Plein Air artists in the Olmsted Park
The Plein Air Invitational made its debut on April 22 with 30 master artists and 100+ students painting and observing in all six segments of Druid Hills’ Olmsted Linear Park. During Wednesday’s welcome dinner at the Cherokee Town and Country Club, artists, patrons, and sponsors viewed the club’s own collection of plein air paintings. On other evenings, neighborhood residents Ann and Frank Critz opened their garden for a champagne celebration and Martha and Toby Brooks presented bluegrass music at their home.
Arkansas painter Jason Sacran won Olmsted Best in Show for “Off North Ponce” (Springdale Park) and Richard Oversmith of North Carolina won the Matisse Award of Excellence for “”Dancing Light in the Woods” (Deepdene Park). Other winners included Woody Cyrus for “Olmsted Reds,” Yer Za Vue for “Afternoon in the Sun,” Chuck Marshall for “View from the Park,” Jonathan McPhillips for “Trickle,” and Hui Lai Chong for “Druid Hills Moonlight.” Read more
A 200-year old American Beech tree that grows in the Lullwater Conservation Garden has won first place out of a field of eight in Trees Atlanta’s March Madness Tournament. The tree is 121.7 feet tall with a circumference of 12.4 feet. It will be honored on May 7 at the Root Ball. The tree itself will not be able to attend the ball, but Druid Hills residents are welcome. Trees Atlanta deserves our support.
As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, two new maps have been released. The first one depicts annexation of part of unincorporated DeKalb County to the City of Atlanta. The second one shows the annexation plan of the City of Decatur. Both are revisions of previous maps. Larger versions: Atlanta Annexation Map, Decatur Annexation Map
City of Atlanta Annexation
City of Decatur Annexation
This map accompanied House Bill 586 but boundaries will be adjusted in coming days.
House Bill 586 and an accompanying map have been released. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Pat Gardner (D), Atlanta, was applauded by the pro-annexation group Together in Atlanta.
“The map contains discrepancies that have to be fixed. But I am very happy the legislature is working hard to allow us this referendum on annexation,” said TIA co-chair Anne Wallace.
The map overlaps with that of the proposed city of LaVista Hills, a conflict that must be resolved according to State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D), Decatur.
“I want to thank Representative Gardner for taking the first step toward allowing the residents of Druid Hills a referendum on the Atlanta annexation issue,” said DHCA president Justin Critz. “I hope that our other legislators recognize that this is the question that our residents are asking to be heard on and that they move this legislation forward accordingly.”
HB 586 must be approved by the Atlanta legislative delegation before going to the Georgia house.
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