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Join the community on Sunday, April 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the dedication of the MARTA Mural and the KaBOOM! Playscape under the bridge.  The celebration will take place at the corner of W. Trinity & Atlanta Avenues under and around the MARTA Overpass and under the bridge.  We’ll have cookies and ice cream and a cool art project with the Milagros Collective.  Come join the fun!

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Artists in Decatur

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Despite the unseasonably cool temps today, artists with the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational are out and about painting scenes of Decatur. Decatur Arts Alliance Board member, Doug Aholt, took these photos earlier this morning.

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If you can’t find an artist during the day, stop by the square around 5 p.m. All 30 artists will bring their Decatur paintings to the first floor of the historic courthouse to sell. For more information, visit www.olmstedpleinair.com

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Plein Air

What: Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Decatur Day
When: Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Open to the public, some events are ticketed.

The annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is a week-long painting competition that takes place around Atlanta. On Thursday participating artists will come to Decatur and paint Decatur scenes outdoors (“en plein air”) starting at 9 a.m. Find an artist and watch him or her paint for a couple of minutes, an hour, or all day.

At 1 p.m., Impressionist landscape painter and invited master artist, Phil Sandusky, will recount his adventures documenting “en plein air” the devastation of Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans during his lecture at Trinity Mercantile. A book signing will follow. A $20 donation is suggested.

At 4 p.m., the artists will relocate in and around the bandstand on the square, setting up their new paintings from the day for judging. Mayor Garrett and the Decatur Arts Alliance will present the Decatur Community Award to the winning contemporary impressionist painter. Paintings will be available for purchase right off of the artists’ easels that evening as well.

The After Party is at 9 p.m. at Communion. Mix and mingle one-on-one with the invited master artists. Ticket price is $35, purchase online or on the square that day.

For details visit www.olmstedpleinair.com

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Milagros Collective, the artists chosen to design and paint the mural on the MARTA overpass at the corner of W. Trinity and Atlanta Avenues are back to finish painting the mural and to help with installation of the newly created Playspace underneath the bridge.

Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre (the artists that make up the Milagros Collective) will begin painting on Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m.  They will paint each day from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. from April 1 – April 9.  West Trinity Avenue will be closed to through traffic near the overpass so that they will have safe access in order to paint the rest of the mural.

The following vehicles will be allowed to enter through the locations:  vehicles going and coming from 700 Atlanta Ave., vehicles going and coming to the Decatur Police Dept. or Decatur Municipal Court, delivery drivers for Trinity Walk, employees and visitors of the Task Force for Global Health.  Trinity Walk residents should enter and exit the complex via W. Trinity Place at Waters Street.

Thank you for your patience as we beautify this area and save the date of Sunday, April 23 for the dedication and celebration of the community mural and new playspace.  Celebration details to follow once they are confirmed.  In the meantime, feel free to walk by the location and watch the progress.

 

 

 

 

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Join Core Performance Company at Lunchtime in the Studiodiscuss
Life Interrupted and how Core Performance Company uses performance as a catalyst for social justice dialogue.  This event is FREE!
Reserve your lunch and beverage here. 

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Westchester

This morning third graders from Westchester Elementary dropped some free art around the square as part of their Human Impact Expedition.

Some of the art has already been found, but there are still a few pieces scattered around. Hint: blue teapot.

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Green Ginger is hosting a lion dance and food tasting this Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The event is free. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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The mural on the MARTA Overpass at W. Trinity Place and Atlanta Ave. is almost complete. The Milagros Collective, consisting of artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Filastre, began work on the mural in the middle of November.

The project was initially delayed in order to do a lead abatement on the steel girders and while the rain was much-needed, it caused more delay in the painting process. The artists worked for a month through the middle of December and one side of the mural is just about finished along with the pilings under the Overpass.  The other side has been pressure washed and primed and is ready for the detail work.

Felici and Joey are part of a residency program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) from the end of December through the end of January.

They will return to finish the mural the first week of April when the weather is warmer so the paint will adhere better.  In addition to finishing the mural, they will be working with Decatur Active Living and the community at the Decatur Housing Authority to enhance the area under the bridge.

The area under the bridge has been funded by a KaBoom! Play Everywhere grant to create a playspace that will give the community a pleasant place to stop by and be physically active.  The space will be an extension of the mural and have features such as hopscotch, four-square, an artist-created bench and more.  The space is also used as a bus stop by the adjacent community and once the mural is complete and the space is activated, it will be brighter, more welcoming, and add an element of fun to the area.

The video shows the artists at work and at the end of their last day they are caught on camera a little weary but still smiling!

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Tuesday, May 24
• Decatur Arts Festival Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:15-7 p.m.
Community Budget Gathering, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25
Blue Sky Concert, noon-1 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26
Bright at Night Walk, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27
• Decatur ArtWalk, 5-10 p.m.
EnCORE: Dance on Film, 7-8:30 p.m.
Eight is Great at Worthmore Jewelers, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Decatur Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Decatur Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Concerts on the Square, 7-9:30 p.m.

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2016 Code Updates and Contractor Information Session

The City of Decatur’s Design, Environment and Construction Division (DEC) is reaching out to all builders and contractors who have previously done work in the City of Decatur to participate in a 2016 Code Updates and Information Session.

Representatives from the Building Section of DEC will be on hand to present information on a variety of topics related to permitting, construction and development in the City of Decatur.

The session will be held on January 25th at 4PM at the Community Room at the Leveritt Public Works Building, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030

This year’s topics will include:
1. New and amended building codes for 2016 issued by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs;
2. Review of common zoning regulations for single family residential properties;
3. High Performance Building Standards Update;
4. Plan Reviews: plan submittals and resubmittals; and
5. Revised procedure for permitting, inspections and project closeout.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards, participants will be able to ask questions and enjoy refreshments. Space for this event is limited, so please RSVP to Building Official Mark Ethun at 678-553-6508 or mark.ethun@decaturga.com.

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