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Month of Merry in Avondale Estates

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Eat, Drink, Shop, Be Merry!

Wednesdays: December 7th, 14th and 21st
Visit Avondale Estates businesses during the Month of Merry for holiday shopping, dining and events!

Retail locations will be open EVERY WEDNESDAY before Christmas until 9 pm! Many shops and restaurants will offer specials, discounts and giveaways to holiday shoppers and diners. Check the Facebook page for updates.

Grab Bag Glee, December 7th, 6-9 pm
Shop with us during the Month of Merry for a relaxing shopping experience. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks as you browse the boutique featuring 80+ artists, open until 9 p.m. Patrons spending over $25, are able to draw from a grab bag items. Items in the grab bag include gift cards ranging from $5-$25. Happy Shopping!

A Tudor Christmas, December 14th, 6-8 pm
Join us behind the historic Tudor Village for a magical experience. Santa & his LIVE reindeer will touch down outside Garage Door Studio for a visit to AE. Sit in Santa’s sleigh and get your photo taken to prove you were there! Sip on hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows from Icing, make an ornament craft in the studio and enjoy nostalgic holiday movies at our Towne Cinema. Grab a jingle bell and join in on Christmas caroling with Elexa Bancroft of Atlanta Music Education. Pallookaville will have their food truck on site too!
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Shop Small Saturday this Season

Shop Small Saturday

On November 26th we’re joining other businesses in Avondale Estates to celebrate Shop Small Saturday — a day to support small businesses in our community. We’re encouraging everyone to visit a small business to do some holiday shopping this year, and, of course, we would love to see you!

We’re in our 3rd holiday season and have grown to over 80 artists in the boutique! When we opened our doors in October 2014, we never dreamed we would be representing so many talented, local artists in the community. From the humble beginnings of holding ArtOrama holiday markets out of friends homes to opening a brick and mortar in our quaint downtown-we’re happy to be here.


Hours: Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Apple cider & cookies while you shop!

15% OFF all art prints and apparel/accessories.

10% OFF all jewelry and wall art.


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2 Painters & A Potter Opening Show

Local Artists Opening Show

Featuring Stacey Lawrence, Jen Singh and Mallory Rose
Friday, September 23rd, 5-9 pm

Join us at GARAGE DOOR STUDIO, a retail shop featuring 80+ artists complimented by an art center in Avondale Estates, for 2 Painters & A Potter. The opening show of three local artists will feature original cold wax paintings by Stacey Lawrence, new mixed media works by Jen Singh complimented by Mallory Rose’s heirloom quality illustrated clay works (Pudgy Dove Pottery).

We’ll have wine, refreshments and local bites to enjoy while you get the first viewing of new works by these three local artists. Participate in a raffle to win one of Stacey Lawrence’s original paintings, a 24×30″ work on canvas!

This is a FREE EVENT.

About our 2 Painters & A Potter

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About Stacey Lawrence
As a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Stacey Lawrence was formally introduced to the arts while studying interior design and art history. Before devoting her time to family and raising her three children, the Charleston, South Carolina native worked professionally for 8 years in Colorado as a home and photo stylist. Photography was her artistic recreational tool, until recently when she turned her attention to painting. Stacey’s abstracts define space by creating harmony between color, line and form.

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About Jen Singh
After graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1991 from Kendall School of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI, Jen Singh relocated to Atlanta, GA where she began work as an art director and freelance illustrator for the editorial and publishing markets.

After almost two decades of design and freelance work, Jen began experimenting with mixed media and created a series of paintings featuring playful and ethereal subjects in nature. She had her first solo show in 2001, and has taken on many private commissions since then.

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About Mallory Rose
Making intricate inlaid and painted imagery on her work is a time consuming process, but one that Mallory Rose truly loves. Her historically inspired handmade heirlooms are meant to be enjoyed and handed down by generations. She appreciates the expressions on customers faces when they pick up her work to look closer, to run their fingers over the carving or marvel at the tiny details.

Mallory’s custom work ranges from intricately carved maps of a honeymoon to a truly personalized wedding or anniversary jar.  Her custom Celebration Jars have led to the colorful and detailed painted mugs and vases she currently creates.

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Art Supply Drive for Avondale Elementary

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Art Supply Drive for Avondale Elementary

Garage Door Studio is hosting an art supply drive benefiting Avondale Elementary! Budget cuts in DeKalb County once again affect the arts. We believe every child deserves access to art making and quality supplies at school. Art teachers are known to go out and purchase supplies out of their own pockets. Let’s help out Avondale Elementary and get kids the art supplies they need to create great art!
We will be collecting art supplies August 26-28. Simply drop off items at Garage Door Studio during our open hours. (Friday: 11-6, Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday 12-5) We will also accept unused items you may have at home. Please send us a message with a description and we’ll let you know if items are acceptable:

Free Art Friday: August 26th

On Friday, August 26th, we’re hosting a FREE ART FRIDAY art-making session in the art center 12-5 pm. All ages may stop in to create a small work of art that can be placed anywhere in downtown or residential Avondale Estates for someone to find free art! Spread the love of creating.

Here are some examples of art supplies needed:

Glue Sticks
Scrapbook papers
Marker sets
Pink Pearl erasers
Sketch books
Construction paper
Card stock, assorted colors
Copy paper
Pastel chalk sets
Sharpies, assorted colors
Watercolor pan sets
Paint brushes, assorted
Paint palettes, plastic
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Get it While it’s Hot Summer Sale

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Saturday, July 16th: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, July 17th: Noon-5 pm

With temps like they are now, it’s no telling what mid-July will feel like! With that in mind, we’re planning our first annual summer sale on July 16-17. Over 25 artists from our shop will bring in past season, slightly imperfect, or excess inventory and sell for 20-60% off retail! The art center will be transformed into a art flea market where you can pick through bargain baskets, discover unique, one-of-a-kind items all at deep discounts. Items such as jewelry and jewelry supplies, deeply discounted candles, original art, prints, apparel, home goods and bath and body products will be on sale.

We’ll have refreshments, swag bags for the first 20 customers on Saturday morning and a DJ mixing some funky tunes! Enter a raffle to win two $25 gift certificates to be used for any class in the art center.

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Whole Creative Trunk Show

Whole Creative Trunk Show


Sunday, May 1, 12-5 pm
Garage Door Studio is having a trunk show featuring Whole Creative jewelry and a selection of artists highlighting Mother’s Day gift worthy items! Enjoy champagne sherbet punch and pimento cheese bites while shopping local for a handmade gift for mom.

About Whole Creative
Meredith and Jean started as neighbors, then great friends, and now run a business together. They have used their creativity in different fields, but together, jewelry design called to them. ​

With a focus on building a reputation for classic, modern jewelry pieces, Whole Creative’s jewelry was picked up ​by various stores ​in Atlanta. Meredith and Jean’s pieces are handcrafted with mixed metal chain, natural stone, leather, spoon pieces, natural brass, and beads. Hand-knotted beading and wire wrapping are hallmarks of their craft, as well as curating elements involved in each piece.

Check out some other artists we’re highlighting with a focus on unique gifts for mom!

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Olive + Trixie
With an emphasis on thrifted materials and estate sale finds, Olive + Trixie reflects the beauty that can be found in the old, unwanted and discarded. Anna’s creations have a vintage soul that lives to bring a smile to your face.

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$38, 5×7 photo transfer on metal, mounted on wood.

by Jennifer Upton Photography
A self-taught photographer who calls Atlanta, Georgia, home, Jennifer Upton records a visual diary of her neighborhood and city, exploring where her eyes and legs lead her. Check out her Avondale Estates series! 

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$195, “Mama llama” 10″ x 20″ on canvas

LMF Illustrations
Lacy is passionate about putting new life into old things and believes there is beauty in everything. She paints, illustrates, creates dioramas, paper crafts….she is a true maker!

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Black Berries Fascinator, $65

Special Guest, Suzseams Millinery!

Derby Day is just around the corner (May 7th) and Susan Moreland of Suzseams Millinery will be selling her hat and fascinator creations at GDS for one day only!

From her website: “Drawing inspiration from milliners like Caroline Reboux, the illustrations of Erte, and the designs of Paul Poiret, Susan’s own aesthetic reflects a playful mix of historical references and the use of traditional materials like fur felt, cellophane straw, and unique and evocative vintage embellishments.”

“After years of hearing women say “I don’t look good in hats” for innumerable reasons, Susan has found that too few women realize they can wear hats, or most of all, know how the perfect hat can change the way they see themselves.”

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Handmade Glass Plate for Mother’s Day

Handmade Glass Plate for Mom!

Stop by Garage Door Studio on Saturday, April 30th, 11 am – 2 pm for the perfect mother’s day gift-making a handmade creation for mom! Join glass artisan Brenda Griffith of Siyeh Glass to make a 6″ square fused glass plate. Only $18 per plate. You’re welcome to make one or more gifts-it’s your choice!

Brenda will provide a variety of colors of glass in all shapes and sizes to build your very own unique design. Plates will be fired offsite, and your creation will be available for pickup on or after Thursday, May 5th, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8th! Adults and kids are welcome to create.

Plates take 10-30 minutes to complete depending on amount of detail. This project is appropriate for ages 4+, but ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Valentine Terrariums

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Handmade Valentine Terrariums for the One You Love

Available for Special Order or Grab n’ Go!

Who’s tired of the same old bouquets of flowers that wilt and die after a few days? The Garage Girls are rolling up their sleeves and creating Valentine terrariums either available as special orders or grab and go. These sweet gestures of love are unique and LAST-just like true love!

Small $25
Either in a glass globe or coffee mug, approximately 6” high

Medium $35
Glass hurricane, approximately 10” high

Large: $65
Glass vessel with lid, approximately 15” high

Special Orders
Pick up February 13th or 14th

1. Choose from 3 sizes (prices ranging $25-$65) featuring live moss, polished stones or glass beads and miniature plants specifically for terrariums. Each design will be one of a kind! We’ll also include instructions on how to care for your terrarium.

2. Select a “whimsy” to add to your terrarium to give the perfect personality. Examples include: a message in a bottle (you get to write the message!), a tiny red deer, a handmade clay conversation heart, or a delicate butterfly-just to name a few! We’ll have a variety of options to choose from.

3. Payment: You may either call to reserve with a credit card or pay in store. Orders must be placed by February 10th.

Grab n’ Go
Available February 12-14

Stop in the shop February 12-14 and choose from our ready made terrariums. (while they last!)

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Summer Camp Early Bird Registration

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Summer Camp Early Bird Registration
June 6-July 29

Register by March 1st, 2016 and receive $20 off!

If you’re already thinking about summer, then take advantage of our early bird summer camp discount! Register by March 1st and save $20 off our weekly rate. Our camps fill quickly as summer approaches, so why not get ahead of the game and save some bucks at the same time!

Garage Door Studio presents a truly, one of a kind arts and crafts camp for girls and boys ages 8-12. Campers will find inspiration to make art and creative projects led by professional artists and crafters. Each week is curated by one lead artist with a visiting artist each day to mix it up!  Your kids will have such a memorable time they’ll beg to come back for more, so we’ve themed out our sessions so each week offers something different.

Camp fees: $260 per week, (early bird rate: $240)
Sibling Discount: $10
Camp hours: 10 am – 3 pm Monday-Friday.
Please bring a snack, sack lunch and water bottle.

Counselors in Training

Too old for summer art camp? 13 years and older may wish to join our CIT (Counselor in Training) Program – which teaches the how to’s of helping and interacting with younger campers. This program lets older campers help, assist and contribute to the success of our camp. There is no fee to participate. In return, we are happy to offer letters of recommendation or community service letters tailored to their needs. Email us for more information.

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Martin Luther King Day of Giving

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Martin Luther King Day of Giving

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Garage Door Studio is hosting a camp for kids ages 7-13 on Monday, January 18th to make fleece scarves and put together care packages for the homeless in Atlanta. GDS will be donating items, but we could also use extra donations so the kids can make as many care packages as they can!!

Items needed: oversized ziplock bags, toothbrush/toothpaste, notepads/pens, gloves/mittens, socks, hats, comb/brush, soap, shampoo, lotion, tissues and first aid items are some examples. Drop at GDS anytime between now and Sunday, January 17th. 119A Center St., Avondale Estates.

Thank you in advance! With the cold weather upon us, every little bit helps those who are less fortunate.

Register your kids for our awesome day of giving! Space is limited.