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GALLERY OWNERS AND TOWN RESTART THEIR LIVES
Midway between Athens and Sparta, in central Georgia, you can witnessthe birth of a new art colony. Tiny Union Point had a great old historic section that just needed a spark to ignite tourismís flame. One artist and her family needed a welcoming place to rebuild her life. Like a stone and a flint, together, they are producing that spark.
Nearly 10 months after Hurricane Katrina wrecked Anne Jenkins' beloved city of New Orleans, she is rebuilding her life in a city revitalizing itself as well. The opening of The Point of Art Gallery & Studio in Union Point signals a new beginning for both the artist and the city of Union Point.
Jenkins and her husband, Lee Nelson, are not only involved with opening their gallery and art consulting business but also are very interested in helping the regrowth of the city. "We've come in on the ground floor," Jenkins said. "If, by opening the gallery, we can help attract other artists, restaurants and bed & breakfasts, then we'll both win. This lovely old row of buildings in the historic district of the city is ideally suited to become an interesting art-town."
They landed up in Union Point because a kind friend lent the couple his second home in Franklin, NC, where they lived for 5 months after they left New Orleans in November. "He phoned me one day and asked what I was doing," Jenkins explains.
She said she told him she was in the Red Cross line for food and husband Lee was at the California National Guard station getting water and ice.
"He was horrified and said to me, 'Anne, you can't live like that! You must go to my Franklin cabin.' His cabin turned out to be a lovely 3-bedroomed house on 300 acres," she said. Jenkins said it was a good place to heal after the destruction and heartache of the Gulf Coast.
The hardest part was figuring out what to do next. Jenkins said she and her husband started taking car trips to check out various areas. One of those trips ended up landing them in Union Point.
Jenkins, a South African-born British citizen not only paints vibrant, colorful acrylic canvas' she also specializes in soft watercolor house portraits.
"They're pretty much my bread and butter," she said. "Then I print notecards of the house and people just love those."
Although Jenkins anchors the gallery, they also exhibit artist's work from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, as well as local artists. There's something for everybody's pocket book, from notecards for $4 to $4,000 paintings.
Nelson is starting an art consulting business holding workshops to teach artists the business side of art. "Art schools teach them how to do their art but rarely tell them about the basics of the business side," Nelson explains. "I have a background in business and I have always enjoyed teaching. This is a great chance to mix the two."
The gallery & studio is located at 604 Sibley Ave, Union Point. Hours at the gallery are 10:00 a.m. - 5 :00 p.m. daily, with Wednesday and Sunday by appointment.
The grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and fun will be held Friday,14 July from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars! For information, call (706) 486-6808.
THE POINT OF ART GALLERY & STUDIO
CONTACT: Anne Jenkins - Artist/Owner
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