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 […]


Author’s new novel parallels real-life revelations in Hollywood

While the ongoing revelations about misconduct in Hollywood have come as a shock to many in the movie-going public, Bobbi Kornblit isn’t a bit surprised. What does amaze the former film industry insider and Los Angeles resident is the uncanny timing of her new novel, Red Carpet Rivals.

“When it came out at the end of last year, I had […]


Buckhead resident Jennifer Wiggin brings music education back to area youth

Jennifer Wiggin has been playing the viola since she was in the fifth grade. Today, she shares her love for the instrument, as well as the violin, cello and bass, with budding musicians as the executive director of Buckhead Strings, a local organization offering stringed-instrument lessons and camps to area youth.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Wiggin […]


This Sandy Springs resident is heard by millions daily

In her line of work, Susan Bennett is used to being somewhat invisible. That’s the reality of most voice actors, who bring all sorts of characters to life without achieving much public adulation. Bennett is anything but obscure these days, though. She is the original—and recognizable—English voice of Siri, Apple’s automated personal assistant.

It never dawned on Bennett that […]


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, […]


Local writer’s second career is turning a fine phrase

Kathleen Brewin Lewis banishes any stereotype of the starving poet. Although the Sandy Springs mom, wife and former fundraiser admits she’s not getting rich writing poetry, her ability to create colorful, evocative images in a few short lines has led to a rather thick portfolio of published work.

After a career freelancing for nonprofits, Lewis decided her youngest child’s […]


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, […]


Greg Picciano turned a radio career into a stint behind the turntables.

There was no midcareer epiphany, no sudden realization that he was in the wrong profession, for Greg Picciano. For as long as he’s known, he’s always been interested in the music industry and has spent the past 40-plus years in the field, including a steady gig at Buckhead’s popular Johnny’s Hideaway nightclub.

Growing up in Cincinnati, […]


Lessons learned at home inspire a local lawyer’s first novel.

Growing up with a single mom who was a busy criminal defense attorney didn’t endear Sandy Springs’ Jason Sheffield to the law. “For instance, as an 8-year-old, I was taught to answer the phone, ‘Sheffield residence. This is Jason speaking. How can I help you?’” he recalls. “I knew her clients were calling from federal prison in […]


Buckhead’s Kenny Blank heads up the world’s largest Jewish film festival

Kenny Blank was always interested in entertainment, even staging puppet shows for his family as a child. These days, he has a job that puts him squarely in that arena—serving as the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the city’s most-attended film festival and the world’s largest Jewish film festival.

Born in Queens, New York, […]