The town of Toccoa is just twenty minutes from where we live and I have been aware of it since we first moved to this part of North Georgia and discovered it was home to the only drivers license office in a three county area. It also boasts a lovely Episcopal summer camp my daughter has attended, one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, and an extremely skilled and honest mechanic. I have visited for each of those things but I never thought of it as an art destination. When a friend recommended I visit the Currahee Artist’s Guild in downtown Toccoa I was a bit skeptical, but both the downtown area which is in the process of being revitalized and the Guild’s gallery were charming.
There was a nice selection of local art that is well presented and the guild members I met were very friendly. I became a member and entered three pieces in their Fall Arts and Crafts Show.
The show was at the same time as Toccoa’s Fall Festival. My boy and I had a nice time walking through not just the gallery but also the booths lining the streets. There was a chainsaw artist doing a demonstration which is always something I find fascinating to watch.
I was honored that one of my Nesting series, Migration, was awarded first prize in the Pottery category. The Fall show has finished but there is currently a very nice selection of small works and fine crafts set up as Christmas market. Some of my prints, cards, and coloring books are among the other great gifts available. If you are in the North Georgia area I would recommend a visit: 61 Doyle Street — Historic Downtown Toccoa, GA 30577