Monday, May 11, 2009

Currahee Artists' Guild Winners for Spring Show 2009

The Currahee Artists’ Guild held its annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 2nd. Seventy-five adults and 62 school students participated in the show which was held at the Studio and the covered breezeway in historic downtown Toccoa.

Harold Alexander sponsored and judged the Cleo Alexander floral competition. The flower selections for this year’s competition were lilies, roses and hydrangeas. First place went to Cynthia Poser with Gail Watson second and Donna Voll third. Martha Willis won the white rose award.

Other category winners were:

Oil/Acrylic: first place, Lula Lowry; second place, Cynthia Poser; third place, Connie Gerdts and honorable mention, Chae Hinson.

Photography: first place, Clarence Wulf; second place, Keith Hornick; third place, Richard Pedrelli and honorable mention, Darrell Durbin.

Computer Enhanced Photography: first place, Keith Hornick; second place, Lynn Miller;
Third place, Wayne Smith and honorable mention, Jerry Cudworth.

Pastel: first place, Cheri Clary; second place, David Turner; third place, Tinker Bachant
And honorable mention, Sandy Hutchinson.

Mixed Media: first place, Betsy Hodges; second place, Wayne Smith; third place, Pat McGuire and honorable mention, Lula Lowry

Drawing: first place, Linda Kelleher; second place, Bobby Scroggs; third place, David Turner and honorable mention, Cheri Clary.

Watercolor: first place, Gail Watson; second place, Connie Gerdts; third place, Loretta Addison and honorable mention, Dorothy Sawicki.

Pottery: first place, Carolyn Simmons; second place, Donna Voll; third place, Janet Kaup and honorable mention, Jared Kaup.

Fine Crafts: first place, Gwynne Goodlett; second place, Shawn Noah; third place Lucia Scroggs and honorable mention, Elaine Bailey.

Best in Show: Wayne Smith.

Exhibitors’ Choice Award: Linda Kelleher.

Julius Johnson Award: Gail Watson

Awards were also given in the student competition. They included:

Grades K-2: first place, Jacob Scully; second place, Jordon Dulcio; third place, Gavin Deal and honorable mention, Julia Raybon and Wiley Hartley.

Grades 3-5: first place, Hallie Hartley; second place, Noah King; third place, Ann Mariee Knight and honorable mention Justin Crunkleton, Asia Wilson and Maggie Smith.

Grades 6-8: first place, Emma Hodges; second place, Jan Watson; third place, Sarah Hodges and honorable mention, Joseph Handwork.

Grades 9-12: first place, Rachel cheek; second place, Lauren Copelan; third place, Kendall Norman and honorable mention, Rachel Watson and Chelsea Loria.

Judge for the show was Madeline Darnell from Athens, Ga., who received her masters in art education from the University of Georgia and currently teaches art at the
Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens.

The guild would like to thank our sponsors; Alexander’s Flowers, Bowen and Watson, Stephens Federal Bank, Frank Worley- State Farm Insurance, Habersham, North Georgia Technical College, the Art-Full Barn, Wayne’s Art and Enterprises, Shirley Bethane, The Toccoa Record, WNEG, Terry Carter, Main Street Toccoa and the Toccoa Stephens Chamber of Commerce.

We would also like to thank our demonstrating artists and the musicians Eli Rousey and Tom McGuire. Also, the Toccoa Woman’s club, the Kiwanis and the Currahee Saddle club youth group along with the local businesses in downtown who participated in the festival and all the guild members that helped to make the show such a success. A special thanks to Deborah Hartley for the use of her Studio for our judged show and Bob and Carla Weiner, for the use of their fireplace store for the additional art.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Currahee Artists' Guild Meet the Artist Show and Miniature Fundraiser

Currahee Artists’ Guild 2009
More Artists, More Art!

With more than 50 members, the Currahee Artists’ Guild enters 2009 with a schedule of exciting shows. To launch the New Year’s activities, the annual Meet the Artist Show & Sale will be held on Friday February 27th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at The Studio in Historic Downtown Toccoa. Over 30 Artists and artisans will be available to show their work and meet the community. A variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, pottery, pastel, mixed media, photography, drawing and more will be available for every artistic preference. All art on display will be available for sale both days.
This show is being expanded to include a “Miniature Show.” All member artists and artisans have been invited to create a miniature masterpiece (no larger than 11” x 14”) and donate it to the Currahee Artists’ Guild for a fundraising event in conjunction with the Meet the Artist Show & Sale. Over 50 pieces of artwork are available for your review and tickets (6 for $25.00 or $5.00 each) are available for purchase prior and during both days of the show. The show will conclude with a drawing at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 28th, for the winner of each of the miniatures. Purchasers do not have to be present to win.
The Meet the Artist Show & Sale is a tradition that provides a great opportunity for artists and the community to spend time together in a relaxed setting in the spacious, historic Studio. The opening reception on Friday evening and the show on Saturday will include refreshments and live music.
For more information about the Currahee Artists’ Guild or the Meet the Artist Show & Sale, call Deborah Hartley at 706-886-6138 or e-mail Gail Watson at

Meet the Artist Show Deadline


Monday February 16th is the last day to sign up for the Meet the Artist Show, so if you’re interested and have not contacted me or Deborah at the Studio, please do so ASAP. We will not take

Any sign ups after Monday. We have 31 artists signed up so far for the show, which is great and 53 miniatures which is absolutely fantastic. If you are going to contribute a miniature, please contact

Me with the size, so I can allow the room. I’ve attached the flier that Erin Holbrook made for us, so if you can please print it and distribute them to you friends, family, etc. I also left some at the

Studio if you do not have a printed. It is very important to get the fliers to as many people as possible, so we’ll have a great turnout. Also, be sure to push the miniature show, because our guild

Members have been very generous with their donations and I’d like to see all the work in the drawing. If you don’t know how the miniature show works, each piece of art has the name of the artist

And a number, so when someone buys a ticket, it goes in that artwork’s slot for a drawing. If it doesn’t get any tickets, the art will be put aside to sell at the Studio as a continued fundraiser.

Richard Pedrelli photographed some of the miniatures, so have a separate flier for that show. Contact me if you want me to email it to you, since it’s a longer file and I don’t want to send it out

In a mass email. We couldn’t get all the miniatures on the flier, but we got a nice variety. I’m also going to put it in the paper next week along with an article about the show and run another

Article the following week about the Meet the Artist show. One article ran on Thursday and it’s in the community calendar here and in other counties. I’m sending out over 50 fliers to people

That I know and ones that signed our guest book, plus I sent them to our sponsors, the Currahee Club and other businesses. So, I’m doing my part, now it’s your turn.

Sandra Smith is in charge of the refreshments, so she could use some help keeping it refreshed during the Friday night reception and Saturday. Please let me know if you can help. We will also

Need some help selling the tickets for the miniature show. Reece, my son, has volunteered to play his guitar on Friday night, so tips are appreciated since we don’t pay him to play and he’s a

College boy, so he’s always broke.

If you’re not going to participate in the show, please stop by and support the guild. You could also buy tickets for the fundraiser, especially since the work is exceptional and I can’t imagine not

Wanting to win any of the art that’s available. I know that it’s going to cost me a small fortune, because I plan on buying a lot of tickets and so does my family.

Talk to you soon,

Gail Watson, president

Currahee Artists’ Guild

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Meet the Artist Show

Our Meet the Artist show will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. and Sat. Feb. 28 from 10-5 in the Studio and its open to all current Currahee Artist’ guild members.

The deadline to sign up for the show is Feb. 19 and there is no admission fee, we just ask for a minimum $10 fee for refreshments. If you are new to the guild, it’s just what it titled, a time for the public to meet the artists, view and discuss their work (hopefully purchase their work) and a great time to meet other members in the guild. So therefore, you have to be available at least one day of the show, preferably both days, hence meet the artist. We normally have space for 6 to 8 pieces of work, depending on the size, tables for info on the artists, note cards, smaller art, etc.,

Panels for smaller paintings and print racks. I’ll know exactly how much space we’ll have after I receive all the entries, so therefore it’s important to let me know by the deadline. You can contact me by email or phone 706-886-3728 (please leave a message, if I don’t answer) There is no timeline on your art pieces, so you can show older work during this show and there is no competition, so it’s a very relaxing show. We will hang the show on Wed. Feb 25 from 1-5 and Feb. 26 from 1-5, but if that’s not convenient, you can drop your work off earlier and we’ll hang it for you.

We’ve added a miniature show (our fundraiser) to the Meet the Artists’ show. We’re asking for donations of miniature paintings and photos (no larger than 11 by 14), pottery, jewelry, fiber art, etc.

We’d like to have them by Feb. 8th if possible. Of course we’ll take donations through Feb. 26, but earlier ones can be photographed and put in the paper, on our website and in brochures to hand out. You can deliver your donations to the Studio and we’re going to hang them on the wall next to Dudley’s window, so they can be viewed from outside. We will have the drawing for he miniatures on Sat. Feb 28 from 4-5 p.m. during the show. Tickets will be sold prior and during the show for $5 each or 6 for $25. The Heritage in Tallulah had this fundraiser for at least three years and I always contributed to it, purchased tickets to try to win and really enjoyed the show. The Heritage didn’t have the miniature show this year, so I thought that we’d give it a try. Please be generous with your donations and invite all your friends, family and relatives to the show. It wouldn’t hurt to have other miniatures for sell during the show, because if people don’t win your miniature, they might be willing to purchase it. I’ve had that happen on numerous occasions.

Maryann Ansley is in charge of the arts tour for Stephens County and she will be sending out forms for the tour today. If your do not receive info from her, let me know and I’ll send her your info.

If you have any questions about Meet the Artist or the miniature show, please contact me or Deborah Hartley (706-886-6138).

Gail Watson

(published by R. Riggle)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Currahee Artists' Guild Winners for the Fall Show 2008

Currahee Artists’ Guild Winners for the Fall Show 2008

Best in Show: Steve Burgess

Viewer’s Choice: Gail Watson

Exhibitor’s Choice: Barbara Wulf

Beth Zoffmann Award: Gail Watson

Suzanne Oliver Award: Josh McDonald

Oil and Acrylic
1st place: Barbara Wulf
2nd place: Carey Donaldson
3rd place: Jacalyn Shamblee
HM: Maryann Ansley

1st place: Gail Watson
2nd place: Loretta Addison
3rd place: Lesley Smith
H.M.: Maryann Ansley

Mixed Media
1st place: Wayne Smith
2nd place: Gail Watson
3rd place: Barbara Allen
H.M.: Pat McGuire

1st place: Kirk Lucius
2nd place: Jerry Cudworth
3rd place: Richard Pedrelli
H.M.: Shawn Noah

Computer Enhanced Photography
1st place: Keith Hornick
2nd place: Jerry Cudworth
3rd place: Wayne Smith
H.M.: Stephanie Maley

1st place: Tinker Bachant
2nd place: Mitty Higginbotham
3rd place: Sandra Hutchinson
H.M.: David Turner

1st place: Linda Kelleher
2nd place: Bobby Scroggs
3rd place: Josh McDonald
H.M.: Courtney Strickland

Fine Craft
1st place: Lucia Scroggs
2nd place: Kris London
3rd place: Josh McDonald
H.M.: Carolyn Simmons

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You can now post your images

First - you need to get yourself a gmail account >
Second - email me to send you an invitation --- I will respond with TWO emails.
Click on the links in each one of them prompting you to accept the invitation.
Done. The same email address and password for your gmail will log you into our 2 blogs (you need to accept 2 invitations) - CAG Message Board, and CAG Gallery.
The MESSAGE BOARD is where you write about art stuff and publish news and events.
You are reading the Message Board now. To publish your art, you need to go to our website --- --- and click on the CAG Gallery link.
The GALLERY is where you upload pictures of your art; write the title and a short description of the art and artist. Please choose the default settings for the size and placement of pictures. Gail Watson, Deborah Hartley, and myself, Rada Riggle, agreed on having 2 pictures per artist quarterly. Every 3 months, an artist can add 2 more pictures. If you would like to have customers contact you about a painting, you may choose to leave your email address and /or phone to discuss the price. It is up to you.

Happy publishing,

Rada Riggle

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Painting Classes

Each month I host a painting class at my home in Toccoa. The teacher is Pat Appling, who is a Bob Ross certified teacher. However, we do not paint only Bob Ross pictures. Main interest so far is dedicated to floral paintings. The painting is done on a 16 x 20 canvas and is painted in oils. It is a one day class and you take a completed painting home the same day.

The class size is limited to 10. Cost is $55.00 per person which includes the canvas, paints, use of Pat's brushes and supplies. Coffee and pastry in the morning, plus lunch is provided by me. I make no money from this, it costs me money, but I am dedicated to advancing the arts in Toccoa.

Our next clas is September 10th, at which time we will be painting yellow roses in an oval. Our October class is scheduled for October 1st and we will be painting fall mums. November 5th will be poinsettias, and December 10th will be Amaryllis.

Classes begin at 10 am and run to approximately 3 pm (or whenever your painting is finished). We will be expressing our choices for next years projects, including bringing in a California seascape artist by the name of Joyce Ortner. I am trying to contact other artists also.

If you have any interest in joining our group, we would love to have you. Please call me at 706-827-0031 or email . A second contact is Barbara Lolley at 706-779-7365 and her email is

Thank you
Mayann Ansley

Thursday, June 19, 2008

June 2-22 & June 27-29 Arts Tour

The arts tour starts on Friday, June 20-22 and June 27-29. The Studio is looking great with all the art work for the tour. If you haven’t brought any art in for the tour, you can bring it in the
Next couple of days as long as you hang it yourself.
Loretta Addison will be demonstrating watercolor on Sat the 21st from 10-5, I’ll demonstrate watercolor on Yupo paper on Friday June 27th
From 10-5 with a mini free workshop from 1-4 (I’ll supply the paper, participates bring their own art supplies, fresh paint is best), Lesley Smith will demonstrate on Sat., June 28th from 10-5, so please
Come by and support the guild artists.
The Studio will be open both weekends from 10-5 Friday and Sat. and 1-5 on Sunday. Deborah could use some help during the tour. We have 2 people signed up for Sat the 28th, but we need extra help on the other days. Please contact Deborah at 706-886-6138, if you can help during the tour.
Please let me know if you want to participate.
Gail Watson

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 2008

Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 2008

This event is open to artists' original works of art completed within the past
three years. Art that has received a cash award previously in any Currahee
Artists' Guild festival is not eligible for judging. You may enter as many
categories as you wish, but no more than three pieces per category will be
eligible for judging.
The show will open to the public Sat, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
To qualify for judging, art must be hung before judging begins at 9:00 a.m.
Awards and ribbons will be presented at 4:00 p.m.
Best in Show - $200
Exhibitor's Choice - $75
Julius Johnson Memorial Award - $50
Each Category 1st place = $75, 2nd place = $50, 3rd place = $25, honorable
mention ribbons
Entry fee per category for guild members is $20 and $35 for non-guild
members. An entry fee is required for each category you wish to enter. One
3x6 panel will be provided for each category. Artists must return registration
form by April 28. Entries after that date will not be accepted - no exceptions.
The art show will be held at The Studio in Toccoa. Each artist will be
provided one 3x6 display panel (approx.size) per category entered. Artists
may exhibit additional work for sale or display outside but only 3 pieces will
be eligible for judging.
Artists must hang their work on Friday, May 2, from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or
before 9 a.m. Saturday morning to qualify for judging. You may hang your
other work by 10:00 on Saturday. Take down may begin at 4 p.m.
Currahee Artists' Guild
Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 2008
Return this form no later than April 28 to:
Currahee Artists' Guild (tel. 706-886-6138)
149 E. Doyle St
Toccoa, GA 30577

Download the form:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Artist Reception, April 8th

The Currahee Artists’ Guild is fortunate to host a reception for the international, well-known British artist, Josephine Wells on Tuesday, April 8 from 4-8 at The Studio. I urge everyone to attend And support her. She’ll have prints, limited and open and copies of her book, “The Fantasy World of Josephine Wall” at the event. Since we’re hosting the event, we could use some pastries, Cookies, etc., so if you can contribute let me or Deborah know. I’ve attached her press release, so you can learn about her and hand them out. We want Josephine to have a great reception and leave With a warm feeling for Toccoa.

Thanks, Gail

Sunday, March 9, 2008

2008 Northeast Georgia Arts Tour

The "2008 Northeast Georgia Arts Tour" has expanded
this year to include Stephens County. Please mark your calendars for these
two special weekends: June 20-22 & 27-29.