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As we enter the middle of February, a winter’s chill has fallen on our small city of Decatur. Fortunately, it appears doubtful this chill had much effect on the little, thick-thighed, cupids with their arrows of love as they flitted around our wonderful restaurants and shops on Valentine’s Day.

If you had been fortunate enough to be out and about on Valentine’s Day you might have heard the low humming of the cupids’ rendition of “All You Need is Love” as they swooped and aimed at unsuspecting victims. Now, it isn’t really in the nature of the Decatur Arts Alliance to challenge the musical genius of the Beatles and even much less so to challenge small, armed, baby-like, winged creatures swooping out of the sky but we must disagree. For we know that from the caves of Lascaux to Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living humankind has needed to create, view, and analyze art.

Therefore we firmly propose to you, in disagreement with both the Beatles and all cupids, that, All you need is love . . . and ART.

With that proposal in mind we hope you will find something you need in our February offerings.

What Is Your Most Iconic Image of Decatur?

The 2011 Decatur Postcards

Here’s your chance to share your creativity with the community. Enter your art in the 2012 Decatur Postcard Project.

A jury of local artists and community leaders will meet in March to select up to ten images of Decatur for a set of classic tourist-style postcards You may be asked to bring in your original work. Each selected artist will receive a $150 honorarium and a credit line on the reverse side of his/her printed card, along with the satisfaction of having printed artwork that will travel the world. Two categories are open: student and adult. Find the guidelines and application on a separate blog post here.

Submission deadline: Monday, March 26, 2012

Get Art Grown in Our Own Backyard at HomeGrown Decatur

Painting by Dawn Kinney Martin

There is always something interesting to see at HomeGrown. It is Decatur’s artist cooperative market providing local artists, artisans, and craftspeople a venue for showing, selling, and demonstrating their work.

Visit and check out what’s fresh off the easel, hot out of the kiln, or straight off the sewing machine . . . .

The Hornet-Who-Stings-Like-Fire, the Leopard-of-the-Terrible Teeth and Ananse, the African Spiderman

Presented by the Blackfriars of Agnes Scott College

In this adaptation of the most popular of all African folk tales, the wily trickster Ananse the Spiderman weaves a web of adventures in the jungle and the sky. Fantastic fables featuring characters such as God of the Sky, the Leopard-of-the-Terrible-Teeth, the Hornet-Who-Stings-Like-Fire, and the Fairy-Men-Never-See are brought to life by actors playing both humans and animals. The performance features singing, dancing, drumming and storytelling, providing a bridge from West Africa to Agnes Scott’s Winter Theatre. Fun for all ages (with a special emphasis on the younger ages).

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
All Seats: $5 (free to Agnes Scott College students); Tickets available at the door
Reservations: 404-471-6248; group reservations and information: 404-471-6250

Beat the Drum Loudly: Drumming Classes at DrumRise

Even if you’ve never touched an instrument before . . . even if you think you’ve got no rhythm, YOU CAN learn to drum. A drumming class is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, relax and re-energize all at the same time! Drumming in a group has even been shown to positively affect your immune system. Drumming is good for you and fun for the whole family. Weekly classes are open to adults, teens 14+, and kids 11+ when accompanied by an adult. Drumming is a terrific activity for families to participate in together! And it’s never too late to start. For more information:

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