Since 1995, local artists have lived in the old Telephone Factory building on Ralph McGill Blvd, near a neighborhood in Poncey Highlands where I lived from 1984 to 1987. The building was constructed in the late 1930s for Western Electric and housed a telephone manufacturing and repair facility for over 50 years. In 1996, at the end of the Atlanta Olympics, the building was converted to house 65 lofts.
For 15 years the residents have been hosting an annual Christmas show and opening their studios to the public. I went today with two artist friends and they got all their ‘stickers’ for the raffle (iPod Nano) prize. Was it the wine or the bloody mary that made me miss about 7 stickers? In any case, I won’t be the winner.
The building has 3 floors and each floor’s hallway is lit with a uniquely styled wall sconce created by one of the light artisans who lives and works there. Most of my photos taken today were of the views out studio windows, interiors and his lighting. I ran into a couple of old Atlanta friends from years ago and met some new wonderful artists. A couple of studios had food catered by sponsor Two Urban Licks, a nearby eatery, well worth the trip.