Georgia Folk Artists Arrive at TUAC for Bluebird Folk Art Village

Thomaston, GA, October 07, 2010 --( Freedom Chicken Whirligig, Chicks n’all, and Ms. Nosey are titles of creative and fascinating folk art works arriving at Thomaston Upson Arts Council for the October 9th Folk Art Village Sale and Reception. Arts Tourism brings dollars and jobs to local communities and the 2nd Annual Bluebird Folk Art Village is expected to be a highlight this weekend drawing area folk art fans to visit and shop in downtown Thomaston.

Bluebird Market Artisan Guild and TUAC have teamed up to bring Southern and Georgia Folk Arts to Thomaston this weekend during the fall festival on the square. Folk Art Village Sale and Reception is located inside the TUAC Gallery on the square next door to the Ritz Theatre, and is free and open to the public as a community service.

“Self taught folk artists keep our local culture alive and well,” states Patti Robinson, Founder of Bluebird Artisan Guild. “We are so appreciative of the Thomaston Upson Arts Council and Carmen Ellerbee, Executive Director, for making this October Exhibit of local and Georgia folk artists possible.”

Bluebird Folk Art Village promises an array of folk art including Sam Granger’s Paintin’ in Public, Clayshapers, The Art of Anne Jenkins, Mag Moment, Restoration Jewels, R. Matthew Songer, Wooden Wheel Builder, Linda Hayward, Hidden Springs Stained Glass, Broken Roses, Clara Jones, Crazy House Mosaics, That Special Touch, Family Jewels, Balentine Jewels, Kitchen Drawer Magazine, Ben Redden Gourd Banjo Folk Music, The Covered Bottom, Karen’s Creations, Green Roof Birdhouses, Nana’s Reborns, and more.

Camille Ronay, founder of Georgia Made Georgia Grown, will be in Thomaston for Bluebird Folk Art Village, encouraging others with Seven Reasons to Buy Georgia Made and Serve Georgia ( Camille and her husband Bill Ronay, promote events around the southeast. They have been recommending that fans and members watch a Welcome Video of Bluebird Folk Art Village (, then visit Thomaston this weekend.

If you enjoy grilled turkey drumsticks, local foods, folk music and fascinating folk art works the doors will open at 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday October 9th at TUAC, 118 S. Church Street, Thomaston.

Door prizes will be given throughout the day from generous donations including a 2 night stay at Stillmeadows 1885 Cabins near Sprewell Bluff in Upson County. Other door prizes include fabulous original works of art from artists who’s works are collected in California, New York and around the world. A fine painting of Sprewell Bluff was donated by artist, R. Matthew Songer; folk art work by Sam Granger; Facials and three $25 gift cards by Diane Dunn’s Mary Kay Cosmetics and many more exciting door prizes will be drawn every hour.

Go! Play! Win! when you play SCVNGR on your cell phone or iphone at Folk Art Village. For anyone wishing to play via SMS simply send a cell phone text message: text the keyword bluebird to 728647 (SCVNGR).

Bluebird Market received a grant from SCVNGR to build a local foods trek and you may take the SCVNGR challenge at Folk Art Village when you snap a pic of local mural artist Fawne DeRosia’s hand painted apple tree.

Folk Artists will be donating a portion of their Folk Art Village sales to benefit and refurbish the TUAC Gift Gallery on the Thomaston Courthouse Square.

Georgia Folk Artists, local foods, gourd banjo music and all the fun of creative and entertaining local people will be showing why chickens painted on tin roof panels, sea turtles made from hubcaps and Elvis painted on a Christmas yard-angel are worthy of celebrating on Saturday October 9th at Bluebird’s 2nd Annual Folk Art Village.


Bluebird Market
Patti Robinson