RAD Studio Cruise

The annual RAD Studio Cruise returns for its fifth year on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Working artist studios, local boutiques, and formal galleries all hosting art sales, artist demonstrations, performances, and food.

This year marks the RAD Studio Cruise’s fifth annual celebration of local artists. The event continues to grow with over twenty venues in 2012. Thousands of people attend each year to sample a deliciously diverse group of artworks, seeing art in action, enjoying refreshments and performance, and getting to know area boutiques and their artist friends.

RAD Studio Cruise 2012 will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with hours varying by venue with most open in the afternoon into early evening. Visitors are encouraged to stay in the area, and enjoy a romantic night of art paired with the many nearby dining and entertainment options. A small fleet of food trucks will descend on various stops in the Cruise, and the many fine restaurants of Avondale & Decatur also await.


RAD Studio Cruise continues to gather steam in 2012, with an expanding lineup of venues and artists to delight art collectors and enthusiasts. The core of the event are the group neighborhood artists who define the Rail Arts District, working to create paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, studio pottery, metal work and more. Area boutiques will also show off work by their artist friends adding flavor and substance.

Every week, hundreds of artists visit the Rail Arts District to work in large public studios like MudFire Clayworks ceramic studio, Duckbill glass studio, and the Little Tree Studios. Academy Theater, Georgia’s oldest independent theater, hosts a small posse of performance companies with a wide variety of programming each month. Other notable area artists include Amalgam Arts (jewelry), Suzy Schultz (paint, etchings), Lora Rust (ceramics), Barry Rhodes (ceramics), Zach Consorti (furniture and sculpture), Bart Webb (sculpture), and Catherine Goolsby (jewelry). The Avondale Arts Alliance joins RAD again this year with an artist market at the small business incubator at 151 Locust.

All of these studios (and more!) will open their doors for visitors with music and conversation, food and drink, education and demonstration, and a vast smorgasbord of aesthetic delights in all media available for purchase. See the full list of participating venues below.

“The Rail Arts District is a wonderful destination for all sorts of artwork, with a strong community of artists and local small businesses. The past few years have been devastating to many small businesses, and RAD Studio Cruise is a great chance for shopping and entertainment while strengthening your community. We guarantee that the artists and shopkeepers of the Rail Arts District will be happy to meet, greet, share, and laugh with you. Visitors will experience an incredible variety of artwork, food, music, boutiques and wellness providers, all filtered through the lens of personal connection and meaningful interactions,” notes Luba Sharapan, local ceramic artist and founder of MudFire Clayworks.

Visitors can download a Cruise Map and Schedule of Events of participating venues at www.railartsdistrict.com. Individual venue offerings and hours will vary, but visitors can expect refreshments, entertainment, art sales, demonstrations, and music. Admission is free and parking is available at each location.

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