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Avondale Art Walk

Avondale Art Walk

Happening the 2nd Saturday of each month, the Avondale Art Walk features art, food, and drink and a variety of unique experiences in downtown Avondale. Avondale’s Tudor Village will transform its front parking area into a temporary parklet where art walkers can enjoy food, beverages and live music while relaxing in a bistro-like setting.

Participating locations include Garage Door StudioIcing Cake Design & Sweets BoutiqueAvondale Towne CinemaEdwin JarvisRonald Sachs Violins Avondale EstatesMama Bath + Body, Mobile Market at 100 N. Avondale and The ArtLot

September Art Walk

Sculpture and sound/video installation by Spiveys Art Creations, motorcycle sidecar printmaking by Tony DeSantis, DeKalb School of the Arts drama ensemble performances and creative writing poetry, live painting by Nathan Tavel and Michele Meow, live jazz trio, soap and confectionery demos and Hilary K. visual art opening.

October Art Walk

Maker’s Market at The ArtLot, art opening at Garage Door Studio by Marirosa Hoffman and Mere Gheres.

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Some Like it Hot Annual SALE

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It’s our once a year  Some Like it Hot Sale set for Saturday, August 19th, 10 am – 5 pm at Garage Door Studio in downtown Avondale Estates. We’re inviting all our amazing artists to bring in past season, slightly imperfect or overstock handmade items! This is your chance (and like we said, it’s only once a year) to get 10-60% off. From candles, home goods and accessories to jewelry, paper goods and bath and body items, you’ll find something unique at a discount.

We’ll also have giveaways!

Simply provide your email to enter to win some fun things like a free class in the studio, a sample basket of goodies/coupons from local businesses and makers. We’ll also have some happy hour treats to make your shopping experience the best ever!

See our Facebook Event Page for more details.

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Light Up the Lake Lantern Parade

Light Up the Lake Lantern Parade
Friday, April 21st

The Avondale Estates community along with the DeKalb School of the Arts is invited to participate in a Lantern Parade, Light up the Lake, on Friday, April 21st!

We will celebrate community and the arts by parading through the beautiful Avondale Estates neighborhood, wind around the lake for a spectacular display and cut through the woods pathway to Avonwood where we’ll end at DSA’s campus for a celebration featuring student performances and kicking off their 30th Anniversary and Annual Fringe Festival!

GDS is thrilled to host lantern making workshops at our NEW LOCATION, 128 N. Avondale Rd.! Reserve your spot online, all workshops are FREE (donations accepted for supplies and a portion of proceeds will benefit DSA)

Make a Lantern at GDS!

Workshops will be held at Garage Door Studio on April 5, 9, 14 and 21. Bring a paper lantern, parasol, etc., or if you are schooled on making lanterns, feel free to bring your own materials to assemble! We’ll have instructors on hand to guide and help. All ages are welcome to create in our art center (except Wednesday, April 5th and Friday, April 14 are adult only workshops where you can BYO for a creative night out!)

Lanterns can be found at Ikea and Oriental Trading have plain white globe lanterns. Richards Variety Store have printed lanterns and colored parasols. We’ll also have a limited supply of lantern making kids for purchase ($25) which include a paper lantern, set of LED lights and pole.

About the Fringe Festival at DSA

**The Lantern Parade kicks off DSA’s annual Fringe Festival on Saturday, April 22nd. Fringe Festival is about student-curated set of performances “on the fringe” and will include visual art exhibitions, vocal, dance, creative writing, media and drama performances. Students will showcase “outside the box” performances along with showcase pieces they have worked on over the course of the year. Fringe Festival is a great way to get a glimpse inside the school, meet faculty and school leaders while experiencing the creative work by these awesome kids!

The Lantern Parade will be a wonderful opportunity for AE citizens of all ages to connect with DeKalb School of the Arts, a true gem in our community. Let’s make a lantern, expand our own art experience and parade in the celebration of 30 years with DeKalb School of the Arts!

“The Lantern Parade is a beautiful illustration of how the brilliance of individuals can illuminate a community.” – Chantelle Rytter, Captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons

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Valentine Bouquets at GDS

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We’re teaming up with Flower Bar to offer beautiful, fresh arrangements for your special ones on Valentine’s Day. Choose from 3 distinctive styles and be assured to make someone feel special!
Pre-Order by February 11th. Grab n’ go bouquets available February 13-14th while they last! Place orders HERE.
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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.”