Profiles in Art: Sons of Sawdust

Sons of Sawdust Photographed by Shayna Hobbs Brothers Matt and Ben Hobbs have certainly been building on their success, one farm table at a time. They started Sons of Sawdust, along with Matt’s wife Shayna, in 2014 and have been gaining attention ever since. It’s not just their impressive beards that are attracting folks to…

Profiles in Art: Beauty & Beast

Beauty & Beast on the Chicken Tracks Art Ranch Photographed by Jesse Walker Chuck Hanes isn’t really a beast. He’s a great guy with an epic beard and deep, rolling laugh. He just makes weird, manly-looking pottery that could be the china pattern for the Hell’s Angels. But, when you stack his work next to…

Profiles in Art: Ida Hutcherson

The cutting edge Photographed by Pitter Goughnour Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s Ida Hutcherson. An enigmatic soul, Ida discovered a creative outlet that involves taking scraps of discarded leather and bringing them back to life as remarkable portraits. The faces, usually recognizable celebrities, keep her company in her home studio in…

A return to Arts and Crafts

Madison’s modern-day masterpiece of American Craftsman Style Written by Andrea Gable Photographed by Blake Smith The world of art is measured in movements. The pioneers of each are celebrated in history, seared into our collective cultural imagery. Their names are inextricably linked to the movements: Cubism is Picasso. Pop Art is Warhol. And bleeding over…

Eatonton’s Artisan Village

Out of the Briar Patch Eatonton’s plans for revitalization through the arts Written and photographed by Phil Pyle If there is a sign of the times, it should fly above the county courthouse in Eatonton. In years past, Putnam County’s economy thrived in large part from three major sources: its historic dairy industry, Georgia Power’s…

Abandoned Rural America celebrates 5th anniversary

Rural Roots Run Deep: The Abandoned Rural America Project Written by Rob White As a child of the 1980s, this writer grew up in the Atlanta suburbs, just far enough from the city to still be surrounded by green but just close enough to miss out on the wide, pastoral landscape I would hear the…

Living art: Reaching new heights with vertical gardening

Living art: Reaching new heights with vertical gardening Written by Grace Donnelly From corporations to community gardens, vertical gardening has become a popular botanical trend that fuses planting with art and architecture. Whether it covers the entire side of a building or a small frame on your patio, a living wall offers a refreshing blend…

Out of the Ashes gallery show to benefit firefighters

Out of the ashes: Gallery show to benefit Madison Fire Department Written by Katie Emory Since the late 1800s, the Vason building in downtown Madison has served generations of local residents from its original conception as a drug store, and later as the home to doctors, dentists, a candy store, and many other local businesses….

The Art of Winemaking

Written by Jane F. Garvey First and foremost, wine is an agricultural product. It takes good dirt and good climate to make wine, and no amount of “art” will ever change that. But there’s an aesthetic aspect to wine as well, and its links to the visual arts have become increasingly important over the last…

Daffodils and dreams

Daffodils and Dreams How William Elrod Bray, founder of the Georgia Fine Arts Academy, teacher-extraordinaire, operator of The Daffodil Farm, and all-around saintly arts supporter changed my life, and the lives of thousands of other artists in this state. Written by Bowen Craig Disclaimer: William Elrod “Roddy” Bray is my mentor, my business partner, and…