Athens artist's exhibit opens at ART Station

If you go

• What: Bob Davis art gallery

• When: Gallery opening 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Normal gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Gallery runs through Dec. 31.

• Where: ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain

• Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated

• For more information: Visit www.artstation.or...>

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Let's face it. Sometimes life can feel routine, dull and, quite frankly, mundane. Athens artist Bob Davis does something a little different to brighten up each day. He brings boring daily chores to life with his ceramic sculptures and acrylic paintings -- and one of his exhibitions is opening Saturday night at ART Station.

The name of the gallery is "Strange Stories -- The Art of Lostdogbob," which displays animals acting as humans, children facing their fears and imaginative situations people could find themselves in.

"I get inspiration any way I can," Davis said. "Sometimes it pours out of my head from my imagination and some is from everyday life."

There are fish playing checkers, a zebra carrying a book and a pig ready to go bowling, fully equipped with a ball and bowling shirt sporting the name Al. In his paintings, a boy hides from a monster, a couple sits on the couch with a starfish infestation and there are portraits of street vendors from Guatemala, where he traveled last summer.

Davis's art typically receives the same response from whoever looks at it: Happiness and laughter.

"A lot of the stuff makes the (public) laugh," he said. "It's more humorous art. Other people love the use of bright colors in the paintings. Kids especially love it."

Before becoming a full-time festival artist, Davis taught art classes in North Carolina. After so many years, he hung up his teaching hat to pursue his passion: Creating art year-round. Now he travels around the Southeast, attending art shows and displaying his whimsical creations.

"I'll always be doing art," he said. "I hope I'm 90 years old still going to art shows."