The Main Street Gallery Aug. 2011 Newsletter

A Feel Good Exhibit

Last weekend was opening day for the “Jon Whiddon Remembered” exhibit.  It was busy!  Lots of folks came from near and far to see the collection of this popular North Georgia painter who passed away in 2008.  Collectors, friends, neighbors, and visitors to Clayton who just happened to stop in– all seemed taken with the color and life of Jon’s art.

There were smiles all around as viewers descended the stairs from the second floor exhibit space.  Jon’s work “remembered” lifted many a spirit that day.

jon whiddon folk art painting and dog

Buster, Jon Widdon's dog viewing the exhibit

One very special guest arrived late in the day. “Buster,” Jon’s dog,  part Great Dane and part hound, came to see the show.  Well, okay, he wasn’t on his own.  He came accompanied by a neighbor and dear friend of Jon’s.  The friend shared with us stories of Buster’s life with Jon – saying that many people who met Buster and watched him romp and bound though out the pastures surrounding the Whiddon home knew that he somehow had a spirit akin to…yes, akin to Jon himself.  And akin to the imaginary yellow dog that Jon had been known for painting for a decade prior to Buster’s adoption.

It was especially meaningful for the MSG staff to see Buster because as a large, one year old puppy, he had been rescued and temporarily adopted by the gallery.  After seeking out the right home for this wonderful dog, it was hard to part with him but easier knowing that Jon would be the perfect master.

To view the landscapes and farm scenes that are in this collection, please click here for “Exhibitions” …or click here for Jon Whiddon’s page.

We thank Carl Fisk for sharing part of his Jon Whiddon collection  and offering it for sale.  We are proud to showcase once again the work of this wonderful artist.

Coming Attractions

chris clark folk artist

Chris Clark in the Main Street Gallery booth at Folk Fest 2010

It is that time of year again when we begin to plan for Folk Fest at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Atlanta.

This show is always a challenge for us as exhibitors but our customers tell us they love it.   Folk Fest is a mind-boggling  compilation of folk art dealers from all parts of the country in one huge exhibition space.  It is a treasure hunt for collectors and a chance to meet many of the artists.

The show begins with a preview party the evening of August 19 and continues Saturday and Sunday.  For directions and more information, go to



Jeffrey Kronsnoble is our featured artist August 27 through September 20.  Jeffrey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida.  (No he isn’t a folk artist!)  In this exhibit, “Improvisations,” we are showcasing his landscape oil paintings many of which are inspired by the North Georgia mountains where he lives part of the year.

"Daylilies" oil on canvas 24" x 30"

Jeff is a multi-talented artist who has an amazing ability to create both photo-realistic and abstract works as well as fine portraits.  In fact, this week  he travels to Tampa, FL to photograph a retiring Federal Judge for a portrait which will hang in the Federal Courthouse.  Jeff has been commissioned to paint portraits of eleven Federal Judges and many other notable people.  We are pleased to be able to share his art with you.

The exhibition will be available for preview on August 26.  Just go to our exhibition page on the website and click on the rabbit.



We Have Been Shopping

Colorful, vegetable-dyed, soft cotton purse

Within the next month, we will be receiving lots of new gift items perfect for the holidays.  Yes, it is almost time to start thinking about December!  We have had fun seeking out new jewelry and other unusual gift items sure to win over the fussiest person on your list.  We will also have a variety of Christmas tree ornaments you aren’t likely to find in too many other places.  You can check out our gift gallery for new items.

As always, we would love to hear from you.   What would you like to hear about in future news letters? Please leave us a comment on this page.




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