by Shawn Vinson
DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY Partner/Director
When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art.
When artists get together for dinner,
they discuss Money.
- Oscar Wilde
Earlier this year at the opening of the Decatur Art Festival Fine Arts Exhibition at Agnes Scott College's Dalton Gallery, I was introduced to a charming local banker from Cornerstone Bank. I didn't realize that we still had any community banks left and it was nice to meet Jamie Ensley. When he learned that I had just opened DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY his eyes lit up!
Do you want to open another gallery in our bank? he asked.
Turns out that Jamie and his team were just discussing the best use of some extra space they had at their Decatur office. Ideas were floated: a community room? a wi-fi cafe?
Jamie, who was once the chair of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, had another idea:
What about an art gallery?
The 10th & final SkaterAid "skateboard/music/art" festival is September 28 from 2 - 7PM at East Decatur Station in Decatur, Georgia. SkaterAid is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers, and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
A big part of the event is the 'Art Deck Auction'. Months before the festival, artists are invited to create original works using skateboard decks as canvases. Some paint, some draw, there's mixed media collages (as seen above), 3D works and the occasional 'functional' piece, such as a rope swing or a coat/hat hanger. It's been announced that this is the last SkaterAid, and a record 135 art decks have been donated this year.
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