Outside the Lines made it into the Athens Banner-Herald today in this great article:

ATHICA is breaking the household rule of forbidding children to draw on the walls and is opening up its own bright white walls for the colorers of Athens.

The art venue is hosting an opening reception for an Athens-made coloring book where visitors can color in projections of the images on the walls.

A new shop Pixel & Ink has some new ideas its bringing to town, ones its owners hope will become traditions.

The photo editing and print shop designed the Athens-made coloring book “Outside the lines” for adults and children.

Laulea Taylor, who owns Pixel & Ink with Carolyn Crist, said the coloring book is all local and proceeds from the sale of the book will be funneled into local schools.

“I’ve noticed the differences in which schools have money and which don’t. That lack of funding doesn’t let them do fun projects,” Taylor said.

The proceeds from this $15 book will be donated to Clarke Middle School, which will get 80 percent, and ATHICA, which will get 20 percent.

ATHICA will have the book on show starting today until Dec. 13. The coloring books will be for sale there, at Pixel & Ink, Avid Bookshop, TreeHouse and Clarke Middle School.

The book is for adults and children.

At ATHICA a few of the images in the book will be projected onto the walls and visitors are allowed to color it in with markers.

Margot Ecke, who owns letterpress shop Smokey Road Press, drew three images for the coloring book.

“I do letterpress, which translates drawn lines in images really beautifully, so I end up doing a lot of drawn pieces that involve lines. I think that’s why they asked me to be in the coloring book,” Ecke said.

Ecke said she drew floral patterns for the book, something she imagined her 6-year-old daughter would like.

“It was really fun to do and it kind of spun me off in a new direction. I’ve been doing a lot of extra pages,” Ecke said.

She plans to print the extra coloring designs onto large paper and give them away at the opening reception to the ATHICA exhibit, which is today at 6 p.m.

Taylor said the book doesn’t have a theme in its images, just in its contributors, who all draw in Athens.

“We have some really big well-known artists and we’re trying to use the pull of their names to draw attention to smaller artists,” Taylor said. “There are some images in cartoon style, one of an elephant wearing an (Elephant Six Collective) t-shirt, some ornate flower images, one is a single image of a rhinoceros.”

Ecke said the book, volume one of four planned for this year, excites her.

“I like the idea of collecting multiple editions and it being almost the unofficial yearbook of Athens. There’s so many fabulous artists and designers in Athens that this is a very informative way of collecting their work and having a really nice picture of what’s going on in the Athens arts scene,” Ecke said.