Folk arts

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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Paint your own pottery

Canoe Kids - Smoke Signals

If you’re looking for a little creativity to spice up a chilly afternoon, a local paint-your-own pottery studio will fit the bill.

Talking Rock Pottery on Highway 515 is owned by Heather Poole, her husband Jason and their two sons. They opened the business last January and have been filling an artistic need in the area ever since.

There are shelves and shelves full of choices, everything from tiny birds to a very large bulldog. The prices include everything from start to finish; including clean-up, paint, firing and use of a smock….

While the kids were creating, there was an adult pottery class with students learning to use a pottery wheel in the back. In addition to classes for kids and adults, Talking Rock Pottery sells a full selection of ceramic supplies.

Read the full story at Canoe Kids – Smoke Signals.

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.

Let’s Quilt!

Learn to quilt this Thursday, February 23, 2012,  from 10:30am-12:00pm at VanGoghs Hideaway.  All supplies are included in the $13 fee for this Beginning Quilting class. 

VanGoghs Hideaway is located in the lower level of the Burnt Mountain Trading Center building at 14 Mark Whitfield Drive, Jasper.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Lakota Cove Gala Artist Party

On Saturday, February 11 from 1:00-4:00pm, Lakota Cove will celebrate with their Spirit of the American Artist Gala Artist Party! Musician Bill Pound will be playing for the event. Artists include John Feight, Susan Friedland, Barry Nehr, Rick Cannon, Carolyn Shireman, Susan Slade, Hubert Wackermann, Keith Moore, Alan McCarter, Walt Hyzer, James Harmon, Ray Ziebell, Mona Lisa Designs, and more.

Lakota Cove is located at 230 Old Mill White Road, Jasper.  Visit the Lakota Cove Gallery and have a ‘boot scootin good time’! Stetson’s and Western Attire suggested.  Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries will be served.

View 2011 Gala Artist Party photos on Lakota Cove on facebook.


Liz Cole’s ‘Matters of the Heart’

Artist Liz Cole, Image from Sharptop Arts Assoc.

Beginning Friday, February 3rd, 2012,  the “Matters of the Heart” gallery exhibit will open to the public at Sharptop Arts Association.  A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Local artist Liz Cole found inspiration during her travels from traditions and myths of those who have come before and shared their knowledge through oral histories, sacred places, and art forms ‘that express ones connection to place and time’.  Cole is a quilter, doll maker, wood worker, painter, sculptor, photographer, and cast net maker.  Each of her talents expresses a connection to place and time through the works they create and each has a story to tell.

These experiences are reflected in her drawings, photographs and earthworks, which will be on display at Sharptop Arts Association from February 3 – February 27, 2012.

Artist Liz Cole, Image from Sharptop Arts Assoc.



Love is in the air

photo by VanGoghs Hideaway

It’s no small affair
When love is in the air,
Appetizers & Drinks we’d like to share,
As love is floating in the air
Join us for a Special Evening
… of Valentines Shopping

                              -VanGoghs Hideaway

On Friday, February 3rd, from 5-7pm, VanGoghs Hideaway will host a evening of ‘lovely’ art.  VanGoghs Hideaway is located in the lower level of  Burnt Mountain Trading Company at 14 Mark Whitfield Street, Jasper.
The show will feature artists from Pickens, North Georgia, and the Appalachians, including:
Becky Jaye of Bent Tree ~ Folk Artist
Sandy Boring of Big Canoe ~ Custom Jewelry
Robin Miller of Cumming ~ Adorable Hidden People
Pat Culbertson of Big Canoe ~ Valentine Pottery Gifts
Mark Menedez of North Carolina ~ Painting Demonstration
Zach Davis of Jasper ~ Music
Ansley & Nikki of Canton ~ Photographers will have a Photo Booth

A New Place to Hideaway


VanGoghs Hideaway is hosting a celebration on Friday, December 2nd, 5pm-8pm to welcome the public to its new location.  VanGoghs Hideaway’s new address is 14 Mark Whitfield Street, adjacent to Burnt Mountain Trading.  With refreshments provided by Madeline’s Cafe, patrons are invited to enjoy the evening and browse artwork that is available for purchase.

VanGoghs will be collecting donations for the NorthStar Childrens School beginning at this celebration and continuing through December 22.  Simply drop off new art supplies at VanGoghs Hideaway.

VanGoghs Hideaway is an art gallery, teaching studio and a place to get together with friends.  Find them on facebook.
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