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16 Likes, 3 Comments: Paintings by Leah Owenby

Written on January 13, 2015 at 9:27 am, by Angie Macon
Exploring an Addiction to Social Media

“This project started when I complimented a friend on her photograph and said she should frame it, says artist Leah Owenby. “We joked that it would never exist outside of Facebook, so I offered to paint it for her. When I took a screen shot for later reference, the ‘done’ and icons below tickled me.  Why not?, I thought, make that part of the painting as well?”

We receive a flood of information on social media including poignant, tender, and humorous displays of the human condition. But rarely do we stop for longer than a few seconds as we scan our feeds. In this series of “little paintings,” Leah Owenby lifts moments from Facebook, SnapChat, and Instagram and spends time with them, elevating the mundane, and making fleeting images into fine art. Each is the result of a mindful, meditative process, quite the opposite experience we often have as we mindlessly scroll through social media.

Leah adds, “The funny thing is as I work on these, I make sure to log OFF the actual sites, as they tend to distract and depress me.”

Leah Owenby is lucky enough to live and work where-it’s-greater in Decatur, Georgia. An alum and staff member of Agnes Scott College, she now works with all of her former art and theatre professors in a dream job that allows her time to be an artist and go home for lunch every day. Blending whimsy with sarcasm and bright colors, her art wanders between mediums from blind-contour portraits to diabetic assemblages. Visit her at, and of course, on Facebook . . .

Opening Reception
Friday, Jan. 30, 6-8 pm

On View
10 am-4 pm

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Sponsorships Available for the Decatur Arts Festival

Written on January 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm, by Angie Macon
Calling all businesses and organizations large and small!

Mark your calendar for the Decatur Arts Festival Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24.

If you are ready to:
- promote your product or service
- increase brand awareness
- sample or coupon to consumers
- collect customer leads
- engage with your target consumer

. . . you can bet the Decatur Arts Festival will deliver all this and more.

Ready to get started? To take the next steps, click here.

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Call for Artists for 2015 Fine Arts Exhibition

Written on January 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm, by Angie Macon
The Decatur Arts Alliance is now accepting entries for the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2015 Decatur Arts Festival. Artist applications will be accepted through Jan. 5 through Feb. 23.

Download the complete details here.
Check out the 2014 Fine Arts Exhibition here.

The Alliance invites artists working in all media to apply for the juried exhibition that is a part of the 27th annual Decatur Arts Festival. This exhibition contributes a fresh and unique perspective to the festival and to an audience representing a broad spectrum of knowledge and appreciation of the arts, addressing this spectrum with a diversity of styles and media. Works selected for the show reflect a wide range of artists’ experiences and viewpoints, with excellence as a common thread. All works must be original and completed within the last two years.

Read more here.

Jan. 15 Is Grilled Cheese Night at Souper Jenny,

Written on January 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm, by Angie Macon
Save the Date!
Jan. 15 is Grilled Cheese Night at Souper Jenny, and proceeds benefit the YEA! arts event.

Souper Jenny is at 1 W. Court Square in downtown Decatur. 

The YEA! event for young emerging artists in Decatur grew exponentially this year, with more students setting up booths in the big tent on the square and more performances scheduled for the bandstand. The level of creativity exhibited by our artists, crafters, bakers and musicians is truly amazing.

Generous community support makes it all possible.

We have exciting plans for more student arts programming in Decatur and we look forward to your continuing support in the coming year.

— Angie Macon, DAA Executive Director

It’s Time to Renew Your DAA Membership for 2015!

Written on January 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm, by Angie Macon
Help the arts in Decatur grow and thrive in the new year with vibrant arts programming for all audiences.

A lantern parade in May, seed grants for four local artists, Sidewalk Saturdays pop-up performances, the YEA! art event for young emerging artists, the Decatur postcard project, the critically acclaimed Book As Art exhibition, member events, year-round exhibitions in the DAA gallery, the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival, and of course, the Decatur Arts Festival – the arts in Decatur reached all corners of the city and we have more planned for the coming year.

We need your support, so join or renew today!

Our members receive advance notice of upcoming arts events, special deals and discounts, and exclusive members-only arts events. Be a part of the artsy fun!

— Angie Macon, DAA Executive Director

Decatur Wine Festival • Nov. 8

Written on October 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm, by Angie Macon

Saturday, Nov. 8 • 12:30-4:30 pm
On the Square in Downtown Decatur

Taste wines from around the globe, sample delicious food from Decatur-area restaurants, and enjoy tunes from DJ Troy Cono at metro Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival. Purchase your tickets at

Student Clothesline Art Show • Oct. 17

Written on October 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm, by Angie Macon

We provide the clothespins, you provide the art!

Friday, Oct. 17 • 6-8:30 pm
Color Wheel • 508 Howard Ave.

Student artists, bring your artwork and hang it on our clothesline to show off your artwork to Decatur’s arts community. Everyone is invited to check out the artwork and enjoy snacks and music from our DJ.

Presented by Decatur Arts Alliance

Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival • Oct 11

Written on September 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm, by Angie Macon
oakhurst-boothsoamf-logoSaturday, October 11 • 10 am-7 pm
Oakhurst Village • Decatur

Kick off the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival at 9 am with the Oakhurst 5K Run/Walk. Browse nearly 50 booths of unique, hand-crafted items from local artists at the Artists Market from 10 am-7 pm. Listen to live musical performances all day long, watch or march in the parade at 3 pm, and enjoy hours of free and creative fun with the kids in the kid’s zone.

For more information, run registration, and the full musical line-up visit

This event is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Gala Opening for The Book As Art Aug. 28

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm, by Angie Macon


Swing by the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery at 1 W. Court Square Thursday, Aug. 28 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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DAA Announces Four $500 Seed Grants for Artists

Written on August 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm, by Angie Macon

Decatur Artist Grants Available – Apply by Aug. 31

The Decatur Arts Alliance awards four seed grants – each worth $500 – to local artists. Submit your application by Aug. 31 for consideration. Only one submission per person.

Your one-page application must include:
Project description (150 words)
How will the project impact Decatur? (35 words)
How will the project be experienced? (35 words)

Submit grant application by Aug. 31 (Only the first 50 submissions will be considered)
All projects must be completed by Dec. 30, 2014
Summary report with images and written statement due Jan. 15, 2015

Submit applications to

The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur. The DAA sponsors annual festivals as well as special art events for members only. It also provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within Decatur and to develop the city as a strong arts community. To learn more, visit the website or call 404-371-9583.

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