What is art to you?

A painting that tells a story? A photograph evoking memories? A sculpture revealing personality and emotion? A poem that at first confounds then confirms? A craft that reflects a bygone era, modernized for today’s palate? 

Here in Alpharetta, we are surrounded by talent, with access to galleries, markets and museums. And in this issue, we bring you stories of institutions and artists that can feed your hunger for beauty and color.

In the home, art can be much more than just decor. Mary Ellen Vanaken, a local real estate consultant and her husband have been collecting art for 20 years and nearly every inch of their Hamby neighborhood home is covered in original art. The art tells a story of their travels and taste, with contemporaries mingling with classics in the 2-story foyer. What a welcome!


Also, we bring you a preview to the American Craft Show, returning to the Cobb Galleria Centre on March 13 – 15. The show, in its 31st year, is a three-day celebration of all things fine craft. Attendees can shop crafts from over 230 of the country’s leading artists specializing in contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, home goods and décor.   The Atlanta show, presented by the national nonprofit American Craft Council, offers a once-a-year opportunity for collectors, supporters, and enthusiasts of design, craft, and art to discover and shop the best quality crafts in the U.S. Each year, more than 45,000 people flock to cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco to attend these shows.


Enjoy your February and take someone you love to a museum, a show or gallery.