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RAD – Surprises in store for Arts Cruise

Avondale Estates

RAD – Surprises in store for Arts Cruise


RADThe organizers of the Rail Arts District Studio Cruise say this year’s event will have some neat surprises in store.

The event will be held March 15, from 12 pm to 8 pm. Admission is free. Attendees will get to check out cool art studio spaces along the CSX train corridor connecting Avondale Estates, Decatur and Scottdale.

Paper Trail Arts Center, located on Patterson Avenue, will be the first anchor studio from Scottdale to join the cruise, now in its seventh year.

The Avondale Towne Cinema, a historic movie theater in the city’s downtown, will be open to the public for the first time in years. There will also be a trolley car carrying attendees up and down the two mile stretch of the Rail Arts District.

To learn more about the Rail Arts District, check out this video:

Event spokeswoman and sponsor Gabrielle Chavers, owner of Homes In Atlanta Realty, said, “This is the biggest (Cruise) that ever has been produced so far.”

The Towne Cinema exhibit will be of interest to the curious Avondale Estates residents and visitors. The theater was constructed in 1925, but for years it has been vacant and a source of intrigue. She said Mayor Ed Rieker and city officials will be on hand and will be discussing their plans for the city’s future.

“The mayor and several other folks will be in there at the old theater,” Chavers said. She said that the theater would feature exhibits about plans for revitalizing Avondale Estates’ historic downtown. “There’s going to be a lot of neat developments and rejuvenation of the old part of the city.”

This year’s anchor studios for the Studio Cruise are:

– Little Tree Art Studios, 2834 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates. “Little Tree Art Studios are home to a wide variety of artists and musicians.”

– MudFire Clayworks, 175 Laredo Drive, Decatur. “MudFire is a huge community art center dedicated to clay. We offer open studio time, lessons, artist workshops, and a gallery of functional and sculptural ceramics.”

– Atlanta Hot Glass, 178 Laredo Drive, Decatur. “Atlanta Hot Glass is everything glass – we teach, rent equipment, run team building events, make custom pieces, host group tours, and show artists work.”

– Paper Trail Arts Center, 522 Patterson Avenue, Scottdale. “With a focus on the paper arts, from paper making to surface design and bookbinding, Paper Trail Art Center is the place for serious play.”

– Paradise Studios – East Howard Avenue, Decatur. “We are nine studio artists of varied artistic and art education backgrounds including painting and drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media, ceramics, 3D installation, collage and mixed media.”

– Sycamore Art Studios, 120 Sycamore Place, Decatur. “Ms. Sylvia Cross has been a fixture in the Atlanta arts scene for 25 years, except for a brief departure to live in a tree house in Costa Rica, and in Verona, Italy. She teaches ages toddlers-to-adults in a comprehensive format where your environment complements the art.”