I participated in the Callanwolde Arts Festival this weekend. It’s unlike any other festival I do – mostly because of the setting. It is inside the Callanwolde Mansion off of Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.
A little history about the mansion: it was owned by the Candler family, the founders of Coca-Cola. Henry Hornbostel designed it as well as several buildings at Emory University. A fun fact that I learned about the house, the basement used to have a bowling alley in it. That area is now a pottery studio. The architecture of the home is gorgeous. You can take a tour Monday-Friday for $8. There’s an online tour on their website, but you if you want to really take in the beauty of the home, go in person.
My booth was located in the breakfast room (the room the family ate in when not entertaining guests). It is located just off the Great Hall and has direct access to the courtyard, which was unfortunately enclosed in the ‘80’s to create more room for events. I got to share the room with one of my favorite persons, Josephine with Jowelry’s Designs.
The art festival runs Friday – Sunday, usually the 3rd weekend in January. It is not a large event (due to space constraints). There are typically less than 100 artists. On Friday the festival is only open from 6 PM -9 PM for a VIP Preview Party. They sell tickets for this and serve wine and fancy snackies and such. Saturday and Sunday the festival is open to the public.
It’s a cool festival for a couple of reasons: weather doesn’t matter since it is completely indoors, you get to go to an arts and craft show AND tour a historic mansion. I think that’s kinda neat. If you’re interested in going next year, follow their facebook page to stay in the loop.
‘Til next time,