Sightseeing in Monroe


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  • Wild Child Arts
    A fourth-generation artist, Rose Handy has always made time for creating. After a rollercoaster ride of life changes and moves, Rose and her potter husband Paul opened their own gallery and class space. Joined by a staff of illustrators, quilters, watercolorists, and other artisans, the owners encourage Wild Child students to find their own artistic voices, whether they're hand-building a ceramic bowl, painting a family portrait, or fusing glass pieces together to make a new glass family. The search for new avenues of creativity also extends to the studio's class offerings; beginning in January 2013, aspiring artisans can learn the intricacies of handbuilding and wheel-based pottery techniques as part of the shop's newest curriculum.
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    120 N Wayne St
    Monroe, GA US
  • Athens Framing Gallery
    The brightest objects inside Ranel Parks' frame shop are the frames themselves. The Athens Framing Gallery showroom is dark, the shop in the back coated in dust. There are more dogs - the big ones are friendly enough, but that little dachshund will bite - than customers hanging around. The whole atmosphere, much like Parks himself, is so unassuming. You'd never guess that six- and seven-figure art passes through these walls. But when millionaire stars like Ted Turner, Elton John and Faith Hill want something framed, they often turn to Parks.
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    430 Hawthorne Ave
    Athens, GA US
  • ART Station
    Creative couples come together for evenings of romantic artistry thanks to the ART Station's date-night program. Duos arrive at 7 p.m. to nibble on fine cheese, elegantly sip wine, and get to know the other pairs with whom they'll be molding masterworks. Afterward, a knowledgeable ART Station staffer guides visitors on a tour of some of the goods within the facility's five art galleries, finally leading them into the ceramics studio. A 30-minute informational session teaches tactile twosomes the basics of clay-crafting, clay-whispering, and advanced clay-hair removal etiquette. From there, couples are free to hand-mold the manifestations of their shared dreams, which will later be kiln-fired and available for pickup in about two weeks. A steady flow of wine and cheese ignites creative neurons and keeps taste buds tingling throughout the experience.
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    5384 Manor Dr
    Stone Mountain, GA US

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