Friday, June 29, 2012

Studiofest at Studioplex

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

It seems like most neighborhoods in Atlanta these days have a festival, whether it's a beer festival in East Atlanta Village or Decatur, an arts festival in Candler Park, Virginia Highlands or Inman Park, or a music festival in Midtown or Sweet Auburn, every neighborhood's got one.

But what about the Old 4th Ward? Home to numerous galleries, artists, restaurants, and creatives, this neighborhood is stacked with the type of people motivated and imaginative enough to pull together a festival. When a group of tenants at the Studioplex Lofts on Auburn Ave. realized they had all the tools at their disposal to pull off such an event, they only had to ask themselves one question, 'Why not?' and Studiofest was born.

Headed by four different Studioplex gallery owners, Geoffrey and Cristina Lee of Modern Now Gallery, Walt Woodall of Metro Gallery and Framing, and Greg Mike at ABV Gallery and Agency, Studiofest is a fine art, day-long event that celebrates local artists and businesses.

"This is the beginning of an Old 4th Ward festival, which we think needs a festival. And my reason for putting it together and working so hard is because I care about how the businesses here are doing. I've been to all the creative places around Atlanta like Studioplex, and ours can hang with the rest," Geoffrey says. "Studioplex is a high-end design, gallery, and creative hub that needs its own entity like Studiofest to really show that off."

Studiofest will highlight all of the great work being created in Studioplex, in addition to all the complex's galleries being open there will be a live glass blowing demonstration from Matt Janke of Janke Studios.

To complement the galleries and in-house artists, Studiofest will also feature an open-air artist market. Check out the Studiofest blog here for posts about different artists and sponsors.

Studioplex is also the home of chef Scott Serpas' Serpas True Food, which will be serving up some special eats for hungry festival goers. To wash down Serpas' creations, Studiofest will have a craft beer tasting, a wine tasting, and Red Brick Brewery will have a brew station set up.

"The greatest thing about Studiofest is that all of the sponsors and businesses are within a mile of here, with the exception of Red Brick but it's still local. And I think that's worth noting, there are no corporate sponsors. I like that it's all local," Geoffrey says.

Studiofest at the Studioplex, 659 Auburn Ave. Sat. June 30, 1-8 p.m.

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