BUCKHEAD’S PUPPET MASTER

Nancy Riggs pulls the strings of an educational nonprofit built on the puppetry arts

photo: Daniel Riggs

STORY: H.M. Cauley

For 20 years, Nancy Riggs has had a tight grip on her arts nonprofit. Literally. The North Buckhead resident has devoted her talents as an actress and storyteller to animating educational hand and shadow puppets. As the director of the touring The Piccadilly Puppets Company, she […]

FROM GEORGIA TO GEORGIA

An artist’s Eastern European and artistic heritage shines in her new gallery

April in Atlanta brought an awakening of nature’s palette of colors, the promise of warmer weather and the fulfillment of a dream for artist Tinatin Vachnadze. Last month, Vachnadze, a native of Georgia, the country in Eastern Europe, opened the doors to the Tinatin V Gallery in Sandy Springs, where her own works are featured […]

GOT A MINUTE TO SPARE?

A new gallery showcases art done off the clock

So many creative folks tell the same tale: They spend all day plying their trades, and by the time evening rolls around, they have no energy left for personal artistic pursuits. But ask about the work that gets them excited, and it’s often what they do off the clock that they find the most invigorating and rewarding.

Too often, […]

BEADS, BANGLES AND BAUBLES

A Buckhead jewelry designer opens her home based studio to customers looking for something special.

Do you have Whitney’s number?” That question often turns people who admire jewelry artist Whitney Rooker’s work into loyal customers. The answer is a requirement for anyone who wants to purchase a necklace, pair of earrings or set of stackable wrist cuffs encrusted with diamonds from the Buckhead-based designer.

Unlike typical jewelry artisans, […]

ARTFULLY DARING

Taking chances inspires fine art photographer Parish Kohanim

Peachtree Hills resident Parish Kohanim never shied away from the road less taken. He started his life’s adventure at 17 when he left Persia (now Iran) and moved to the U.S. with $300 in his pocket and no knowledge of the English language. “When you’re young, you’re fearless,” he says. “And even now, in my career, I take chances. […]

TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS

SCAD grads beautify The Shops Buckhead Atlanta with original artworks

One trait of a creative mind is the ability to think outside the box. In the case of artists, creativity often involves thinking beyond the canvas and finding ways to share their work with a broad audience. When the audience is made up of the elite shoppers who frequent The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, it’s an added bonus […]

STILL SCULPTING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Steve Steinman’s work permeates our public spaces and a new show

Next time you find yourself rushing to the Buckhead MARTA station only to find you’ve just missed your train, instead of pacing the platform in frustration, let your gaze wander across the rails and take in the colored panels lining the outer walls. Inhale deeply and thank Steve Steinman for providing a moment of artistic calm.

EXHIBITIONIST

Marketing pro turned gallery owner puts a spotlight on contemporary art

It’s been a little more than a year since Laura Hathaway traded in the world of pharmaceutical and real estate sales and marketing to take the plunge into the city’s art scene as a gallery owner. For the Buckhead resident, not enough places existed for contemporary artists to share their visions and show their works.

YA GOTTA HAVE ART

This summer, unleash your kids’ creativity with artistic opportunities

Educators bemoan the summer break for the hold it often puts on kids’ learning. But just because school is out doesn’t mean curiosity and creativity have to take a vacation, too. In fact, summer is an ideal time to let the kiddos use their imaginations in ways they might not be able to during the typical school day.

One […]

OPTING FOR ART

Brookhaven’s Renée Bouchon tosses in the corporate towel and picks up a paintbrush

Growing up in New Orleans, Renée Bouchon always had a crayon or pencil in her hand. An early fascination with drawing led her to kids’ classes at Tulane and Loyola that fueled a life-long compulsion to paint. But getting to explore that artistic side took a bit of a detour down a more practical […]