sells super cute bento boxes, wrapping paper, stationary, and other novelty items. They're giving away San-X gift bags to celebrate their 4th bday!
You can enter here: San-X Giveaway
The Living Walls Conference, a special event celebrating street art and the dialogue surrounding it is taking place for the 2nd year in Atlanta.  There's tons of cool art, lectures, gallery exhibits, and murals incorporated in the events this weekend.
For more info visit: Living Walls Conference
MINT Gallery has announced the artists rewarded to be this year's Leap Year participants.  Leap Year is an artist mentorship program designed to help emerging Atlanta artists grow and thrive.  The program is described in more detail in this article in Creative Loafing.  Congratulations local artists Jane Garver, Chelsea Raflo, and John Paul Floyd!
So This One Time...
...a show about awkward situations.

Read Youngblood Gallery's Review
And visit MINT's BLOG for more info
Hope to see you there, this is going to be a very interesting exhibit, as Katie Coleman and Jane Garver will transform the space into a living area to house their strange characters and situations.

Also happening tonight is Streetela's Launch Party and Exhibition/Fashion Show
900 Dekalb Ave. 8pm-12am

Come check out the "Spirit Animal" show at MINT Gallery tonight from 7-11pm.  The Back Pocket's will be leading a Vision Quest of some sort (sorry no sweat lodge), we'll have special "secret drinks," and art from over 40 artists.
Ponce Crush is back and here are the flyers for the show.  If you are in Atlanta, don't miss this monthly gallery crawl.  There's a lot of good work!
Since I've been snowed in, I have been watching several documentaries on Netflix about all kinds of things.  The most poignant have been those about the conditions outside of our own in the comfy United States.  I am however, lucky to have amenities such as the internet, not having to worry about a warlord named "Butt Naked," to eat me or my child, and not being brain washed by some "Great Leader."

What I am speaking of is this awesome production series on VBS.TV, Vice Guide to Travel
I've watched the one on Liberia, Devadasi Prostitutes in India, Sneaking in North Korea, Chernobyl, even a tourist guide to Poland (really makes me want to go!)

Maybe I'm a little behind myself, but half the people I know and i bet you half the people or more that you know have no idea about what goes on in other parts of the world.  We're in LALALA land over here. 

Anyhow I've also been watching some things on Babelgum, and am liking the Metropolis videos.

So enlighten yourself! It;s worth it I swear! If I was a college professor I would make my students watch these docus.  There are a couple good ones on Netflix, "National Geographic's Inside Look in North Korea," "Without the King," (Swaziland). Oh yeah the "Vice Guide to Travel" series is on Netflix also.
Why the Atlanta art scene is becoming so exciting:

There’s this phenomenon new to our generation that includes an upheaval of collectives, non-profits, and spaces for emerging artists.  While not directly saying “goodbye hoity-toity, snooty galleries”, or “fuck the establishment”, as an act of rebellion, or a subconscious reaction to Thomas Kinkade’s commercial success, this movement still has a lot to say.

 Our events are so interesting people write about them.  We have Burnaway, Creative Loafing, and numerous art/artist blogs. If you want to check out a show and which to go to there’s Thoughtmarker.

 When attending events like Dodekapus’ Carnival for Living Walls: The City Speaks, Living Walls all in itself, or Flux/10, and the numerous openings at MINT, Young Blood, Beep Beep, Eyedrum, Wonderroot, Kibbee, I was reminded of when I was in school studying Art History, and how I yearned to experience something at even 10% of the level as the Flux or Dada movements of the past, and if I succeeded I would die a happy girl. This surge of creative entities is putting Atlanta on the map for the visual arts. We’re doing something successful this city has long been in need of. None of these organizations look or seek fame, wealth, attention, but thrive by being a part of the community, coming together for common causes, helping any artist get their foot in the door.  Although, always grateful for any donations, and as an artist it is nice to make some sales, many of us do what we do because we love it and are passionate about this route and are unconcerned with what monetary gains it brings us. Yeah, there is LA, and NYC, but being a part of what is taking place in the ATL is a little bit of magic.  Building something out of numerous years, days, and hours of hard work and watching it grow is fulfilling.  And that fulfillment is wealth enough for me.

 The term “emerging artist,” is conflicting in that it really was in short a way to say, a not-yet successful artist in societal and financial standards: being someone who has not yet achieved any fame, commercial success. Of course, being an “established artist,” is the goal of most, but just being able to be called an “emerging artist” and be a part of this craziness is a success all on its own.  Will this period in time happening right now be remembered years from now? Hells yeah it will.

I've exchanged a lot of postcards with people from all over the world.  Here's some new ones.
The Renmen Project
Flyer by ATL Artist Cora Seymour

Here's some silly photobooth pictures

MINT 3rd Annual Fundraiser @ WonderRoot, 2010 Photographed by the wonderful, Magical Merlin Photobooth
Laser Beam Kitty, Highland Ballroom, 2010 Mary Rebecca
I have actually won a sweet Lolligag tote from here! Plus Tokyo Bunnie is awesome.
Here's the link to the contest with rules, it's so simple!

Here's What you can Win!
Why do I always take a lot of pictures? I think pictures are magical, they are documentation of that one place and time in your life that will never occur again. Even if other people don't "get it," or they seem mundane, they are special moments. I also find the beauty in almost every little thing.

I just thought of this now, as I look through and upload many photographs.  The awesome thing about technology is allowing one to do so and share with the world.  I like to share other things I find inspiration and beautiful with others!  Don't make me regret it!