Discover arts and culture in 2014


Have you been saying, “I really ought to see what local artists are doing” or “Gosh, I haven’t been to the theater in a long time”? Well, resolve to fix that this year! In cooperation with, PACA is giving you the support to find local culture in January and all through 2014.

Meet the Artist

This year, PACA is launching a new event: Meet the Artist. We’ll be showcasing local performers, painters, musicians, and other purveyors of culture. The featured artist or group will be on our quarterly events calendar, and we’ll host a get-together so that the whole community can get acquainted with them.

Our featured artist on our inaugural calendar was Mark Walker, and he’ll be celebrated at the annual membership meeting in February. More about that in a few weeks.

For this quarter, Tater Patch Players is the featured artist. Their performance of “The Lion in Winter,” which is the main cultural event for January, will be highlighted on the quarterly calendar.

Come to the theater and meet the talented actors and crew, on Friday January 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. PACA will be serving wine (thanks to Trouts!), tea and desserts. You’ll get a preview of the play and have a chance to talk to the cast about their roles, about the theater – or just to hear their off-stage voices! The theater is at 95 Philadelphia Lane, behind Walmart in Jasper.

“The Lion in Winter”

Then take your pick of dates from January 24 to February 8 to see the show. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees, January 26 and February 2, are at 2 p.m.
The play is about the epic family struggle over who will succeed Henry II – with sharp swords and even sharper words. Jan Simpson directs a cast headed by Alex Nawrocki and Janet Vardaman. Don’t miss it!

Nature Photography

And to see another group of sharp shooters – with cameras – be sure to catch the Nature Photography Exhibit at Big Canoe. This juried exhibit will showcase local beauty, with awards for the three top photos.

The show opens at the Big Canoe Swim Club on Jan. 4-5, and moves to the Brownstone building for Jan. 6-17. The photos will be displayed in the lobby of the Smoke Signals office on the second floor, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public will have the chance to vote for “Best of Show” from among the 18 photos.

And another thing …

Please let us know about upcoming events! One simple online form – click here. If you need help with the form, there’s a video – click here – or written instructions – click here.

Local Artist featured in RAW Atlanta

Jeremy Byers of The Gallery on South Main in Jasper has been chosen to be a part of a unique art show in Atlanta called RAW – Mixology for this Saturday, July 28, 2012.

What is RAW?

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 54 artistic communities across the United States and Australia, through monthly showcase events.

Last month’s show was sold out, so here is the information to get your tickets now.

When: Saturday, July 28, 8 PM to Midnight
Where: Terminal West
887 West Marietta Studio C
Atlanta, GA
Notes: 18+ Event
Fashionable Cocktail Attire
Tickets: $15 at the Door
$10 Presale Online –

Top Right – Click “Buy Tickets”
Under “Pick The Artist You Are Supporting!”, Choose “Jeremy Byers”
Then Fill Out Relevant Info and Purchase Tickets for $10

First 10 to purchase tickets through the Presale Online feature will receive a FREE 8×12 Limited Edition Print of their choice from


Gallery on South Main features Crystal Pinson

by artist Crystal Pinson

Gallery on South Main will have an art showing for Photographer, Crystal Pinson.  This will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5-8 pm.  Refreshments will be served at this event.  This will also coincide with Jasper’s First Friday.

Crystal Pinson has had a passion for photography for almost 2 decades. It has provided a way for her to expressively share her explorations and adventures, which she has been passing along to her children.  Recently, she has focused on new visual effects with a specialty lens called a Lensbaby.  This is providing artistic justice to her experiences in nature.

by Crystal Pinson

Crystal has been working as a researcher for an international photography exhibition called The Art of Photography Show for 5 years.  This has provided her with a window into so many artists’ minds.

Come and support this adventurous and spiritual Photographer, Crystal Pinson!  She will be Gallery on South Main’s featured artist until July 14.

by Crystal Pinson

A blend of austerity and beauty

The Touch / Photograph by Sterling Brown

Photographer Sterling Brown’s work will be featured in an exhibit this weekend through Feb. 3, at Gallery on South Main in downtown Jasper.

Brown’s striking portraits, abstracts and landscapes are “a blend of tragic and austere beauty,” as the gallery owners describe them. “When Sterling captures any subject with his camera, he has the uncanny ability to see into its very core…”

His work has also have been featured at Van Gogh’s Hideaway. He has been a photographer for 15 years, trained in advertising photography but more recently using the medium for artistic interpretation.

Brown also works in commercial and events photography and personal portraits.

Reception is this Saturday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 8 pm, at 35 South Main Street, Jasper.

View more of Brown’s work online at

November at VanGogh’s

NOVEMBER Hours will change at Van Gogh’s Hideaway in downtown Jasper:  WED-FRIDAY  10-5pm SAturdays 10-2pm (they are gearing down for the winter time)  However, Van Gogh’s will open for special events, special classes and such.  So call or email for times if you want to come by outside these hours.

If you missed the story telling hours this past month… OH my stars….you missed something funny and there was a HUGE crowd for Happy Hour Storytelling.

Be prepared for what is coming in the spring – outdoors paint-throwing classes will resume!

Van Gogh’s has a few other events planned like “Sip, Dip, & Paint” ~ Girls night out or Couples Night out~ , Childrens Paint Classes, Bird Bath Mosaic Classes……..Not to mention some fantastic Visiting Artists.

Click for more to read the ‘whats happening’ this month! Continue reading

Rick Jasperse-4H and beyond

One of the heroes of Pickens County

Rick Jasperse

This is the 7th in a series of portraits of “Heroes of Pickens County”.  The portraits and interviews were a project of the Pickens High School SnapDragons photography club, led by teacher Lisa Payne.  The project is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Ask anyone from Pickens County’s local 4H chapter about Rick Jasperse and chances are they’ll be more than happy to tell you about his extensive roles and leadership positions within our community.  As Pickens County’s former County Agent, Rick Jasperse recently retired with an extensive 29 years of service under his belt.  The outgoing and always passionate Rick Jasperse now looks forward to a career in politics as Georgia’s District 12 Representative.  His duties in Pickens County’s local 4H club also distinguish him as a man among the community.

Rick Jasperse and agriculture share a strong history together.  As a young boy, Rick grew up in East Tennessee while quickly developing his passion for agriculture.  Already expressing his family’s bond for nature; Rick Jasperse graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture. When 1980 rolled around, Rick Jasperse had situated himself as Bartow’s County’s Assistant County Agent before later representing Pickens County.

Sharing his love for agricultural sciences with others in the community; Rick Jasperse extended his green thumb to the youth of Pickens County through the 4H organization.  “I liked the impact you had on kids’ lives and you could the see the change.  The neat thing about 4H is that you can work with young people and provide a support connection that sometimes the family cannot.  As a community leader, you have to think about what you do.  There’s something new to learn every day. With 4H and the county agent; you solve a problem every day. “

Todd Geren- A teacher’s passion

One of the heroes of Pickens County

Todd Geren

This is the 6th in a series of portraits of “Heroes of Pickens County”.  The portraits and interviews were a project of the Pickens High School SnapDragons photography club, led by teacher Lisa Payne.  The project is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Ask any student at Pickens High School and chances are that they’ll tell you one of their favorite (if not most favorite) teacher at the school is Todd Geren.

Todd Geren is an outgoing, caring, and remarkable one-of-a kind teacher who continues to leave a positive imprint on every student he teaches.  Students not only seek out the English 9 teacher for guidance, but for friendship.  Geren is a student’s best friend in a new educational environment.  For his sixth year teaching English at Pickens High; Todd Geren is always eager to help new underclassmen find their way throughout their new surroundings.

Education is not only Todd Geren’s passion; it is his life.  “A students should be learning as much as possible and a teacher should be teaching as much as possible.” says Geren on the topic of his students.  “They say they remember the stories; they remember the day when they realized how they could put together a sentence properly.  I just think that I do my job and anything more than that is extra; its gravy.  If they get more out of the experience than what I’m putting in, then awesome; that’s the way education should be.

Not only is Geren a favorite among his fellow faculty members; he has been nominated for the coveted Teacher of the Year award every year during his career at Pickens High.  He is truly a teacher with a purpose.  A purpose that not only his fellow teachers recognize but so do his students.


Hideaway Happenings

photo by Kathe Hall

This week at VanGoghs Hideaway…

Tuesday, the Photography Club meeting is at 6pm.  This is for all those in Jasper that would be interested in starting a Photography in Jasper. Beginners, Seasoned Photographers or just those that have a love for photography.  Group Meeting will be led by Sterling Brown and Darrell Reddy.

This Thursday from 6-8 VanGoghs Hideaway will have our first Pic N Grin Evening!  Wishing to make this a regular get together…its basically for those that would like to come share some of their musical talents whether it be singing, playing the guitar, banjo, flute,  etc. etc.  Music lovers of all degress invited!!!!  You don’t have to play an instrument to come out and enjoy this evening.

Guitar by K. Hall; photo by Jay Wright


Then on Friday from 6-8 pm, our very own folk Artist, well known through out the folk art industry and through out the country, Billy Roper will be at VanGoghs along with Author Jean Curran to sign Jean’s new book about Billy ~ I Dream of Riding Wild Horses.  Books will be available for sale as well as some of Billy’s artwork for that evening only. Refreshments will be served.


The phone number for VanGoghs is 706-253-4040  We are located just behind the Jasper Café and Daisy’s on D. B. Carroll Street next door to the Sharptop ARts Center.  Visit VanGoghs Hideaway on facebook.

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