On the Hunt for Free Art

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Score some new art with Free Art Friday

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My 4th of July weekend was filled with magic this year after discovering #FAFatl. My husband stumbled upon the project Friday morning, and it didn’t take any convincing on his part to get my walking shoes on and hit the town in search of some free art.

According to project’s site, Free Art Friday ATL (#FAFatl) “started in 2010 and is a city wide social art scavenger hunt where local artists and makers offer small versions of their work for free on the first Friday of each month. The project has the goal of encouraging creativity and to get people out and walking the local neighborhoods of Atlanta.”

Our home is filled with art—from our own creations to that of our friends Marcelo Daldoce and Summer Wheat, Etsy artists like Aja, and emerging artists at SCAD such as Xiaolu Zhang, along with many other amazing creators. Although there isn’t much room left on the walls of our home, how can you not want to take part in a treasure hunt with the hope of bringing home a new friend?

Our hunt turned out successful in two ways: 1. We scored our first treasure hunt find by Ms. Marvel (@miracoleBurns), which now adorns our refrigerator. 2. My husband (@ChesterHopewell) made his first drop and participated in #FAFatl.

Hunting and being hunted were equally fun. Finding a new piece of art for our home was a joy, and waiting to see if someone found my husband’s piece was a thrill.(Someone did within a few hours after dropping his CD of him reading 18 original poems).

A quick search using #FAF and inserting some random cities revealed that this is spreading to other towns like NYC, SAV, LA and more. If you’re looking to add some new art to your home, make sure to check out if local artists in your community are leaving clues for treasures around town. Here are some of my FAFatl fav’s:

@clunkyrobot

@clunkyrobot

@chesterhopewell

@ChesterHopewell

@mrs blockhead

@mrsblockhead

@yoyoferro

@yoyoferro

@EBlightart

@EBlightart

Main image photo credit: Coffee With Hallelujah

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. The one area of her job she loves the most is overseeing the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com where hundreds of thousands of dogs have now found their fur-ever home. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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