- Lauren Booker For the AJC
Lovers of the quirky citywide art project Tiny Doors ATL celebrated its third birthday in a major way on Saturday.
Hundreds came out to Tiny Doors ATL Birthday Bash and Block Party on McLendon Avenue in Candler Park to show their support for Tiny Doors, a project that places custom-crafted six-inch doors strategically around Atlanta.
During the birthday bash, Tiny Doors ATL's technicolor decorated retired doors were on display, and participants perused indie art, handcrafted by Atlanta artists. Each location, including Paper Ghost Studio and Wondershop Atlanta, housed the locally made treasures, such as custom sketches by Catlanta and pieces by Squishiepuss.
Karen Anderson, director of Tiny Doors ATL, decided to start up the project in 2014, because she wanted to create art that embraces communities. Whenever she starts a new craft for Tiny Doors, she asks herself if the piece is for everyone.
"Everyone has a door that they've gone through or a door that means something to them somewhere. And this is to reflect that neighborhood and reflect that canvas, that opening to your imagination," she said.
During the event, Anderson made sure that there was fun for the whole family by offering Tiny Doors ATL gear, such as stickers and pins, along with free tiny treats. There was even an exclusive preview of the upcoming Tiny Library.
Irving Molefe has been keeping up with the work produced by Tiny Doors ATL for about two years and saw how the amount of small doors multiply in that time. He learned about the block party through Instagram, and decided to come out to it since he was free. One of his favorite art pieces from the event was the miniature room model.
"I don't know what it takes to make something like that, and it's just really cool seeing that," Molefe said.
Amber Howard said she's watched the growth of Tiny Doors ATL since it began three years ago, and the concept intrigues her.
"I think it's really cool. I've seen all of the doors in Atlanta," she said.
Howard was looking forward to taking home one of the cats created by Catlanta while being a part of the birthday bash.
Anderson said her goal is for Tiny Doors birthday party attendees to let their hair down and enjoy.
"It's a chance to meet each other, play together, just do something thats fun and bring arts together," Anderson said. "I think that this community is building upon its self, and I try to respect who I am in it and give other people a chance to opportunity to have access to the community that's being built by this project."