The business of inspiring art

Ask almost any artist about their livelihood and they’ll likely tell you they love creating art, but hate the business side of things. But in recent years, many have found a business approach that works for them, whether it be an artist co-op arrangement through a local guild, or retail stores committed to selling only…

Threads of change

Revolutionizing an art form through justice, tolerance, and jazz – By Tia Lynn Ivey – When Leanna Leithauser Lesley was just eight years old, her mother taught her to needlepoint as a hobby. Neither of them expected that Lesley would one day stitch together an eclectic career, revolutionizing needlepoint as an art form to tell…

Celebrating hometown

– Annual Cotton Gin Festival returns to bostwick – Every year, amid cotton fluff drifting in the air, a seemingly endless stream of tractors rolls through downtown Bostwick, Georgia – its streets lined with crisp white tents boasting various wares – as the Cotton King or Queen waves to thousands of onlookers enjoying the town’s…

5 PERSPECTIVES

 “This world is too small for less than brotherhood – too dangerous for less than truth.” Steffen Thomas In celebration of National Black History Month, a joint exhibition at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead and the Morgan County African-American Museum in Madison features works by five of Georgia’s most vibrant and exciting…

Hot Toddy: Warm up with a holiday classic 

Come the holiday season, hot toddies are ideal for entertaining, providing spirited fun and a means to chasing away the winter chill. Hot toddies have been around for centuries. Usually a mix of a spirit — either whiskey, rum or brandy — hot water, honey and spices, some believe the word “toddy” comes from an…

A tour of Oconee Brewing Company’s new digs in downtown Greensboro

The long-awaited day came this spring when Oconee Brewing Co. opened its doors to more than 2,000 of its closest friends. After years of planning and intense renovation, the 100-year-old former textile warehouse turned bottling plant, located next to the old train depot in downtown Greensboro, came alive again. Oconee Brewing Company’s new home was…

A storied summer: Book Group meets at the home of O’Connor

Andalusia Farm, a former dairy farm outside of downtown Milledgeville, is where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of the work that established her as one of the world’s foremost 20th Century writers. It’s also where readers continue to gather, now more than 50 years after her death, to celebrate and discuss her enduring stories. On the…

Revisiting Mr. Penick’s Little Red Book

I’ve taken our Winterpocalypse as an opportunity to re-read one of my favorite golf books, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. I first read the Little Red Book while in college. If such a thing is possible, I knew less about golf and the golf swing then than I do now. Trying to digest any level…

Headliners: Who to find on local stages

Lake Oconee Living goes backstage with some of the area’s best-known musicians to find out what motivates them, what inspires them, and what keeps their toes tapping. Catch them on  local stages around the lake this summer. ERIC DODD How do you describe your musical style? My musical style is really a testament to what…