Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Tomorrow

Garry Mealor, "Strained," transparent watercolor, 28" x 17"

Tuesday, May 19 • 5:15-7 pm
Dalton Gallery • Dana Fine Arts Building • Agnes Scott College • 141 E. College Ave.

Be among the first to view an intriguing collection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media selected by this year’s distinguished jury – Molly Rose Freeman, Ben Goldman, and Amanda Hellman. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Held in conjunction with the May meeting of the Decatur Business Association. Free parking in the Agnes Scott Parking deck (entrance on South McDonough Street). Get a sneak peek and more info on the exhibition here.

Artwork: Garry Mealor, “Strained,” transparent watercolor, 28″ x 17″

Volunteer at the Festival!

Our annual hometown arts event begins in less than two weeks. There are plenty of different opportunities for you to get involved. Most involve committing just a couple of hours of time. Shifts begin with setup on Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning at 7-10 am, through Sunday early evening. You can help welcome guests, boothsit during artist breaks, or assist with the silent auction, the Kids Art area, Decatur Makers and more. All volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt.

Already registered with Volunteer Decatur? Click here to look at open Arts Festival shifts.
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Questions? Email or call the Decatur Visitor Center at 678-615-0915.

Poster Unveiling Tonight on the Square

May 7 • 5:30-7:30 pm • on the square in downtown Decatur
Join us and be one of the first to see this year’s Arts Festival poster. Take home a copy of the festival poster, enjoy an artsy springtime picnic on the square – catered by Tonya Burkett of Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant – and kick off arts month in Decatur with a pop of color! Thanks to Tonya as well as General Wholesale Beverage for providing drinks and Jimmy Galloway for music for the event.

Celebrate the arts all through May!

Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and this year’s festival bursts with artful opportunities and events — artist market, live musical performances, improvisational and stand-up comedy, a children’s festival and parade, literary events, dance performances and more! But remember there’s plenty of fun to be had at the pre-festival events too.

Take a stroll downtown during Sidewalk Saturdays, a pop-up, street-side art event. Enjoy engaging storytellers, musicians, dancers and more May 2-16. Join us for the 2015 festival poster unveiling on the old courthouse square May 7. See exhibits at shops, galleries and restaurants on May 22 during Artwalk, Decatur’s largest one-night gallery event – now with a DJ and fire twirler.

Call for Artists for 2015 Fine Arts Exhibition

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.

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.

Pictured: Fantome du Carnivale by Ernie Fournet (Colored pencil, 18 x 30 in.)

Read more here.

Last Call—Sunday, June 8

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.

It’s Sunday, and Yes, There’s More in Store

A jam-packed Sunday here at the festival starts off at 11 am when the artists market opens for browsing. Performances begin at noon. Did we mention that this is all free?

There’s a performance on the Community Bandstand every hour beginning with Sehwe Village Percussion, followed by Dean Johanesen, Bonaventure Quartet, and the famous Randall Bramblett. Geoff Achison, at 4 pm, wraps up the festival. Read all about the music lineup here.

Check out the Acoustic Palette tent in front of the Art Institute on W. Ponce and treat yourself to the wonderful Elise Witt at 12:30 and the delightful Skipperdees at 2 pm.

Wanna laugh? Sure you do! We’ve got all kinds of comedy: comedy magician Ken Scott at noon (Old Courthouse / DeKalb History Center), and in the LOL tent on the MARTA plaza you’ll find Whole World improv at 1 pm and at 4 pm, Open Mic at 3 pm.

Meet children’s book author Brooke Barad at 1:30 pm, get in the groove with Mishara Duncan and Zumba dance at 2 pm, and enjoy a show by puppeteer Peter Hart at 3:30 pm, all in the Old Courthouse DeKalb History Center at Ponce and Clairemont. These events are part of the festival’s literary arts programming. While you’re there, check out the DeKalb History Center exhibits.

Take a dance class with Beacon Dance Artistic Director D. Patton White! Today at 1 pm he will lead participants in the basic steps of east cost swing and salsa dancing. So you have fun AND learn from a master, right? And it’s free! Two-step your way over to the Decatur Recreation Dance Studio at 231 Sycamore St. for that — it’s OK, this is the Arts Festival. Creative walking encouraged.  Afterward, enjoy performances at 2:30 pm and at 4 pm of seven short dance works. Get the details here.

Ongoing: the Fine Arts Exhibition at the Agnes Scott Gallery is a big show with 45 works of art on display in a variety of media. A little off the beaten path, totally worth the short walk (or bike trip, scoot or drive). If you don’t get there today you have through June 8 to check it out when we host the “Last Call” event.

Decatur Library has “Storybook Look: Illustrations by Southern Artists,” a show you can see now and through June 8.

And of course the artists market is in full swing on Ponce and Clairemont and the MARTA plaza. Browse your way through 165 booths and see what catches your eye!

Hungry? New this year is a delicious line-up of the area’s best food trucks, all open for business on E. Court Square. And of course you have your choice of Decatur’s famous restaurants all over downtown Decatur, Oakhurst Village and other nearby hot spots. You can see that complete list here.

See you on the square in downtown Decatur!



Fine Arts Exhibition Opens May 20

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.

Pictured: “A Flock of Starlings,” by Michelle Kingdom, embroidery on linen.

Lantern Parade TONIGHT in downtown Decatur!

Come on out and enjoy the spectacle as Decatur’s creative kids of all ages wind their way through the streets of Decatur with lanterns of all shapes and sizes! The Black Sheep Marching Ensemble will lead the way. The parade line-up is at 7:45 pm at Color Wheel Studio, 508 Howard Ave. Step-off is 8:45 pm, and the parade ends up on the square in downtown Decatur. This event is organized by the Decatur Education Foundation and sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance as part of the Decatur Arts Festival. May is arts month in Decatur! See more about it here.