I was reminded that art grows in the most unlikely places
and conditions when I recently heard about the art scene that is showing
distinct signs of life in Fayette County, Georgia.
|Wildlife watercolorist Dylan Scott Pierce
students about layering color.
Three years ago, Fayette County was a place without a single
art center or art gallery. The Chamber of Commerce didn't even have an "arts"
category. But Kathaleen Brewer is trying to change all that with ArtWorks on
, a hardworking art school that is bringing art classes, painting
workshops, quality art shows, art studios, and an art supplies store to the
Southeast Metro Atlanta area.
ArtWorks on the Square is in the historic square of the city of Fayetteville
and surrounded by a budding downtown scene with locally-owned restaurants and a
hotel within walking distance to the collective. It is an art school for
students of all ages, and a place where cartooning, fine art painting
sculpture, jewelry making, photography, pottery, and crafts of all kinds are
all being taught. Kathleen is bringing her community together through the power
of art and I have no doubt she'll succeed. Where art is, good energy has to
follow. Am I right?
Kathleen calls ArtWorks on the Square a "creative village" and
while I haven't been down there to see for myself, I can believe it, mostly
because I know and have witnessed the power and allure of art so many times in
my life. As I'm sure all of you have!
So please join me in congratulating Kathleen on what she has
accomplished with ArtWorks on the Square! Spread the word if you know of anyone
in the area or go take a look for yourself if you are nearby. And lastly, what
kind of great art happenings, big or small, are going on in your hometown or
local art community. Leave a comment and let me know!