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Sightings – Opening March 20 at the DAA Gallery

Written on March 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm, by Angie Macon
Works by artist Terry Drahos

Sightings features mixed media works by artist Terry Drahos, who divides her time between rural Nova Scotia and Atlanta. This series chronicles 13 years of travel between these two places – capturing split-second observations taken from car windows, walks, and moments at home. Drahos’ work is intuitive and spontaneous, inspired by momentary sightings of color, composition, and compelling content from the world around her. She applies an abstract approach along with formal design principles to photo-transfer and oil painting methods to create her works. Drahos writes:

“For the past 10 years my art practice has had an abstract nature, grounded in formal elements. While this work is a departure using photographs as the foundation to the paintings it maintains its grounding in the elements of art and principles of design.”

Drahos is an active member of the Nova Scotia arts community, serving on the Board of Directors of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, as a chairperson of the Alliance of Kings Artists, and as the founder and director of the Uncommon Common Art Project. Known primarily for her vibrant paintings in oil and encaustic, she occasionally works in other media such as sculpture and installation. Her work often examines social identity and perceptions. Drahos has exhibited nationally, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Industry Growth Grant from Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Her paintings are featured at Secord Gallery (Halifax, NS), Harvest Gallery (Wolfville, NS), and Koyman Gallery (Ottawa).

Visit to learn more.

Opening Reception
Friday, March 20 • 6-8 pm

On View
Through April 30
Tuesdays-Saturdays • 10 am-4 pm

Original artwork for sale during exhibition.

What Is Your Most Iconic Image of Decatur?

Written on January 15, 2015 at 11:02 am, by Angie Macon
Put It on a Postcard!


The 2015 Decatur Postcard Project is looking for artists, students, residents, businesses and members of the community who would like to submit images that reflect different aspects of the city. If you have photos or other artwork that captures the essence of what Decatur is all about and would like to share, send in your work. Submissions are welcome from all ages.

A jury will select six pieces that best represent Decatur for a set of postcards, which will go on sale in May. The cards will be available at the Decatur Visitors Center and local retailers.

Keep in mind as you select your entries: brides like to use the postcards for wedding “Save the Dates” and parents like to use them for children’s thank you notes.

Submission deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015.
More details about the guidelines and a printable application are available here. (PDF)

Additional forms
Artists release form (PDF)
Model release form (PDF)
Minor release form (PDF)

More information:



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.