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Fall Rambling

Late fall has the Appalachian Mountains and Georgia foothills shimmering with leaves full of rich color and that wonderful crisp air. Load up the car, choose those favorite tunes, and set the GPS.   Join a select band of eclectic artists, art advocates, and local businesses and discover rambling and the creative spirit in all of us.

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The North Georgia Art Ramble is a free, self-guidedStudio and Gallery Tour“.  Visit individual working artist’s studios and local galleries on December 6 and 7, 2014.

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Blue Ridge to preview show at Tater Patch Players

by Tater Patch Players Publicity

Join us for a special performance at the Tater Patch Theater of Leonard Nimoy’s award winning play, Vincent.  Blue Ridge Community Theater is producing this show and bringing a special preview performance to OUR theater!    Vincent was written in 1978 and performed as a one-man show by Mr. Nimoy on Broadway and in other cities, including Atlanta.  Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production is presented as a two-man show and will be previewed at our theater for your enjoyment. Director Pat Webb has announced that popular Blue Ridge actor Mike Lacy will play Theo and Tater Patch veteran favorite Alex Nawrocki will portray Vincent in this production.

The show opens as Theo VanGogh mourns his beloved brother Vincent who committed suicide a week earlier and died in Theo’s arms at the age of 37 in 1890. Six months later Theo himself died, leaving Vincent’s life story in the form of hundreds of soul-revealing letters to his brother.  Leonard Nimoy studied these letters and retells Vincent’s story in Vincent’s own words. This is one of those rare bio-plays that successfully places the audience in the reincarnated presence of a genius and leads them through a tumultuous life leaving them the better for it. A meditation on the meaning of art and artistry in a world that measures success in sales. It’s an evening of laughter and tears and insight into a gifted master.  Tickets are now on sale by clicking the “buy tickets” button above.  Prices are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students.  This is a rare theater opportunity!

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


4 Corners UNITE

Tellus Museum photo by AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Article from Pickens Progress Online

Anyone with an interest in developing tourism here is encouraged to attend a meeting in Cartersville Monday on “What it take to make us a an arts and cultural destination?”

Organized by the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA) and 4 Corners Cultural Consortium, the meeting will be  Monday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville.

Amelia McIntyre, Executive Director of PACA, said it is important for Pickens County to join other nearby counties to form a large tourism destination. And it is important Pickens residents participate in these multi-county meetings to see that Pickens which is the smallest of the four counties is still well represented.

“It is essential for Pickens to work with the 4 Corners Consortium (named for where the corners of Pickens, Cherokee, Bartow and Gordon counties meet). We have a common drive-through area. We need to work together to create visitor ready venues.”

McIntyre said Pickens is particularly challenged to offer regular, 7-day a week, events and sites, but even the larger Cherokee and Bartow counties face a similar problem. She said Cartersville with the Booth Western Museum and indian mounds has significantly more tourism spots already in place. “But they are right [on I-75] between Atlanta and Chattanooga, so they have the same problem of getting people to stop and not just drive through, just on a bigger scale than we do.”

In Pickens County, McIntyre said she considers the Sharptop Arts Center with its regular shows and the Old Jail with its historic tours, among the best opportunity to develop attractions here.

“We appreciate them being here,” she said. “But we need to help them expand and the way to do that is to create more traffic flow, which brings in more people and more revenue.”

McIntyre is advocating a four county joint approach that mixes and matches from a variety of potential sites and features including the proximity to Atlanta, southern end of the Appalachian Mountains, Native American heritage, marble works. “We are not going to make it on just mountains or on marble alone, but our future is bright,” she said.

McIntyre said she understands the difficulty for people making the meeting during the work day in Cartersville, but it is important for Pickens to be represented.

For more information, e-mail McIntyre at

Despite cutbacks, GCA looks to future

By Howard Pousner

The setting for the first in a series of statewide community forums to develop a five-year strategic plan for the Georgia Council for the Arts was a blank, white-walled gallery, which seemed — at least symbolically — apt.

With a new place in the state government structure (under the Department of Economic Development) and a new leader (Karen L. Paty) to guide it, the GCA appears ready to gut it to the walls and start fresh.

Monday’s gathering at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Buckhead, the first of seven forums across the state, featured opening remarks by Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal spoke to the audience of 100-plus, mainly arts leaders and artists, with enthusiasm about the role of the arts in conveying cultural heritage, as well as its impact on the economy and (potentially) education.

Though his appearance lent symbolic support, the governor, in a brief Q&A after his talk, gave little hope of additional state arts funding.

More at AJC’s blog.

Artwork spanning 4 counties

Glass Mountain Gallery and Studio

A beautiful summer weekend in the mountains, with endless miles of art – that’s the agenda for the Northeast Georgia Arts Tour this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12.

As a special treat, the Tour includes the 12 Rivers Art Festival in Sautee Nacoochee that takes place all day on Saturday, June 11.

The Summer Open House Arts Tour is in its seventh year. It features more than 100 artists demonstrating their crafts at over 30 locations in Rabun, Habersham, White and Lumpkin counties.

Choose your beginning and ending points and plot your self-guided driving course. The Tour Web site is the place to start.

Follow the road of art

The tour runs Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

Read the full story in Smoke Signals: Artwork at every bend in the road.

Car show for cancer research

Classic lines. Photo by Lisa Schnellinger

Calling all car junkies!

The Pickens High School Beta is hosting the 1st Annual Relay for Life Car Show this weekend. The show benefits cancer research.

The Car Show will be held May 14 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at Jasper Middle School (339 West Church Street). Registration is $20 and begins at 8:30 am.

Trophies are awarded at 1:30 pm. Cars that arrive after 12 noon will not be included in the judging.

The American Cancer Society is a non-profit organization that strives every day to fight cancer and conduct proactive research helping hundreds of thousands cancer patients across the globe.


Copper Basin History Events Happening Now

If you were born in – live in – have lived in – ever been to – always wanted to visit the Copper Basin near Copperhill and Ducktown, Tenn., you need to check out a couple of events sponsored by The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

Plan to be in Copperhill, TN May 14th between 2 and 4 pm for the grand opening of a local historic photography exhibit inside the Maloof Building on the corner of Ocoee Street and Grand Avenue.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Ducktown Basin Museum and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. For more information or for directions, contact Ken Rush at 423-496-5778.

Miners’ Memories – From Rock to Metal, a documentary about the copper mining industry in the Copper Basin is airing now on ETC channel 3.

Jennifer Danner, marketing consultant for The Art Center, former mine safety supervisor, Billy Wayne Chastain and ETC3 studios in Ellijay, GA recently completed the documentary which features video from above ground and down in the mines, historical photographs and original music by Jennifer Danner.

Billy Wayne offers a unique, first person perspective on Copper Basin mining that dates as far back as early Native Americans era, all the way through the last copper pour in Copperhill, TN in the 1980s.

Click here for a preview:

Miners’ Memories airs on ETC channel 3 on Tuesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 5pm, and Sundays at 1:30 pm. You can stream it live at

For more information contact:

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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