Spring Flowers and the Arts in Georgia

Flowers have always been amazingly popular in the arts, and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out why. To put it simply, they’re pretty. Flowers are common accessories, centerpieces, and patterns in everyday life, and they’re also used everywhere in the arts. They make for colorful comparisons in literature, beautiful bases for visual arts, and pleasant patterns in fashion. Flowers truly are everywhere.

Those arts that feature beautiful floral inspiration, and others, are so often showcased in rather drab places, be they in stuffy museums or lifeless showrooms. However, there is a place in Georgia that offers an annual art showcase that isn’t undermined by common backdrops. No, those oh-so-beautiful flowers I was doting on make splendid use at Gibbs Gardens’ Spring Arts Festival.

Gibbs Gardens is one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens, located in Ball Ground, Georgia, which is about an hour north of Atlanta. Every year, the gardens offer two arts festivals, one in the spring and one in the fall. The categories of original art for purchase at the festival, as listed on the Gibbs Garden website, are 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Metal, Painting-oil/acrylic, Painting-watercolor/pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry.  A list of the artists exhibiting and examples of their works can be found in this gallery on the Gibbs Garden website.

Gibbs Gardens offers tickets to view the garden and attend the Spring Art Festival, which takes place on May 19 – 20 from 9:00 AM ’til 5:00 PM. Tickets on the days of the festival will be $10, but only on those two days.

For more information, visit the Gibbs Gardens website.


Helping, One Dog at a Time

That’s My Dog, a hot dog establishment on West Jefferson Davis Avenue in Montgomery, has been helping for years to improve the community through food, arts, and activities, and its community initiative, That’s My Child, is an effort to reach out to local children and reiterate the meaning of “we all need somebody to lean on.”

The That’s My Child building is located on 2414 Lower Wetumpka Road in Montgomery, and the facility is used to keep the young people in Montgomery out of trouble by giving them a place similar to The Boy’s and Girl’s Club. The programs, which are headed by Charles Lee and Jonathan Peterson, provide children with the ability to tap into their creativity. Among those programs is a spoken-word team that is now competing and has aspirations of going to national events.