We love the support we receive from the community. Local businesses are showing their support through sponsorships. We use the sponsorship dollars to buy signs, post cards and flyers to advertise the tour. All money goes right back into promoting the tour as we are all volunteers.
Every day someone new steps up to support the arts and the tour. Many individuals are making donations, offering to post flyers and some want to host our art in their locations to help get the word out.
Thus far Brent Scarbrough & Company, Christopher Brothers Land Surveying, Crain Oil Co., Joan & Sherry REALTORS (Keller Williams), the Town of Turin and the Newnan Art Depot are on board. We have more and will be highlighting them in the near future.
We are pleased to have over 30 artists participating in SHAST this year. We're still adding info and setting up web pages for each of the artists so please come back soon.
We're sharing info via social media to include our SHAST Art for Sale group, the Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour page on Facebook, our Pinterest and Instagram sites and soon we'll be posting videos on our YouTube channel.
Be sure to wander through the gallery of art on the front, entry, page. We're adding photos of our artist's fabulous work as we receive it.
Thank you for following along. Pretty soon we'll be sending out a few SHAST Blasts via email so sign up over on the right ----> We won't inundate you with emails. The plan is just to send one or two plus a couple of reminders when we get closer to the tour dates.
Sponsors are starting to show their support for SHAST and (mainly) the arts. We'll be sharing info on them on all of our various platforms.
Photo: Steven Stinchcomb painting in the works.
Deadline for Artist Applications May 30th
For Immediate Release
South Metro Atlanta, May 5, 2017 --- Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour (SHAST), held in Fayette County for the past four years, is expanding to include studio and guest artists in Coweta County. Artists in the South Metro area and those in Fayette and Coweta who do not have studios are eligible to showcase and demonstrate their art at participating artist’s studios in the two counties.
The deadline for artists to apply for SHAST is May 30th.
SHAST was started by local ceramic artist Andrea Boswell to educate those curious about the creative process and to inspire future artists. Artists open their studios to the public for a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of how they make their unique creations. Visitors also have the opportunity to play with clay, do a bit of painting, make ornaments or try their hand at weaving. Artists have art available for sale during the tour. Many of the artists offer classes or are available for private lessons.
Over 15 artists have already signed up to be part of SHAST. The variety of art covers the spectrum to include painting, fused glass, weaving, ceramics, jewelry, woodturning, fabric art, photography and mixed media.
SHAST is held the 2nd weekend in November each year. Attendance is free. Visitors are provided a map and may start at any studio. Along with art, information and fun, guests can enjoy a variety of refreshments at each studio. Some local restaurants and sponsors offer special discounts to SHAST visitors.
To learn more about SHAST visit the new, updated website, www.SHASTour.com, follow along on Twitter, @shastga, Facebook, artstudiotourga, or sign up for SHAST Blasts on the website.
Janet McGregor Dunn, 2017 Chair
We're always coming up with ways to share art with the world. This week we added a calendar to the site. We're posting art events all around the state of Georgia. Of course, we'll have many events hosted or involving our SHAST artists, too.
Our Facebook SHAST Art for Sale group is growing, too. We already have over 400 members who are watching art being posted...and hopefully buying some of it! If you are on Facebook, join the group. Or, click the link to our fan page on the right and just follow along.
Photo: Vintage Shoe Shine Box, kiln formed glass, vintage shoe shine box by SHAST artist Gail Jensen.
Yes, we have been busy! The Tour is still months away but we have a lot to do to make it the best ever.
We just set up a page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/shastart/) where you'll be able to see and buy SHAST artist's creations throughout the year.
We have also changed our website address from www.southernhandsartiststudiotour.com to www.SHASTour.com. Our new email will be info@SHASTour.com. The old emails will work, ditto for the website, but both will forward to the new website.
We also have a YouTube channel and a Twitter account.
Check in with us often...or sign up for our SHAST Blast (see the side over to the right).
It's not too early to put the Tour on your calendar! It's the 2nd weekend in November.
Photo: Raku demo at the studio of Andrea Faye.
LOTS of changes this year! We're adding many new artists, plus we've expanded to add Coweta County artists to the Tour.
This year the Tour is free to visitors. You will be able to visit the studios as often as you'd like at no charge. Take your time, find out how the artists create their beautiful art, try your hand at making something. As always the artists will have food and beverages in their studios.
We'll also have more than one artist at some of the studios.
We're excited about all the changes. Each year we have learned, tweaked a few things and grown. We are hoping that 2017 will be the best year ever.
Almost forgot --- we now have a Pinterest page. Check us out at www.pinterest.com/shastga.
Photo: Try your hand at the wheel!