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On Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Friends School of Atlanta at 8 p.m. the Southern Order of Storytellers’ Tellabration will feature national teller Andy Offutt Irwin and Georgia storytellers Betty Ann Wylie and Alice Henry with Tracy Walker as emcee. Tellabration is a night of storytelling that is celebrated world-wide. The program will feature an eclectic concert of stories that will appeal to storytelling fans ages 10 years and older.

The Friends School is located at 862 S. Columbia Dr. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free, onsite parking is available.

Tickets are $15 and available online at www.SouthernOrderofStorytellers.org.

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Calling all you folks who love Christmas ornaments and artists – the 1st annual Decatur Holiday Ornament is here!  Created by clay artist Malena Bisanti-Wall, this is the first in what will be a series of hand-crafted ornaments especially for Decatur.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau launched the series and the ornaments are available with “Holidays in Decatur” or “Christmas in Decatur” inscribed.  Each ornament is hand-crafted and each ornament is different.  The ornaments are $18 and all proceeds go toward creating the 2013 holiday ornament.

You can find the ornaments in Decatur shops including Wild Oats & Billy Goats, Little Shop of Stories, and Boogaloos.  Many thanks to Weatherly Copenhaver, owner of Wild Oats, who coordinated this first in what will be a series.  If you are interested in submitting a design for the 2013 ornament, let Weatherly know or leave a comment on this blog post.

Cute display at Little Shop of Stories

Go ahead and make your purchase now – quantities are limited and if you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring your receipts to the Community & Economic Development Department in the City of Decatur, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to a Decatur restaurant (while supplies last).  Remember to “Keep it Indie-Catur” this holiday season!

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Every October over 150 photo-related events are held in and around Atlanta to celebrate photography. If you’re like me and have a tendency to not leave the 4.2 square miles that is Decatur, but like photography, you’re in luck! There are five venues within our city limits taking part in Atlanta Celebrates Photography!

1.) Java Monkey, Sept. 29-Nov. 3, Falling Shadows featuring works by Ronald Nuse. Details here.

2.) Rose Squared Gallery, Sat., Oct. 13-Sat., Nov. 24, Pillow Talk. Details here.

3.) Sammiches N’ Stuff, Sat. Sept. 22-Sat., Nov. 10, The Best of The Southeastern Photographic Society. Details here.

4.) The Seen Gallery, Sat., Oct. 13, Clear Distinctions…Characteristics of The Moment. Details here.

5.) Worthmore Jewelers, Sat. Oct. 6-Wed., Oct. 31, opening reception this weekend, Street Art. Details here.

6.) Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery, Sat. Sept. 22-Nov. 30, In/Between: Time in The Desert. Details here.

Update: Thanks to a comment from Kara for letting me know that there’s an ACP exhibit at The Friends Meeting House in Decatur.

6.) Friends Meeting House in Decatur, Fri. Oct. 12, Atlanta Friends Meeting Photography Exhibit. Details here.

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We are gearing up for the AJC Decatur Book Festival.  Lenz Marketing has done a fantastic job of getting the word out about the festival so if you haven’t heard about it, seen the schedule, seen the articles and blogs, let us know!

We want to highlight the Little Free Libraries here at TheDecaturMinute because they are a really cool idea and look absolutely amazing.  Little Free Libraries let you share your surplus books and adorn your yard (or business) with a unique work of art.  They are designed to provide weather-resistant outdoor storage of books where neighbors can pick up or drop off reading material.

There are 12 Little Free Libraries available for auction.  They were designed and built by Michael Montgomery of Revisioned Furniture and decorated by a variety of well-known local artists, illustrators, and more (including Michael himself).  Come and bid on one (or more) of these unique works of art.  Your dollars go to support the AJC Decatur Book Festival which is offered free to the community.  Plus, you will join a national movement to suppplement our public libraries through sharing books in the community.

Come see Catlanta’s mark, Elizabeth Dulemba’s fanciful creation, Mike Luckovich’s cartoons, and, of course James Dean’s Pete the Cat.  They join libraries from Anita Arliss, C. Flux Sing, David Laufer, Greg Farley, Kyle Brooks, Lenz Marketing, and Nell Ruby.  AJC Decatur Book Festival board members will be on hand  at the Little Free Library tent on the MARTA Plaza to explain the project and to encourage you to bid.

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Decatur is full of artists, art and creative performances.  This weekend you can see new work by sculptor Julia Trawick Knight and painter Kathy Meliopoulos at The Seen Gallery.  The show opens Saturday, August 11 with a reception from 7 – 10 p.m.

Julia’s work graces the Hall of Presidents at the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville and at Georgia Highlands College.  Kathy’s goal with each piece is to create a dynamic 2-dimensional surface which “reflects an attention to anatomy, expresses emotional content, and a reverence for color, texture and light.”

If you prefer performance art, check out the vocal stylings of Ja’ Naan “Imprompt” on Sundays at Cozee Teas, a new tea shop located at 225 E. Ponce de Leon (under the Town Square condos).  Sip back, relax and enjoy these performances at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.  Call now for reservations 404-373-2110.  Tickets are $8 with reservations and $9 at the door.

Ja’ Naan performed to a standing room only crowd at the Decatur Library Auditorium and received a rousing standing ovation.  Ja’ Naan was acknowledged earlier this year as The Ambassador to Sierra Leon, West Africa, Artist in Residence.  Her goal is to bridge culture by artistic interaction between international and local performers.  Her initiative uses various art forms to bring awareness to the need, provide resources and monetary assistance to health and wellness.

Art matters in Decatur so enjoy the show(s)!

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