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Tour of artists to delight

Ramble features stops at studios across region

POSTED: December 7, 2012 12:30 a.m.
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Robin Miller shows a piece of art that will be on display as part of the first North Georgia Art Ramble on Dec. 8-9.

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Two Forsyth County artists will open their home studios to visitors this weekend.

Robin Miller and Cathy Mozley, both members of the Georgia Clay Council, are taking part in the first North Georgia Art Ramble from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Miller, president of the council, said the ramble is a self-guided tour of 27 open studios and galleries throughout Cherokee, Fulton, Forsyth, Fannin, Pickens and Gordon counties.

Participants are invited to pick up a map with information about all the artists at www.ngaartramble.com or by attending a kickoff event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St. in Canton.

Maps will also be available at all the stops.

Participants can enter contests to win pieces of artwork. The person who goes to the most stops on the tour will win a grand prize package with art from most of the contributors.

The local artisans, who both live in south Forsyth, are looking forward to the event.

“It’s sort of a fun thing when you open your studio because you’re showing people how you do your work,” Miller said. “They can ask questions, they can find out the history and the story behind your work and it makes it more interesting.”

Miller creates many pieces reflecting the people and culture of her husband’s native Iceland. The two met when she was an exchange student there.

One of her more recent collections focuses on “huldufolk” or “hidden people” of Icelandic folklore.

She explained the hidden people are believed to be similar to fairies or elves who live inside rocks.

Miller also creates “more functional” pieces such as platters and jewelry.

Mozley produces a range of ceramic pieces. They include mugs, pitchers, wind chimes and decorative pieces including “porch people,” outdoor hangings with whimsical faces, and “tooth fairy treasures,” vessels with faces in which children can place their lost baby teeth.
Like Allen, Mozley said she enjoys sharing her work with others.

“I chose 10 years ago to live a more or less stress-free lifestyle by not trying to climb any corporate ladders like I had most of my life,” she said. “Now I have a lot more time for my family, friends, my church and pottery.

“With [the Art Ramble] we want to promote the fact that there are good potters here in this area. You don’t have to go up to Helen or somewhere to shop for pottery.”

Miller said that while the Art Ramble is sponsored by the Georgia Clay Council, there will be a wide range of works on display, not just pottery.

“We have a lot of different people,” she said. “We have metal workers, we have glass artists, we have photographers.”

Some artists will share their studio space with others.

For example, Miller’s home studio will also show off the works of Icelandic photographer Kolla Sigurdardottir.

“In April when we had our first meeting about this we had about five artists and it just grew from there,” Miller said. “We thought we might get maybe 15 artists and then it blossomed, and now we have 27 studios and galleries that are opening, but almost 50 artists.”

She hopes the Art Ramble will have a successful first year and become an annual event with more local artists taking part.

“Honestly, we’re pretty happy with the reception we’ve gotten so far and most people are very receptive to it,” Allen said.

“I’d consider it a success if we generate enough interest in this that next year we can have tons more people in Forsyth County doing this because we have so many wonderful artists here.”

 

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