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This Is Something We Had to Go Through

“This Is Something We Had to Go Through,” by James Davis | Northeast corner of Sycamore and Church streets

Five Sculptures Are Now Installed in Downtown Decatur.
They are the first part of the Decatur Artway, the public arts initiative established by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur.

Check them out anytime, and join us Oct. 11, 2-4 pm, for the opening reception with the artists. Look for tents set up near each installation and enjoy light refreshments as you view the sculptures. Information about the pieces and the artists will be available. Find out more about the Decatur Artway here.

"Mortification,” by Matthew Phillips | Upper MARTA plaza, near Squash Blossom at 113 E. Court Square

“Mortification,” by Matthew Phillips | Upper MARTA plaza, near Squash Blossom at 113 E. Court Square

The Decatur Artway is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance in partnership with the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.

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Head over to East Decatur Station between 6 and 9 p.m. tonight for Decatur’s biggest little festival of art, crafts, jewelry, music, local brews, food and fun. For a full list of events and vendors, visit the Big Pop Up Facebook page.

If you aren’t from the Decatur area and need to Google Map the event, enter: 111 New St., Decatur, GA 30030.

See you there!

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Decatur's ICMA Professional Fellows with two members of the city's human resources staff. From left to right: Ngan, Morgan, Thongvone and Connie.

Decatur’s ICMA Professional Fellows with two members of the city’s human resources staff. From left to right: Ngan, Morgan, Thongvone and Connie.

The City of Decatur was selected as a host community for the ICMA Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program. This program is a partnership between ICMA and the U.S. State Department and brings fellows from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to the United States. U.S. fellows then have the opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia later this year. The East Asian/Pacific countries are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Fellowship focuses on the themes of legislative processes and governance practices, accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement and offers opportunities for international knowledge sharing and exchanges between professionals from U.S. host communities and their ASEAN counterparts.

We have two fellows living and learning in Decatur this month, one from Vietnam and one from Laos. They are blogging about their experiences (in English!) and their impressions of Decatur may help you see the city through new eyes.

Here is a little bit more about Decatur’s fellows:

Thongvone Sosamphan (Laos) – Thongvone’s latest blog post about Decatur

  • Has been working on humanitarian mine action and development in Laos since 2011
  • Previously worked at the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining in Geneva, Switzerland
  • CEO of the Insect Flour Group Company, a start-up looking for solutions for nutrition based on the local culture

Community Challenge (special project working on while in the U.S.) objectives:

  • Learn how Decatur fulfills it’s obligation to support people with disabilities
  • Learn about how a community deals with injustice

Ngan Nguyen (Vietnam) – Ngan’s latest blog post about Decatur

  • Working as an official of the International Relations Department of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU).
  • Currently she is program officer of some projects on prevention of human trafficking, hygiene and water system for poor communities, wheelchairs for disabled persons, and scholarships for poor girl students

Community Challenge (special project working on while in the U.S.) objectives:

  • Learn about various strategies to support disadvantaged persons, specifically focusing on poor women and girls.
  • Learn about the best practices in the community development field – management and leadership skills, government transparency, and accountable engagement with citizens.
  • Experience and understand the lives of people from diverse cultures, who are currently living in the America.

Interested in having Ngan and/or Thongvone talk to your organization/group about their work? Please contact Casie Yoder at casie.yoder@decaturga.com or 404-371-8386.

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2014 Marketplace Logo (2)

When: Friday, Dec. 5 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 6 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Clairemont Elementary School, 155 Erie Ave.
Website: www.DecaturHolidayMarketplace.com

 

If your holiday gift list has you feeling stressed, look no further than the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe. Now in its 22nd year, the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe offers a local alternative to crowded shopping malls and big box stores as Clairemont Elementary School transforms into a festive market, boasting nearly 100 local and national artisans. Featuring handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and more, this holiday market offers unique gifts for everyone on your list.

The event also hosts a well-stocked cafe, featuring homemade soups and decadent desserts from local eateries. Local musicians and carolers will be on hand to add holiday cheer. If you’re shopping with children in tow, kindergarteners and older can join in the fun on Saturday afternoon with Art and Science activities provided by Colorwheel Studio and Science Fun. Parents can pre-register online for the activities at the marketplace website.

 

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kosmo

Who: Kosmo Vinyl
What: There’s Only One Kosmo Vinyl, USA Debut, Solo Art Exhbition
When: Nov 15- Dec 6, 2014 (hours TBA)
Where: Lightroom, 115-A North McDonough St.
Website: www.buybritishart.com/kosmo-vinyl

Fresh on the heels of the Winston Churchill Paintings  exhibition at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum comes another art show and Georgia debut for an iconic and irreverent British icon, of sorts.

The Wall Street Journal called the Churchill exhibit “a bit of a coup, to put it mildly, for Georgia.” Fans of The Clash and Ian Dury & the Blockheads may be right to add that the premiere of Kosmo Vinyl exhibition is also a coup for our state – not to mention City of Decatur.

Kosmo Vinyl is one of the key figures of the 70s British Punk scene, best know as the promoter/manager/mogul of The Clash and Ian Dury & the Blockheads. His pop art influenced collages with a punk aesthetic pay homage to his beloved West Ham United Football Club and the England National Team.

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Bye Bye Birdie at STM front

Watch as small town Sweet Apple, Ohio goes into an uproar when Elvis-like icon Conrad Birdie has a contest to kiss one girl in America before shipping off in the Army. Full of fun 50’s rock and roll, several dozen hysterical teen girls, poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, a few New Yorkers, and a “greasy, bongo-playing heartthrob,” this show will have kids tapping their feet and adults enjoying its nostalgic charm. You’ll recognize some of the most famous songs in musical theater, including “Put On a Happy Face,” and the lively “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

Second and third weekends in September, September 12-14, and 19-21, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

More information: http://www.stmgaparish.org/stewardship/parish-life/stm-theatre-ministry/
Directions: http://www.stmgaparish.org/about-stm/contact-us/
All performances at St Thomas More, Decatur, GA, in the Notre Dame de Namur Center behind the church.

 

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bookzilla worthmore

  • Plan out your Decatur Book Festival weekend by visiting the official site or following along @dbookfestival on Twitter.
  • Miss Mingei World Arts downtown Decatur location? Then stop by their book festival booth on the square this weekend on Ponce de Leon Avenue!
  • Visit Sycamore Gallery to see its newest exhibit The Artful Dodger featuring works by Greg Painter. Call ahead at 404-377-7747.
  • Remember, Parker’s on Ponce offers its slow-roasted prime rib every Sunday.
  • Check out the Book as Art exhibit at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery during the Decatur Book Festival.
  • Get 40% off on apparel at Big Peach Running through this Saturday.

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dah-logo-1Decatur ArtHouse Launches Exciting New BYOB Locale and Offers a Modern, Artistic, Friendly, and Laid Back Place to Create

Opening August 13th 2014, Decatur ArtHouse brings new life to Decatur’s budding art scene! Located at East Decatur Station on College Avenue, Decatur ArtHouse offers an exciting new space to tap into your creative side and socialize with (BYO) beverages and snacks. Evening 2-3 hour adult beginner’s painting classes start Wednesday, August 13th, and are for ages 21 and up. Private parties for children and adults are also available. Easy beforehand online sign-up streamlines the check-in process, and is strongly recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Bring your friends and have a fun night out, bring a date, or come solo. This exciting new locale offers a modern, artistic, friendly, and laid back ambience and will give you the opportunity to you unleash your creativity and connect with others through art. Even better, you can take home your masterpiece at the end of the evening and show it off to your friends and family.

Regardless of experience level, the fun step-by-step instructions let you follow along easily and all materials are provided. And you get to feel really good about enjoying yourself! Local nonprofits receive 10% of every seat purchased and you help provide free art classes for children.

About Decatur ArtHouse
Founded by Decatur residents and art enthusiasts, Tennielle and Ron Bailey, Decatur ArtHouse is staffed with local artists who love teaching and want to share their experience and passion for the arts with others in and around their community.

Decatur ArtHouse is located at 619 East College Avenue, Suite E at East College Station in Decatur. We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 7-10 p.m, closed Sundays and Mondays, and are available for private parties during the day or evening, pending availability. Two-hour classes are $25, Three-hour classes are $35, and private parties vary. All art materials are provided and included in the cost of the class. For more information call (404) 228-9341, email tenn@decaturarthouse.com or visit www.decaturarthouse.com.

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DRAW WITH SCISSORS LIKE FLORA

Collage Workshop with Decatur artist Flora Rosefsky for novice and experienced artists

August 24,  2 – 4 p.m.

Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios, 120 Sycamore Place

Led by one of Sycamore’s  teaching artists, Flora Rosefsky, art that uses various   paper cutouts along with photographs or photo copies will be incorporated to create collage work with meaningful and personal themes or messages. $45 per workshop includes supplies. To register or for more information email mssylviacross@gmail.com. For other workshops, classes and summer camp information visit www.decaturartclasses.com.

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Young Emerging Artists will return September 27 on the square. YEA! is open to students K-12 and is not limited to kids who live in Decatur.

The application deadline is August 25. Applications are available online now.

Need some funds to get started?  The Decatur Education Foundation has a grant opportunity for City of Decatur kids.

Please contact the Decatur Arts Alliance for more details: yea@decaturartsalliance.org or 404-371-9583yea-event-oct-2013

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