Georgia Magazine - November 2012 - (Page 30)

North Georgia Art Ramble 2012 Ramble your way through artists’ studios and galleries in North Georgia By LiNda M. ERBELE S ome years ago, Atlanta pottery enthusiasts Tony and Jackie Montag saw a photo of Michael Crocker’s folk-pottery on the cover of an old Standard Telephone Co. phone directory and knew right away they wanted to see more. So they looked up the address of his workshop and planned the trip. Located between Lula and Alto in North Georgia, it was a pretty drive on some fairly rural roads, but when they got to the address, they found themselves looking at the outside of a chicken house. The couple had their doubts about what they would find in the old building, but after all, they had made the drive, so they went in. It turned out to be a very special place. In addition to his kiln and workshop, Tony explains, Crocker has an enormous collection of pots by Georgia pottery makers, several rare pieces from the 19th century and some country antiques. “We ended up buying several pots he made and one or two earlier ones by different makers,” Tony says. “It was a complete surprise.” Many artists don’t work in studios that are convenient or even open to the public. But most people agree that meeting the artist adds a better appreciation and understanding of the art. That was part of the reasoning that sparked the North Georgia Art Ramble, making its debut this year Dec. 8-9. The Ramble will feature almost 50 artists in 27 stops, on a meandering path that runs from Roswell up through Woodstock to Canton, Marble Hill and Ball Ground then up to LINDA ERBELE Among the pottery on the North Georgia Art Ramble will be works such as this from Fred and Laura Ellis at Something Southern Pottery in Canton. 30 The Ann Art Gallery features watercolors, woodworking, photography, paper art and calligraphy. GEORGIA MAGAZINE More online at LINDA ERBELE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - November 2012

Georgia Magazine - November 2012
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Festival Guide
Homes for the Holidays
Flip-Flops and Caviar: Winning Georgia Products
More Great Georgia Products
Around Georgia
Lodging and Dining on the North Georgia Art Ramble
My Georgia
Statement of Ownership
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Second Helping: More Holiday Side Dishes
Plant of the Month
November Online Trivia Contest

Georgia Magazine - November 2012