Stories and Events - Blairsville, Georgia


Art & Soul Artists
Back row - Marilyn Jobe, Dennis Bradley, Justin Queen, Wm Hoyt, and Perky Esposito.
Front row - Connie Gilstrap, Sharry Morrison, Claire Groff, and Eleanor McDade.

December 14, 2008 - Artists gather at Art & Soul in Blairsville, Georgia

Sharry Morrison, owner of Blairsville's Art & Soul Artisan Gallery, recently hosted an Artist Appreciation Reception. Art patrons, friends, and fellow artists gathered to celebrate the holidays and get in some friendly networking.

Paintings, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, photographs, stained glass, and other original pieces set the scene for the Christmas festivities. With everything from children's toys to quilts, the originals at Art & Soul make for one of the best shopping experiences in town.

Morrison offered delicious party fare for the occasion with plenty of homemade Christmas goodies. To top it all off, everything in the store was 20% off. Santa was spotted picking out a few items for Mrs. Clause. She will be very happy come Christmas morning!

Art & Soul Artisan Gallery is located on the Square in Blairsville , Georgia . Representing local fine artists and craftsmen, Art & Soul is the heartbeat of the mountain arts community.

Art & Soul offers art classes, affordable matting, and framing service. Please stop by the gallery for more information.

Art & Soul Gallery

June 27, 2008 - Art & Soul Gallery represents over 40 local artists

The Art & Soul Artisan Gallery, a new art center located on the square in Blairsville, Georgia, currently represents over 40 local artists and craftsmen. The gallery is filled with fine art, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, textiles, home accessories, and other handcrafted collectables and gifts.

Owner Sharry Morrison says, "I want to give local artists a chance to offer their arts and crafts right here in town. We have many very talented artists in this area. Buying 'handmade' brings back the personal touch we've lost in today's society. I encourage my artists to keep prices affordable. Art should be for everyone, not just the wealthy."

During July, Art & Soul Artisan Gallery is starting a teaching studio and learning center. Classes are as follows: Beginning and Intermediate Pastels - 5 sessions with artist Carol Molder, Children's Introduction to Tempera and Acrylic Painting - 3 sessions with artist/instructor Marlon Heard, Open Studio - 3 sessions with Marlon Heard, Introduction to Jewelry Making - 1 free session with jewelry artist Carol Tanner, One Stroke Painting - 6 sessions with decorative painter Joan Roach, Woven Bracelets - 5 sessions with jewelry artist Rini DeFalco, Beginning Photography - 5 sessions with artist/photographer William Hoyt, and Glass Fusing - 5 sessions with designer and jewelry artist Jackie DeBell. Please call or stop by the gallery for class schedules and fees.

Gallery owner Sharry Morrison was instrumental in organizing the recent Downtown Blairsville Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. With help from the Downtown Development Authority and the Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce, the festival was a fun and successful event.

Sharry is dedicated to creating an interest for the arts in our area and hopes to spearhead a new Union County Arts Council. An accomplished artist, she has always worked in the field of applied arts. Sharry designed and made costumes for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey's Circus for many years. Sharry is also a retired landscaping and design contractor where she designed everything from water gardens to a twelve mile bike path on Florida 's west coast to developing plans for a special cemetery plot. She has been in Blairsville since 1974 and currently lives in an 1840's Amish barn she dismantled in Pennsylvania and brought to Union County as primary residence and art studio.

Art & Soul Artisan Gallery

September 18, 2008 - Art & Soul promoting art in Blairsville

Art & Soul Artisan Gallery, located on the Square in Blairsville, Georgia, is busy promoting area artists, offering quality merchandise to the public, and hosting interesting classes for art enthusiasts.

Currently student Ginny Bond, Instructor Joan Roach, student Carolyn Mitchell, and Owner Sharry Morrison are enjoying a one-stroke decorative painting class. Sharry says, "The students meet right here in the gallery where things are happening."

Art & Soul Artisan Gallery also offers classes in jewelry making for those interested in learning to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Sharry adds, "Stop by the gallery and pick up a schedule. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. "

Classes scheduled for the rest of September and the month of October include jewelry making by Rini DeFalco, Spray Painting by Justin Queen, Quilting by Louise MacDonald, and Fall Photography by William Hoyt. Come on out and learn something new, be creative, and have some fun!