Guest Column

Have you ever wanted to pick up a paint brush? Or form something out of a lump of clay? Every week, in an old stone house at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Abernathy roads, adults and children are expressing themselves through the arts.

More than 25 years ago, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners opened Abernathy Arts Center, a popular spot for artists of all skill levels. The Center is operated under the auspices of the Fulton County Arts Council.

Residents often tell me how much they enjoy the classes and programs at the Center. It has become so popular that additional classrooms were added to the site about 6 years ago, doubling the available space. The new building holds additional classrooms, much larger gallery space, staff offices, and a catering kitchen for special events.

Classes for adults and children ages 6 & up, taught by 25 professional artists, touch on a range of art media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, raku, hand building and wheel pottery. Classes are reasonably priced, and seniors over age 55 receive a 15 percent discount. Some scholarships are available for children’s classes. Day and evening classes are available, and some workshops are held on weekends. The winter session began on Jan. 7, with the next 8-week session starting on March 24.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you are likely to find a visit to Abernathy worthwhile. Many in the community just drop by on their daily walks to see what’s new in the galleries. My wife Bettye and I really enjoy attending the art shows held at Abernathy. The Center hosts about 10 art shows during the year to highlight the work of students and instructors.

I hope that you will drop by to see what’s new, and sign up to take a class. The Abernathy Arts Center has something to offer any resident.

Tom Lowe, District 4 Fulton County Commissioner