ARTISTIC EXPLORATION: A GUIDE TO PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS IN THE NORTHSIDE
Compiled by Niki Knippenberg
Suburbia isn’t typically recognized for its commitment to cultural arts, but the truth is, you don’t have to drive to the city for a dose of artistic creativity. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, classes for your kids, or an artistic outlet for yourself, read on for a sampling of cultural arts centers in our communities.
ACT1 (Alpharetta Christian Theatre) is a community theater providing wholesome entertainment and an outreach of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. The productions are not theological works, but the musicals and plays are all appropriate for a family environment.
Coming Soon: “Home for Christmas” (Nov. 29 – Dec. 22)
180 Academy Street, 770-663-8989, act1theater.com
Atlanta Workshop Players
Atlanta Workshop Players is a non-profit, professional, family-friendly theater company and performing arts school that focuses on educational and socially aware productions. They strive to educate, challenge and inspire young people through theatrical productions and training in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.
Now Showing: “Little Shop of Horrors” (Nov. 8 – Nov. 17)
Coming Soon: Winter Performing Arts Camp (Dec. 26 –28); Summer Performing Arts Day Camps (June 2 – 27)
8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, 770-998-8111, atlantaworkshopplayers.com
Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4 – 18. CYT produces two full musical productions annually along witha variety of classes, camps and workshops. Productions take place at the Milton Center, with classes at Johns Creek Baptist Church.
Now Showing: “Shrek: The Musical” (Nov. 8 – 17)
The Milton Center, 86 School Drive, 404-543-2381, cytatlanta.com
Gallery 35 specializes in art, crafts and gifts for the home, business and special occasions.
35 Milton Ave., 678-762-1035, gallery35.com
Matilda’s is both a gallery and a music venue, featuring folk art and live music on the weekends.
377 S. Main St., matildascottagemarket.com
Off Broadway Dance Theatre
With an emphasis on musical theater, Off Broadway Dance Theatre offers traditional dance instruction along with acting, Broadway movement and more.
Coming Soon: “Annie Jr.” (Dec. 6 – 15); “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” (Dec. 18 – 23); “Once on the Island Jr.” (Jan. 31 – Feb. 9)
12350 Crabapple Road, 770-664-2410 offbroadwaydance.com
Othels Art Gallery & School of Art
Othels Art Gallery & School of Art takes pride in carrying unique one-of-a-kind modern/contemporary art by local artists and offering a vast selection of fun and exciting art through the online art gallery.
11775 Northfall Lane, 404-955-5521, othelsart.com
Performer’s Warehouse offers all aspects of training and technique in the performing arts, including dance, voice, acting, piano, musical theater, song writing, auditions, college preparation, college scholarships, resumés, career insight, public speaking, character/confidence building, and parent information workshops.
390 Winkler Drive, 678-648-6771, performerswh.com
RISPA School of Performing Arts
RISPA prepares young performers for a serious career in dance, musical theatre, acting, and singing through classes, summer camps and productions. The company offers a state-of-the-art facility and many opportunities in the performing arts, including a music department with lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, as well as instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, stepping and modern dance.
14155 GA Highway 9, 678-620-3500, rispa.net
Tannery Row Artist Colony
Tannery Row Artist Colony is a visual arts center housing galleries and studios for 17 different artists.
554 W. Main St., 770-904-0572, tanneryrowartistcolony.com
Cherokee Theatre Company
A community theater, Cherokee Theatre Company’s goal is to provide a creative environment for theater arts by producing and supporting quality theatrical events. Most performances take place at the Downtown Canton Theatre.
Now Showing: “The Lion Winter” (Nov. 8 – 17)
Downtown Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., 770-591-0282, cherokeetheatre.org
Cherokee County Arts Council
The Cherokee Arts Center hosts exhibits annually that celebrate local and regional fine artists and craftspeople as well as a special showcase of Cherokee County School students. The council also offers classes and workshops for visual arts and a performance space for local performing arts companies.
Coming Soon: “Cards on the Table” presented by Kings Academy (Nov. 22 – 23); “Madeline and the Gypsies” presented by STARS Community Theater (Dec. 7– 8)
Special Event: The North Georgia Art Ramble (Dec. 7 – 8)
94 North St., 770-704-6244, cherokeearts.org
An art gallery and workshop for resident and visiting artists, Studio 121 offers art and music classes as well as seasonal art camps.
121 Brown St., 770-479-6961, thestudio121.com
Anthony Gallery offers fine art, collectables, unique gifts and framing.
T5822 North Vickery St., anthonygallery.com
This full theater production company features popular Broadway shows. Performances take place at The Cumming
Playhouse, located in the historic Cumming schoolhouse.
Coming Soon: “White Christmas” (Nov. 21 – Dec. 15)
101 School St., 678-455-6110, bkproductionsga.com
Black Dog Art Studios
The artists at Black Dog Art Studios specialize in creating unique works of art in the form of canvas, furniture and accessories.
3570 Dahlonega Highway, 678- 947-5278 blackdogartstudios.com
Bowman & White Gallery
Bowman & White features original decorative oil paintings, limited editions, hand-colored prints, movie posters, designer framed art, contemporary art, and heavy ornamental frames and mirrors.
1810 Peachtree Pkwy., 770-844-0113, bowmanwhite.com
Parsons Gallery is one of the largest Thomas Kinkade galleries in the world, and also offers artwork from Mark Keathley and others.
527 Lakeland Plaza, parsonsthomaskinkadegallery.com
Peachtree Hill Gallery
Peachtree Hill Gallery specializes in custom framing in addition to limited edition art pieces, engravings, lithographs, oils and giclees.
415 Peachtree Pkwy., peachtreegallery.com
2 Smith Art Gallery
2 Smith Art Gallery features original artwork from more than 17 regional and national artists, oil painting classes, and portrait and commissioned art.
3150 Main St., 2smithartgallery.com
The Actor’s Edge
The Actor’s Edge is an adorable, established provider of dramatic arts instruction for aspiring young actors and adults. Classes include acting, dance, voice and private coaching.
4635 River Green Parkway, 770-846-6721, theactorsedge.com
Eye Candy Art Studio
Eye Candy is a pottery painting and art creation studio with kids’ classes and wine & painting opportunities for adults.
3127 Main St., eyecandyartstudio.net
Hudgens Center for the Arts
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is an extensive campus for visual arts comprising galleries, art classes for adults and children, summer camps, an interactive kids’ zone, a gift shop, a sculpture garden and special event rentals.
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., thehudgens.org
Kruti Dance Academy
Kruti Dance Academy celebrates classical Indian dance with an annual performance and classes in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, folk dance and more, plus private instruction, workshops and summer camps.
3520 Breckenridge Blvd., 770-248-9928, kruti.com
Red Clay Theatre
Home to Eddie Owens Presents, Red Clay Theatre brings the listening room experience of Decatur’s popular Eddie’s Attic to the suburbs, and serves as a music venue for singer-songwriters, production company and musicschool.
Coming Soon: Cheryl Wheeler (Nov. 10); Erick Baker (Nov 15); Francine Reed & Friends (Nov. 16); Banks & Shane (Nov. 23)
3116 Main St., 404-478-2749, eddieowenpresents.com
Company J at the MJCCA
Company J provides a nurturing environment for theater artists to train and develop their creative potential through musical and theater productions and classes for children, teens and adults.
Coming Soon: “Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins” (Dec. 5 – 8); “Peter Pan and Wendy” (Jan. 9 – 19)
5342 Tilly Mill Road, 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org
Christmas at the Forum
2013 Christmas Celebration
Black Friday (Nov. 29) Carriage Rides 1-5 pm Santa Photos 1-3 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:30 pm
5155 Peachtree Pkwy, 770-368-8811, theforumonpeachtree.com
Dunwoody United Methodist Church
Using both sacred and secular drama and music, the Performing Arts program at DUMC offers an outlet for participants to bring their time and talents to this church and its community.
1548 Mt. Vernon Road, 770-394-0675, dunwoodyumc.org
Stage Door Players
A 40-year-old theater company, Stage Door Players produces a full season of professional theater, a cabaret series, and a Saturday series for children.
Coming Soon: “The Game’s Afoot” (Dec. 6– 22); “On Golden Pond” (Jan. 24 – Feb. 16)
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, 770-396-1726, stagedoorplayers.net
Spruill Center for the Arts
A non-profit organization committed to furthering art in all forms, Spruill features a diverse program of classes for all ages, kids’ camps, special events and The Spruill Gallery, which mounts four to six exhibitions each year.
4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-394-3447, spruillarts.org
View hundreds of works by internationally renowned artists in any one of Wentworth’s galleries, or arrange for a private viewing of up to 20 works of art at your home or office.
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-913-0641, wentworthgallery.com
Johns Creek Arts Center
A community-based partnership with Fulton County Arts Council, Johns Creek Arts Center offers visual art and theater classes and camps. The center offers classes for children and adults in media such as ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, pastels and multi-media, as well as summer camps and space for working artists.
Now Showing: “Fall Student Show and Holiday Sale” (Nov. 9)
Coming Soon: “North Georgia Art Ramble” (Dec. 7-8); “Pastel Society Show” (Jan. 25)
6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, 770-623-8448, johnscreekarts.org
ShowTime Singers of Atlanta
The ShowTime Singers of Atlanta is an ensemble of experienced singers who have banded together to create a show choir for adults of all ages. The Johns Creek-based group presents two cabaret-style shows each year at various venues with selections from genres ranging from jazz and oldies to pop and Broadway tunes.
Coming Soon: All-American Swing Canteen at Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North in Roswell (Nov. 16)
Performing Arts North
Performing Arts North is a 501(c)3 education theater company that supports the arts in schools through children’s productions, classes and camps, focusing on topics such as stage movement, voice and dictation, and theater etiquette. Productions take place at the Dancing Goat Theatre.
Coming Soon: “Kudzu Christmas” (Dec. 7 – 23); Holiday Theater Camp (Dec. 30 – Jan. 3); “Anne of Green Gables”
(Jan. 25 – Feb. 1)
10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, 770-772-0762, performingartsnorth.org
Foxglove Antiques and Galleries
699 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-233-0222, 888-800-4369 foxgloveantiques.com
Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art
Kennesaw State University’s art museum presents significant works from the university’s permanent art collection and exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and national artists.
1000 Chastain Road, 770- 499-3223, kennesaw.edu/arts/galleries
KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies
Kennesaw State University’s theater department produces traditional, musical and contemporary work, along with KSU Tellers, a storytelling group that tours to elementary, middle and high schools and performs at public venues.
Coming Soon: KSU Tellers Showcase, Student Storytelling Concert (Nov. 18 – 19); “K.I.S.S. Yule-Tyde Brigade” Student Improv (Nov. 22 – 23); Stories for a Winter Night Featuring Carmen Deedy (Jan. 23 – 25)
1000 Chastain Road, 770-423-6650, kennesaw.edu/theater
Gwinnett County’s only professional theater produces a variety of entertainment through its mainstage season, featuring both musicals and contemporary theater, as well as concerts, comedy, children’s programs, a Spanish language theater and the popular Lawrenceville Ghost Tours.
Coming Soon: Aurora’s Christmas Canteen (Nov. 29 –Dec. 22); “Lombardi” (Jan. 16 – Feb. 9)
128 E. Pike St., 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com
The LONA Gallery
The LONA Gallery showcases original art by local artists and unique handcrafted gifts including pottery, jewelry, sculpture and woodcrafts.
176 W. Crogan St., 678-349-2223, thelonagallery.com
2 Rules Fine Art
2 Rules Fine Art presents art by local and national artists, with an emphasis on art that is innovative in technique, presentation or design.
85 Church St., 404-355-6897, 2rulesfineart.com
The Art Place
The Art Place is home to Centerstage North, the oldest community theater in Cobb County, which presents award-winning performing productions in an intimate black-box theater, as well as gallery exhibitions and meeting space for non-profit arts related organizations.
Coming Soon: “Christmas at Sweet Apple” (Dec. 13 –Dec. 21)
3330 Sandy Plains Road, 770-509-2700, theartplace.us, centerstagenorth.org
The Avery Gallery specializes in traditional, original fine art from the mid-1600s to the present.
390 Roswell St., 770-427-2459, averygallery.com
Curtain Call Youth Players of Cobb
Curtain Call Youth Players, a non-profit children’s theater organization, was formed in 1992 for young people ages 8 – 18 who are dedicated to learning and performing live theater for family and public audiences. Registration for 2014 camps begins January 13.
Coming Soon: “The Wizard of Oz” (Nov. 15 – 17)
2800 Canton Road, 404-692-2297, ccyp.org
dk Gallery represents emerging and established contemporary painters and sculptors of the South who have demonstrated advanced mastery of their media.
25 West Park Square, 770-427-5377, dkgallery.us
Durrett Studio and Gallery
Durrett Studio has a full staff of painting conservators, gilders and artists to offer museum-quality restorations.
68 Austin Ave., durrettart.com
Frameworks Gallery is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the fine art and custom framing needs of Metro Atlanta since 1974.
1205 Johnson Ferry Road, 770-973-6701, frameworksgallery.com
Knoke Fine Arts
Knoke Fine Arts are consultants, appraisers and conservators of fine quality 19th- and early 20th-Century American paintings.
25 Alexander St., knokefinearts.com
Next Stage Theatre Company
Currently in its third season, Next Stage Theatre Company presents a diverse range of old and new theater favorites at its permanent home at The Alley Stage.
The Alley Stage, 11 Anderson St., 678-744-6398, nextstagetheatrecompany.com
Out of Box Theatre
Out of Box Theatre explores the idea of presenting theater when and wherever the opportunity arises. Now performing at The Artisan Resource Center, Out of Box Theatre also works with other entertainment groups to expand the possibilities of creating the best in a live theatre experience. Out of Box Theatre hopes to change the way audiences think of “going to the theatre.”
Now Showing: “Almost, Maine” (Nov. 8 – 23) Coming Soon: “Side by Side by Sondheim” (Dec. 6 –23); “Santa After Hours” (Dec. 6 – 21)
585 Cobb Parkway S., Suite C-1, 678-653-4605, outofboxtheatre.com
Paul Robinson Fine Art
Paul Robinson Fine Art proudly boasts one of the largest collections of oil paintings in the world and introduces new artists yearly. 2161 Kingston Court SE, 770-424-
Polk Street Players
This community theater group is open to all and sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church.
Now Showing: “A Thousand Clowns” (Nov. 8 – 23)
Coming Soon: “Tuesdays with Morrie” (Feb. 14 – March 1)161 Church St., 770-218-9669, polkstreetplayers.com
Young Actor’s Playhouse/Marietta Players
Young Actors Playhouse (YAP) specializes in producing plays and musicals performed by students ages 5 – 21 years old. The playhouse also offers classes in dance and theater. YAP’s off-shoot, Marietta Players, performs plays and musicals for older audiences.
Now Showing: Marietta Players presents “The Back Side of Stone Mountain” (Nov. 6 – 24)
Coming Soon: Marietta Players presents “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 4 – 22) and “The Song of the Winter” (Jan. 8 – 26)
11 Whitlock Ave., 678-224-8095, youngactorsplayhouse.com
Ann Jackson Gallery
Ann Jackson Gallery carries work from local as well as national and international artists and by gallery founder, Ann Jackson.
932 Canton St., 770-993-4783, annjacksongallery.com
Ford Smith Gallery
This gallery features the contemporary abstract landscape paintings of owner Ford Smith.
10 Elizabeth Way, 770-552-5942, fordsmithfineart.com
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Georgia Ensemble Theatre provides year-round theater productions and educational opportunities and is the resident professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Now Showing: “Deathtrap” (Nov. 7– 24)
Coming Soon: “The Only Light in Reno” (Jan. 9 – 26)
950 Forrest St., 770-641-1360, get.org
The Michael O’Neal Singers
Formed in 1989, MOS is a symphonic chorus of 130 auditioned voices with a 30-voice chamber ensemble. Performances take place at Roswell United Methodist Church.
Coming Soon: A Classy, Brassy Christmas (Dec. 8); Messiah Sing Along (Dec. 22)
Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., 770-594-7974, mosingers.com
Muse & Co. Fine Art
Muse specializes in contemporary fine art displayed alongside fine furnishings from La Bella Vie.
27 Oak St., musecofineart.com
Representing more than 400 artists, Raiford Gallery features glass art, ceramics, original paintings, jewelry, turned wood and everything in between.
1169 Canton St., raifordgallery.com
Taylor Kinzel Gallery
Taylor Kinzel Gallery represents nationally recognized and emerging contemporary Southern artists.
16 Elizabeth Way, taylorkinzelgallery.com
The Roswell location of the popular Vinings Gallery features the work of such renowned artists as Michael Flohr and Thomas Arvid.
10 Elizabeth Way, 770-299-1122, viningsgallery.com
Abernathy Arts Center
Abernathy Arts Center is Fulton County’s oldest neighborhood arts center dedicated to providing quality arts instruction to the community with a variety of classes and the Annex Gallery, which features up to 10 exhibits each year.
254 Johnson Ferry Road, fultonarts.org
Housed in Act3 Playhouse, a former vacant warehouse turned state-of-the-art black box theater, Act3 Productions specializes in year-round performances of Broadway musicals, dramas, new works and diverse educational offerings through the Act3 Academy of the Arts.
Now Showing: “Parade” (Nov. 7 – 23)
Coming Soon: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Jan. 23 –Feb. 2)
6285 R-Roswell Road, act3productions.org
Di Domizios Art Center
Di Domizios Art Center offers art classes with the mission of touching the lives of local orphans and underprivileged children.
6030 Sandy Springs Circle, 770-634-7082, oldworldart.net
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village
A thriving center for the arts, Elm Street offers year-round performances, instruction and exhibits. Here, you’ll find plays and musicals, camps and classes in drama, art and music, concerts, recitals, pageants, art exhibits, an improve troupe and more.Coming Soon: “Little Women” (Nov. 15 – 24); “The Little Drummer Boy” (Dec. 8 – 22); “A Christmas Carol” (Dec.14 -24); “Tom Sawyer” (Jan. 17 – 26)
8534 Main St., 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org
The Seven Arrows Art Gallery
The Seven Arrows Art Gallery features pottery, jewelry, blankets, dream catchers, purses and more from North American Indian Tribes.
8582 Main St., 770-591-7045, 7-arrows.net