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Jet Drip Paintings Exhibit Opens August 8

Written on August 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm, by Angie Macon

Open Aug. 8 • Reception 6-9 pm
Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery / Decatur Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave.
On View Tuesdays-Saturday 10 am-4 pm

Adam Pinsley’s Jet Drip Painting series, show-cases works inspired by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. His oversized, colorful, and unique paintings tap into the world of commercial aviation through their materiality. Moving away from traditional artist mediums, Pinsley uses all commercial-grade aircraft components. Using aircraft aluminum as his canvas and scrap metal in place of brushes, he pours, drips, and dribbles commercial-grade aircraft paint to make his artwork. Pinsley upends the traditional vertical canvas to layer paint from all directions, creating dynamic texture and dimension in each piece.

Visit to learn more.

Friday, July 18 Is Preview Night for The Book as Art Exhibition

Written on July 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm, by Angie Macon
Preview Night for The Book As Art


Swing by the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery at 1 W. Court Square this Friday and be one of the first to explore our juried selection of artists books.

A delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, artist books make tangible forms that introduce us to new interpretations of an ancient concept and also to questions and ideas about 21st century form and format. The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits is juried from entries arriving from all over the world, and includes artists ranging in experience from students to recognized professionals in the medium. The Book as Art is proud to include examples of the finest in the field, from artists in twenty states, Canada, Israel, and Germany.

The book as a physical object in an increasingly digital world remains stubbornly analog. Those with narrative content offer the frustrations of sequential visuals – the viewer longs to see more than one segment at a time but the format allows only a gradual reveal. Sculptural objects interpreting the concept of the book also require more than a glance to draw the viewer into a deeper understanding of what books are and can be. Both narrative and sculptural interpretations are included in this exhibition for your viewing and interpretive pleasure.

More information is available here.

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Call for Artists! Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival 2014

Written on June 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm, by Angie Macon
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival Call for Artists

The Decatur Arts Alliance invites you to apply for booth space in the juried outdoor artists market area of the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival.

The Artists Market, open 10 am-7 pm, features the juried work of 50 artists in all types of media.

The festival is held in the historic Oakhurst neighborhood in the City of Decatur, Georgia, just five miles from downtown Atlanta. The artists market is open from 10 am until 7 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The festival features continuous entertainment on the music stage adjacent to the artists market, a children’s arts festival and a community nonprofit area.

Get more information, including a downloadable application and convenient online payment link, here.

Call for Young Emerging Artists Grades K-12!

Written on June 22, 2014 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, Sept. 27, 2014, Noon-4 p.m.

Application information is available here.

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) announces the return of YEA!, a popular new event designed to celebrate the talents of young artists and musicians in Decatur, Georgia. On Saturday, Sept. 27 young Decatur artists (grades K-12) 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 gain practical experience in event organization, marketing, and sales of their art work. They are 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 Aug. 25, 2014. Artists and musicians may apply as individuals or as groups. Applications for the artist market and the musical stage are available online at


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The Big Pop Up Returns to East Decatur Station June 12

Written on June 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm, by Angie Macon
Featuring Local Arts and Crafts, Music, Food and Craft Beer

June 12, 6-9 pm • East Decatur Station, 111 New Street, Decatur

The Decatur Arts Alliance and East Decatur Station (EDS) present the Big Pop Up III on June 12 from 6-9 pm. Come and explore this popular mixed-use complex of dining, retail and studios between Agnes Scott College and Avondale Estates for a pleasant summer evening of art, crafts, music, food and drinks. New this year, Three Taverns Craft Beers will offer a special price on their brewery tour and tastings, and their parlor will be open for an exhibition of original art curated by VINSONart with live music by P-Jazz. Mingei World Arts make their Big Pop Up debut from their new home at EDS.

The Mobile Marlay Fish ‘n Chips truck will return, as will live acoustic music in the courtyard. Visitors can browse and buy locally made arts, crafts and jewelry. Kid-friendly activities will be available.

This event is free and open to all ages. There will be plenty of parking, or you can take MARTA to the Avondale Station. East Decatur Station is just a short walk away, at the corner of East College and New Street.

Visit for up-to-the-minute details. Or contact Meghan DeCastro,, 404-377-5188 or Shawn Vinson,, 404-939-2787.

The Lexicon of Sustainability

Written on June 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm, by Angie Macon
lexicon of sustainability

Slow Food Atlanta Presents The Lexicon of Sustainability
Informational Artwork Pop-up Show

Opening Reception June 5 • 6-9 pm
Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery /Decatur Visitors Center
113 Clairemont Ave., Downtown Decatur

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Last Call for the Fine Arts Exhibition • June 8

Written on June 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm, by Angie Macon
last call for the fine arts exhibition

Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building
141 E. College Ave. (map)

Join us for the closing of the Fine Arts Exhibition at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery in the Dana Fine Arts Building this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We’ll hear from some of the artists, share refreshments and enjoy some music. Free parking in the Agnes Scott parking deck (entrance on S. McDonough Street).

Take a peek at the exhibit here.

Tonight! Fine Arts Exhibit Opening Reception at ASC Gallery

Written on May 20, 2014 at 12:13 am, by Angie Macon
Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building
141 E. College Ave. (map)
Opening Reception Tuesday, May 20 • 5:15-7 pm

Be among the first to view an intriguing collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media selected by this year’s distinguished jury. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Held in conjunction with the May meeting of the Decatur Business Association. Read more about this exhibition here.

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“Echoes of Freedom,” May 20-21 Only at Old Courthouse

Written on May 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm, by Angie Macon
May 20 and 21 Only!

Charmine-Minniefield“Echoes of Freedom,” an Installation by Visual Artist Charmain Minniefield

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this exhibit incorporates ancestry research and art specific to DeKalb County. View the visual “shrine,” and participate in a conversation with the artist on the importance of remembering the ancestors whose sacrifices paved the way to freedom today.

Tuesday, May 20, noon: Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, May 21, 7 pm: Reception, artist talk
Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square

Donations encouraged. Tickets available here.
Find out more about the project here.

‘Persistent Eyes’ Exhibit Opens at Old Courthouse

Written on May 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm, by Angie Macon

Persistent Eyes/continuity of the creative

an exhibition of visual art created by homeless artists presented by the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center

Thursday, May 8 • 6:30-9 pm
Old Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Decatur [map]

Join us and experience the work of people for whom the creative impulse persists through all life circumstances, even as they travel the dark roads of homelessness.

Tickets are $40 ($25 for students) and include:

  • Delicious food, beer and wine, and other tasty beverages
  • Live music played by local artists
  • Time to enjoy beautiful and expressive artwork created by guests who participate in our weekly art program, as well as works created by staff and volunteers
  • The opportunity to buy art you like or purchase greeting cards, a Central ArtWorks book, and other gifts created with guest art

Click here for more information about the event and to purchase your tickets online. To learn more email Sharon Damelio or call 404-601-3110.

Central Outreach & Advocacy Center is a 501c3 nonprofit in downtown Atlanta that provides emergency services, such as access to food, clothing, shelter, and identification, to homeless and near-homeless individuals to help meet their immediate and critical needs. We also offer innovative employment readiness training to help our guests build job skills and find meaningful, living-wage employment, and we work with our community-housed and unhoused alike-to bring about positive changes in the policies and attitudes that contribute to homelessness.

Central Outreach & Advocacy Center
201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303