Saturday, May 24, 2014

DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL 2014: Walking the Art Walk in my city with my honey appreciating the abundance!

DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL 2014.  Our pedestrian friendly city of Decatur allows people to stroll leisurely from venue to venue on the Artwalk, which always takes place the Friday evening of the festival. Here you can the artists' tents getting set up for Saturday. Look a little closer and you can see two neighbors waving at us from below. My Chiboogamoo and I were looking at faculty art in the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Hallelujah for loving the place where you live! Hallelujah for small cities nestling on the outskirts of really big ones like Atlanta! Hallelujah for an abundance of friends and beauty expressed in art and music!

The photos posted here are only a glimpse of what a lovely evening it was in Decatur, Georgia, for the Artwalk on the Friday night of the Decatur Arts Festival 2014! The evening temperature was in the mid-seventies, breezes were gently caressing our faces and tossing the leaves of the numerous trees as we walked from our home into our thriving pedestrian friendly city.
AIMEE JEWELRY BOUTIQUE AND GALLERY.  My honey, Chiboogamoo, poses for my photo in front of one of Pedro A. Gonzalez's intriguing paintings. His colorful and symbolic work was on display and celebrated by a performing opera singer and the most amazing table of delightful food and champagne. Very classy. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
PAINTING AT FARM BURGER.  Stacey Brown was busy watercoloring when we dropped into Farm Burger. It was great to chat with him about his abstract depiction of urban environments. And there were tasty deviled eggs offered free of charge to the public. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
DECATUR BIKES.  Meeting up with friends while doing the Decatur Artwalk is part of what this evening is all about. Here are Beryl and Susan with my Chiboogamoo standing at a table of ceramic art. I love viewing art in different environments like this. And as a perk? They had a stash of beer in a cooler. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
COOK'S WAREHOUSE AND SHERLOCK'S WINE MERCHANT.  Yes to finding art displayed on crates of wine with wine bottles as back drops. Cook's Warehouse was giving free wine tastings and one taste of a Three Taverns craft beer. The food table was a delight with my favorite being the spicy pimento cheese!  (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
WILD OATS AND BILLY GOATS. This folk art and gift gallery was packed full of imagery, handcrafted soaps, jewelry, people, and this performer crooning melodious songs. The strawberries tumbled off of guests' plates and much fun was had by all. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
HEADING HOME AFTER FINISHING THE ARTWALK.  Gosh! There was just an abundance of shops to visit, artists to attend to, friends to chat with. We didn't get to all of the venues. I made sure to visit the Decatur Public Library, which is celebrating children's book illustrators with an exhibit and served wine and cheese. We also stopped in to Little Shop of Stories, which is auctioning original work by children's book illustrators. What an abundance of riches! And this was just the opening for our Memorial Day weekend in Decatur. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
That's Coffee With Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and tell me what you did on Friday night, May 23! Would you have liked to have walked the streets of Decatur with Tony and me? Or do you have your own treasured metropolis with its artwalks?


  1. i'm so sorry I missed it last night - I've been a part of it for the past three years, so it would have been wonderful to see it from the other side. Decatur is a wonderful place - and I'm also proud to call it home

  2. Vickie! It would have been fun to run into you there last night! I'm curious about how you've been involved in the artwalk in previous years. I was once a featured artist at Mingei and had such a lovely time!

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  4. Yes, I would have loved to do the Decatur Artwalk with you and Tony, but I'd probably would have gotten us in trouble by being the art. Raleigh has Artslopsure where, disappointingly, none of the art ever explodes, but I suspect the Decatur event is more compelling. I spent Friday evening trying to graphically represent George Orwell's dystopian novel, "1984." Then, to lighten my mood, I continued reading Man Martin's "Days of the Endless Corvette," which is set in Georgia, so maybe I was with you in spirit.

    1. Special Needs Cat! It would have been a pleasure strolling with you through the artwalk. I imagine that we would have had a grand time of being "life" imitating "art." Did you Man Martin on the Daily Creative Practice--or did you already know about him?

  5. What a great way to start out the holiday weekend and with perfect weather to boot...We have a ton of festivals all winter long but no art walk festivals like this. Did go on one in Sarasota once with my son...Can't figure out how i missed this blog but glad I went back to see and re read old blogs...