2019 Poster Unveiling
The unveiling of the Arts Festival poster was on May 9 at the Solarium, 321 W. Hill St., Decatur, GA 30030 in Oakhurst. Beverages for the event were provided by Three Taverns, Arches Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, and Decatur Package Store, food by Tonya Burkett, and festive décor by Swagalicious. Musician Jimmy Galloway provided the soundtrack for the evening.
About the Artist – Amanda Bennett
The Decatur Arts Festival selected Amanda Bennett for the 2019 poster artwork. Bennett remembers painting as a child with her grandmother, who used a spatula as her primary tool. Years later, staring at the blank walls of her loft in Birmingham, Ala., she rediscovered her passion for the process of creation. Though it began as a practical answer to the abject poverty of life after college, this act of thrifty outfitting inspired her to cultivate her own unique style, a place where process demands as much attention as its end result.
As a Huntsville, Ala., native, Bennett spent 10 years in Nashville, where she finally got serious about her art. Her music-inspired art gained local attention, as her signature guitars found their homes in local digs such as Fanny’s House of Music on the east side. When Bennett decided to step away from the pace of nine-to-five living, her art reflected her transformation.
She moved through a transcendent few months of abstracts and then awakened one morning from a night of mixed media dreaming. She has taken a few of her favorite things — mid-century advertising, acrylic mediums and photography — and transformed them into a pop art-inspired funk style mashup for your viewing pleasure. Bennett now humbly hangs her hat in the city of New Orleans. The city’s rhythm, color palette and energy continue to stir and ignite a creative process born in the deep south.
Bennett is never too far from her grandmother’s easel, creating art inspired by the technique and the soul of her teacher.
Take the poster home with you!
Visit the Information Tent on the MARTA plaza during the Artists Market and check out the T-shirt selection and poster with this year’s artwork. See the map at left for the tent location.
Poster Unveiling Committee:
Faye Sykes, Mari Atwell, Tonya Burkett, Mitzi Hill, Julie Rhame