What to do in DeKalb County: Open invitation to ARTalk

What to do in DeKalb County: Open invitation to ARTalk

From the earliest cave paintings to the estimated 104,000 museums worldwide mankind has expressed love for creating and viewing art. The desire to visit, talk about, and create art crosses the barriers of age, cultural background, gender, and ethnicity.

Everyone who loves art is invited to ARTalk. This forum is presented by Little River Arts Council at the Moon Lake Library in Mentone. The evening offers an open discussion and critiquing of art. Those who attend do not have to be an artist to join in on the discussion.

The discussion will be led by artist Mikel (Mike) Yeakle, an art history buff whose knowledge and enthusiasm for art is engaging. Yeakle has worked as a professional artist all of his adult life, and has useful tips on how to sell one's artwork. 

Originally from Indiana, Yeakle spent his career in professional photography in Atlanta. He and his wife retired to Lookout Mountain.

"We wanted to find the half-way point between our children's residences," said Yeakle. "We love living here. Living tiny on Lookout Mountain is our unexpected dream come true."

The photography bug bit Yeakle when his older brother bought him his first camera, which was a 35mm. "I've been taking pictures for over 50 years,"said Yeakle.

Some of Yeakle's photos are on display and for sale at Mentone Arts Center. His work may also be viewed at mikelyeakle.com and local art festivals.

Artists are invited to bring their artwork to ARTalk and share their process and inspiration. The open discussion allows for a Q & A of presented artwork. An additional reason for the gathering is to showcase more local talent.

"ARTalk is not just for one particular type or style of art," said Yeakle.

"Quilters, sculptors, painters, or any category of art is welcomed. It is about helping each other understand our passion." 

Yeakle said he feels there are many artists in the area who do not know each other and ARTtalk is a good opportunity to get to know others. "Those who attend can participate or just listen," said Yeakle.

The next ARTalk is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20. The event is held on the third Tuesday of each month. The Moon Lake Library is located at 4607 Alabama Highway 117, Mentone.  The event is from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

"With the light of every new day, opportunities are in view. Simple trips to run errands become uncharted adventures down country roads to find the forgotten and unseen," said Yeakle. "The camera is always in the back seat and my creative spirit rides shotgun with me every single day."

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