To help gather more visitors and showcase the mansion, Callanwolde will host its inaugural arts festival Jan. 25 and 26.
“We wanted to bring people here who don’t necessarily know that we’re here,” said Executive Director Peggy Still Johnson. “We wanted to invite them to see the beautiful architecture and learn more about Callanwolde.”
Johnson said they have worked hard the past year in getting a new look for the center and want to invite visitors who have never toured the mansion before.
The two-day indoor festival will feature more than 80 artists whose works vary in medium from paintings, photography, sculptures, metalwork, glass, jewelry and more. Guests will be able to tour the entire mansion, upstairs and downstairs, for a low entry fee of $5. Johnson said it is a great way to celebrate, keep warm and have a festival in January.
“This is a very inexpensive way to take a tour of Callanwolde, shop, get fed and get entertained,” said Johnson. “We want to serve and bring the community here. And of course we are a nonprofit, so whatever money they spend [on tickets] is tax deductible.”
The family friendly event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. Along with the artists and their works, there will be live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks.
Johnson said the arts festival is being hosted in conjunction with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, an organization that hosts many festivals around the Atlanta area.
“I am looking forward to people coming who always wondered what Callanwolde was or people who have never heard of Callanwolde — telling them the history of Callanwolde,” said Johnson.
“We hope to make this an annual event. We’ll see how this first one goes. Once you come here, it is memorable.”
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