Roswell Magazine - Arts & Culture Issue

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No. 21 | September | October 2018

Cover Story, p24

THE ARTS ISSUE ON THE COVER “To the Fox” by Artist Michael Flohr November 2 - 4 at Vinings Gallery | 1

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With your friends and neighbors at St. George Village OCTOBER 24, 2018 • 12:30-2:00 P.M.

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• Be true to your school! Wear your game day gear, find others from your school and see who can cheer the loudest in our team spirit competition. • Show your moves on the dance floor to timeless tunes spun by our DJ. • Enjoy festive fall appetizers and drinks. Don’t miss out on the tailgate party of the season! RSVP is required no later than October 17, 2018. Please call Claudia, (678) 987-0406 or email | 9



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October is... NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America and the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. No matter who you are or where you live there are many ways you can celebrate the arts this month. That’s what we’re doing with this Sept/October issue - dedicating a whole issue to showing our readers how vast the arts community is here in Roswell. We knew it was big, but until we got to work a few months ago we had no idea HOW BIG.

NAHM Goals: FOCUS on the arts at local and national levels. ENCOURAGE individuals and organizations to support and participate in the arts. RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS about the role the arts play in our communities and lives. What will you do to celebrate the arts in October? 10 | September/October 2018

Associate Editor Danielle Bartling Production & Design Claire Murphy Photographers Chris Smith - Angie Webb - Contributing Writers Logan Busbee, Laura Miller, Rochelle Mucha, Kaitlin Davis, Jon Copsey, Carrie Qualters, Dr. Rev. Joe McKechnie, Belinda Smith, Courtney Clymer Own a local business? Interested in partnering with Roswell Magazine? Contact us to learn how we can help you position your brand to more effectively reach the Roswell market. Roswell Magazine is published bi-monthly by Local Life Publishing. The opinions expressed by writers and advertisers are not necessarily those of the publishers. We’re human just like you. We will make mistakes. So, please go easy on us when we do. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher. Sharing articles on social media from our digital publications is permitted and encouraged. Do you LIKE us?

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INSIDE The Arts issue September/October 2018

10 - About Us 14 - Publisher’s Post 14 - New Columnist: Frank Mack 16 - Foster Schmidt Dance Academy 17 - Atlanta Dance Central 17 - SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Co. 18 - Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance 18 - Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 2018-19 Line-up 19 - Lara Davis - Professional Dancer 20 - Pretty in Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness 20 - Zoey - Roswell’s first public piano 21 - Art Center West - Roswell Clay Collective 22 - RCAC’s LIVE! Series 23 - RCAC’s Family Series 24 - COVER STORY - Vinings Gallery 30 - Rookie Fine Art Collector 31 - Philanthropy: CDA Derby 2018 32 - Philanthropy: Harvest on the Hooch 35 - Halloween Hikes Tradition 35 - Creative Kids 36 - Audrey Crabtree - Dancer, Instructor 36 - Andy Browne - Singer, Guitarist, Rocker 37 - Investing in Arts Good For Home Equity 38 - ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour

40 - Real Estate Market Update 42 - Real Estate Trends 43 - Chris Rothermel - Sculptor 43 - Judie Raiford - Silversmith, Jewelry Art 44 - Tour of Homes - Roswell Historical Society 45 - New Music Venue - Gypsy Rose Music 46 - Christina Doelling - Abstract Expressionist 46 - Creative Mill Art Exposition 48 - New Boutique Hotel for Historic Roswell 50 - Style: Re-think Bomber Jackets 52 - Terry Burrell - Actress, Broadway 52 - Michael Dillon - Sculptor, Blacksmith 54 - Roswell Fine Arts Alliance 54 - 50th Roswell Arts Festival 56 - Faith: The Great Physician 57 - Thomas V. Nash, Portrait Artist 57 - Joseph Bronzino, Fine Art Photographer 58 - Ladies Who Tennis - Review of BB&T 59 - Lance McRorie - Professional Glass Artist 59 - Ford Smith - Fine Contemporary Art 60 - Directory of Local Art Galleries 62 - What’s in a Name? 65 - Friday Night Lights in Roswell!

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Everything I ever wanted to know about the arts,

‘things’ we recognize in our editorial department to be part of its unique community identity. It’s important we determine this for each market to ensure each issue’s content is weighted and represents the heart of its people. In Roswell, the arts are one of our big ‘things,’ and it seems to me to be more relevant today than ever.

I learned while collaborating with my team on this issue. Our cover story about Vinings Gallery had us on searching for art terms like giclée and plein air. I learned the difference between an original print and an original painting, as well as how labor intensive it is for a gallery to host an art exhibit.

No matter who we spoke to, it was clear in every corner of the city that the arts matter to us in Roswell: public art, performing arts, visual arts, art instruction for the youth, all of it! In this ARTS issue, we introduce you to local artists in various stages of success. We concluded the work itself is not the story - the individual artist is the story. It would seriously take 12 issues focused solely on the arts to tell them all.

We had no idea how many individual artists there were within our few square miles, each being enthusiastically represented in local galleries, expos, exhibits and festivals. In ‘storefront’ galleries alone, we counted more then 300 artists. We sourced all of this information from talking with local residents and gallery owners, as well as local artists themselves. Hundreds of local, regional and international artists’ works are right down the street. So exciting!

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet... My new favorite feature originated from a very real curiosity of mine: the creativity and passion which drives local, small business owners to do what we do, day in and day out. In this issue, we asked a few of these inspiring souls how they each came up with the names of their businesses. Find their name stories on page 64.

We publish local magazines in several nearby cities, and we’ve concluded that each city has its own ‘things’ - the three or four

Enough out of me - Happy Fall! #locallife


New Food & Culture Columnist: FRANK MACK I AM SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE TO OUR readers - in case there are a few left who don’t already know him - to Frank Mack, the new freelance food, drink, arts and culture columnist at Roswell Magazine! I’ve followed his work in other publications and have always admired his authentic writing style - he is such a great addition to our team.

featuring antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, lighting, original art, limited edition books and more.

A little about Frank: Frank grew up on a horse farm in the heartland of middle America, is a fourth-generation restauranteur and the proud grandfather of two adorable mini-New Yorkers. But to know Frank, one cannot separate him from the business he has worked so hard to build. Nor can one separate the businessman from the artist, nor from his generational family heritage. Frank, among other things, is the owner of City Antiques & Interior Arts (see ad next page-that’s how I met him!) which reflects his casual manner, rich with an inviting warmth that captures customers in his trademark hospitality. You feel it as soon as you walk in the door.

“We began business at the bottom of the second Great Depression on a wing and a prayer,” says Frank. “We strive to maintain for our clients an ever-changing array of beautiful items for their homes. Priceless antiques and contemporary original art find equal exposure here, along with rustic and hand-crafted pieces.”

Founded in 2010, City Antiques & Interior Arts has grown from 12,000 sq. ft. of gallery space with 24 dealers to its present 27,500 sq. ft. with over 140 consignors and dealers,

Frank is a humble artist, himself! He succeeds in capturing a feeling of serenity in me when I view a piece of his work despite the vibrant colors and creative energy that I expect he might have exhibited while creating it. Welcome Frank!

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IN 2007, CHARLOTTE FOSTER-WILLIAMSON discovered that there was a need in the Roswell and Atlanta areas for a program for dancers with special needs. What began as a “sure, I can do that” weekend workshop developed into something much bigger than she ever imagined. The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy (now named Physio-Jazz) has become her passion, her drive, her puzzle, her challenge, and her inspiration. Based largely on physical therapy movements and basic jazz dance movements, what started as a workshop became a 6-week class based on both dance and visual art therapies. As it grew into a weekly class, it was clear that the community wanted something that was more technique focused that ended with a recital performance. Now in its 8th year as a weekly class, the Physio Jazz program continues to provide new opportunities and classes for students of all needs. “Ten years later, I’m so thankful that I said yes to the weekend workshop and that I accepted the challenge to develop a “real dance class” at Atlanta Dance Central.

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At that time, I had no idea that parents of children with Down syndrome were hearing NO all the time. My “Yes” to trying was all they needed. They didn’t need me to be perfect and to have all the answers.”-Charlotte Foster-Williamson The Foster-Schmidt Dance Company (FSDC) was founded in 2013 for students who wanted more performance opportunities. Students in the FSDC are required to audition to be a part of this performance company and expected to interact with audience members at community events. FSDC partners with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company for several performances per year. In 2015, dancers from FSDC and SIDEWAYS traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to take dance class from the cast members and perform their own show at Disney Springs. Future plans for the company include a trip to NYC. This season you can catch them performing in Frankenstein’s Frolic at Atlanta Dance Central on October 14th and Once Upon a Holiday at Blessed Trinity High School November 16-18th.


SIDEWAYS CONTEMPORARY DANCE CO. SIDEWAYS (770) 992-0170 920 Woodstock Rd. Ste. 200, Roswell, GA 30075

ATLANTA DANCE CENTRAL Atlanta Dance Central (770) 992-0170 920 Woodstock Rd. Ste. 200, Roswell, GA 30075

AT ATLANTA DANCE CENTRAL, they believe that everyone is a dancer. Since opening the doors ten years ago, ADC has been dedicated to creating an encouraging dance environment where students can flourish. The experienced faculty members mentor students to discover the joy of dance, manage challenges, and celebrate successes. ADC provides a creative curriculum that inspires dancers ages 2-18 and allows them to grow both physically and emotionally. Instruction is technically sound, anatomically safe, developmentally appropriate for each age, and aims to instill a lifelong passion for dance in every student. Each studio space is fully equipped with full length mirrors and sprung floors, to ensure the safety of student’s growing bodies. ADC offers ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop, and aerial dance. Classes for the season begin September 4th and will run through May. For class times and more information, visit It’s truly a family atmosphere at ADC.

SIDEWAYS was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2006 by Charlotte Foster, created to give untold stories an artistic voice utilizing dance to explore each topic with fairness, honesty, and appreciation. Located in the North Metro Atlanta area, SIDEWAYS is dedicating to expanding perspectives through community outreach programming and partnerships. The goal of SIDEWAYS will always be to investigate the “voice of the unheard” by presenting these stories through dance. Character intention drives the the choreographic process utilizing emotion to illustrate meaning. Through storytelling the audience will be exposed to various perspectives and encouraged to experience empathy. SIDEWAYS dancers are integral in making the narrative come to life by transforming from dancer to storyteller. SIDEWAYS will be performing Frankenstein’s Frolic at Atlanta Dance Central on October 14th and Once Upon a Holiday at Blessed Trinity High School November 16-18. Experience Professional Dance in the North Metro Atlanta Area! “SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company is one of the most unique dance troupes I have come across in my years of producing entertainment for Atlanta Metro events. They have won not only my heart, but the hearts of all who have the privilege to see them perform.” Charlotte Cain, National Director of Sweet Auburn Events | 17

Georgia Ensemble Theatre At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center | 950 Forrest St | | (770) 641-1260 For 25 years, Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) has provided award-winning theatre productions and first class educational opportunities and is the resident professional theatre at RCAC.

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Quality dance training benefits all students in the areas of physical development, posture, poise and grace. Intangible benefits of dance include the development of confidence, pride and discipline.



QUALITY INSTRUCTION - FOR OVER THREE DECADES, - and under the leadership of Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor, the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance has offered Roswell and regional youth high quality dance training ranging from preschool all the way to advanced professional levels. Each year of training provides consistent progress from the early basics to more advanced techniques in ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, musical theatre, lyrical, acrobatics and kinder. The facility has five fully equipped studios. Each has been custom built to exacting specifications with sprung floors, high ceilings and state of the art sound system. 2018 marks their 30th annual production of The Nutcracker, which holds the distinction as the largest performance of this holiday classic in the North Fulton area. With over 350 local performers ranging in age from one year to 80 years old, the audience is enthusiastic for every performance. It’s become a holiday tradition for so many people in Roswell to attend each year. This year

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the performances will be held at the new, state-of-the-art Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way/30028. Tickets go on sale October 22 The training provided at TYSOD at the highest level can prepare any student who may desire to pursue a career in the professional dance world. The Roswell Dance Theatre, a non profit 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in 1985 by Yilmaz and Taylor as the resident performing company of TYSOD. Through annual auditions, dancers are selected who exhibit high levels of proficiency in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and modern dance, then attend a rigorous schedule of classes. Members of the Roswell Dance Theatre have been accepted into and received scholarships from some of the finest dance programs and performing arts schools in the nation. There are approximately 100 dancers in the Roswell Dance Theatre. |

Dancer / Choreographer

Lara Davis

LARA DAVIS has been dancing since the age of four, when she first began her training at Roswell’s own Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, and then for eight years she belonged to the Roswell Dance Theatre pre-professional company. Her choreography for RDT was presented in the Emerging Choreographers Showcase of the 2013 Southeast Regional Ballet Association Festival. Davis recently graduated from the University of Georgia where she studied psychology and dance science with honors, taught ballet and pointe classes at Dancefx (Athens), studied abroad with the Russian Voronezh Ballet, performed each year in the Spring Dance Concert and Young Choreographers Series. Davis also has experience with the Georgia Ballet, Refuge Dance, and Dance Canvas. She is now a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Atlanta, Ga. and considers herself to be an “all-around arts and wellness enthusiast.” She provide private lessons in both ballet and modern dance as well as solo and group choreography.

Most recently, she premiered her choreography “Ode to my School Days” through the Dance Canvas 10th image by Lauren Marino Anniversary Series at the Ferst Center for the Arts and also presented the piece at the Georgia Ballet’s Dancers Up Close performance. Lara is currently performing with Watershed Dance Theatre in Atlanta in their upcoming show “Moments” at the Emory Performing Arts Studio on September 8th. Throughout all of her work, Davis manages to unite her passions for teaching, movement and creativity.

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE WOMEN IN OUR LIVES October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Our team at Roswell Magazine has set appointments October 1st to “Go Pink” for the month, donating $10 per hair extension strand at a Roswell’s Hairpins Studio Salon. Hairpins Studio (studio #106) inside the SOLA Salons at 622 W. Crossville Rd (in the Kohl’s Shopping Center) is gearing up again to celebrate its 6th annual Pretty in Pink Campaign. For every $10 donation, you will receive a free pink hair extension! There are variety of pink shades to choose from, and all proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Survivor's Network ( - local organization that works with breast cancer patients throughout their treatments, providing support and some supplies for those in need. This would be such a cute idea for a Mommy/Daughter Day or a group of girlfriends banding together to show their pink! It’s really easy to book right online. Hairpins Studio | 622 Crossville Rd, Suite 106 | (404) 861-2676 |


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ROSWELL ARTS FUND and Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit charity dedicated to installing and permanently maintaining 88 public pianos unveiled its newest piano at the East Roswell Recreation Center. “Zoey”, a name that means “life”, was designed by local artist Amol Saraf to show the beauty of nature and as a celebration of life. “I feel our life is so beautiful because of the variety of colors around us and because of the different people, cultures, climates, and geographical locations that exist around the world”, said Saraf. The design depicts vibrancy, celebration of life and true identity of the city of Roswell.



ART CENTER WEST - WITHIN THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY’s 145 ACRE Leita Thompson Memorial Park (1355 Woodstock Rd/30075) - is a ceramic arts education facility, whose artists are part of the Roswell Clay Collective and work in conjunction with Roswell Parks & Recreation to provide a variety of ceramic arts classes and workshops. Launched in 1991 as part of the nationally award-winning Roswell Visual Arts program, its then coordinator Jan Gibbons led efforts to build the first arts center in Atlanta specifically designed to house visual arts, with multipurpose classrooms and a state of the art ceramic studio. A group of ceramic artists at the time formed a volunteer organization called Roswell Clay Collective - under the guidance of sculptor and instructor, Debra Fritts - to work closely with City on the growth and development of this program. Managed today by ceramic artist and instructor, A.J. Argentina, Art Center West and its gallery has hosted both local and nationally known ceramic artists. The Clay Collective Workshop series highlights renowned educators and artists in the field. The public is always invited to see their facility and surrounding parkland of Leita Park. What makes Arts Center West so special is its member artists’ vision, disciplined work and intuition - these local artists are dedicated to supporting and encouraging lifelong appreciation for the visual arts. Every December, Roswell Clay Collective hosts a heavily attended annual show, WORKS IN CLAY, selling locally handmade ceramic works in functional, sculptural and whimsical forms created by more than 40 local artists. (editor’s note) This has got to be the best place to purchase one-of-a-kind Christmas and Hanukkah gifts this year!

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Backstage & Other Stories: Confessions of a Broadway Star Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Classic Nashville Christmas Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:00

Ranky Tanky Saturday, February 16, 2019

LIVE! in Roswell

Roswell Cultural Arts Center has announced its line-up for


the 2018/2019 LIVE! in Roswell Series and Roswell Family Series.

FOR ITS 8th YEAR, ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER has announced its line-up for the 2018/2019 LIVE! in Roswell Series entertaining us with styles from Broadway to bluegrass. The four concerts feature Terry Burrell, Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Ranky Tanky, & Balsam Range with The Atlanta Pops Ensemble.

military and group tours. Seats are assigned for all shows. A festive pre-show cocktail hour provided by Top Jobs Staffing will be available in the lobby one hour prior to show time. Theater doors for each event open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Each event starts at 8 PM and runs approximately 90 minutes.

10/13/18 - Backstage & Other Stories: Confessions of a Broadway Star 12/22/18 - Classic Nashville Christmas 2/16/19 - Ranky Tanky 6/9/19 - Balsam Range, Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble

Also, the Roswell Family Series features two innovative, educational shows aimed at introducing the youngest audiences to the theatre and expands the reach of the popular and longstanding Summer and Winter Puppet Series. Individual tickets are $10. 10/6/18 - The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show 2/15/19 - The Very Hungry Caterpilar

Season tickets are $100 per person. Individual show tickets are $30 per person, with discouts for seniors, students, 22 | September/October 2018

9 at 8:00 p.m.

Balsam Range Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble Saturday, June 9, 2019, 8 p.m.

The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

TICKETS Both the LIVE! and the Family series offer an eclectic mix of professional quality programming to complement the Cultural Arts Center’s annual roster of community presentations and theatre productions. Both are presented by the City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. THANK YOU The LIVE! in Roswell Series is presented by Gate City Brewing Company and Carl Black Roswell. It is sponsored by Hilbert Law, Roswell Magazine, Local Life Publishing, Appen Media, The Current Hub, Family Life and Rubicon Studios. The Roswell Family Series is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Roswell Magazine, Local Life Publishing, The Current Hub, Appen Media, Family Life and Rubicon Studios.

LIVE! IN ROSWELL SERIES Individual Tickets - $30 Season Tickets - 4 Shows for $100 A festive pre-show cocktail hour provided by Top Jobs Staffing will be available in the lobby one hour prior to show time.

FAMILY SERIES Individual Tickets - $10 Ages 2 and up Purchase Tix: at the box office -950 Forrest St, online at or call (770) 594-6232. | 23

UPCOMING EVENTS Maya Eventov (Sept. 28-30) Friday, September 28, 6-9pm Saturday, September 29, 1-4 & 6-9pm Sunday, September 30, 1-4pm Vinings Gallery on Canton

Michael Flohr (Nov. 2-4) Friday, November 2, 6-9pm Saturday, November 3, 1-4 & 6-9pm Sunday, November 4, 1-4pm Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell

Thomas Arvid (Dec. 1-2) Saturday, December 1, 1-4 & 6-9pm Sunday, December 2, 1-4pm Vinings Gallery on Canton

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Vinings Gallery By Danielle Bartling Photos by Chris Smith,

THE FIRST THING VISITORS NOTICE when walking into Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell is their shoulders relaxing and their breathing deepening - there’s just something about the open, natural light-filled space, coupled with being surrounded by hundreds of exquisite paintings and sculpture, that is restorative. There is an infectious sense that the owner and his staff have great respect and appreciation for the pieces on display; no crowding aisles, sensory overload or high-pressure sales efforts. Guests are graciously offered a glass of wine or other beverage and left to explore and see which pieces of art draw them in most. Opportunities in Roswell After 15 years building a highly successful gallery in the Smyrna/Vinings area, Vinings Gallery owner Gary Handler realized there was a terrific opportunity in Historic Roswell, which he observed was full of boutiques, quaint locally-owned restaurants, and an abundance of charm. Handler intuited something special about this town, which was so appealing to him he decided in 2012 to open Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell, at 10 Elizabeth Way. In the years since, the exponential

growth and attraction of fine artists, art collectors and additional galleries to the area has proven Handler’s intuition was right. Bolstered by the tremendous success enjoyed on Elizabeth Way and incredible support from the Roswell community, when the opportunity to open another location on Canton Street presented itself serendipitously, Handler acted. His enthusiasm to establish this new space with its own particular style was a chance to expand into a wider range of mediums and artists - and because he built Vinings Gallery on Canton on the same foundation of fostering relationships with and between collectors and artists, this new space has quickly become successful in its own right. A Distinctive Approach Handler’s approach is distinct from most galleries in that the foundation on which Vinings Gallery is built is relationship-based. “Relationships with all of the artists we represent; relationships with our collectors; and then going one step further by facilitating relationships between the collectors and the artists - in person, one-on-one,” Handler explains. “This third piece of the Gallery’s | 25


mission truly presents collectors unique opportunities to develop deeper connections with the artwork they bring into their homes.” Handler ensures his galleries communicate clearly that both the experienced collector, as well as one new to art, may feel welcomed and come together to share experiences as they acquire fine art, sculpture and mixed media works to add to their collections - or to begin a new collection. Best of Both Worlds With two separate, impressive and distinct gallery spaces situated in the heart of Historic Roswell only a block apart, Vinings Gallery - along with its exceptional staff - is now eagerly calling Roswell “home.” Handler explains that they still have the original space in Vinings where his business partner Denard Stalling oversees the busy framing 26 | September/October 2018

arm of the business. “From a logistical standpoint, the gallery on Canton Street - and its proximity to the Elizabeth Way location - makes it easy to navigate for our growing team. With only steps between the two, our collectors often frequent both galleries, and since each carries different work, it gives us the chance to speak to styles and price points at different levels,” Handler adds. Vinings Gallery works side-by-side with collectors so that they may sooner “realize their dreams of surrounding themselves with cherished artwork.” Upcoming Exhibits & Events The two gallery locations host a series of monthly artist shows year-round, showcasing everything from limited edition and original, one-of-a-kind works to sketches, sculpture and fine art glass.

Artist: Michael Flohr

Michael Flohr

Michael Flohr

“Canton Street”

“Gentleman Jack”

Michael Flohr Michael Flohr is a contemporary oil painter who is best known for his impressionistic urban landscapes.

EVENT - VININGS GALLERY (Elizabeth Way) Nov. 2 - 4

Michael Flohr

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Artist: Maya Eventov

Maya Eventov


Maya Eventov

“Ever Reaching”

“Crimson Poppies”

Artist: Thomas Arvid

Handler describes the “magic” that happens at these events saying, “Many of our artists will paint live for their shows. It is an amazing thing to witness in person as a sketch becomes a glorious completed painting, often presented ‘performance’ style with music to inspire the artists, or simply enjoyed within a smaller circle of invited guests.”

Thomas Arvid

“In God We Trust”

Maya Eventov, whose unique style is colorful, with highly textured, multi-dimensional paintings will be showcased at Canton Street this month, Friday through Sunday, September 2830. Eventov’s work includes figurative paintings, rural and Mediterranean-themed landscapes as well as more abstract compositions. The weekend of November 2-4, Michael Flohr displays his mastery of color, perspective, technique and vision when he returns to Elizabeth Way with new pieces created exclusively for Vinings Gallery. Largely urban in content, with a European flair, his paintings cover subject matter ranging from nightlife scenes, cityscapes, still life and figurative portraiture. And to close out a year full of spectacular events, hometown favorite Thomas Arvid will make his annual holiday appearance on December 1-2. Artwork proudly bearing the Arvid signature communicates seemingly impossible detail, depth and light, enough to stop casual observers in their tracks. While it’s no surprise to those familiar with the Vinings Gallery ‘brand,’ it’s not at all uncommon for a new visitor to exclaim, “I have been in galleries all over the world, and this is the first one I’ve ever walked into and loved everything I see!” Thomas Arvid A contemporary oil painter whose career revolves around painting photorealistic depictions of fine wine and the rituals surrounding its consumption.


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Beginning an Art Collection ASK THE EXPERTS

New Collector? For new collectors of fine art, the knowledge and process can be a little intimidating. Ask for help from someone experienced, whether a friend, colleague or art consultant at a local gallery.

The gracious art consultants at Vinings Gallery answered some of the more common questions they hear from new collectors: What kind of art is appropriate for a first-time buyer? When you are beginning to collect art, the first consideration is to select something that really speaks to you, a work that moves you and that you know you will love hanging in your living space and seeing on a daily basis. A unique limited edition, which can be hand-embellished by the artist and is always signed and numbered makes a great starting point for first-time collectors. These “giclée” reproductions are often more affordable than an original painting or drawing from the same artist. Exactly what is a “giclée”? Giclée is a French term that speaks to the printing process in which these reproductions are created. Most giclée prints are reproduced on canvas and hand embellished by the artist. The quality of this reproduction is almost perfectly accurate to the original painting. The affordability of a canvas giclée gives first-time collectors the opportunity to start a fine art collection. Is the edition number of a giclée important? The edition number is not important because each print carries the artist’s signature, which is considered to be his or her seal of approval. Thus, when you see a number that reads 100/250, that means it is the print numbered 100 in a total edition of 250. When the edition is complete, no additional prints will be created of that particular artwork. Is there any truth that a lower edition number is better than a higher number? Each giclée print in an edition is equally as valuable as its counterparts. Because of the advanced technology of the giclée process, each print is identical to the one previously produced. What makes them unique is the hand embellishment which an artist adds after the fact, giving the print texture, additional definition and highlights. What makes some artwork more valuable and desirable than others, even when they’re done by the same artist? The most important thing for any collector is to find the piece that they love. With that said, some factors to consider include: the artist may have developed an extraordinary new process; the artwork may represent a transition in the artist’s career; the demand for a specific piece may make it more valuable than others; or it may be part of a widely heralded series that is significant in the artist’s development. Vinings Gallery Historic Roswell | 10 Elizabeth Way Vinings Gallery on Canton | 938 Canton St. 30 | September/October 2018

PHILANTHROPY Down Home Derby 2018 - benefit for Childrens Development Academy - | 31

This quarter-acre urban farm has grown over 62,000 pounds (that’s over 31 tons!) of produce since 2010, with everything donated to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry.

From there to here.

Purchase tickets at early as quantities are limited. Adults $45* in advance, $50 at the door Children $15 (10 and younger free) VIP pre-event $100 (includes entry into the main event) Harvest VIP Table $1,000 (private, shaded table for 8 with champagne) *Members Receive $5 discount on pre-event Sales by entering discount code: MEMBER Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount 32 | September/October 2018


From farm to table to your mouth... Harvest on the Hooch Taste Fest | Oct. 14th from 1 - 4pm | Support CNC’s Unity Garden

images by Angie Webb |

By Jon Copsey

By Jon Copsey


22 restaurants and caterers | 8 local breweries | live bluegrass music | 1 afternoon of delicious fun

WHEN FOOD IS FRESHLY-PICKED, it just tastes better, doesn’t it? Those newly ripened tomatoes from the garden or local farmers’ market possess distinct flavors we simply can’t purchase at the grocery store. We are blessed in the north Atlanta area to have plenty of talented chefs in farmto-table restaurants who use these local ingredients to make amazing dishes. For one festive afternoon in October, the chefs and sous chefs from 22 of these restaurants, as well as brewmasters from eight local craft breweries will converge in Roswell to share their tastiest items. The annual Harvest on the Hooch taste festival on October 14 is one of the most anticipated happenings of the year for locals. The all-you-can-eat event takes place inside the Unity Garden on the grounds of the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC).

Harvest on the Hooch celebrates the vital connection between the garden and the plate, while raising funds for CNC’s Unity Garden and educational programming. This quarter-acre urban farm has grown over 62,000 pounds (that’s over 31 tons!) of produce since 2010, which is all donated to the North Fulton Community Charities food

pantry to feed hungry families. These local families in need have access to the freshest produce in town, often having been pulled from the Unity Garden hours before. This all feeds back to education, which is the third part of the Unity Garden’s mission of production, donation and education. These instructional sessions are usually fascinating revelations to schoolchildren, who were previously unaware of where their food grows or what it looks like in the ground. The Unity Garden can show them this.

“Harvest on the Hooch offers the perfect way for the community to explore and learn where their food comes from and more importantly, how it tastes,” said DeAnn Fordham, development director of the CNC. “We have some of the best chefs around doing what they do best – cook using local ingredients.” The local restaurants will give out samples of their food with plenty to eat for even the most eager of gourmands. The local breweries will also give out samples, with some beer even made using ingredients from the Unity Garden itself. A special mixed drink will also be available.

DeAnn Fordham, development director of the CNC said, “We have some of the best chefs around doing what they do best – cook using local ingredients.”

Table & Main’s Fried Okra

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS, CATERERS AND BREWERIES Table & Main Foundation Social Eatery GC BBQ Mitch’s Meats + Fish The Whiskey Project 1920 Tavern & Grill Peach and the Porkchop The Mill Kitchen & Bar

Talk of the Town Catering From the Earth Brewing Variant Brewing Company Avalon Catering Seed Low Country Catering Chef Cary’s Cuisine Century House Tavern

Avenue Catering Concepts Sam’s BBQ 1 Salata Sourwood Red Sky Tapas & Bar Paula’s Zzerts Parsley’s Custom Catering Prissy’s Cakes

(seasonal item)

With a few exceptions, most events and activities at the Chattahoochee Nature Center are designed to be family - friendly. The Harvest on the Hooch taste festival offers families three hours of delicious and educational fun outdoors on a Sunday afternoon in October.

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happy Every activity helps fund important initiatives of the CNC.


Halloween Hikes! Chattahoochee Nature Center October 19, 20, 26, 27 | 7-10pm A unique Halloween adventure (in costume) that will take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. Not scary for the little ones! Experience the mystery of a guided night hike! Each group of 20 – 25 people will have a guide lead them on a lighted trail. Meet costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and the Dragonfly during your ~45-minute hike. HIKE ENTRANCE IMAGE BY ANGIE WEBB |

creative kids Roswell Lions Club 2017 Peace Poster Contest Winners diDOMIZIO ARTS CENTER is for local kids who exhibit exceptional and natural abilities from a very young age. Its progressive youth art program employs a Classical approach to thought and application using Old Masters principles. Students practice step by step instructional exercises beginning with their current levels of ability, using drawing techniques designed for developing eyes and hands, focusing on proportion and accuracy. Students also learn the use of mixed mediums (paint, pastel, charcoal, etc.) while discovering individual creativity. Classes are purposefully kept small for optimized individual training. 1009 Mansell Rd | (770) 634-7082

by Lindsay Perry Queen of Angels Catholic School by Eve Heslin Elkins Pointe MS

ROSWELL LIONS CLUB JUST ANNOUNCED a theme for the 31st Annual Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest for middle schoolers. Posters will be judged at the beginning of November. Last year the winners were Eve Heslin from Elkins Pointe Middle School and Lindsay Perry of Queen of Angels Catholic School. The theme last year was “The Future of Peace”.

HOLCOMB BRIDGE MIDDLE’S Award-winning Chorus Program $1,500 was awarded To Holcomb Bridge MS Chorus Program in July, made possible by a grant from the Mockingbird Foundation, a charitable organization founded by fans of the jam band Phish in 1996 to support music education for children. Unconventional in its ‘all-online’ structure, it’s able to give more of its funds directly to the cause, having provided over 340 grants/awards totaling over $1,100,000.


Photo by Jason Becknell

Singer, Guitarist, Rocker

Andy Browne

Dancer, Instructor

Audrey Crabtree AUDREY CRABTREE holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance from the School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University. Her work includes the theme park stages of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Six Flags Magic Mountain dancing at Howl-O-Scream, Christmastown, Looney Tunes Kids Club, Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park. Living in Los Angeles, Audrey performed with L.A. Unbound, the Speak Hill Dance Project, City Ballet of Los Angeles, Amaterasu Dance Company, and J Sutta in her music video Forever. Audrey is now performing with Atlanta-based Fuerta Dance Company and SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, and teaching at Atlanta Dance Central. She lives in Roswell with her husband Jake, 1 year old daughter Penelope, and their dog Emmy. Audrey is a beautiful technician, and a captivating performer. Her ability to portray so many different characters and tell stories with her movement is absolutely breathtaking. What is maybe even more incredible is her ability to pass these wonderful qualities on to her students. She is an engaging, passionate, and empathetic teacher and person.

ANDY BROWNE-- singer, guitarist, and notable rocker who lives in Roswell, founded the Nightporters in 1981 with some buddies from high school during the Atlanta art-punk scene. They opened for the Clash at the Fox Theater, performed alongside R.E.M., the Replacements and more. Browne had grown up listening to the likes of Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The Nightporters achieved a fair amount of success and a great run. Today, the Andy Browne Troupe consists of Dean Browne (bass), Jeff Ford and David Spencer (guitar); Pito Monteguedo and Paul Lenz (drums/percussion); Amanda Lee (violin); and Shane Perryman (trombone). In May this year, Browne’s affection for sounds of Lou Reed led him and his troupers to link up with author, professor and music critic Anthony DeCurtis, who has been contributing to Rolling Stone Magazine for 40 years and who authored, “Lou Reed: A Life.” At Browne’s invitation, DeCurtis returned to Atlanta for “An Evening of Lou Reed” performing ‘behind’ the microphone this time with the Andy Browne Troupe. to pay homage to the late rock icon in a series of performances across Georgia, with DeCurtis on lead vocals, bringing the music of Lou Reed to life. The crowds liked it so much that DeCurtis is coming to play with ABT again in November: Nov. 2 at Caledonia (Anthony DeCurtis/ Andy Browne Troupe/Mitch Easter) and Nov. 3 at Red Clay (Anthony DeCurtis/ Andy Browne Troupe/Mitch Easter).

“Celestial Fish” by Donald Gialanella Sponsored by Canton Place Development

BY ROCHELLE MUCHA Chair and Founder, Roswell Arts Fund

Investing in the Arts ART IN ITS MANY FORMS DRIVES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, social prosperity, and consequently increases the value of your homes and businesses. Volumes of research support this claim. Knight Foundation reports in Soul of the Community, that art defines our sense of place, and deepens our attachment to our community. Urban Land Institute claims public art is a marketing bonanza and informs people how you want to be known. In Roswell, art activates our Modern Spirit. Southern Soul. Thriving arts communities are magnets for creative individuals and entrepreneurs who in turn attract customers, employees, and visitors while strengthening local economies and boosting tourism. Public Art is a “museum without walls” with no fees, facilitating interest, curiosity, and learning, as well as aesthetically enhancing our daily walks, drives, and bike rides. The arts are not on the periphery of our existence. They are at the very core, our universal language, increasing the value of our homes because the arts increases the value of our city. Roswell Arts Fund is an independent nonprofit organization, and the designated arts advocacy agency for Roswell. Our mission is to make Roswell a destination for the arts and we seek to to integrate the arts into the social and economic fabric that is uniquely Roswell. We achieve this by: • Investing strategically in public art both temporary and permanent. • Exploring the potential of a much-needed multifunction performance venue.

INCREASES YOUR HOME EQUITY • Cultivating a culture of philanthropy. • Building bridges between artists, artist organizations and business, civic and political leaders. In just three years Roswell Arts Fund has produced three successful ArtAround Roswell Sculptures tours, become the “go to” place in our region for public art, purchased six sculptures #ArtAround Roswell as gifts to the city, delivered a Public Art Master Plan, and CITY OF ROSWELL managed three Performance Space Studies.2019 APRILFeasibility 2018 TO MARCH As important, Roswell Arts Fund has transformed the You’re invited to explore, conversation on the experience, and enjoy! arts, ignited new ArtAround Roswell is host to ten ways of thinking sculptures on loan to the city by their artists, joining six permanent works about the arts, from previous sculpture tours. inspired creative collaborations and impacted the city economically and #ArtAround Roswell socially. There is a CITY OF ROSWELL APRIL 2018 TO MARCH 2019 reason why our tag Participate in our “museum line is: ignite, inspire, without walls” withtothe Otocast App. You’re invited explore, impact. Download Otocastand for an interactive experience, enjoy!

map and to listen to the artists talk We invite you ArtAround Roswell is host to tenAvailabout thier works and inspirations. sculptures loan to the by their able at theon App Store andcity Google Play. to join this arts artists, joining six permanent works from previous sculpture tours. movement. Become a Roswell Arts Fund member. Volunteer. Follow us on social media to join the Fun! Contribute. Attend Roswell Arts Fund is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization events - help us build a stronger Roswell ROSWELLARTSFUND.ORG through support of Participate in our “museum the arts. without walls” with the Otocast App. | 37 Download Otocast for an interactive

ArtAround Roswell 2018 Sculpture Tour

A Museum w/out Walls or Admission Fees 1. The Uniting of Work and Spirit by Robert Clements Sponsored by Randall Paulson Architects @ Mill Park; steel; 106” x 30" x 30” Cutting and welding metal is a spiritual exercise for the artist, who purchased the bulldozer tooth at an Atlanta scrap yard, surmounted it with a figure of a running female torch-bearing Olympic athlete and created a pyramid to hold it up. 2. Ask The Fish 2.0 by Dr. Stephen Fairfield Sponsored by Carl Black Roswell GMC @ Don White at 400 Bridge; fiberglass, steel, holographic film; 14’ x 6’ x 5’ Inspired while walking in the high plains desert near the Dragoon Mountains as well as Job 12:8-10, the artist’s work represents the fusion of nature and creation, with the hand representing human kind’s dominion, yet still cherishing creation. The fish’s skin of holographic film diffracts light both day and night, shimmering and changing colors depending on the viewer’s position. 3. Votive by Gregory Johnson Sponsored by Lennar Multifamily @ Don White Volleyball; stainless steel powder finished coated; 63” x 56" x 32" The name Votive is derived from the word “devotional.” A soft visual space is created to draw you into a contemplative moment. Curves and circles - spiritual shapes alluding to the circle of life and no beginnings or endings - are used to evoke feelings. 4. Low-Poly Open Heart by Matthew Duffy Sponsored by Gas South @ East Roswell Park; aluminum diamondplate, lowVOC enamel; 5’ x 5’ x 2.5’ The artist uses cutting-edge technology like hydro-cutting, 3-D printing, and CAD modeling, combined with traditional methods of sculpture making, creating this work from aluminum diamond plate, often seen in truck boxes and other industrial materials using an advanced algorithm, which chopped up a 3D model into a low polygon structure of interlocking triangle. 5. Ice Pops by Craig Gray Sponsored by Synovus @ Riverside Park; steel, wood, stucco; 108” x 60" x 60 This work is inspired by the artist’s imagination of times past, sitting in the back of the family Ford Pinto Wagon, watching the world pass by. Influenced by family vacations he experienced as a child, his sculptures are heavily-inspired by “Roadside Americana.”

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Explore. Experience. Enjoy. The works of art featured in this year's sculpture tour can be described as whimsical, witty, nostalgic, awe-inspiring. 6. Granite Ring by Chris Rothermel Sponsored by Miller Lowry Development @ Roswell Cultural Arts Center bridge; blue pearl granite; 60” x 20” x 8” | As a sculpture professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, Rothermel helped develop the Academy of Visual Arts and traveled throughout China to find raw materials, which is where these materials were discovered. He was inspired by the materials’ history, symmetry and beauty. 7. Dual Nature by Cecilia Lueza Sponsored by Aesthetic Specialty Centre @ Big Creek; aluminum, urethane, paint, epoxies, automotive finishes; 95” x 45” x 23” This piece explores the visual effects of color inspired by contradictions in human nature. One side of the piece is bright red, while the other side is a myriad of colors and shades. The style of sculpture is linked to Expressionism and Optical Art. Inspired by color, nature and geometry the artist creates dynamic interactions with viewers. 8. Horse Apple by James Hetherington Sponsored by Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects @Leita Thompson, Arts Center West; steel plate, rebar (from a highway construction site), steel shot; 15’ x 8’ on 32” x 32” x 2.5” base | As a child, Hetherington took long walks from the dairy barn to the cow pasture and into the forest finding the horses. Curiosity inspired him to follow and watch them graze from the “Horse Apple” trees. The artist triggers this same curiosity in viewers who wonder about the stories behind the materials used in his sculptures. 9. Social Tones by Nathan Pierce Sponsored by ALDI @ Hembree Park; epoxy coated steel; 5’ x 5’ x 5’ each In designing and producing large scale public sculptures, Pierce’s work has developed a harmonious relationship with the public landscape. The sculpture stimulates conversation and challenges our perceptions of the changing landscape as relating to our modern technology and how we communicate. 10. Celestial Fish by Donald Gialanella Sponsored by Canton Place Development @ Roswell Park; steel assemblage; 10” x 10.5” x 48” Made up of over 500 pounds of automobile transmission parts welded together to form a giant fish that stands elegantly on three fins, the carefully selected assemblage of transmission gears form the fish’s eyes; and the circular spots on the side of the fish are made from an eclectic combination of gears, pulleys, rings, and car parts. The tail fin is swept to one side as to capture the fish in a swimming motion. | 39

Real Estate


Roswell’s Market Update COURTESY OF

Red Door Atlanta


Sales Price


Day on Market

385 Pine Grove Rd




1365 Cashiers Way


Litchfield Hundred


1224 Minhinette Dr




3020 Lancaster Sq


Chatham Park


845 Cold Harbor Dr


Litchfield Hundred

102 56

155 Braxton Way


Pine Hurst

725 Winnmark Ct


Horseshoe Bend


1 Meeting St


Meeting Street


5040 Huntwood Way


Huntington Estates


3926 Fort Trail NE


Garrison Oaks

25 2

1240 N Coleman Rd


Land Of Lakes Reserve

690 Brookfield Pkwy


Brookfield Country Club


115 Chickering Pkwy



18 17

3302 Chimney Lane NE


Estates of Chimney Lakes

10235 Crescent Ridge Dr


Willow Springs


265 Wilde Green Dr



31 81

645 Summer Grass Ln



1005 Celebration Dr N




12135 Wildwood Springs Dr


Wildwood Springs

74 33

10340 Amberside Ct


Willow Springs

885 Cold Harbor Dr


Litchfield Hundred


4987 Fairhaven Way NE



27 15

495 Saddlebrook Dr


Saddlebrook Forest

430 Abbeywood Dr




1060 Mountain Ivy Dr


Brookfield Country Club

44 81

2135 Azalea Dr



940 Renaissance Way


River Falls


1095 Willow Bend


Willow Run

4 11

11535 Laurel Lake Dr


Laurel Lake

5020 Rockingham Dr


Huntington Park


12125 Wexford Club Dr




2065 Hembree Grove Dr


Hembree Grove


4570 Brigade Ct NE


Garrison Oaks

463 94

245 Bluff Oak Dr


Hembree Grove

585 Meadowglen Trl


Meadow Oaks


5015 Broughton St


Broughton Park

48 4

1685 Misty River Run


River Terrace

3347 Callenwolde Ct NE


Chimney Lakes


750 Wilde Rose Ct



26 7

280 Saddle Creek Dr


Saddle Creek

1505 Elgaen Place Dr




215 Hollyridge Way



38 25

535 Saddle Creek Cr


Saddle Creek

415 Sassafras Lane


Horseshoe Bend


100 Jade Cove Cr


Pine Valley Estates

25 6

320 Camber Trace


Crabapple Woods

4181 Riverhill Ct NE




125 Roswell Farms Ln




1085 Crabapple Lake Cr


Crabapple Lake


1255 Crabapple Lake Cr


Crabapple Lake

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Red Door Atlanta

The key features of a Sellers’ Market include: • Faster Pace • Higher Prices • Less Negotiation • Fewer “Bargains”

Roswell Then and Now: 2009 vs 2018 Measurement

Peak Buyer’s Market (Jan., 2009)

Current Seller’s Market (June, 2018)

Effect for Buyers and Sellers

Active Listings



Fewer Choices

Supply in Months



More Buyer Competition

% Distressed Sales



Fewer “Bargains”

# Sold



More Active Market

Median Sales Price



Higher Selling Prices

Median DOM



Quicker Sale

Median % S/OLP Price



Less Negotiation

% Price Reductions



Less Seller Pressure

% Failed Listings



Lower Price Resistance


WHETHER LOOKING TO BUY or sell real estate in 2018, it helps to know what you’re up against. Studying the statistics and dynamics of the market can help you negotiate better and reach your real estate goals with ease. We’ve been in a strong sellers’ market since 2012 – a long time! So long in fact, that it might be a good reminder to take a little peek back to what the market looked like nine years ago to get a sense of how far we’ve come. The contrast in the two markets described by the statistics in the table is astounding!

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A Seller can maximize the opportunity of this market by choosing an initial listing price that represents a high value compared to competing listings. Sellers can maximize their price and minimize their time on market by pricing close to market value. Buyers should avoid making low ball offers or offers filled with lots of conditions and stipulations. Being knowledgeable about values and having a strong agent to present and negotiate on your behalf will help buyers win contracts without overpaying. #CQ


Silversmith, Jewelry Art

Judie Raiford


Chris Rothermel

CHRIS ROTHERMEL earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his master’s from the University of Oregon, both in sculpture, in addition to an apprentice’s certificate in metal casting and stone.

JUDIE RAIFORD has built an illustrious career in gold and silversmithing since 1970. In 1995, she had Raiford Gallery–a 9,100-square-foot, two-story timber barn--constructed off Canton Strett. However, this past summer, she began the process of downsizing to a more “petite” location, less than eleven yards away. Among her handiwork are sterling silver, 14-karat gold and mixed metals, often combined with a spectrum of precious gemstone beads such as ammonite, aquamarine, blue topaz, citrine, jasper, labradorite, moonstone, opal, rainbow hematite and white coin pearls.

He spent six years in Hong Kong, China, as assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2005 to 2011, where he also became a founding member of their Academy of Visual Arts. It was there, in China, during an industry field outing that a large, oval-shaped slab of raw material-- blue pearl granite-- caught his eye. After discovery, Rothermel brought it back to the United States where he manipulated it to a quarter of the original size, into the shape of a torus, “pulling and pushing [its] surfaces and planes,” and of course, polishing it.

“After 22 years in this giant building I’m so very ready to be on one level and not three,” said Judie. IIn addition to creating her own jewelry, Judie offers the work of at least fifty other jewelry-makers and small business owners with compatible high standards. The merchandise includes, but is not limited to, jewelry, sculpture, glass, fiber, wood and metal work, ceramics, paintings and photography. Some recent names include Atlanta-based impressionist painter, Jennifer de Miguel Friedman; Marietta-based painter, Ronnie Offen; and silk scarf designer, Valerie Rhoads.

The finished work, sponsored by Miller Lowry Development, is now on display outside at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center for this year’s Art Around Roswell Sculpture Tour. Fittingly, he has decided to title it, “Granite Ring,” with a purchase price of $18,000.

Judie is a true professional, a kind-hearted and passionate artist--not to mention a local Roswell legend. Her pieces are traditional yet unique, stylishly ever-evolving yet in possession of that signature Raiford quality-- a certain “je ne sais quoi.” | 43


Roswell Historical Society’s annual

Tour of Homes THE ROSWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host its annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Five homes will be open to the public for viewing and offer rare chances to see inside some of the historic, new and restored homes in Roswell. Established in 1971, the Roswell Historical Society is the city's oldest historic preservation organization. Its mission is to collect, preserve, share and promote the history of the city of Roswell and environs. For additional information, contact (770) 9921665,,

1270 Canton Street

1259 Minhinette Drive

Built in 2017, this 4800 sq. ft. home was custom designed by the owners of Steel & Cotton and built by Southern Heritage. A large, covered porch welcomes you into the home. The foyer flows into the open family room and kitchen. Covered verandas, two outdoor fireplaces and the outdoor grilling kitchen and dining area overlook the swimming pool. The kitchen boasts marble countertops, a farmhouse sink and built-in coffee bar, as ship lap accents, barn doors and a reclaimed wood mantle complete the main living area. The flooring is scratch proof in a white arctic finish. The master bedroom is on main floor, with three additional bedrooms, a “teen cave” and a control room for the smart home features.

This 1 ½ story, Lew Oliver designed and Perry Pettett built 4,000 sq. ft. home was commissioned by the owners who wanted to live in the historic district. The brick dog trot foyer opens to a private courtyard and guest suite, main living area and master suite which overlook a landscaped courtyard and fountain. Beautiful, reclaimed oak and brick grace the main level floors and the large, gourmet kitchen. The master suite completes the three-sided courtyard space, and upstairs includes a loft and two additional ensuite guest rooms. The main floor laundry room is equipped with a built in doggie shower and exit to the garden. The home also has a full, unfinished basement and over a half acre lot, with an east facing brick patio and grilling area.

30 Wood Place This lovely, newly completed, builders personal home, is built on the foundations of an older 1950s ranch. Several specimen trees, oaks and pecans, grace the half acre lot. The open main floor boasts exposed beams in the cathedral ceiling of the kitchen, which rests on the former porch of the original home. The dining and family gathering area open to a rear deck overlooking the shaded rear garden. The main floor master bedroom extends across the west side of the house. Three additional bedrooms occupy the upper floor and the basement is currently a teen suite, with an open plan kitchenette, living area and bedroom with private entrance. The home was completed by the owner-builder, Perry Pettett in 2018, conveniently located near their Crazy Love coffee house.

847 Mimosa Blvd Newly constructed in 2018 by Reminisce Residential LLC, this home is called the “Three Sisters”. Legend has it that the three Holcomb sisters (Dorothy, Mirabelle and Isabell) returned to Roswell, the place of their idyllic childhood, and built the three houses to remain close to each other. Boasting modern conveniences with historic features, brick sidewalks lead to the covered front porch. There is a main level guest suite/office, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, farmhouse sink, marble & quartz countertops, open family room with shiplap accents & wood burning fireplace, a wet bar and extensive trim & windows. The master suite barn door opens into a luxurious bathroom. The daylight terrace level provides additional living and entertaining space.

34 Sloan St The house built by the Roswell Manufacturing Company in 1853 as a duplex home for two millworker families and is at the center of Roswell King’s original Mill Village, situated east of the Town Square on a hill that leads down to Vickery Creek and the old mill dam and factory ruins. The village was one of the first in the South and reveals Kings’ New England origins. The building was condemned when Bob and Karen Clydesdale purchased it in the early 1990’s as a restoration project. The exterior is exactly the same as when the mill workers first occupied it before the Civil War. The newly restored building won the Roswell Historical Preservation award in 1994. Today, the vacation rental home is enjoyed by visitors to Roswell, as the Clydesdales continue their efforts to update while preserving.

Coming Soon!

A New Live Music Venue for Roswell

GYPSY ROSE MUSIC Brittany Crooms - a community loving resident and passionate music lover, recently noted Roswell didn’t have a venue devoted entirely and specifically to original, live music. After speaking with other like-minded souls, she and her new friends developed a plan - and a name: Gypsy Rose Music, as well as enough community support to secure a site at 964 Alpharetta Street. Brittany says, “My vision for Gypsy Rose is to create a space connecting locals who love and appreciate music.” GR will prove its community spirit by serving local, craft beers, cross promoting and supporting local businesses, hosting community events and be a place for musicians to practice. They plan to open in early November, Wednesdays through Saturdays 7pm - 2am and Sundays Noon - Midnight. Brittany explained she believes music is an integral part of all of our lives, enriching our sense of well being, fulfillment, pleasure and creativity. “Coming together to dance and enjoy live music is one of the best ways to raise our spirits and enhance the community,” she said. The crew at Gypsy Rose is enthusiastic about providing high quality live music and promises to bring Roswell “the best live entertainment experience, delicious food and drink, and good vibes.” | 45


Modern Abstract Expressionist

Christina Doelling

"Jungle Love" by Christina Doelling Original painting 60 X 48" Ann Jackson Gallery

CHRISTINA DOELLING grew up in London and Frankfurt, then went off to New York to study Fine Art at Skidmore, where she graduated with highest honors, found her stride and honed her craft of abstract expressionism.

charcoal, oil pastels and pencil marks. Her work is for sale in fine art galleries throughout the South. In Roswell, we can find her work at Ann Jackson Gallery on Alpharetta Street.

A full-time artist since 2002, she was chosen as an ‘Emerging Artist’ by Art & Antiques magazine early in her career.

Recently Doelling has combined her love for painting and jewelry and developed a line of painted jewelry: Wearable Originals. Each piece is a handmade, miniature abstract painting, created with the exact same techniques she uses on her canvases.

Today, as a modern abstract expressionist artist based in Roswell, Doelling enjoys using broad canvases and multiple layers of strikingly colorful paint in her work. She seeks to incorporate varying levels of energy in each of her compositions, adding a distinct layer of textured emotion, dimension and depth. She further enforces these principles using

Creative Mill Art Expo Thursday, October 11th, 5-9pm Friday, October 12h, 5-9pm. Roswell Mill | 85-A Mill St/30075 As part of their 20th anniversary celebration in 2013, Randall-Paulson Architects decided to open their doors to friends, family, clients, and the public for an art show featuring staff and local artists called The Creative Mill Art Exposition. Inspired by National Arts and Humanities Month as well as this major milestone in their business, Randall-Paulson was the first creative business to sign up to host a NAHM event that year and featured 20 employees and local artists. The event has tripled in size featuring over 60 artists. 46 | September/October 2018

Doelling once said, “My goal as an artist is straightforward: to create what I love, and hope that people may love what I create.”



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New Boutique Hotel

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A NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND MIXED-USE development is coming to an almost 3-acre block in Historic Roswell. The $88.2 million development includes approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant, and office space available for lease, and 400 self-parking and valet spaces with a Lyft and Uber drop-off area. Long-time Roswell resident Kevin Bryant and Abby Port, co-founders of Canton Place Development, said, “The vision of everyone involved with the project is to transform the area from a linear street to a full city block that features pedestrian areas to explore, work, stay and play.” The hotel will be built on the land owned by Roswell King when he first came to his future namesake city and feature garden views, upscale dining, lounge, pool, fitness center, and spa. The hotel brand will be part of the Hilton Curio Collection, a group of unique hotels, each with their own history and character in cities

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across the globe. It will be operated by Atlanta-based Davidson Hotel Company along with its lifestyle and luxury operating division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts. The adjacent event building will house additional restaurant and large event spaces and is designed to honor the look and feel of old Roswell and the historic Mill that Mr. King built in 1836. Large tracts of greenspace are planned for the site including a 24,000-squarefoot outdoor ballroom and garden running along Magnolia Street and a large hotel courtyard that will sit at the project’s center. “The design vision for the development was to create a walkable urban gaslight district that connects Canton Street with this truly historic part of Roswell through beautifully landscaped terraces, wide sidewalks, stairs and the hotel’s courtyard,” said Alex Paulson, principal at Randall-Paulson Architects.

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“The boutique hotel and mixed-use project is going to create an incredibly unique, vibrant destination within Roswell's historic district that will truly set our community apart within the region,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. Partners in this project include Canton Place Development, Dion Meltzer/Meltzer Properties LLC, Randall-Paulson Architects, Gray Reese LLC Consulting Architects, Robins & Morton (general contractors), Brad Pager Developments Inc. (retail leasing and management), Dave Schoendorf/ American Community Builders, along with close working relationships with the Roswell Downtown Development Authority, City of Roswell, Roswell Inc., and Wells Fargo & Company. The entire project is slated for completion in late 2020.

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STYLE Courtney shows us how chic and versatile the bomber jacket can be this Fall. Shown here in blush, LOFT


Bomber Jackets By Courtney Clymer, FALL IS QUICKLY APPROACHING, and I am more than ready! The approach of a new season also means it’s time to get your wardrobe in order. Fall is my favorite season to dress for because there is so much versatility with layering and shoe choices. From jackets to vests, to booties, flats, sneakers and more, the possibilities are endless. There are, however, a few key pieces you may already own that will help you transition your summer wardrobe into the fall months. I often recommend bomber jackets to clients. Contrary to what most people think of when they hear “bomber jacket,” in reality the term is simply used to describe length, cut and style of particular layering pieces. Bomber jackets come in many styles - from flirty and feminine to raw and (yes!) edgy leather or suede - and in a variety of colors and weights, which makes them excellent summer-to-fall transition pieces. I consider bomber jackets to be staples of most wardrobes. When warm days turn to cool nights, you can throw your bomber jacket on over a tank top or tee with jeans and booties, a sleeveless dress that you wore all summer long, and even long-sleeved shirts and dresses as the temperature drops below 65. I also love it over jumpsuits, which have worked their way back into style. Almost every Saturday in September and October, there is a festival or other activity to enjoy outdoors - with the backdrop of so many colors of leaves all around us. So when you’re headed out to breathe it all in, be sure to grab your bomber jacket.

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COURTNEY’S HOT TIP Hang your clothes with the hangers facing in one direction. After you wear an item, put it back in your closet hanging the opposite way. At the end of each season, you’ll then know what you’ve worn, which means you’ll then know what you need to ditch! Ditch anything that doesn't make you happy, flatter your body type or you haven't worn in over a year. These simple tips will streamline your wardrobe, allowing you to use the pieces in your closet in more versatile ways.


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“Avian” “Ethel”

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Terry Burrell pays tribute to Ethel and others curing her performance October 13 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

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Actress, Broadway

Terry Burrell TERRY BURRELL was destined to be a performer. She was born in Trinidad but grew up in New York City where she became a Broadway star, performing in Eubie, Into the Woods, Swinging on a Star, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more. She grew up in a very musical household. From the age of five, she remembers singing with her sister on the front stoop, singing silly songs in front of her parents, who also sang. Terry has lived in Roswell for nearly two decades, just down the street from the Georgia Ensemble Theatre at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, where she will perform her one-woman show, Backstage and Other Stories, on October 13th. “When people come to the theatre, things are perfect 99 percent of the time, but there's that one percent when something [goes] wrong. Things fall, things break. I'm gonna talk about those less-than-perfect moments.” She will also pay tribute to the characters she’s played, such as Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday. “They're human stories, too. People along the way who have helped me. I always honor my parents with a song. Without their support and their sacrifices, none of this could have ever happened.” 52 | September/October 2018


Michael Dillon MICHAEL DILLON owns and operates a blacksmith shop named “Dillon Forge,” just south of Historic Roswell, in Crabapple. His artisanal work incorporates both form and function: ironwork such as entry gates, andirons, chandeliers, vessels and staircase railings. He typically utilizes iron to create sculptures and architectural ironwork, both residential and commercial; however, he is greatly experienced with other types of metal such as bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and stone. "Heating metal red hot allows me to control the material in its briefly malleable state to create fluid and graceful structures,” Dillon says. In the past, he has been commissioned to design memorial sculpture at Hospice Atlanta and monuments at the Arthur M. Blank Foundation staircase, as well as others in metropolitan North Carolina and Tennessee. Dillon is renowned for the profound effort he puts into each piece, utilizing a strict yet free-flowing creative process and working thoroughly with clients to ensure their satisfaction with his next-level, fine art craftsmanship--designed to last well beyond a lifetime.


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pastel by Sherry Hardage

ROSWELL FINE ARTS ALLIANCE 9100 Fouts Rd/30075 - ROSWELL FINE ARTS ALLIANCE (RFAA), is over 120 members strong, has been in existence since 1971 and is the oldest artists’ organization in North Fulton. It is an affiliate organization of the City of Roswell, which assists in its artistic endeavors. The City is selecting an official name for the building, which currently is referred to as either Arts Center East, Arts Center on Fouts or Gallery on Fouts. Several venues display and sell its member artists’ works: Roswell’s East and Main Libraries, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Fickle Pickle Cafe SHOWS coordinated by RFAA exhibit only new work, created by the artists within the last three years and are only original works - no prints, giclees, copies of others' works. Surfaces: A Show About Texture RFAA location - 9100 Fouts Rd/30076 September 21 - November 13 Joys of the Season RFAA location - 9100 Fouts Rd/30076 November 16 - January 16 Nature: Double Vision Chatthoochee Nature Center September 2018 GENESIS (a juried members’ show) Cherokee Arts Center in Canton 54 | September/October 2018

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52nd Annual

Roswell Arts Festival September 15 & 16 | Historic Town Square - 610 Atlanta St. | 10am to 5pm Fine Arts, original crafts, a fun lineup of entertainment and children’s activities capture the interests of all who attend. A variety of food trucks will be on site to satisfy hungry appetites. Access to the festival is easy and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival and will have space for your purchases. Held annually the 3rd weekend of September, this local tradition is presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, an all-volunteer group, which raises funds to benefit the Recreation & Parks programs. You might call it a Festival with a Mission.

THE FESTIVAL with a Mission Festival funds have contributed to the following projects: THE MISSION OF THE ROSWELL ARTS Festival from the beginning has been on promoting the arts as an important part of community life and on raising funds for recreational needs of Roswell citizens. Since 1966, this group has given over one million dollars for those recreational needs. Among its early projects, the Association built Roswell’s first tennis courts, a little league field, and paid part of the salary for Roswell’s first Recreation and Park Director’s salary. In 1966, the Association began the Roswell Arts Festival, the first arts festival held north of the Chattahoochee River, as a way to promote arts in Roswell and raise funds for recreation needs. The festival became so successful that it is the only fundraising initiative of the Association. Over the years, the more than $1 million raised has been used to help purchase park land, playground equipment, spraygrounds, meditative gardens, and many other projects that have benefitted residents of all ages in Roswell.


WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT New roof/cover for blacksmith area/Art Ctr West (2017) Serenity garden at Roswell Area Park (2016) Adaptive field at Waller Park Extension (2015) Therapeutic pool at Adult Recreation Center (2014) Outdoor fitness equipment at Roswell Area Park (2012) Shade covers at sprayground, various playgrounds (2010) Easels for visual arts program at ARC (2009) Support activities Friends of Roswell Parks (2008) Riverside Sprayground (2006-2009) Leita Thompson Memorial Garden (2002) Playground equipment at Chatt River Park (2002) Furnishing and equipment at ARC (2001) Construction of Adult Recreation Center (2000) Purchase of Trust for Public Land prop. along C. River (1998) Purchase of property for Grimes Bridge Park (1997) Purchase of property for athletic field (1997) Don White Memorial improvemnts/Hembree Pk (1996) Visual Arts Center Donation (1996) Start-up donation for Roswell Trail System (1994) Donation for Visual Arts Center (1992) Parks Master Plan (1992) Site Plan for Sloan Street Park (1992) Carpeting for Physical Activity Center (1992) Matching funds construction of Phy. Act. Cntr. (1987-1988) East Roswell Pk: playground and six athletic fields (1984) Renovation of old Mill Dam and Vickery Creek Park (1982) Purchase 9.37 additional acres @Roswell Park (1978) Bicentennial renovations of Historic Town Square (1976) Construction of an athletic field at Roswell Park (1976) Equipping Roswell Area Park Pool (1975) Purchase of 63 acres for Roswell Area Park (1968-1969) Funds for 1st Recreation and Parks Master Plan (1968) Construction of Waller Park (1967) | 55


“Feed My Lambs” by Dylan Scott Pierce original oil painting

Flora Rosefsky, Artist “A Community Embracing Torah” Stained glass window at Temple Kehillat Chaim. “There is a Hebrew commandment—Hiddur Mitzvah, which means to beautify one’s place of worship or ritual item. Fulfilling that commandment is fulfilling to me personally. It is thrilling to have work in a place of worship.”

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The Great Physician With Jesus, ordinary things become extraordinary. By Dr. Rev. Joe McKechnie Dr. Rev. Joe McKechnie is an Associate Pastor at Roswell United Methodist Church (, where he leads the Chapel Roswell modern service ( Prior to entering ministry, Joe was a television sportscaster. THE SIX-YEAR-OLD-GIRL IN suburban Atlanta was in great pain. After all, she fell on a potted cactus (or is it a cacti - I forget,) and more than 600 of those prickly spines were stuck in her arm. Her parents rushed her to the hospital. Usually, when someone has something like that stuck in his or her arm, the doctors or nurses use tweezers to pull out each individual cactus needle. But with so many stuck in the little girl's arm, doctors knew that such a procedure would be painful and time consuming. The doctor decided to try something that seemed a bit strange. He asked one of the nurses to bring him a bottle of Elmer's glue. He then coated the girl's arm with the sticky stuff. He had the girl sit-under a heat lamp as the 56 | September/October 2018

glue dried. Forty-five minutes later, the glue had dried into a gray-colored coating. "As we peeled it, we could see the spines in the glue" said Dr. Mark Stagelman. The doctor had access to the most advanced medical equipment, and yet he got the job done with an ordinary bottle of glue. Jesus, the Great Physician, used ordinary bread and wine for something sacred. He used seeds and plants and sheep and fishing to describe Christian living. With Jesus, ordinary things become extraordinary. You and I are no exception. With God, we can do amazing things! It has been said that “God is not looking for ability, but your availability.” Are you available to be an instrument of God? In what ways does God want to use you for His mighty purpose?


Rev. George Wirth , painted for the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Portrait Artist

Thomas V. Nash

THOMAS V. NASH is a supremely talented portrait artist who utilizes oil paints to capture the true essence of his subjects within an elegant, time-frozen frame; often these are men, women, children or entire families, not to mention those who have passed away. Nash is skilled enough to visually bring the deceased ‘back to life’ in his posthumous portraits, collaborating with families and reference materials to portray the subject as accurately as possible, without being posed in front of him. Nash has completed much of his fine work in his Roswell art studio, although many times he paints out “in the field,” wherever his live subjects desire to be placed. Nash’s paintings have been lauded for their color-enhanced, true-to-life nature. Under poor lighting conditions, he managed to paint a gorgeously-lit portrait of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on a balcony in front of the Washington Monument, one which hangs in the U.S. Capitol to this day. Nash has also artfully captured the likes of former Georgia Governor and Senator Zell Miller, former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., former Mayor Maynard Jackson (which hangs in the Jackson International Terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport), as well as Leonard Bernstein and Tony Randall for the Players Club of New York, among many other prominent figures of our day.

Fine Art Photographer

Joseph Bronzino JOSEPH BRONZINO’s 30-year career as a professional photographer has garnered him and a host of Atlanta’s top corporations, creative agencies, and publishers, numerous awards and accolades. Incubating for many years as a challenge and a purposeful aesthetic deviation from corporate work, Joseph has expanded his accomplished artist’s range to include works of a more personal dimension. His ability to tell stories without words is thought provoking and captivating, “Being dyslexic I found out early on that “words” were not my friend, and in order to express my creative cravings I was going to have to do it visually.” Photography is the medium in which Bronzino speaks, “My “eye” is always on the prowl for an angle, a line, or a streak of light.” Joseph is available for consultation regarding his commissioned work for either in home or commercial installations. Born, bred, and trained in New York, Joseph currently lives and works in Roswell, GA . When he is not consumed with art, work and family, volunteering with his favorite charities gives him much pleasure. You can contact him at It’s an Art Thing Inc. 404.918.3679 | | 57


Ladies Day at the BB&T

Ladies’ Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open A REVIEW

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BY BELINDA SMITH WE ARRIVED BEFORE NOON at the Twelve Hotel for Ladies Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis tournament. We were greeted with booming music from a DJ asking, “Who’s feeling sexy?!” Hmmm. At noon on a Thursday? Not me. I was expecting more of a luncheon type thing. So, it took a few minutes to adjust. Having several champagne cocktails helped. There were make-overs, a photo booth, quick massages and trivia games, which were a little one-sided. You really had to know your Atlanta Open history to win. The prizes were large autographed tennis balls which we decided we didn’t want to carry around all day long anyway. In the dining room were linen covered rounds, adorned with tasteful floral arrangements and napkins of pink and green. Comfortable seating to enjoy our lunch of a garden greens salad and grilled chicken cutlet. A dessert of peach or chocolate parfait rounded out the meal. Finally, the Q&A with the Bryan brothers and Ryan Harrison. Awesome. We were captivated and they were open and friendly. We learned a lot about the players which always feels rewarding. Afterward, we had a photo op with the guest speakers and scored the best souvenir of the day!

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We were taken by air-conditioned cars to our VIP tent at the top of the stadium and were handed 4 drink tickets. Enough to keep us cool in the Atlanta heat. We grabbed a seat and a gift bag which contained a handful of samples from the cosmetic counter. This was the first time I’d attended Ladies’ Day at the BB&T. All in all, the day was a enjoyable. While I was not expecting the DJ atmosphere at the beginning of the event, the rest of the day was pretty close to what I’d hoped for. We met interesting people, spoke with amazing professional tennis players, were thrilled to have the best seat in the house and watched professional tennis matches in an intimate setting. At a ticket price of $199, there was plenty for ladies who tennis to enjoy ;)


Professional Glass Artist

Lance McRorie

LANCE MCRORIE is a professional glass artist who is passionate about creating beautiful works of glass art and adept at many facets of lampworking, such as sculpting, marbles, pendants, murinni and his favorite area of expression, hollow forms. Glass provides an outlet for his artistic ideas as well as a zen-like refuge. Inspired by nature and the patterns and forms he sees in the sea, the sky and the earth, his creative ideas come from anywhere, including books, movies, video games, people, animals, cars and planes. He likes playing with motion, lines and movement, creating path for a viewer’s eyes to follow. Fantasy characters and animals are often a sculptural subject you can see in his work. Stemware and goblets (great for weddings!) are one of his many specialties. Lance has been flameworking with his wife Maureen since 1999, and they own FlameTree Glass at 470 S. Atlanta St. Lance is the primary instructor, teaching lampwork classes from beginner to advanced techniques.

"Harmonious Echo" by Ford Smith Original painting in acrylics 48"x36"

Fine Contemporary Art

Ford Smith

FORD SMITH, one of the world’s renowned contemporary artists, Ford Smith, has proven that it’s never too late to realize your dream. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1972, Smith pursued work in graphic design and photography, if only to pay the bills post-grad at the time. From then until his 50th birthday, Smith worked industriously toward--as well as maintained--a lucrative career as Atlanta’s premier commercial and fashion photographer. It was then that he decided to sell the business and pursue fine art acrylic painting, which he happened to excel at on a world-class level. Recalling his time as an adolescent growing up in Japan, where his father was stationed in the military, his mother recognized this ability and set him up with art lessons. With a toolbox of existing creative skills, an artistic eye and a semi-photographic memory, Smith has now recreated and reimagined thousands of landscapes with a series of innately-calculated brush strokes. He claims that his career in photography has led him to become a better painter than he would have been otherwise, although the talent was undeniable at baseline. His striking command of color paired with apparently fearless self-expression, he adopted an entirely new and distinctive style, akin to the never-before-seen quality of Van Gogh’s work during the late nineteenth century. Smith opted to travel the world in pursuit of visual inspiration; landscapes turned out to be his most awestriking muse. Allowing the scenes to reveal themselves to him, rather than vice versa, his hand appears to be guided by some invisible force of nature. He allows gravity to push and pull the paint in different directions, displacing and overlapping itself in a very controlled, yet free-flowing way. The intricate details, bright colors, soft textures and sharp contrast work in conjunction to reveal what some consider to be among the greatest contemporary art. Smith’s meteoric rise happened overnight in New York City, where he first showcased his work publicly. Since then he has received monumental accolades from critics, collectors and the media. His work has been collected and displayed intercontinentally by private entities and corporations alike, and is up for sale in numerous galleries in Roswell, Atlanta and the U.S. | 59

Galleries We compiled a list of art galleries that showcase original artists, as well as public, retail shops we can visit during business hours to browse on a leisurely day and serendipitously discover a work that speaks to us.

ANN JACKSON GALLERY 932 Canton Street 770-993-4783 Artists featured: Hessam Abrishami, Christina Doelling, Kanayo Ede, Tom Everhart, Scott harris, Joan Hillard, Victoria Jackson, Margartet Jackson Killorin, Aziz Kadmiri, Whitney LeJeune, Paul Nikitchenko, Pino, Mark Shattuck, Stephen Charles Shortridge, Thomas Stiltz, VIZ Art Glass, The Art of Dr Suess ARTS CENTER WEST 1355 Woodstock Rd/30075 Artists: Susan Filley, Tom and Elain Coleman, Sam Taylor, Linda Arbuckle, Ron Slagle, Judith Duff, Suzy Lindsay and Kent McLaughlin, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Gay Smith, Peg Malloy, Mark Knott, Kathy King, Randy Johnston, Tara Wilson, Chris Baumann and Stacey Stanhope, Joy Tanner, Michael Schmidt, Conner McKissack, Brooke Cassady, Debra Fritts, Beau Raymond, Mark Chatterley, Beth Cavener Stichter, Wesley Anderegg, Edward Eberle, Jay Strommen, Tyler Lotz, Erin Furimski, Meredith Brickell, Jerilyn Virden CITY ANTIQUES & INTERIOR ARTS 700 Holcomb Bridge Rd #100/30076 (770) 645-2525 (too many individual artists to list) 140+ dealers in a 21,000 sq. ft. indoor showroom, plus 7,500 sq. ft. courtyard - original art in variety of mediums: wood, glass, oil, pastels, sculpture, photography, portrait, hand-crafted jewelry, as well as rare books. FLAME TREE GLASS, INC. 470 S. Atlanta St/30075 (678)795-1702 Artist/owner: Lance McRorie, professional glass artist 60 | September/October 2018

FOUNTAINHEAD ART SPACE 27 Oak St/30075 (770) 714-8841 Founding artist: Rae Broyles Artists in residence: Mary Beth Cornelius, April Riley, Jamie Cain GALLERY 43 43 Park Square Ct/30075 (470) 321-3227 Featured artists: Chris Brandell, Wellon Bridgers, Bethany Brooke, Lynne Buchanan, Beth Bush, Gina Cochran, Miarcie Coltman, Sabre Esler, Debbie Ezell, Angela Faustina, Elisa Gomez, Janet Harrell, Kyle Hicks, Courtney Murphy, Patrick Nevins, Erika Guillory, Michaelle Sessions, Angie Sinclair, Christine Sommerville, Jeanie Tomanek, Cherie Truesdell, Kim Howes Zabbia MY ART STUDIO & GALLERY 51 Park Square/30075 (404)626-6828 Featured Artists: John Baune, Jane Carroll, Erin Duncan, Karen Duncan, Regina Ellington, Theresa Grohovsky, Bob Hamilton, Archer Hannah, Joan Hilliard, Diane Hooker, Bath Kirk, Barbara Lehman, Marshal Lichtenstein, Rocky Pasquale, Ann Rhodes, Gwen Waters MUSE & COMPANY (770)594-9511 Artists: April Riley, David Eldreth, David Robinson, Donna Cassaro Hughes, Garnet Reardon, Harriett Goode, Heida Halldorstattir, Isabel Gottier, Jeff Surace, Jessica Bush, Kathryn Fortson, Kim Dean, Laura Dewberry Surace, Lauren Betty, Marisa Marinetto, Mark Little, Marybeth Cornelius, Mary Pratt, Rachel Zauldke Wilkins, Stacey Lawrence, Timothy Michael, Zheng Li

PETER BRANDI GALLERY 940 Canton St/30075 (770)552-1899 Fine art from local, regional and international sources discovered in the finest homes and estate sales throughout Atlanta and Sarasota. Peter Brandi has over 35 years in the estate sales business and is a nationally renowned and certified appraiser of fine art and collectibles. Art gallery located in heart of historic downtown Roswell. RAIFORD GALLERY 1169 Canton St/30075 (770)645-2050 Artists: ceramics & pottery: Helene Abraham, Peter Alsen, Paul Anthony , Andrew Barwick, Betty Barwick, JoAnne Bedient, Malena Bisanti-Wall , Dewitt Boyd, Anne Bray, Sabine Brunner, Patricia Caldwell, Jack Charney, Sheila Chrzan, Melinda Crider, Julia e. Dean, Allan Ditton, Cheryl Glenn, Ruchi Gupta, Ruth Hablutzel, Charity Hofert, Janis Hughes, Sue Keane, Liz Kinder, Hannah Makarovich, Mark Knott, Daniel Lamothe, John Lowes, Lee Marshall , Mariella Owens, Terrie Ponder Watch, Adriana Richard, Yacqueline Roberts , Nancy Salamon, Audree Sheets, Judy Shreve, Bob Smith, Stacey Stanhope, Aviva Stern, Michael Terra, Betty Wassmer, Nolan Windholtz, Julie Windler, Wendy Wrenn - fiber: Martha Andreatos, Ruthy Dedic, Gail MacKenzie, Susan Marling, Joan Monroe, Valerie Rhoads, Deborah Webb - glass: Curtiss Brock, John Charlton, John Cleage, Chad Cully, Karine Demers, Neal Drobnis, Fire and Light, David Goldhagen, Gray Art Glass, Mark Hines, Dehanna Jones, Rollin Karg, Christopher Morrison, Nate Nardi, Jennifer Nauck, Peter Newton, Holly Wallace - household: Karen Boulton / Jonathan Briggs, Jack Brubaker, Lin Christopher, Will Christopher, Margaret


Dorfman, High Desert Dreams , Richard Jacobus, Daniel Lamothe, J.P. Roberts, Marcia Myrick Siany , Bob Rickard, Darrin Vanden Bosch - paper: Terah Cox, Nancy Dunn, Martha Johnson, Jenny Odom, Rosie Schulick, Kati Sellers, Lisa Tobin, Pamela Joy Trow - sculpture: Yaqueline Roberts - jewelry: Tana Acton, Renee Adams, David B. Anderson, Bruce Baker, Lilly Barrack, Donna Burdic, Lila Clare, S.D. Cooper, David & Ronnie, Anita Edwards, Susan Elnora, Deanna Fleenor, Loretta Fontaine, Liz Franklin, Betsy Frost, Megan Gillis, Gail Golden, Sylvi Harwin, Ling Yen Jones, Sarah Long, Lesley Aine McKeown, Danielle Miller, Chigusa Nishimoto, English Norman, Judie B. Raiford, Kim Berlin Randall, Deborah Richardson, Dana Ruth, Michelle Sandler, Susan Schulz, Alice Scott, Jill Sharp, Maria Sjostrom, Jamie Stokes, Delias Thompson, Anne Walker, Sadie Wang, Katya Wittenstein, Marianna Womble - metal work: Jack Brubaker, Roberta Elliott , Robert Evans, Cherie Haney, Doug Hays , Richard Jacobus, J.P. Roberts, Vasse Vaught, Cindy & Francis Vega, Yard Birds - paintings & photography: Tracy Burke, Dale Cleveland, James Dean, Sally Edwards, Jennifer Friedman, Joanne Gossman, Terry Hammons, Cathryn Hayden-Cooper, Mamie Joe , Nancy Johnson , Anne Labaire, Ellen Lewis, Jim Nilsen, Ronnie Offen, Kevin Peskin, Dale Rayburn, Carolyn Ritter, Keith Spencer, Marianne B van der Haar, Anita Stein - wood: Wesley Adams , Rita Allen, Eric Arcese, Michael Baumgardner, Bill Benzur, Bill and Nan Bolstad, Buff Brown , Peter Bull , Michael Chalef, Kevin Dugan, Wes Jones, Scott Kentner, Eugene and Tina King, David Lasker, Vic Lehner , Jack Lovvorn , Steve Mickley, Wayne Reeves, Tim Sarno, John Stanton, Darrin Vanden Bosch

ROSWELL FINE ARTS ALLIANCE Gallery: 9100 Fouts Rd/30076 Member artists: Irina Akimova, Larry Breeland, Tonee Buggs, Bob Dowling, Carole Drobes, Dana Enders, Bert Grant, Rachel Grant, Sherry Hardage, Sara Hendrix, Diane Hooker, Yulia Jeltuhin, Corlia Kock, Rossana Kelton, Duru Mehra, Robin O’Connor, Sue Ottosen, Carolyn Parke Halstrom, Carole Poole, Hope Riveron-Gruver, Jane Springfield, Diana Toma, Tammy Tschetter TAYLOR KINZEL GALLERY 16 Elizabeth Way/30075 (770)993-3555 Featured artists’ collections: Ali Leja, Anne Wren Nye, Barbara Rheingrover, Bob Ichter, Bob Snider, Brenda Griffith, Carol Christie, Carol Roddenberry, Collector’s Portfolio, David Swanagin, Doug Pisik, Greg Osterhaus, Hought Wahl, Inky Hwang, Jo Fassnacht, Joan Carew, Judy Shree, Juli Simon, Kerry Brooks, Laurel Siwicki, Licha Ochoa Nicholson, Lisa Moore, Lorrie Lane, Lynn Mayes, Marilyn Sparks, Mary Means, Nicole Merkens, Pam Smith, Patrick Taylor, Peter Hansen, Robert Burch, Robert Kelly, Scott Law, Sherry Cook WILD HOPE ART GALLERY 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd 678-580-0493 Featured artists: Diane Buffington, Bob Cargill, Karen Burnette Garner, Ann Goble, Victoria Jackson, Suzanne Johnson, Laura Lanford, Tom Wood, Mary Miller Veazie, Helen Moody, Amanda Lovett

SLM STUDIO GALLERY PLUM TREE VILLAGE 1065 Canton St/30075 (770)587-0978 Artist/gallery owner: Sandra Milton VININGS GALLERY 10 Elizabeth Way/30075 (770)299-1122 VININGS GALLERY ON CANTON 938 Canton St/30075 (770) 545-8887 Featured artists & exhibits: Thomas Arvid, Michael Flohr, Alexel Butirskiy, Louis Magre, Inam, Henry Asencio, Chad Awalt, Robert Bissell, May Johnston, John-Mark Gleadow, Andrew Madvin, Gerald Patterson, William Ortman, Jack Pine, Wendy Norton, Craig Alan, Thad Markham, Daniel Del Orfano, Fiona Hoop, Jalinepol, Steve Smulka, Leonard Wren, Fabian Perez, Robert Cook, Janet Baughman, Gladys Morante, Gerhard Nesvadba, Pino, Simon Kenevan, Steven Quartly, Josef Kote, Zheng Li, Fabio Napoleoni, Plaid Columns, Denard Stalling, Dmitri Danish, John Stango, Maya Eventov, Anna Razumovskaya, Anne Packard, Gloria Lee, Chris Barela, Victor Chiarizia, Jon Greene, Willsea O’Brien, Michael Trimpol, Pamela Sukhum, Ken Rausch, Michael Summers, Gaylord Ho, Tim Cotterill, Alexander Volkov, Beau Smith, Tuan, Jacarte, Hessam Abrishami, Hamilton Aguiar, Jim Buckels, Ruth Franklin Greg Carter, Sergey Cherep, Kate McCavitt, Seika, Charles Dwyer, Terri Hallman, Clifford Bailey, Emanuel Mattini, Christopher M, Ford Smith, Thomas Easley | 61

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That which we call a rose... by any other name would smell as sweet. ROMEO MONTAGUE AND JULIET CAPULET meet and fall in love in Shakespeare's lyrical tale of "star-cross'd" lovers. They are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called "Montague,” not the Montague name and not the Montague family. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play, and is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes.

How important is a name? Ask any small business owner who started a business from scratch and they usually will tell you their name stories, which are really interesting! We asked local business owners how they came up with the names for their businesses. We loved their answers - you will too. Table & Main - A Southern Tavern | Ryan Pernice At first, I wanted to name the restaurant “Table,” but I googled “Table restaurant” and it turns out there are a lot of them. I wrote a number of words that related to the concept down on a piece of paper in multiple columns. I had Roswell, mill, street, town, King, Vickery...all sorts of stuff. When I struck on “Table & Main” I thought it had a certain ring to it. I liked the implied partnership between the restaurant, the “Table,” and the community, “Main” as in “Main Street.” Canton Street was the Main Street of Roswell back in the it stuck! Linen & Flax Home Since launching Linen and Flax, I sometimes get asked questions like, “Where did you come up with that name?” or “What does Linen and Flax mean?” Choosing the 62 | September/October 2018

name for our business and brand was an important decision for me. I wanted a name that really reflected who we are in terms of design, but also who we are as people. And when we finally came to Linen and Flax, I knew that was it. Shamrock & Peach, LLC Judith McLoughlin My business grew out of my passion for Irish food and hospitality, which I love to share with friends here in our adopted home in Georgia. My husband Gary and I moved from Ireland to the Atlanta area in 1997, and I decided to share my Irish culture with those around me. Southern folks loved my Irish food, hospitality and culture and from these experiences I wrote a cookbook about the modern Irish immigrant experience entitled 'The Shamrock and Peach'. The book went on to be a huge success, now selling in it's 2nd edition, and from this my business grew organically. Foundation Social Eatery | Sandy Toledo When Chef/ owner Mel Toledo decided to become a chef, he said he would put himself in some of the best kitchens and restaurants in the US and abroad to get a strong foundation, which is exactly what he did. He worked in some of the country’s most renowned restaurants: Daniel in NYC, Tapanade in La Jolla, CA, Bachanalia in Atlanta, and six Michelin starred restaurants in France. All of this experience naturally set the name “Foundation.” As for “Social Eatery” - we wanted to provide a comfortable social setting with no TV’s to encourage conversation and enjoying each other's company over a meal or drink.

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Gate City Brewing Company Brian Borngesser We wanted a name that would tie into the local scene but not be blatantly obvious. Atlanta was know as the "Gateway to the New South" post civil war and so the city earned the nickname "Gate City". With Roswell being so immersed in local history we thought that this name would be a perfect tie into Roswell. From the Earth Brewing Company | Tim Stevens We came up with the name From the Earth to represent our commitment to source directly from the local farms for our seasonal food and cocktail menu. We also wanted to commit to giving back to the local farmers so we came up with Farm to Table, Table to farm. What this means is that we donate our spent grain back to our farm's and they use it to feed their livestock and fertilize their fields. We re-purpose all that we can to create the smallest footprint possible.

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Wild Hope Art Gallery Diane Buffington After retiring from the advertising business in 2010, I summoned all my creative inclinations and began painting again. I have a BFA in painting and design. After a few years I had paintings lined up in my basement and the garage. There was a beautiful building not far from my home that was sitting empty. I thought it would make a wonderful art gallery. I put together a proposal for the owner. It involved making the empty space into an artists co-operative, generating a small fee by renting space to artists and then selling their work. I presented the proposal to the owner and he very politely said, “Nice proposal, but no thank you.” To hide my disappointment, I said, well, it was only a wild hope.” Then, I thought what a great name for a gallery! There was an empty space next door and I opened within the year. Tell us your small (Roswell-based) business name story at | 63


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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. For fans, it’s a reason to hang out with friends and family, but for players, it’s a calling. Three major teams in the Roswell area have spent the last few weeks of summer practicing, and now they are ready to kick off the 2018 season. Centennial, Roswell, and Blessed Trinity are all preparing for their Friday night showdowns. To see how these teams will do for the rest of the season, we have to look back to 2017, and see how they ended up through their last season.

Next up is Blessed Trinity, who had a record of 14-1, which placed them in second in the AAAA Region 7 standings behind Marist. They had the same record overall as Blessed Trinity, but Marist was undefeated in regional wins, as opposed to Blessed Trinity’s single loss. BT beat Marist in the end for the State Championship title - at Marist’s home field, after snow prevented a much anticipated championship game at the Mercedes Benz stadium.

Centennial had a solid year in 2017 with eight wins and four losses, thanks in part to new players. This record placed them second in the AAAAAA Region 7 standings, right behind Alpharetta. Centennial’s largest win was a 45 -0 game against the North Atlanta Warriors. One key factor in these wins was current sophomore Julian Nixon, who scored 13 touchdowns on his own last season across 12 games. He plays both wide receiver and quarterback, and contributed 754 receiving yards and 1071 total yards.

Finally we have Roswell, who had a record of three wins and eight losses, which placed them fourth out of six in the AAAAAAA Region 4 standings. While they had the worst record of these three schools, this means they have the most room to improve. Their largest win of last season was 56 - 20 against Cherokee Warriors. Roswell also had a stand out player in senior running back Kamonty Jett. In only nine games he managed to get 11 touchdowns and 1309 total yards. | 65

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