Corey Barksdale was born in Nashville, Tennessee into a family of Artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother a quilt artist, and his mother who was gifted with an intuitive feeling for design and a fastidiousness for detail which she expressed in all aspects of her daily life. This rich beginning is the root of Barksdale's creative expression. Atlanta Art Gallery.
At Square Roots, owner Jennifer Newman and Mako, her friendly weimaraner, welcome customers. The cozy shop features folk art, painted windows, birdhouses, and fresh flowers. Shopkeeper Brenda Leder's style at By Hand South leans to the contemporary, with jewelry, pottery, handwoven clothing, burled wooden boxes, and fine art glass.
DECATUR ART FESTIVAL 2008
The 2008 Decatur Arts Festival is an annual, award-winning celebration of the arts in Decatur, Georgia. The festival is in its 20th year, and takes place during Memorial Day weekend (May 24 and 25, 2008.) During this time, a large, outdoor, juried artist market turns downtown Decatur and the Old Courthouse Square into a hub of activity, attracting an estimated 70,000 visitors over the two days. Other attractions include a musical stage, a children's area, the Literary Arts tent, artist demonstrations, and the concurrent Decatur Film Festival, Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, and the Friday night Speak...Easy. Read more here
LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES
Little Shop of Stories the best children's bookstore in Georgia! All right, in the the entire Southeast! In this big 'ol United States! In all of North America! In the entire western hemisphere! Okay, we're the best one on the planet Earth! In our solar system! Would you believe in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy?! No, no, no. Little Shop of Stories is the best independent bookstore for kids & the grownups they become in the observable universe!!!
ESO MEDICAL SPA
you will benefit from the newest and most popular treatments and products for restoring your skin’s smooth and youthful appearance. Our qualified skin specialists have the expertise you can trust. During your consultation, we will create an individualized rejuvenation plan to help you improve the overall vitality, glow, and appearance of your skin. Licensed doctors and doctor-supervised aestheticians perform all of our treatments on our premises. At EOS Medical Spa, our passion for and commitment to healthy beautiful skin is apparent in all that we do-- and in your results following one of our skin rejuvenation procedures. We are conveniently located just 15 minutes from Atlanta. Call (770) 407-7943 to schedule your skin rejuvenation session today. Read more here
DECATUR'S POTTERY CENTER
MudFire is not just another pottery school. We are an open playground for imaginative adults. We are inspired by people like you who know there's more to life than meetings, budgets and deadlines. Who believe in making things by hand and don't mind getting dirty. You need a place to get away from it all.
To be creative. Work with your hands. Be social. Meditate. Learn.
Make something. Read more here
EDDIE'S ATTIC A
Eddie's Attic is a popular live music venue for aspiring and accomplished performing songwriters. Located in Decatur, Georgia a small, artist-friendly town within the metro Atlanta area - a cultural blend of Berkeley and Mayberry. A "listening room" with a superior sound system/acoustics, where customers are asked to silence cell phones and actually listen to the songs, has made the Attic's music room a hit with music enthusiasts. Read more here
PHOTOS OF DECATUR GEORGIA
While travel through Georgia a amateur photographer took various photos of Decatur, Georgia and surrounding areas.
LOVE FOR A GIRL & ART
Stop motion animation by Corey Barksdale. The Ars Amatoria is a didactic elegiac poem in three books which sets out to teach the arts of seduction and love. The first book is addressed to men and teaches them how to seduce women, the second, also to men, teaches one how to keep a lover.
SPITZER DANCE COMPANY
SDC is a professional Modern company that is known nationally and internationally.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, SDC has presented concerts from Dallas to Boston to Los Angeles and in Georgia, where it is located. SDC currently presents three concerts in its season. In the concerts the choreography is by Alex Spitzer, however SDC gives opportunities to its dancers to choreograph their own work during the year. Each concert ranges in themes from real life. Recently SDC has presented concerts where the dances were choreographed based on poetry, all comedy dances, to love stories. SDC strives to have each concert different than the previous.
Short video clip of people at the Decatur Art Festival in Decatur, GA on 5/24/2008.
TASTE DAIRY QUEEENS
OOEY GOOEY CARAMEL BROWNIE
If there’s one Blizzard Treat that’s no joke, it’s the Ooey Gooey Caramel Brownie Blizzard Treat. Gooey caramel, real fudge brownie pieces and choco chunks blended with creamy vanilla soft serve make for one serious treat!
This is dance for everyone. Decatur School of Ballet, the oldest classical ballet school in DeKalb County, offers classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, mommy & me, creative movement, ballroom, hip hop and theatre dance. Classes for children and adults are available.
BRICK STORE PUB NEW BEER CELLARING PROGRAM
Brick Store Pub co-owners Dave Blanchard & Mike Gallagher conduct a tour of the pub's new beer aging areas. Video by Owen Ogletree of www.ClassicCityBrew.com.
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Highlights of Decatur, GA's Fourth of July Celebration. A festive celebration and fun for the whole family.
While travel through Georgia a amateur photographer took various photos of Decatur, Georgia and surrounding areas.
2008 Shoals Way, Decatur, GA 30034 Complete renovation THIS IS HOME!
Complete Rehab... Almost everything is Brand New! Let the economic downturn work for you! This house has features typically only seen on houses costing 2, 3 or even 4 times more. You can own a premium finish house at Bargain Basement prices.
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The Heaven Davis Band performs "Rollin' on the River" for a crowd at the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival in Decatur, GA on 10/11/2008
Guide to Oakhurst by
Sean Watkins stars in this funny and informative walking guide through the community of Oakhurst in Decatur, Georgia (Atlanta)
Fire at the Trackside Tavern in Downtown Decatur, Georgia
The Decatur Fire Department battled a raging fire Tuesday morning as temperatures reached 25 degrees and winds gusted upwards of 20 mph. The fire broke out around 5 am at the Trackside Traven restaurant on College Ave.
DECATUR ART ALLIANCE
The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur. The DAA sponsors the annual Decatur Arts Festival as well as special art events for members only. It also provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within Decatur and to help build the image of the city as a strong arts community.
Read more here.
EXPLORE DECATUR GEORGIA.BIZ
Downtown Decatur Neighborhood Guide
Guide to Eating Decatur, Pine Lake, Avondale, Tucker, & Stone Mountain
Guide to Dekalb County Schools
Guide to Decatur Entertainment
Guide to Decatur Artist
Guide to Decatur Musicians
Guide to Decatur Business Districts
Pine Lake Neighborhood Guide
Avondale Neighborhood Guide
Guide to Dekalb County Parks
Guide to Dekalb County Libraries
Virtual Tours of Decatur Homes for Sale
Guide to Decatur Pets
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Gallery Interesting art from Decatur Artist.
Corey Barksdale, artist
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Decatur is a city in, and county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. With a population of only 18,147 in the 2000 census, the city is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. A suburb of Atlanta, and part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Decatur's public transportation is served by MARTA. The city's motto, inscribed on the city seal, reads "A city of homes, churches, and schools."
In 1823 Decatur, Georgia was founded at the intersection of two Native American trails: the Sandtown which led east from the Chattahoochee River at Utoy Creek and the Shallowford which follows today's Clairmont Road and eventually crossed near Roswell, Georgia. The town was named for naval hero Stephen Decatur and its early roads were named logically but soon after were renamed in a curious manner: Shallowford Road, which led to the Shallow Ford, has been renamed Clairmont Avenue, probably because it does not go to, from or past any place called Clairmont. Covington Road is now Sycamore Street, probably because it leads to Covington and has no Sycamores on it. Nelson's Ferry Road, named after the local family which ran the ferry at the Chattahoochee end of the road, has been named Ponce de Leon after a family prominent, before Castro, in Habana, Cuba. Mitchell, Stephens, "A Tentative Reconstruction of the Decatur Town Map of 1823", Atlanta Historical Bulletin, No.30, p.8, 1965.
In the 1830s, the Western and Atlantic Railroad wanted to make Decatur the southernmost stop on its railroad. The citizens of Decatur did not want the noise, pollution and growth that would come with such a major terminal, so they rejected the proposal. In response, the railroad founded a new city to the west-southwest of Decatur for the terminal. This town would later become known as Atlanta, Georgia.
During the American Civil War, Decatur became a strategic site in Sherman's campaign against Atlanta. In July of 1864 Union general James B. McPherson occupied Decatur to cut off the Confederate's supply line from Augusta, Georgia. During the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, Confederate cavalry under Major General Joseph Wheeler attacked McPherson's supply wagons and the Union troops left to defend the wagons. A marker at the Decatur courthouse marks the site of this skirmish.
In the last half of the twentieth century the metropolitan area of Atlanta expanded into unincorporated DeKalb County, eventually surrounding on all sides the incorporated town of Decatur. Concurrently many well-to-do and middle class White Americans fled the area to more distant suburbs. The 1960s and 1970s witnessed dramatic drops in property values. However more recently the city has regained economic vigor thanks to several long-term downtown development plans that have come to fruition, making Decatur a trendy small mixed-use district with easy transit to downtown Atlanta.
Decatur contains three historic districts, the MAK Historic District, the Clairemont Historic District, and the most recently established historic district, the Ponce de Leon Court Historic District. The MAK Historic District is named for the three main streets it encompasses (McDonough, Adams and Kings Highway). The Clairemont Historic District runs the length of Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive and Hunter Street in the south to Maediris Drive in the north. The Ponce de Leon Court Historic District is a single street off of East Ponce de Leon Avenue near downtown Decatur with 26 parcels developed in the 1920's.
Decatur is located at [show location on an interactive map] 3346ľ17N, 8417ľ52W (33.771355, -84.297732).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,147 people, 8,051 households, and 3,856 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,343.2 people per square mile (1,676.2/km). There were 8,497 housing units at an average density of 2,033.6/sq mi (784.9/km). The racial makeup of the city was 65.61% White, 30.48% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.
There were 8,051 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 73.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.0 males.
Decatur also has a large gay and lesbian population who were attracted by the city's liberal values and proximity to Atlanta. In fact, according to the 2000 Census, ZIP code 30030 (which includes Decatur) has one of the highest percentage of households with same sex couples in Georgia. Dekalb County has one of the largest concentrations of same sex couples in the nation.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,395, and the median income for a family was $65,064. Males had a median income of $46,817 versus $38,381 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,363. About 7.0% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.
Education levels for Decatur are above average for the Atlanta area, with 56% of residents having obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, and 27% having obtained a graduate degree or higher.
Primary and secondary schools
Decatur has one of the highest property tax rates in Georgia, much of which goes to support the high cost of maintaining a school system with one of the lowest student/teacher ratios in the State.
The schools are a part of the City Schools of Decatur.
* College Heights Early Learning Center
* Clairemont Elementary
* Decatur High School
* Glennwood Academy
* Oakhurst Elementary
* Renfroe Middle School
* Winnona Park Elementary
Colleges and universities
* Agnes Scott College
* Columbia Theological Seminary
* DeVry University
* Emory University is nearby, located in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia between Decatur and Atlanta.
* Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
The current mayor is William F. Floyd. Previous mayors include Leslie Jasper Steele (1915), Jack Hamilton, Mike Mears, and Scott Candler, Sr. (known as Mr. DeKalb).
* Idrees Bashir - NFL football player
* Frank Broyles - Football player & coach
* Quincy Carter - Football player
* Mark David Chapman - Murderer of John Lennon
* The Brothers Chaps - Creators of web-cartoon Homestar Runner
* Kyle Davies - Major League Baseball Player
* Carmen Agra Deedy-children's book author/storyteller
* Amy Dumas- Wrestler, Former WWE Superstar under the name Lita
* Rebecca Latimer Felton - first woman U.S. Senator
* Jeff Foxworthy- comedian, star of Blue Collar Comedy Tour
* Gale Harold - Actor
* Jan Hooks, Actress
* Lil Jon - Rapper and Producer
* Deforest Kelly - Actor
* Amy Lee - Musician, longtime saxophonist for Jimmy Buffett
* Majesty - Rapper
* China Anne McClain - Actress and singer
* Lauryn McClain - Actress and singer
* Sierra McClain - Actress and singer
* Justin Moore - USL soccer player
* Mark Mowers - NHL hockey player
* Amy Ray and Emily Saliers - the music duo Indigo Girls
* Clint Sammons - Major League Baseball Player
* Sean P-rapper
* Michael Stipe - Lead singer of R.E.M.
* Chris Tucker - Actor and comedian
* Leila Ross Wilburn - Architect
* Daniel Wilcox - NFL football player
* Mr. Ball of Da Muzicianz - Rapper
Points of interest
* Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Garden
* Arts in Decatur
* Historical Train Depot
* DeKalb County Courthouse
* Old Scottish Rite Hospital
The Decatur Square Gazebo from the Old Courthouse Steps
The Decatur Square Gazebo from the Old Courthouse Steps
Decatur, Georgia is the birthplace of the Huddle House chain
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* Gay, Mary. Life in Dixie During the War, Mercer University Press (2001).
* Mason, Herman, Jr. African-American Life in DeKalb County, GA, 1823-1970 (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing (1998).
* Owens, Sue Ellen. DeKalb County In Vintage Postcards. DeKalb Historical Society/Arcadia Publishing (2001).
* Price, Vivian. Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History (Georgia Heritage Series). Historical Publishing Network (2007).