Athens Sculpture Festival – June 24-26

Hands of Respect by Stan Mullins

The audience for this sculpture exhibition will bring different backgrounds, education and preferences. This is important for the artist since the response will be widespread and personal. This is the role of ART. Jack Kehoe, Professor Emeritus, UGA.

Bill Ronay & I attended this first annual, well-curated event in the Grand Hall of The Classic Center Thursday evening. Twenty diverse and talented Georgia sculptors showed their work.  

Stan Mullins’ Hands of Respect was outside, in front of The Classic Center, to welcome attendees to the Festival.

Julie Walters and the Classic Center Cultural Foundation are to be commended for their time and energy in organizing the exhibit.

Unfortunately, despite their huge efforts, the sculptors’ works looked lost in the Grand Hall. The atmosphere had little energy or excitement Thursday evening. And the artists not present were painfully obvious.

We very much enjoyed speaking with Abraham Tesser, and sitting in his “s-chair”, a fabulous work of art in walnut and italian sycamore veneer. The chair and its mates would be a gorgeous complement to any palace. It, alone, was well worth coming to the show to see.

AthFest, the huge music and arts festival featuring 150 local bands and two outdoor main stages, is a few blocks from the Sculpture Festival, and runs concurrently + Sunday. I don’t understand the thinking on that one, but was told that the date was set with the AthFest date in mind.

The Sculpture Festival is worth viewing, but was frankly not my wavelength. I kept asking myself who the artists were marketing most of the pieces to. I believe that most artists are in the business of selling their work. And, to sell anything, one must have a target audience in mind.

Some of the pieces – TO ME – conveyed misery and hopelessness. Some were presented poorly. Many didn’t so much as whisper a clue about WHY they were created.

We hope that subsequent Sculpture Festivals will be presented in a more intimate, inviting environment. And that the artists be encouraged to provide their own display units.


What Does Your Art Business Need to Thrive?

The Arts Development Council of Georgia is surveying Georgia artists, craft makers and retailers of art /craft asking what you need to thrive. The survey has four questions, and will take about five minutes of your time. Would you complete it now?

If you include your email address on Question #4, the ADCG will send you the results of the survey as a gift for sharing your thoughts.

The more responses the survey has, the more valid the findings. Feel free to ask your friends and colleagues to also take the survey. The survey URL is

The survey will close August 2, 2010.

Prepare to Take Action!

Georgia Made Georgia Grown Seal

Behind the scenes, Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC has been making huge strides forward. We have been putting programming in place to market & promote juried members of the organization. In a couple of weeks, you’ll be seeing specific details. It will then be time to decide at what level of participation you’d like to join us.

We want people across the globe to know where to Buy Georgia Made and Serve Georgia Grown.

And, to accomplish that, we believe that Personal is the New Professional (Ariane Goodwin).

Right now, we’d like to invite you to our Facebook and Twitter pages. At each of those main pages, we have links to our eight categories of membership – Art, Communities, Entertainment, Family Farms, Festivals, Food & Wine, Hospitality, and Shops & Galleries. On Facebook, scroll down the page til you see the icons on the left. On Twitter, you’ll see the same icons on the right. Click each of them and enjoy the postings. Add postings about what is pertinent to you & your business, if you’d like!

Our website is in process. From what I’ve seen, it’ll be the centerpiece of Georgia Made Georgia Grown’s online presence. The blog may be the first part of it to go live.

This 59-year old woman has come to several important conclusions:

  • ALL businesses, in order to thrive, must do business differently from the way we’ve always done business
  • Small businesses must work together to market and promote themselves
  • Creative entrepreneurs MUST have a virtual toolbox including a website; Twitter; Facebook; YouTube; a media manager such as Flickr or Snapfish; and an email marketing system
  • Blogs, Skype, Google Docs, and GoToMeeting are strong tools to become comfortable using ASAP

I’ve often likened creative entrepreneurs to stars in the sky. Their businesses are intense, but usually not connected to each other. There’s little time to network and enjoy others’ input. But Georgia Made Georgia Grown will bring the stars into constellations to generate more energy, to shine brighter. If you are an artist or a maker, you’ll have a wide range of options for streams of income. If you are a seller, you’ll know where the very best Georgia Made Georgia Grown products are.

Georgia Made Georgia Grown realizes the amount of time a business consumes, and will offer virtual assistants who set up the tools of today’s successful businesses. If a business owner doesn’t have time to post to those tools, the virtual assistant is available for connecting those dots.

We want to make doing business today as simple as possible in this complex economy. You’d still be in charge of creating and networking, but the leverage of groups of like-minded businesspeople will promote and market better than you can imagine.

Flag Day

Flag Day - June 14, 2010

Flag Day – June 14, 2010

Flag Day – always June 14 – celebrates  the national symbol of the United States of America.

Flag Day was first observed in 1885 by a Fredonia, Wisconsin schoolteacher and his public school students commemorating the 108th anniversary of the first Act passed by the Continental Congress to establish a national banner for the newly formed United States.

The Act of June 14, 1777 resolved that the official banner be designed with thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars, representing a new Constellation of the thirteen colonies, stitched on a blue background.

The 1777 Congressional resolution laid the foundation for the meaning of American Flag Day by emphasizing a strong union of those thirteen colonies, forever linked together by the threads of a fledgling Democracy.

Thank you, for the information!