Visiting The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia isn't just about seeing works that have already been deemed important. It's also about discovering what the future of art may look like. That's because the museum showcases the visual works of not only established artists, but also emerging talent throughout the state. By investing so heavily in Georgia's artistic community and making the museum's collections available to the general public, MOCA GA strives to preserve these artists' legacies for the viewing pleasure of present and future generations. The permanent collection currently features over 920 works by more than 250 different artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, and digital works from the mid 1940s to the present day.
MOCA GA's staff displays many of the pieces from the permanent collection alongside works by artists from around the world, demonstrating how Georgia's artistic community fits into a larger global context. The museum hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year, and it encourages community engagement by regularly holding artist talks and other public programs.
Paintable canvases are ripe for the picking by customers at Bare Ware Pottery Studio. After selecting the design, guests create their painting with suggested color choices, or they can pick their own. Armed with the provided aprons, paint brushes, and paint pallets, staff guide customers of all skill levels in creating a gorgeous painting that can be taken home right away.
The talented art instructors at Pints and Paints, Athens' original art bar and studio, vow that if someone can hold a paintbrush, they can create a mindless masterpiece. That’s because instructors not only furnish all the necessary art supplies, but they also provide patient, step-by-step instruction to budding Van Goghs and Picassos. To further foster confidence and experimentation, they let artists rock out to the music playing in the studio and sign their names to the walls to show that they were there; canvases are stenciled so painters of any skill level feel comfortable tapping into their creative side. Additionally, artists aged 21 and older are welcome to quaff beer and wine in between brushstrokes.
Mia Canada has an eye for style that goes way beyond tying the perfect bow. Once upon a time, Mia coordinated events and designed her own stationary. Eventually, her passion for fashion and interior design inspired her to channel her talents into an avenue for stylistic flair that had been overlooked: gift design.
As head gift wrapper at That’s a Wrap!, Mia makes sure each box’s exterior mirrors the care that went into selecting its contents. She travels to homes or workplaces, and customers trek to pop-up locations in Atlanta malls where she and her staff work their magic. From the Premier Collection’s preconceived designs with classic papers and satin ribbons to the Mia Line’s completely personalized looks—created from unique paper, velvet, organza, or even leather—each of their masterpieces tells a story.
The Image Doctor restores faded, damaged, and otherwise disgruntled photographs and videos. Using a combination of handcraft, computer-imaging software, and an orbital sander, the team of skilled restorers is able to carefully update old photographs (prices vary, but typically begin around $95). The video team is also able to recover and transfer damaged video recordings from most formats, including VHS and flipbook, into DVD.