We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the Decatur Wine Festival, and rightfully so, but I want to remind readers about the Art Walk that kicks off Wine Festival weekend. What’s an Art Walk? The single-night art experience, which is free and open to the public, features openings and receptions at galleries, shops and restaurants citywide. How does it work? Refer to the list of locations available here (click on the “about” tab,) start wherever you like, pick up an Art Walk postcard map from your starting point. Then walk, bike or ride to each participating local business to view art of all kinds, meet artists, and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. Friday, November 5th, from five to ten o’clock.
Two features of this Art Walk have me intrigued. The first is a cluster of activity on New Street. The other is an interesting show with a story back on the Square.
First, what’s going on at New Street? Is this Decatur’s latest burgeoning arts magnet? Let me show you what I mean. Here are the New Street locations open for the Art Walk with descriptions of what to expect provided by each host.
1. PushPush Theater
121 New St., #3-14
404-377-6332 • www.pushpushtheater.com
PushPush is screening films by local filmmakers. Our Dailies Film Program develops award winning film and video artists. Various artists are available to discuss opportunities for artists and audiences. Handmade jewelry, clothing and artwork is also on display and available for purchase.
PushPush is a space for performing artists and filmmakers. PushPush is an incubator of original work serving 350+ local artists each year.
2. Mosaic Art Supply125 B New St.
404-371-4070 • mosaicartsupply.com
Found object mosaics, artifacts and natural history collections by Mississippi Delta artist Joe Moorman will be on display in the studio gallery.
Mosaic Art Supply is a leading internet retailer of fine art mosaic tile supplies.
141 New St., Unit 1
A special one night only POP-UP exhibition in a private studio, featuring original paintings and works on paper by Ruth Franklin and a select group of British artists.
VISONart is a fresh alternative for contemporary art since 1991, offering painting, works on papery and photography by international artists, plus professional art consulting services.
4. Erin Smith Art
143 New St.
678-705-1462 • erinsmithart.com
Collected works by Erin Smith — canvases, greeting cards and licensed artwork.
5. Grow Salon
627C East College Ave.
404-373-7775 • growsalon.com
Artist Deeann Rieves‘ paintings combine fabric, machine embroidery and fiber techniques that disrupt and distort the surfaces which become their own organic forms of sculpture painting. Grow Salon is an upscale hair salon in beautiful old building — open in Decatur for 10 years.
I have to admit the New Street area has not been on my radar. I’ll fix that right now.
Meanwhile, back on the Old Courthouse Square, there’s a show at Worthmore Jewelers with an interesting background. From Worthmore’s press release:
Robert Sherer began to experiment with wine painting after traveling to Florence shortly after the attacks on 9/11. His tubes of paint and water colors were seized by airport authorities, but they allowed him to keep his brushes. Robert explains that, “one afternoon while I sipped my wine at an outdoor café, I pulled out my brushes and dipped them in my glass of Brunello di Montalcino and began my first wine painting”. Robert is internationally acclaimed for his Blood Works Series and has shown his work around the United States and abroad, including an international competition in Paris. Robert is an Art Professor at Kennesaw State University and as curator has made this show available for currently enrolled art majors and faculty from Kennesaw State University.
117 E. Court Sq.
404-370-3979 • worthmorejewelers.com
“Brushes & Bordeaux” No reason to cry over spilled wine. . . guest curator, Robert Sherer and Worthmore Jewelers celebrate the 10th Annual Decatur Wine Festival with an art show of works painted in wine about wine. Featured artists are currently enrolled art students and faculty from Kennesaw State University.
Now that looks interesting.
And there’s lots more. Decatur CD will have live music and beverages, Farm Burger is featuring artist Shannon Goines‘ animal portraits, and Green Mosaics will present Raun Hardwick’s black and white portraits. Find the full list of participants and their plans here. (Click on the “about” tab.)
Reminder: the Art Walk is free and open to all. November 4th, Friday evening, from five until ten o’clock. The Art Walk is the kick-off for the Decatur Wine Festival.