Wed., November 21, 2012 11:06am (EST)

Giving The Gift Of Art
By Dominick Brady
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Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Tony Smart at the VSA Arts of Georgia Arts for All gallery in Downtown Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Terry Kearns via Flickr)
Tony Smart at the VSA Arts of Georgia Arts for All gallery in Downtown Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Terry Kearns via Flickr)
The annual VSA Arts of Georgia Holiday Arts Sale is underway. The sale features work from Georgia homeless and disabled artists.

Tucked away in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, VSA has trained and showcased Georgia’s disadvantaged since 1974.

VSA’s Arts for All Gallery hosts four exhibitions each year. It also holds an Artist Market and a Holiday Art Sale. The seasons are developed two years in advance but artists are encouraged to walk-in to submit work or consult with staff.

Atlanta photographer Tony Smart stopped by the gallery hoping for career tips. A 1998 traffic accident rendered him partially disabled.

"I began to to just embrace who I was and my gifts. And I realized life is fleeting and if you’re here, you have something that you’re here for. And for me that was art."

The gallery has embraced Smart’s work. His photo essay "The Bridges of Atlanta" was featured at the gallery Sep 18. through Oct. 19 in 2012. It documents homeless people who live under the city's bridges.

Downtown’s First Thursday art walks and other partnerships help the gallery provide a platform to show and sell artists work.

Admissions to the Arts for All Gallery is free Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4pm. The VSA holiday sale is currently underway. The sale ends Dec. 21.

Listen to interview extras, view work from VSA artists and photos of the gallery below.