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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.

How a magical evening happened

Photo: Mari Livsey,

A magical evening? Sometimes it happens. The Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) accomplished just that in October.

The 19-year-old nonprofit agency, which provides educational and referral services to families in Pickens County, had cut its staff by 80 percent due to shrinking grants. Sixty at-risk families were dropped from its active list. Even with these draconian measures, red ink permeated the ledgers, and funds would run out in six months. An impact event was needed to raise enough money to keep the doors open.

How about an exquisite dinner dance right down the middle of Main Street in Jasper? What an absurd idea! The visionaries on the board were ecstatic, others skeptical. An event of such magnitude just could not afford to fail. If it did the doors would close immediately.

Read the entire story of how this amazing event was pulled off by dedicated volunteers:  A magical evening in Jasper – Smoke Signals – by Dennis Santucci.

Sharptop community artist show opens Friday

Sharptop opens community artist show Nov. 15th

Talking Rock artist, Jo Wells Davis will be introducing her “Textured Light Art” glass sculptural art work

If you have art in your soul you will want to mark your calendar for Friday, 5 p.m. when area artists will open the doors to their most recent creations displayed at Sharptop Arts Center.

This year’s show will debut the works of new artists who have joined Pickens’ talented community as well as the art of cherished established artists.

“Home for the Holidays” opens Friday, November 15th at 5 p.m. with a reception recognizing artists who have submitted work for the show.

Unique to this year’s show will be the Silent Auction featuring numerous wreathes and works of art donated by participating artists.  During the reception, attendees can explore the art on display, meet the artists, and bid on items of interest.  Promptly at 7:30 p.m., the Center will announce winners and present items.

Read the full version in the Pickens Progress: Sharptop opens community artist show Nov. 15th.

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

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.

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.


Foothills Marketplace seeks artists


Art gallery and a whole lot more

What was once Jurassic Parts is now an art gallery and consignment store.

The Foothills Marketplace has opened in the building across the street from Dollar General on Highway 53 in Marble Hill. Owner Paul Malham wants to make the old long abandoned store near the Foothills Shopping Center a community gathering place.

His plans include a consignment shop, monthly auctions, art gallery, art shows, merchandise, charity events, music, a farmer’s market and more.

The first big event will be a sports memorabilia auction on March 3 that will feature some one-of-a-kind items that include a Babe Ruth image that has never been published, the inaugural baseball bat of the Colorado Rockies, Joe DiMaggio plaques, signed baseballs, a Michael Jordan autographed bowling ball and lots of baseball cards. “With the auction also live and on the internet, anyone in the world can bid on the items,” according to Malham.

Malham opened a flea market with arts and crafts, an auto mart, farmer’s market and consignment store in Ellijay in April of last year and says that as many as 2,000 have attended their warm weather outside events.

He is looking to purchase or consign quality items for our new consignment and art gallery. Call 706-847-4531 or stop by to visit Wed-Sun 10 am to 4 pm.

See the full Smoke Signals story: Foothills Marketplace opens in building near Dollar General.

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