Explore Decatur Arts Festival and Downtown Galleries

Historic Decatur, Georgia is a city that shows off art. Located six miles east of downtown Atlanta, Decatur is home to a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants near the Old Court Square. Every May the city presents its art community during the Decatur Arts Festival. More than 70,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's 25th edition of the festival, scheduled for 24-26 May 2013. In addition to festival activities, visitors are invited to explore galleries in the city center. Here are the highlights of the weekend festivities.

The ArtWalk festival starts on May 24 from 5am to 10pm. Free exhibitions and receptions will be organized in local shops, galleries, restaurants and educational institutions in the city center and in Oakhurst. One stop at ArtWalk will be the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, located at 141 College Avenue. From 21 to 2 June, the school will organize a jury exhibition of fine arts, open to the public from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays and from 12:00 to 20:00 during the festival weekend.

The highlight of the Decatur Arts Festival will be the artist market in the Decatur Center on May 25-26. This high quality market attracts artists from the Southeast who showcase paintings, sculptures, mixed media, ceramics, digital art, fibers, art, glass, leather and jewelry. Theater and literary arts and presentations will take place on the front lawn of the DeKalb historic center in the Old Court House on the square. Visitors can enjoy musical entertainment on stage performing on stage. The Children's Festival is scheduled for May 25th at Decatur Recreation Center, located on 231 Sycamore Street. Children can enjoy arts and crafts, inflatables and music. Food and beverage retailers will be set up at the festival, or visitors can try one of the popular cafes or restaurants in the center of Decatur. Admission to the festival is free and the hours are on Saturdays 10:00 – 18:00 and on Sundays 11:00 – 18:00. Participants can transfer MARTA transit to Decatur.

There are several galleries in the center that festival visitors may want to visit. Seen Gallery is located at 415 Church Street. The gallery offers original paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, hand-blown glass and limited edition prints. Wild Oats & Billy Goats, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, specializes in whimsical and colorful folk art. Visitors can see paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and handmade art. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 15:00 to 17:00. Rose Squared Gallery & Framing is located on Court Square at 111 Clairmont Avenue. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. The gallery contains works by JD Isaac and other artists. The works of metal artist Ivan Bailey are currently on display. Watercolors and drawings are offered.

Decatur Market & Gallery, at 153 Ponce de Leon Place, is a cooperative for aspiring artists and craftsmen. Each of the two dozen artists displaying pieces in the gallery works one day to greet visitors. The gallery presents modern art, landscapes, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry and textiles. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 12:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.