Artist’s Life

Meet the Artist: Hans Rueffert

Screenshots_2016-01-13-16-44-52Join us Thursday, January 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Inn to celebrate Pickens County chef, author, and TV personality Hans Rueffert.  There will be a Q&A session with Hans to hear and learn about what led him to be the celebrity chef.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Make plans to stay and treat yourself to dinner with Hans and the Woodbridge Inn rrestaurant afterward.

Read more about Hans at the Woodbridge Inn website or his personal website.

Noteworthy – Justin Davis

Persistence, determination, talent and an abundance of faith are words that come to mind when I think of Justin Davis. A big man with a big heart, Davis is one of Pickens’ great success stories.

Davis spent his early years in Tate, moving to Jasper while still in school.

He began piano lessons when he was in sixth grade. He recalls that Bay Cagle was his first teacher. He joined a youth choir and a band. During his high school days, he played strings, piano and percussion while developing a beautiful tenor singing voice. Continue reading

Backstage!

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PACA is pleased to invite you behind the velvet curtain at Tater Patch Players to talk with our local actors and production talent. This “Meet the Artist” event highlights their performance of “The Lion in Winter,” a major cultural event for January.

Come to the theater to enjoy the company of the talented performers and crew, on Friday January 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. PACA will be serving wine (thank you, 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.

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.

 

Rehearsal / Photo by Pat Jewell

Rehearsal / Photo by Pat Jewell

Discover arts and culture in 2014

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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 KnowPickens.com, 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.

This weekend – peek into artists’ galleries

Susanne Newell

Susanne Newell

The second annual North Georgia Art Ramble is a free, self-guided, open studio tour of 44 studios and galleries situated in seven North Georgia counties.

Art studios will be open in Calhoun, Cartersville, Woodstock, Waleska, Canton, Ball Ground, Jasper, Marble Hill, Dawsonville, Cumming, Buford, Johns Creek, Duluth and Roswell.

Read the full list here: Artists in the Ramble

The Ramble will take place on Dec. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come experience the creative process as the artists open their studio doors to the public, demonstrate their unique techniques, talk about what inspires them and how that spark finds its way into their art.

There are more than 70 participating artists, all working in different media, which means there’s a great chance visitors will find a special piece. This event is a unique opportunity as most of these studios are open only during the Ramble.

via Peek into artists’ galleries during North Georgia Art Ramble – Smoke Signals.

Gallery on South Main Feature Artist: Thad Green

Gallery on South Main will have an art showing for Artist, Thad Green.  This will take place on Friday, May 4, from 5-8 pm.  Refreshments will be served at this event.  This will also coincide with Jasper’s First Friday, where many downtown shops and galleries open the first Friday of the month. 

Dr. Thad Green is an abstract expressionist who creates colorful and energetic paintings, both large and small.  Recently, he has focused on post-card size art. His art show will include several small pieces of “love” art appropriate for Mother’s Day gifts.  Dr. Green is a former university professor, business owner, management consultant, and author of numerous books on motivation and performance.

Gallery on South Main invites the public to come and support this animated and creative artist, Dr. Thad Green.  He will be Gallery on South Main’s featured artist until May 12, 2012.

  

Gallery On South Main Features Don Hester

 

 

by Artist Don Hester

Gallery on South Main will have an art showing for Artist, Don Hester.  This will take place on Saturday, April 7, from 5-8 pm.  Refreshments will be served at this event.

Don Hester lived most of his life in Southern Michigan and Florida.  He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist, and he was always very creative.  Don’s favorite type of painting includes the use of acrylics on canvas or board.  He also has done oils and watercolor.  Although Don doesn’t have a subject that he favors over another, he does have a variety of styles and images that he has focused on.  He has painted everything from tropical, ocean and southwest scenes, animals, etc.  Don has produced hundreds of paintings in abstract, impasto, realism and other categories.  He is currently a member of Sharptop Art Association in Jasper, GA.  He has won art awards, displayed in various places, and has been published in various capacities as well.

Complex simplicity: Billy Roper

By Betsy Robinson and Robin Blan

Smoke Signals

Call him anything you want—contemporary folk artist, self-taught artist, visual story teller—but Billy Roper is simply Billy.

He remembers his Appalachian roots, his Cherokee ancestors and their culture. Of them, he says, “I was taught who I was and where I came from for countless generations I know—that does not make me better or worse but it does make me—me.”

He remembers in paint, stone, wood, and music and even makes his own fiddles. His work is emotional and speaks to people about the simple things in life. . .things that matter.

Roper’s journey from being born “blessedly poor” and rising to critical acclaim is captured in a colorful new book by Jean Curran titled In My Dreams I Ride Wild Horses: Biographical Sketches, Art, and Poetry of Appalachian Artist Billy Roper.

It’s hard to put Roper’s work in a box. He is multi-talented in many mediums. Although interested in art early on, Roper reached his 40’s before beginning to create and sell his art full-time.

For a while, Roper worked in a marble quarry as a stonecutter, which led, in part, to his phenomenal marble sculptures. Roper even makes his own tools — considered art themselves. No store-bought contraptions for him.

Who better than the carver himself to craft the exact tool for sculpting the perfect creation? Although Roper primarily employs primitive tool-making strategies, he writes, “I use old metal I find, rawhide, etc., but I will tell you something that epoxy glue is manna from heaven. if it was possible to do so you could glue sin to salvation with that stuff and it would hold.”

Click here to read the full story in Smoke Signals.

 

Editor’s note: A selection of Billy Roper’s paintings are currently on exhibit in downtown Jasper at the office of Full Circle Solutions, 35 N. Main Street. During regular weekday business hours, the public is welcome to view and purchase Roper’s work as well as photographs and paintings by Georgia artists Melody Boggs, Fred Dorr, Bob Glover, Sue Norman and Lisa Schnellinger. 

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