Here we go. If you thought that tomorrow night’s Joyce Carol Oates keynote kicked off the Book Festival weekend, you’d be sorta right. But there are lots of other events going on starting today! For example, don’t miss tonight’s Book as Art gala opening at the Art Institute.
The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA), in conjunction with the gallery of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur (AIA-Decatur), is bringing v.2 of the juried exhibition of artists’ books to that great celebration of the printed word, the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits, continues to exhibit an exciting visual component of the largest independent book festival in the country.
The gallery’s location at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery on the Decatur Square in the heart of the Festival grounds is ideally accessible to the more than 85,000 attendees at the Festival. The exhibition will also participate in art|DBF. The exhibition demonstrates new and creative approaches to the tangible versions of books, even as they morph into new forms and formats. The selected works of art introduce the viewer to new thinking about familiar forms, and include sculptural adaptations, exquisite applications of traditional book formats, hanging works, and other unexpected pleasures.
Jurors for the 2014 exhibition were Alex Campos, New York, NY; Mary Murphy, Atlanta, GA; and Barbara Tetenbaum, Portland, OR. Juror Mary Murphy, curator of the artists’ book collection at SCAD, will present a short gallery talk during the July 18 soft opening of the show. The gala opening will take place on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
And if you’re interested in learning more, the event received a great review in Burnaway earlier this week.
So the Decatur Book Festival schedule is posted online and printed versions have begun to appear around town (I know that Little Shop and Decatur Library have had them).
If you’re a seasoned DBF patron (the DBF posted a listicle “17 Signs You’re a Seasoned DBF Fan” on their blog to help you determine this) you know that you need a game plan to make the most out of your weekend. Just wandering the market on the Square in the hot Georgia sun is fun, but one can only eat so many King of Pops before you run out of dollar bills and the children begin crying because you’ve eaten all the Chocolate Sea Salt pops. You need to figure out what interests you beforehand to really get your money’s worth. (Harhar)
So here we go – What talks are you planning on attending this weekend? What non-discussing events caught your eye this year? Share what you’ve already uncovered and help your fellow DM readers get a handle on this wonderfully large Labor Day Weekend event!
Photo courtesy of the Decatur Book Festival website
Volunteer Decatur sends in this final call for volunteers…
Plans changed for the weekend? Got a couple hours to spare? There are a few remaining volunteer openings at the book festival. The Saturday mid- and late-afternoon shifts at the author venues (Marriott, Rec Center, etc.) have the most space. There are also openings on Sunday for close-down (6 to 9pm), and working at the author venues from 12 to 3 or 3 to 6. Call the Visitor Center at 678-615-0915 and ask for Megan or Sherry to sign up or get more information.