Sunday, March 23, 2008

Funky Chicken Art Project

Back in the mid 1980s I had friends with a cabin on Cochran Creek off Wesley Chapel Rd. not far from Amicalola Falls. A group of friends and I used that property as an access point for camping in the National Forest and exploring Cochran Creek Falls on numerous occasions. I remember seeing an old chicken house that was being converted into an artists' studio on the way to and from the area. At the time I was in my 20s and didn't have much interest in art of any kind, so I never stopped to investigate. Since then I've at least become curious about art and interested in southern folk pottery.
Recently I was making my way from Dahlonega over to the Jasper area and decided on a whim to check out the old stomping grounds off Wesley Chapel. This is when I came across The Funky Chicken Art Project. The old chicken house is gone but it's the same studio I remembered from years ago. This time I stopped. I'm glad I did.
I browsed for a while, enjoying the displays of contemporary fine art, folk art, pottery..and some unusual exhibits that defy explanation, at least by me...but help was on the way. I introduced myself to Christina White, one of the owner/artists, and she very graciously stopped what she was doing and enlightened me on the transformation from the old chicken house to the current studio. She also explained the setup, various artists exhibited, and anything else I inquired about. The highlight was when she brought out a story jug from a potter I had expressed interest in from her private collection.
The Funky Chicken Art Project is, in my mind, a "must do" if you are in the area. It is truly a unique experience that is hard to describe or explain and do it justice.

The Funky Chicken Art Project
1538 Wesley Chapel Rd.
Dahlonega. GA

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