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      Talented Knox leaves ‘the art game’ behind

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Nov 7, 2009
      Talented Knox leaves 'the art game' behind

      Roland Knox earned a modicum of fame for making glittering art from discarded jewelry. His clients included the House of Blues restaurant group. But that was before the disenchantment set in. Complaining he was cheated, the 80-year-old Knox, a retiree, has quit the art game. During a break from solitaire at his south Atlanta home, Knox claimed a gallery owner underpaid him, an auction house made assurances that did not pan out, and the House of Blues was slow to honor a promised large purchase. Only after Knox made up a story about having to move did the House of Blues show up and pay up, he said. Knox is not an artist who is compelled to create; he made art because he wanted the dough. His jewel-encrusted pieces, many of them crosses, were like found money as collectors snapped them up. And while the dollar fueled Knox’s output, he […]

      ‘God & Wal-Mart’

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Aug 29, 2009
      'God & Wal-Mart'

      The Ozarks region was fiercely anti-chain store in the 1920s and 30s. Big companies were seen as foreign interlopers and a threat to local businesses. The goal of Ozark men was not to work in factories like those in the North, but to be their own bosses as farmers or merchants. So how is it that the Ozarks birthed the world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart, killer of small businesses? University of Georgia history professor Bethany Moreton explores Wal-Mart’s unprecedented success in her new book “To Serve God and Wal-Mart: the Making of Christian Free Enterprise.” Wal-Mart started out, of course, as a local business when the first store opened in Rogers, Ark., in 1962. It has grown to be the 30th largest economy on the planet. Moreton points out that while Wal-Mart’s founders were mainline Presybterians, the workers were more conservative Christians who believed that serving others, even in a store, […]

      Ria: Classic comfort food evoking ‘slowness of the South’

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jul 14, 2009
      Ria: Classic comfort food evoking 'slowness of the South'

      Aurianna Pell, the Atlanta restaurateur known as Ria, made her mark serving breakfast and lunch across from Historic Oakland Cemetery. The success of Ria’s Bluebird over the past eight years has helped shepherd the resurgence of Memorial Drive and the Cabbagetown and Grant Park neighborhoods. Pell, 41, is now working on launching another restaurant, one that will offer suave Southern meals focused on wine, mixed drinks and conversation, in the more upscale Inman Park neighborhood. Pell says Sauced, which, as it name implies, will incorporate plenty of sauces in its “low and slow” cuisine, is scheduled to open in the fall. With the economy extremely weak, she picked a tough time to strike out on a new venture. She’s already felt the sting of failure. Another Pell restaurant, Patio Daddy-O BBQ in East Point, closed because of the winding down of the Fort McPherson Army base. The tattooed entrepreneur took […]

      Got milk? Enough for a festival, anyway

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jun 9, 2009
      Got milk? Enough for a festival, anyway

      Georgia is squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to milk production, but that’s good enough for a festival. The first Saturday in June marked the 50th year of the Putnam County Dairy Festival, held in Eatonton, the birthplace of Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker, 78 miles east of Atlanta. What struck this first-time visitor was farming’s low profile at the event. Corn dogs and $7 turkey legs were easy to spot, but good luck trying to find a milking demonstration. Maybe that’s as it should be. Georgia’s milk output — 1.36 billion pounds a year — seems like a lot until you realize 24 states produce even more. Since 1945, the number of Georgia dairy farms has fallen from more than 6,000 to 270. On the upside, the 21st century cow is more productive. And even though Georgia lags the national average in per-capita milk […]

      Turning life’s debris into art

      by | 8, Add your Comment | May 12, 2009
      Turning life's debris into art

      Neither advancing age nor the death of his first wife has curbed the Rev. George Kornegay’s desire to turn life’s debris into art. At 95, Kornegay continues to build a sculpture garden outside his trailer home, using hubcaps, televisions, dolls, rusty scrap metal and whatever else comes his way. Even more impressive is the fact that Kornegay’s current garden, located in a remote area outside Selma, Ala., was begun just a few years ago after he remarried and moved away from his first art-filled home in Brent, some 50 miles to the north. Heartbreak, pleas to God and new love opened his eyes again to the creative possibilities of discarded objects. Like Howard Finster in Summerville, Ga., and W.C. Rice in Prattville, Ala., both now dead, Kornegay says his creative spark is his faith. “Whatever I do is revealed to me,” he says. Kornegay was ordained an African Methodist Episcopal […]

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