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Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC is getting it together and on the verge of rolling out its programming. Within the next couple weeks, our beautiful new website will be functional, and we’ll have the information available for both potential members AND buyers of Georgia Made Georgia Grown products.

In the meantime, get more familiar with our Twitter and Facebook presences. Bookmark them, and check back every time you get on your social media sites.

These buttons are our category icons. You’ve probably already seen them down our Facebook  and Twitter pages down the left column.

The big red georgia home button is the easiest to recognize. And our eight channels – Communities, Festivals, Food & Wine, Family Farms, Arts, Shops & Galleries, Hospitality and Entertainment – are the creative businesses’ homebases. You can click on any of them on Facebook, and hop to those specific topics. Be sure to “Like” them and copy them to your profile and pages as “Favorites”.

On Twitter, to follow the categories, simply go to each of the URLs, and click to “follow” them:

Home: http://twitter.com/GAMadeGAGrown

Communities: http://twitter.com/thriveGMGG

Festivals: http://twitter.com/festsGMGG

Food & Wine: http://twitter.com/eatGMGG

Family Farms: http://twitter.com/farmsGMGG

Arts: http://twitter.com/artsGMGG

Shops & Galleries: http://twitter.com/buyGMGG

Hospitality: http://twitter.com/stayGMGG

Entertainment: http://twitter.com/performGMGG

Check back to your favorite pages often. We update – and you can add your happenings and successes, too – frequently. You’ll read and see videos about the industry, products and solutions to life’s issues. Be entertained and informed!

The Beauty of Bugs, Blogs and Facebook

I was reading the Most Recent news of my FB friends this morning and stumbled across Lazy B Farm’s latest blog post. It was really cool. Cyndi was trying to identify some bugs on her beans. She had taken her camera out to the bean patch and was taking a picture or two when another, bigger bug came, and poked his straw-like tongue into the first bug.

Cyndi, now a writer and a photographer, moved closer. The bugs were too involved with their lives to scatter. In a photographic essay, we watched the big bug suck the guts out of three little bugs. Cyndi ended the post by asking what kind of bugs had she just photographed.

I am entranced by odd things, so I linked the blog to my FB & Twitter pages. Several others saw both Lazy B’s and my postings. And the entomology department at UGA got involved. Cyndi ended up sending her blog post to at least six faculty members. Everyone was entranced.

The little bugs, beetles, are “Bean Plataspids”, natives of China. They are recent additions to Georgia’s farms. UGA’s entomology dept first wrote a Pest Alert article about them last October. The sucker bug is some sort of predatory hemipteran, an “assassin” bug. 

This story is the beauty of the Social Media. Cyndi went to her garden and took some pictures. Besides that, every single one of us were engaging, comfortably at our desks, on our computers. Social Media truly is a complex, organic Online Conversation.

It generated a lot of exposure, increased traffic to Lazy B Farm’s blog & website, and built new business partnerships, all completely spontaneously!

Teamwork – Galleries and Their Artists

It started innocently enough. One of my Facebook friends, Catherine M Foster, an artist  in Poulsbo Washington, mused that she’d like to put together a list of the qualities of her dream art galleries. She wrote “I figure if I have 3-4 galleries like Dragonfire, I do not need anything more to make the kind of living I would like to receive from my artwork.”

And the discussion turned serious. Her friend Gayle said “…The key is support your galleries and work with people you trust and have integrity.”

Galleries are fighting to stay opened. Most have been hit with rising property taxes, utilities, rents (if they do not own), and tax liabilities. Many that have been in business 20+ years see what they’ve built up gradually slip sliding away. And they are trying to decide whether or not they want to stay opened and fight, or close up and retire. They are tired of shoring up, and don’t know what to expect in taxes, health care, utilities and their clients.

Many owners “get it” that technology should be their new BFF, but they can’t get the warm fuzzies thinking about it. Their inventory system is as technical as they want to get; and, that system probably took weeks to iron out the bugs.

So what DOES an artist do? A smart artist who is in galleries supports those galleries by promoting them to their collectors and potential buyers. When a gallery markets an exhibition and hosts an opening reception, a smart artist talks about it in his social media sites, website, and blog.

Peter Muzyka, painter of Vanishing Rural Georgia Art, recently had a show at The Point of Art Gallery in Union Point, Georgia. He provided a stack of detailed portfolios of the pieces in the exhibition to the Gallery. If a buyer did not purchase during the show, he had the information to contact the Gallery later for a piece.

Anne Jenkins, the owner of the Gallery, said that Peter had a complete inventory to give to her before the show, and that every painting was labeled correctly when he brought them for her to curate. He got word out to his clients and collectors about the show. His peeps were at the opening reception in strong numbers. He was punctual in bringing and picking up the art.

Peter understands he is part of a team when his work is at a gallery. He worked hard to make his show a success.  And gallery owners, if they were making a list of the qualities of a dream artist, would certainly tick off Peter’s qualities.