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Summer of Fun 

July 27 — We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After two years of interruptions and disruptions caused by the pandemic, many great art-related events have returned to Atlanta, and there are plenty of good vibes to go around.

This week we have a feature about the Oliver Jeffers exhibit at the High (it's on display through Aug. 7 and is a must-see, IMO) as well as a piece by our friends over at ArtsATL about the new signal box designs popping up in Candler Park.

Children visiting the Jeffers exhibit at the High

Picture This: High Museum Hosts Picture Book Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

🖍 What would you do if your kite got stuck in a tree? Could you imagine a boy who learns by eating books? What would happen if all the crayons got fed up and decided to quit? Do you think, if you tried hard enough, you could catch a star? 

There’s one man who has the answer to these enigmatic questions: Oliver Jeffers, a Northern Irish illustrator, and writer who now lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jeffers’ works have won numerous awards including the No. 1 spot on The New York Times Best Seller list for The Day the Crayons Quit. He has sold more than ten million books since his first book, How to Catch a Star, was published in 2004. 

Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, an exhibition currently on display at the High Museum of Art through Aug. 7, offers a unique insight into the process of this incredible artist. Featuring 80 original sketches, drawings, and illustrations, the exhibit is like a window into the mind of Jeffers.

➡️ Read more about the Oliver Jeffers exhibit here.

*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🍽️ Get your forks ready! Food That Rocks, Sandy Springs’ signature tasting event for 21+, returns August 19 & 20 at City Springs. Your all-inclusive ticket provides unlimited bites, bottomless beverages, fab live music, and chef demonstrations. Sandy Springs has a diverse and unique restaurant scene and the best way to try them all is at this year’s Food That Rocks! Click here to buy yours today!
Signal box by Azazi Andre at the corner of North and Moreland

Today in street art: Four muralists turn Candler Park tax dollars into vibrant art

🎨  Candler Park residents recently had a chance to decide how City of Atlanta tax dollars would be spent in their neighborhood. They chose art. Four freshly painted electrical utility boxes — those usually plain, stainless steel things at traffic light intersections — are now eliciting smiles instead.

Muralists Azazi Andre, Brandon Moultrie, Andrew Blooms, and Courtney Hicks painted the boxes; each one is unique.

“The Electrical Box Art Project has been a fantastic neighborhood beautification effort,” says District 2 City Councilman Amir Farokhi. “The art emerged from a participatory budgeting process that encouraged interaction with, and trust in, local government.”

➡️ Read more about the Electrical Box Art Project here.

Art Happenings


🎥  When Fashion & Film Collide – tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., SCAD FASH Museum salon to screen the new TCM show Follow The Thread, plus Q&A with the show team.

🎉  On July 29 and 30 ARTiculate ATL celebrates ten years with an art festival showcasing works by 50 artists, food trucks, splatter paint, drinks, music, and more.

🚶‍♂️Guided soundwalk with artists Erin Palovick and Carley Rickles on July 30 at 4 p.m. in downtown Atlanta.

 Manga storytelling workshop with artist Kofi Bazzell-Smith at MODA on July 30 at 10 a.m.

🥵  Group exhibition Heatwave brings works of 16 artists to the walls of Freemarket Gallery on Pryor St. on July 30 at 6 p.m.

🏷  20+ local artists, food, and live music at the Eventide Artist Market on Sunday, July 31 starting at 12 p.m.

👹  Contemporary Kids program with artist Makiko Maekawa at The Contemporary, Sunday the 31st at 12 p.m. (pictured).

IG Post of the Week

📸 Local artist Larry Holland shared that a series of Monty Python-inspired #sillywalk signs are currently being installed throughout Decatur.
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