:30 pm before the show.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 5 pm: Tickets are $12

Buy your tickets before Wednesday, Jan. 1 and use the promo code “friend” to get $3 off any Friday or Saturday show.

To purchase tickets, please visit Onstage Atlanta.

Onstage Atlanta Theatre Company
2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Call 404-897-1802

Images of Decatur Cemetery

Written on December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm, by Angie Macon

On Exhibit Dec. 5 Through Jan. 10

Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery/Decatur Visitors Center
113 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia
Reception with the artists on Thursday, Dec. 5 • 6-9 pm

Decatur’s largest greenspace with 58 acres of gently rolling hills, the historic Decatur Cemetery is the oldest municipal burying ground in the Atlanta area.

These photos are the creative result from the 2013 photo contest sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Cemetery, a dedicated volunteer group that works closely with the city to preserve and maintain the cemetery as a historic and cultural greenspace.

Image: Swing with a View, Alice Hawks

Decatur Wine Festival Tickets Still Available! (But Hurry!)

Written on October 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm, by Angie Macon

Decatur Wine Festival • Saturday, November 9

On the square in downtown Decatur • 1-4 pm

Taste wines from around the globe, sample delicious food from Decatur-area restaurants, and enjoy live music at metro Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival. The 2012 Decatur Wine Festival showcased nearly 500 domestic and international wines. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which produces the Decatur Arts Festival and many other arts events, free to the community each year.

Find out more here.

Check Out 17 Art Spots during Art Walk
Nov. 8

Written on October 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm, by Angie Macon

Art Walk • Friday, November 8

Locations throughout Decatur • 5-10 pm

Decatur galleries, shops and restaurants kick off the Decatur Wine Festival with a Friday evening ArtWalk. This single-night art experience, which is free and open to the public, features openings and receptions all around Downtown Decatur. Enjoy exhibits of all kind, meet the artists, and spend a night on the town.

1. Aimee Jewelry • 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Aimee Jewelry features local Atlanta artists specializing in impressionist, realist, and abstract styles. Learn about the artists’s work and listen to them speak about and explain their work. A question and answer session will follow.

Aimee Jewelry specializes in designer jewelry, home décor, women’s hip and sophisticated imported high fashion, and fine art in various styles and media from local artists. Sculptures, figurines, floor vases, crystal art objects, candelabras, and mirrors grace the tables and chairs throughout the gallery.

2. Ariel La Boutique • 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Ariel La Boutique offers fringe scarves made of yarn, ribbons, and recycled strips of silk; hand-made knitted and crocheted scarves; hand-made beaded jewelry; hand-made leather bracelets; hand-made belts made of recycled materials such as embroidered cottons and silks; and personally designed dresses and pants made from recycled silks.

Ariel La Boutique sells unique clothing hand-made by Ariela Telem.

3. Art Institute of Atlanta/Decatur • 1 W. Court Square, Suite 110

Imprint is an exhibition of photographic works by Linda and Gray Lyons. An imprint is an impression. A physical imprint is a permanent mark on the landscape. These images refer to a selection of objects, memories, and experiences that no longer exist yet continue to exert influence.

The AIA Decatur Gallery exhibits student and faculty work as well as the work of artists from the community.

4. Boogaloos • 246 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

5. Decatur Arts Alliance • 113 Clairemont Ave.

The completed Community Art Project, created by Paradise Studios and the Decatur community during the 25th Decatur Arts Festival, is on exhibit at the Decatur Arts Alliance gallery. Also featured are various works by the Paradise Studios artists.

6. Decatur CD • 356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Decatur CD is a Ticket Alternative Outlet.

7. Heliotrope • 248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Heliotrope is a gift store full of fun selections for the home and for special occasions.

8. Homegrown • 412 Church St.

Works by several area artists are on display: Ashlee Schleicher, creator of My Sweet Nomsa, specializes in modern minimalist jewelry; Chrissy Weeks, creator of Stems, makes original sewn goods; Gina Smith, creator of Thoughtful Art by Gina, deals with mixed media art and also makes hand-tooled leather cuffs; and Julia Farill, creator of Red Bird Ink, makes letterpress cards, prints, and coasters.

HomeGrown Decatur is the world’s only local funk artporium specializing exclusively in locally made art and goods, and is staffed by the artists themselves.

9. The Pinewood • 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Angus Galloway lives and works in Decatur. He is exhibiting recent works on paper that explore various approaches to drawing. His artwork has been featured in national and international exhibitions. Visit for more information.

The Pinewood is a restaurant inspired by fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The Pinewood’s team reinterprets classic recipes to create unique yet familiar dishes and cocktails. From jam to house sodas, everything we serve is made from scratch and by hand.

10. The Seen Gallery • 415 Church St.

The Seen Gallery is a multi-discipline art gallery working closely with established and mid-career artists, and it offers original painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, hand-blown glass, and limited editions prints.

11. Sq. Ft. • 149 Sycamore St.

Sq. Ft. is featuring works by Atlanta-based visual artist Emily Norman. She was formally trained in drawing and painting at Georgia State University. She works primarily with acrylic but incorporates photo transfers and collage into many of her pieces.

Sq. Ft. is a boutique located in downtown Decatur offering clothes, shoes, and accessories for adults and children.

12. Squash Blossom • 133 E. Court Square

Squash Blossom proudly features artist Ruby Franklin Tennies and her beautiful oils of the South and its many characters. Ruby will be present to discuss her works. Available for purchase and commission.

Squash Blossom is a mother and daughter owned women’s boutique located in the heart of Decatur that focuses on personalized service, really great clothes, and an experience to remember.

13. Sycamore Gallery • 120 Sycamore Place

The Sycamore Place Gallery offers “Art is the Mother Tongue,” exhibiting artworks from Europe, Asia, and the USA. This exhibition looks to show the universal language of art across cultures.

Ms. Sylvia Cross has been a fixture in the Atlanta arts scene for 25 years, except for a brief departure to live in a treehouse in Costa Rica, and in Verona, Italy. She teaches ages toddlers-to-adults in a comprehensive format where your environment complements the art. Classes are held at Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios in Decatur.

14. Trinity • 131 East Trinity Place

Trinity Mercantile and Design Co. features a local artist exhibition and sale that includes work from Anne Biedler, Barry Rhodes, John Madajewski, Lori Leary, Tom Myers, Nate Nardi, Lindsay Odell, Judy Parady, Cheryl Reid, Jen Soon, and Penny Treese. Trinity will serve Decatur’s own Three Taverns Beer 5-10 pm during ArtWalk.

Trinity is a retail home furnishings store that features upholstery, rugs, and lighting. They have great accessories for the home, gifts, and jewelry. Trinity also offers full service interior design.

15. Vivid Boutique • 133 East Court Square

Jody McFerren is an artist, author, and caterer who currently resides in the Atlanta area. Vivid Boutique will be offering his latest work.

Vivid Boutique is a one-of-a-kind specialty boutique offering unique selections, affordable prices, and great customer service.

16. Wild Oats and Billy Goats Gallery • 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Athens artist Jamie Calkin uses ink and watercolors in his loose landscapes, which dry quickly, and enable him to complete each painting outside and on site while getting his inspiration from the natural and man-made worlds around him. He will demonstrate his unique watercolor techniques during ArtWalk.

Wild Oats and Billy Goats is a whimsical folk art gallery located in downtown Decatur. In addition to offering paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, hand-sewn and yard art created by local and regional self-taught artists, the gallery offers adults and kids workshops and host birthday parties.

17. Worthmore Jewelers • 117 East Court Square

Worthmore Jewelers will feature original works of Fred Budin, Sue Ye, and Howard Kurtzman with in-store wine tasting during ArtWalk.

Worthmore Jewels strives to combine strikingly beautiful jewelry with an adventurous, unique atmosphere. The Worthmore approach has always been to embrace the strange and build a passionate team through open-mindedness and honest communication.

Sidewalk Saturdays Are Back!

Written on October 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm, by Angie Macon
October 19 & 26 • November 2 & 9
Downtown Decatur and in Oakhurst’s Harmony Park • 3-6 p.m.

Sidewalk Saturdays are back this fall, funded in part with proceeds from the Beer Festival. On Sidewalk Saturdays we line the sidewalks with a variety of performers. Come see storytellers, musicians, chalk artists, dancers, visual artists, spoken word artists and more. Be surprised by art as you stroll! Check out the upcoming performers here.

Reception with Photographer Nancie Sill

Written on October 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm, by Angie Macon

Join the Decatur Arts Alliance Friday, October 4, from 6 to 9 pm for a reception with artist Nancie Sill, whose “Travels” exhibit of photographs from Cuba is on display at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery at 113 Clairemont Ave. Drop in for refreshments, view the images and meet the artist. Can’t make it? That’s cool.You have until October 14 to see the show.

Call for Young Emerging Artists Grades K-12 for YEA!

Written on September 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm, by Angie Macon

Call for Young Emerging Artists Grades K-12 for YEA!
Arts Event on the Square in Downtown Decatur, Georgia
Saturday, October 5, 2013, Noon-4 p.m.

Yea! Artist Application (PDF)

Yea! Band Application (PDF)

Note: Application deadline is Sept. 23.

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) announces YEA!, a new event designed to celebrate the talents of young artists and musicians in Decatur, Georgia. On Saturday, Oct. 5 young Decatur artists (grades K-12) will set up an artists market on the square in downtown Decatur offering their creative works for sale, and musicians will perform. The festival hours are noon-4 pm.

The young artists will gain practical experience in event organization, marketing, and sales of their art work. They will be coached by the DAA staff, with participation by staffers from Decatur’s Children and Youth Services division, who have developed a successful summer entrepreneurs program.

“We are so excited about this unique opportunity to encourage Decatur’s talented youth to bring their creativity to the square and to kindle entrepreneurship,” says Angie Macon, executive director of the Decatur Arts Alliance. “Our goal is for our young emerging artists to have an outstanding experience participating in a community event, interacting on the downtown square with art lovers, family and neighbors. We want them to feel welcome as ongoing participants in the Decatur arts scene.”

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Decatur Craft Beer Festival.

The application deadline for the YEA! Artist Market is September 23, 2013. Artists and musicians may apply as individuals or as groups.

Open Now! The Book As Art: 21st Century Meets Tradition

Written on July 12, 2013 at 11:17 am, by Angie Macon
art of the book blog

July 19-September 20

Gallery at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
One West Court Square, Suite 110

Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur. An event of the 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival

The Decatur Arts Alliance and the gallery of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur introduce this new and exciting visual component of Artists’ books to the largest independent book festival in the country. The 47 juried works are on display July 19 to September 20 and include artists from 20 states, Canada and Israel. You don’t want to miss this intriguing show!

Enjoy a sneak peek here!

Enjoy the catalog document that includes the artists’ statements here. (PDF)

Please contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at for purchase information.


Upcoming DAA Events!

Written on June 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm, by Angie Macon
There are a few great Decatur Arts Alliance sponsored events happening this week in Decatur. First up on Thursday, June 20 at East Decatur Station is The Big Pop Up. There will be art, craft, jewelry, local brews, great food and live music from 6-9 p.m.  Come out and enjoy food from Erbert and Gerbert’s, Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen, Corner Pub, La Calaveras Bakery, Mobile Marlay Food Truck and the King of Pops. There will be performances on the courtyard by Kristen Englenz, Mike Killeen and Blake Helton Jazz as well as music at the New Street Studio with P-Jazz and special guests. Come out and enjoy this pop up art show!

Ker Seymer

On Friday night, June 21 from 7-10 p.m. the Atlanta Printmakers Studio will have an opening reception for their Keyholder Exhibition at the Decatur Visitors Center/Decatur Arts Alliance offices. The exhibit will run from June 21-July 15 at 113 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA.

Stacie Rose

During the Friday evening reception there will be light refreshments.  Chris Neuenschwander will be printing his awesome designs on t-shirts during the event.

We hope to see everyone Thursday and Friday night!

Artrospective Exhibit Opens Tonight!

Written on April 23, 2013 at 10:22 am, by Angie Macon

May 2-Sept. 30 • DeKalb History Center • Old Courthouse on the Square
101 East Court Square

The Decatur Arts Alliance marks the milestone 25th annivery of the Decatur Arts Festival with Artrospective, an exhibit at the DeKalb History Center. The exhibit opens this evening in conjunction with the DBA meeting. Artrospective will highlight the history of the event growth from humble local beginnings to wildly popular regional blockbuster success. The collection includes festival posters and logos, T-shirts, press clippings, and loads of festival memorabilia. A collection of photos taken on the square in the early 1990s will provide newcomers and visitors a unique perspective on the evolution of the city.
Above: The Decatur Arts Festival, circa 1991

The exhibit is curated by Decatur Active Living Assistant Director Cheryl Burnette, who served as the executive director of the Arts Alliance and managed the Arts Festival from 1999 to 2008.