HIDDEN SECRETS OF ACWORTH by Andrea Redd
Do you know what I am finding out? The Historic Downtown District of Acworth is one of the best kept secrets in Metro Atlanta. I know this because I have been meeting with many marketing folks these days while trying to talk my way into low cost advertising for the Theatre On Main. When these sophisticated, savvy sales people come into theHistoric Downtown District and see what you have right here they are taken back by the friendliness, ambiance, good food and things they didn’t expect. Thanks to Mayor Tommy Allegood and a core group of people, here’s what they didn’t expect:
Gallery 4463, is the brainchild of Clemens Bak. Clemens has gathered works from over 30 fine artists from Atlanta and throughout North Georgia. I like to call the gallery “she.” She is located on Cherokee Avenue, less than a mile from I-75 (Glade Road Exit) in the heart of Historic Downtown Acworth. The Gallery was launched by, and continues to be operated by the contributing group of professional artists. The works are varied with glass, mixed media, fine handmade jewelry, photography, pottery, sculpture and event quilts. When you visit, you will most likely get the pleasure of meeting one of the artists. The artists involved with the gallery are committed to its success which provides a wonderful venue to show and sell their originals or prints. It is free and open to the public. You should definitely include it in your places to see list.
The Gallery provides an ongoing program of monthly featured artist exhibits, classes by prominent area artists and other cultural activities. Go to www.gallery4463.com or call 404-808-9971 for hours and events. Every First Friday event in Acworth brings a new show and reception.
Acworth Gallery: Have you ever gone somewhere and not want to leave? It generally has to do with the chemistry of the people you meet there. That is what Lovona Brantley has done for the house on Lemon Street, just down from Lacy Drugstore. Lovona transplanted herself to be here with her grandchildren. Oh, if I only had a nickel for everyone who said that! Living in a historic district isn’t enough? You will find beautiful watercolors by Lovona full of whimsy and color, fantasy and fish! Her gallery is filled with local artists who show and sell. Lovona works with many of the local schools as a visual arts instructor. She offers classes and events for every age. I hear the
Red Hats love to have birthday parties at her studio. Not only does she serve coffee, she paints with it. Treat yourself to the Acworth Gallery. Acworth Gallery, www.lovona.com • 4531 Lemon Street • Acworth, GA 30101 • 678-401-6668
Last but far from least, Theatre On Main is celebrating its 5th season in the Historic Downtown District. It is yours for the taking. You can take it far. Theatre On Main serves the community by offering you an opportunity to partake of great entertainment, become involved as an active patron or member of the Theatre family, and support it through gifts of time, “stuff” and funds. If you are doing your spring cleaning, remember that they probably can use a bit of what you don’t want. For a schedule of performances go to the entertainment section of WC. Click Here
For summer you’ll find camps and workshops to fit your budget, Wednesday at 1:00 kid’s shows for $5. You didn’t get enough of Always, Patsy Cline! We’re bringing it back in July and August 2009. Enjoy the return of the “Bodacious Bobcats” backing this true story of friendship and the power of Patsy’s music as told by her fun loving ultimate fan, Louise. I am thrilled to reprise my role as Patsy and sing 27 hits for you! Find out more at www.TheatreOnMain.net or 770-565-3995. So, remember to stay in the area this summer and enjoy the art fare!
About the Author: Andrea Redd is an Acworth resident that was formerly the Executive Director of Theatre On Main located in Historic Downtown Acworth at 4857 North Main Street, Acworth GA 30101. Andrea is also a performer and will be seen in August as Patsy Cline in Always Patsy at the Theatre on Main in Acworth.