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July 20 — Hey all, Isadora here. Thanks for checking back in for another week of great local art. Today I've got a piece on the OuterSpace Project, an annual week-long festival celebrating all things art, music, and murals taking place as we speak.

I've also profiled local artist Elaine Stephenson, whose bright and uplifting works will be included in this weekend's OuterSpace Project happenings. 

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Artist Vek painting his Outkast mural in L5P

Magic in the Streets

🚀  “Public art is a magical experience for both the artists and viewers and the city as a whole,” said Greg Mike, President and Creative Director at ABV Gallery in Old Fourth Ward. ABV Gallery and Agency launched the OuterSpace Project back in 2015, an annual week-long event that brings together fine art, murals, design, live art, and music.

“Each year we are pushing the boundaries creatively and bringing more artists into the project.” Ensuring a mix of 50% local and 50% visiting artists, this year’s lineup includes more than 165 artists and 16 new murals.

“We are always trying to bring established artists into Atlanta that many may never have a chance to see unless they are traveling outside of the city,” explained Mike. “In my opinion, Atlanta has one of the strongest street art scenes.”

➡️ Read more about the OuterSpace Project here.

The Art of Elaine Stephenson

Flowers that Never Fade

🌸 Dreamy, colorful flower bouquets float on the walls in the world of local artist Elaine Stephenson. Her aesthetic is beautiful, bright, and positive. Many of her recent works feature floral arrangements that have been painted onto layers of glass and suspended within a frame, lending them an ephemeral vibe. 


“I want my work to be something that people enjoy and brings happiness to their day. So I like to use bright, happy colors,” explained Stephenson.

“I also love lettering which helps me share specific literal words in my work - again always with a positive message.” 

➡️ Read more about Elaine Stephenson's work here.  

Art Happenings

🎥  Atlanta Children’s Film Festival has events both in-person and online through July 24.

🛸  OuterSpace Project’s Drink and Doodle on Thursday, July 21; Explorations at ABV on Friday, July 22; and Flying Lotus at the Big Bang closing event on Saturday, July 23.

🍹 PURE Taqueria’s Atlanta Artist Pop-Up Art Show will feature the works of seven artists, plus music and margaritas, on Thursday, July 21.

🦉 Bizarre Bazaar Night Owl Market at The Beer Growler in Avondale Estates on July 22.

🏷  The return of Thinking Man Tavern Market on Saturday, July 23.

📒  Outdoor summer showcase of zines at the Alt-lanta Zine Fest 2022, Saturday, July 23 at Waller’s Coffee Shop.

🖼  Outdoor digital exhibition “Of The Fantastic: Extraordinary ATL” curated by Lauren Jackson Harris will be uninterrupted from 4-5 p.m. on July 26.

IG Post of the Week

📸 This reel showcasing Cellar Door Trade's process to create a stained glass shelf caught my eye this week. Crazy good craftsmanship!
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