Granny Squares off the Square Yarn Bombing #CarrolltonArtsFestival
Yarn bombing is a type of street art that utilizes knitted or crocheted yarn. The trees and wolf at the Center for Arts will be decorated until Halloween. Afterwards, all the squares will be removed, washed and remade into blankets for the women’s shelter.
Horton’s Books will also be a collection point for the women’s shelter during the month of October. Donations of personal items, clothing and small home items are gratefully appreciated. All toiletries must be unopened, and all clothing and home items should be only gently used, clean and in a condition you would wish to display in your own home. ... See MoreSee Less
Great first day at the Arts Festival of Carrollton! We are winding down today, but we will be back tomorrow with more #fineart, #demonstrations #entertainment and the always-popular Mark Abbati #carrolltonga #artsfestivalofcarrollton #artsfestival #art #shoplocal ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations, Charles!Best in show award goes to @artsfestivalofcarrollton jewelry artist Charles Pinckney! Congratulations, Charles! #carrolltonga #artsfestivalofcarrollton #artsfestival #art #shoplocal #jewelry ... See MoreSee Less
The Arts Festival of Carrollton, 2018 About the Artists series Parry Moss, Glass
Liquid fire! That’s what Parry Moss of Stone Mountain Georgia thinks of as he gathers molten glass from a furnace and shapes it into a finished piece.
He has searched out and watched artists make blown glass for as long as he can remember. The history, noise, heat, tools and intrinsic danger of handling a molten material have always generated excitement for him. In 2007, his family gave him glass blowing classes for Christmas, and he has been taking classes and making glass art ever since. He has studied with Allen Bush, Algar Dole, Corey Hubble, Tadashi Torii, Matt Urban and Kenny Pieper.
He finds it fascinating to collect hot glass on the end of a long blow pipe and watch the glowing glass move like white hot honey. He starts to form it by using wooden blocks or a flat steel table called a marver. Colors, optical designs, and additional layers of glass are added for larger pieces. He then heats it until it starts to move on the blow pipe, adds a small puff of air – you do not have to blow hard - and watch the glass expand. One shaping tool is simply layers of paper that have been dampened with water. It is mystifying molding white hot molten glass with your hands using only a few pieces of wet paper separating your hand from the glass.
The glass is further worked by heating the whole piece, cooling specific areas, letting gravity pull on the hot glass, blowing into round blocks, and using the large “tweezers” looking tool called “jacks”. Most pieces are transferred to a solid rod, called a punty, so the opening can be worked. The piece is re-heated in the “glory hole” until the glass is hot enough to move under its own weight. The piece can then be formed into its final shape by heating the piece very hot and spinning it into a plate, or holding it down so gravity can pull it into the shape of a vase.
The combination of science (heat and thickness control) and art (form, texture and color) keeps him intrigued and coming back for more. He makes functional pieces such as vases, bowls and plates, and also seasonal items, such as pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and of course, ornaments for Christmas.
Parry hasn’t always been a glass blower. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and went to work for GE in Large Steam Turbine for 5 years as a Field Engineer. He then worked for Western Electric/AT&T/Bell Labs/Lucent/OFS and specialized in fiber optics packaging. He went back to school and earned a Master of Science in Engineering and Manufacturing Management from Clarkson University in 1996, and became Senior Manager of Premises Cable before retiring in 2002.
He then went back to school and earned a Master of Education in Mathematics from Georgia State and taught mathematics at Salem High School, retiring from teaching in 2015 after ten years service.
Parry now makes hand blown glass part time at Stone Mountain Park, he and his wife Lisa have their own glassblowing business, enjoy their kids and grandchildren, and go on vacations!
Are you ready for the Arts Festival of Carrollton this weekend? Come out Saturday and Sunday and peruse fine art and fun activities the entire family will enjoy!Today, the grounds of the Carrollton Center for the Arts are being transformed into a wonderful tent city, in preparation for the @artsfestivalofcarrollton, which will take place tomorrow and Sunday, 10am -5pm. #carrolltonga #artsfestivalofcarrollton #artsfestival #fineart #shoplocal ... See MoreSee Less
I am SO disappointed that my husband and I can't be there because of the storm. We live in Florida and the roads we need to take to get there are blocked. Best wishes for a successful Festival and we'll see you next year.
The Arts Festival of Carrollton, 2018 About the Artists series Kathy Hagood & Steve Kinney, Photography
Angels & Relics collaborating artists Kathy Hagood and Steve Kinney photograph art, architecture and nature throughout the Southeast and beyond. They seek out marble angels and figures as well as vintage cars and other manmade objects that are weathering gracefully in the woods, parks and cemeteries. Although the married couple – who are based in Hoover, Ala. - photograph similar subjects, the execution and finishing of their photographs provide for different and complementary perspectives and viewpoints.��Kinney is an architect who has been an avid photographer since college. Hagood formerly worked as a photojournalist and wedding photographer. The award-winning duo were featured on an “Absolutely Alabama” segment and their work exhibited in the Evelyn Burrow Museum in Hanceville, Ala. They have an upcoming show during the holiday season at the First Baptist church in Huntsville. They enjoy giving a little more exposure to the beauty of bygone eras that might not be seen by as many viewers if not for their photographs. When something is made to last, it won’t forever, but for a time as it ages, it may become even more lovely in ways than the original designer could have foreseen. Being tested by time can bring out the natural grace of a subject as it changes over the years. The couple wants to share moments of that grace through their work.
The Arts Festival of Carrollton, 2018 About the Artists series Sarah Flinn, Painting
Sarah Flinn currently resides outside of Atlanta, Ga on a few acres with her pet pigs, cats, and dogs. She achieved her BFA from Georgia College and State University in 2009 and spent a semester studying abroad in Cortona, Italy in 2008. She discovered her love for painting during her time at GCSU and since then painting has been her passion. Flinn prefers to paint on different hard-woods and tree slices using a combination of aniline dyes and acrylic paints. Her work is inspired by nature, animals, and the whimsy of dream-state. She is currently working as a full-time artist showing her paintings around the southeast and creating custom art for those in need of a good painting.
The Arts Festival of Carrollton, 2018 About the Artists series Barbara Miller, Mixed Media, Painting
Known primarily for her paintings, artist Barbara Miller creates realistic yet idealistic and inviting landscapes. Working across a large spectrum of mediums including oils, acrylics, and watercolors, her work draws the viewer into the painting and has been described by many as not only beautiful, but also serene, breath-taking, and powerful.
Barbara also creates small dioramas of wire, wood, stone, and clay which mimic her paintings in a way that allows the viewer to actually see what is behind the tree or under the bridge. Her unique clay miniatures range from tiny Bonsai trees and potted plants to flowers, butterflies, feathers and more—each one around one to two inches in size. She considers both the dioramas and miniatures to be three-dimensional paintings since she uses pre-colored polymer clay which she mixes and applies in a manner similar to painting.
Drawing since she was 4 years old, Barbara began painting over 45 years ago at the age of 14. Inspired by nature and blessed with a God-given talent, she draws on her many years as a graphic artist to create artwork that shows a fine grasp of composition, color, and depth. She also enjoys painting while in her display booth at art shows and loves to answer questions about painting from curious children and adults alike.
The Arts Festival of Carrollton, 2018 About the Artists series Debra Cobia, Jewelry
Debra’s earliest memory is of watching her mother draw. From these early experiences a lifelong pursuit of her own artistic voice was born. Following a rich and interesting career at Auburn University as a counselor educator, Debra now devotes her energy to creating wearable art.
Debra uses traditional metal smithing techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, stone setting, and finishing, as well as specialty techniques including keumboo, the application of 23.5-24K gold to fine silver by fusing the metals together; forming and shaping; folding; and rolling and stamping to fabricate her jewelry. Her work is characterized by clean, uncluttered lines and enhanced by the use of texture and beautiful stones.
She also teaches silver jewelry design and fabrication at the William Holland Lapidary School in Young Harris, Georgia each summer. The beautiful North Georgia Mountains are full of inspiration and the peace and tranquility that is necessary for creativity.
As counselor, teacher, and artist, Debra is inspired by people who approach life with creativity, humor, optimism, and consistency. Qualities she attempts to bring to her own work and life.