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Culture notes: Emily Amy Gallery closing; ‘Soar’ photo show takes wing; Decatur Book Fest names child/teen programmer,

VISUAL ARTS
Emily Amy Gallery closing

The shakeout among Atlanta’s private art galleries continues with the recent announcement that the Emily Amy Gallery will close.

“As I am sure you can imagine, the decision has been very difficult for me, as the gallery has been my life and my dream for the past five years,” Emily West, owner of the gallery in Westside’s Brickworks development, wrote in an announcement.

West said she will become director of Anne Irwin Fine Art and that a number of her artists will join the roster of that longtime gallery at 690 Miami Circle, Suite 150, Atlanta. Irwin plans to show them in the exhibit “Introductions,” opening with a 6-8:30 p.m. reception on Feb 22.

Emily Amy Gallery will remain open, with a group show on view, Thursdays through Saturdays through March. 1000 Marietta St. N.W., Suite 208, Atlanta. Information: 404-877-5626, www.emilyamygallery.com.  HOWARD POUSNER

Birds and more ‘Soar’ in photo show

One of Emily Amy Gallery’s former Westside neighbors, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, which downsized to smaller Midtown quarters late last year and presents shows at multiple locations, will open the exhibit “Soar: A Group Show” with a 7-10 p.m. reception Feb. 2 at Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. N.E., Atlanta.

Schwartz and Atlanta Celebrates Photography director Amy Miller, both inspired by birds in flight, co-curated the motion-oriented photography show.

After its Saturday showing, “Soar” will move to Schwartz’s space at 675 Drewry St. N.E., Suite 6, through February by appointment. Information: 404-885-1080, www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com/soar. HOWARD POUSNER

BOOKS
DBF appoints children’s-teen programmer

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival has appointed Diane Capriola, co-owner of Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories bookstore, to a newly created role: manager of children and teen programming.

“Diane has always been so involved that it’s hard to believe we’ve just now found a way to formalize her work on the festival,” said DBF executive director Daren Wang said, calling Capriola “one of the smartest booksellers to children in the country.”

She also serves on the advisory boards of the American Booksellers Association as well as the ABA’s ABC Children’s Group. HOWARD POUSNER

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