The Douglasville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) was proud to partner with the Cultural Arts Council Douglasville | Douglas County (CAC) in public art once again.
Artists were invited to submit artwork of their explorations throughout Douglasville and Douglas County. The 2021 “Capture Outside the Lines” Fence Gallery features over 50 works of fine art and photography from 15 local artists. Images of the artwork have been printed on 18"x24" weather-safe panels. The selected artists are:
As the Cultural Arts Council was forced to close its doors during the pandemic, the fence gallery was created as a way to continue to get art out into the public for the community to enjoy. “While public art can’t be evaluated with traditional performance metrics, it can contribute to economic development in multiple ways: It highlights a community’s cultural assets, builds community pride, draws people together from inside and outside the city and enhances the natural and urban landscape,” stated Samantha Rosado, Tourism Program Manager. After its first debut, the fence gallery received rave reviews and has now expanded to Hunter Park. The current exhibit will be on display at their locations through January 14, 2022.
With this outdoor exhibition, the public gets to experience the town and its cultural institutions and businesses through an enjoyable walk. “People still need inspiration, to experience art and ideas that are different,” stated Emily Lightner, Executive Director of the CAC. “Capture Outside the Lines" Fence Gallery is a way to give back to the community with something unexpected in their day.
The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, it also ignites the imagination, encourages thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together and can be used as a tool in economic development. Public art can also strengthen personal connections to one’s community.