Will Dromgoole Makes it Easy to Buy Stained Glass

Hummingbird ornament - W Dromgoole

Will Dromgoole in Thomaston deserves a big shout out! I’m working on a project and was interested in offering his stained glass ornaments as a part of it. I saw a few pieces Will and his wife had created at the Thomaston Upson Arts Council, and got word to him that I would like more information.

Will called me immediately and got details. He’s new to selling his stained glass, so didn’t have a wholesale sheet; but he did something almost as good. He shot nine photographs – in a creative, interesting way, I might add – loaded them into a Snapfish.com album, added the wholesale prices, and sent me the link. I have all the information I need.

We live in a remarkable era. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Snapfish, Skype, and others are free and low-cost business tools that add so much to the ease of doing business. It takes time to figure some of the software out, but the investment is well worth it. Promise yourself that you’ll AT LEAST sign up for a free account for an online business tool once a week, and spend an hour seeing its capabilities. You’ll be astounded at the resources available to creative entrepreneurs.

New Gallery Coming to Farmington

Co-op Members Working at the New Gallery

I saw trucks behind the Farmington Depot when I was last up in the area, and stopped in to see what was happening. Chris Hubbard, the art car folk artist, and  two buddies were hard at work transforming the building into a 14-artist member co-op Gallery.

Winterhawk Pottery still has to haul its kiln from the covered porch of the Depot; but for the most part, John & crew are working out of Happy Valley Pottery again. They’ve gone what writers romantically call “back to their roots”.

So back to Chris and the re-incarnation of the Depot… If they can, they want to mount some sort of showing during the first weekend in June.

For years, the Chappelles have held their Open Studios Weekend on that date. And the last several years, other Oconee County artists have opened their studios that weekend, too. Probably a dozen studios – most with invited guest artists – will be opened and celebrating. You’ll see directional signage as you come into Farmington (and through Bishop, into Watkinsville) in any direction.

Be sure and stop at the Depot and say hi to the gang. They are always up to something!

American Style Readers Name 3 Georgia Cities Top 25 Arts Destinations

AmericanStyle Magazine readers have named Atlanta to the 9th position in this years Top 25 Arts Destinations – Big Cities. Savannah is number 6 and Athens is number 18 in the Top 25 Arts Destinations – Mid-Sized Cities.

American Style is a quarterly magazine focused on contemporary craft, craft collectors and the artists who create studio craft art. Launched in 1994 by The Rosen Group, AmericanStyle Magazine provides art lovers with collecting, interior design and display ideas. Cultural heritage travelers find art festivals, gallery exhibitions and museum events in its various sections.

City Art Tours and Small Arts Walks in the Magazine promote awareness of the economic and aesthetic contributions of art and craft to our homes and communities. Each year (this is the 14th), cities compete to be included in AmericanStyle’s Top 25 Arts Destinations edition.

Congratulations Atlanta, Savannah and Athens! Well deserved!

Sometimes You Just Need to Have Fun FIRST!

I just read yesterday’s Baby Blues cartoon strip by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott. Hammie was in his backyard in the rain completely in his own little world. He played with his truck, then took off his wet clothes, jumped on his swing, and swang up to the sky. He was enraptured with the moment.

The last frame showed him coming into the house, his bewildered Mom holding his clothes, and asking “Why did you do that?” His response was classic… “It takes less time to just have fun than it does to get permission for it.”

I suppose it matters whether or not others will be inconvenienced or harmed in any way, but sometimes you just need to have fun FIRST!

“Arts & Crafts” Shows on Every Corner

When’s it gonna stop? Every day someone is announcing or hosting another “arts & crafts” show! STOP IT! We’ve got 500+ events with exhibitor space on various 2010 Georgia calendars. Why would any organizer think we need another one?

Last Saturday, a two mile stretch of a “busy” (we’re talking 50 miles from a city) two-lane road drove the issue home to me. Tucked between two businesses in an open field, about a dozen assorted kinds of tents were lined up. A bit farther down the street was a weekly flea sale. At the end of the street was the weekly farmers market. If there were artists or craft makers in any of those gatherings, they’d have had little to no chance to catch significant sales.

Waking up today, I heard the radio host talking about a different local event this Saturday. The “vendors”, she said, would have all sorts of “really nice merchandise”, from little kids’ dresses to pocketbooks to “oh, just anything you’d want to buy”. Now if that doesn’t make you want to rush right over…

This particular radio host does at least a dozen remotes every year at festivals within a 50-mile service area. And “vendors” and “oh, just anything you’d want to buy” would apply to all of them. THAT is what makes a really special event lose audience… And for every twenty or thirty of these side-of-the-road set-ups, there ARE really special events.

The saddest thing about the proliferation of “arts & crafts” shows is that when one dies, two more will pop up. STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT. If you and/or your group is looking for a way to engage the community, raise money, or support local artists, another arts & crafts show IS NOT THE ANSWER!