Rose and Paul Handy's Profile

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Paul and I have always dreamed of owning an Art Gallery were classes were taught. But it was just that, a dream. He and I were far too busy in Corporate America. Until the day came when my position was sent elsewhere. Paul looked at me and said let’s do it. I was thinking, no way; I have been offered a job. Then I thought God closes doors and opens windows. So I began the journey of opening Wild Child Arts.

First, we wanted it to be all about Georgia art.

Second, we wanted our teachers to be active in the medium they taught. They didn’t have to be full time artists, since most of us like to eat, but they did have to be active in their art.

Third, we wanted to have classes that allowed families, couples, and friends, children… to come and try different classes without committing a lot of time or money, until they found…

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  • Born on October 31
  • Joined April 11, 2010

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Rose Glass and fiber, Paul Clay

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About

Paul and I have always dreamed of owning an Art Gallery were classes were taught. But it was just that, a dream. He and I were far too busy in Corporate America. Until the day came when my position was sent elsewhere. Paul looked at me and said let’s do it. I was thinking, no way; I have been offered a job. Then I thought God closes doors and opens windows. So I began the journey of opening Wild Child Arts.

First, we wanted it to be all about Georgia art.

Second, we wanted our teachers to be active in the medium they taught. They didn’t have to be full time artists, since most of us like to eat, but they did have to be active in their art.

Third, we wanted to have classes that allowed families, couples, and friends, children… to come and try different classes without committing a lot of time or money, until they found the medium that spoke to their soul.

Fourth, we wanted the classes to be fun but educational and no cookie cutting. In other words, if we were all painting the same painting, but you wanted a purple cow and I wanted a pink cow that would be totally acceptable. We wanted to make sure that we reached, exposed, explored and challenged the creative soul of everyone that came through our doors.

So 9 months from the day I made the decision to walk through the window God opened we opened Wild Child Arts, in Monroe Georgia. We made many great friends while in Monroe, had some awesome classes, workshops and gallery shows, but after 3 years we felt we needed a change. So we moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in September of 2011.

I was born into the arts. My mom is a painter, my grandmother did embroidery, and my great grandmother was a weaver and quilter. At a young age my parents enrolled me at the Arts Student League of New York. Where I painted and explored ink, clay, collage and just had a lot of fun. I continued playing with art through high school, my first experence with stained glass.

I graduated and went to college, where I majored in Geology; I also met and fell in love with Paul. Paul introduced me to pottery. In all honesty I love pottery and collect it but I just don’t like the feel of the clay. We lived in a one bedroom apartment in New York and Paul wanted a kick wheel. He looked at me and said I’d love to have one but we don’t have the room. Please do not ever say that to me. Within the week we had a kick wheel and a kiln in our bedroom.

Five years later we brought home another type of project, our son Timothy. We became very busy with life as new parents and a move to Georgia. So we just looked at and bought art, introduced Tim to art, but we ourselves were inactive.

Fast forward, to the late 90’s and tragedy hits our lives. Paul’s brother was killed in a MVA. We were devastated. I started looking for things to do, things that would get Paul out of the house. So I signed us up for stained glass classes. I fell in love, Paul did not. While buying some glass I was told about a group in Winder, The Georgia Piedmont Arts Center. They were having an opening, so I went home and told Paul we were going. I pulled, pushed and dragged him all the way there. Once we got there we were given a tour and Paul’s eyes fell on the pottery wheels.

Fireworks!!!!! So how much to join and do we get to use the wheels? I wrote a check right then. Paul and I lived at GPAC for many years. During this time we entered shows and did festivals, taught classes and had a great time.

My love of glass came around 15 years ago and it has grown and changed over the years. I have started to incorporate my weaving and spinning with my fused glass. I am by no means a production artist. I tend to create for myself, family and friends. Today I may be crazed with weaving the perfect piece, or creating that fused glass piece I dreamed about. Who knows what I will be working on tomorrow.

I love to watch students create and I love to encourage people to TRY ART.
We all find time to do for others, but we forget that our souls need feeding.

That is what Wild Child is about, feeding the soul. I encourage everyone to try an art class somewhere; it doesn’t have to be at Wild Child. But I promise you will find the healing power of art.

We have added to Wild Child now Wild Child Arts and Quilt Shop
Wild Child Arts and Quilt Shop is your spot for great cotton fabric, sewing and quilting notions, dying, tye- dying, silk painting screen printing supplies, art supllies Gamblin, golden Open, Windsor Newton Grumbacher, Liquitex, Water Soluble or Mixable Oil Paints, Strathmore, Arches,Watercolor supplies, drawing supplies, brushes, charcoal, Books, Art books, Quilting books, rotary cutters and so much more.We also offer fun and exciting classes, clubs and art shows for all mediums. Our classes can be traditional or get out of your comfort zone! Classes are for adults, teens, children, families, night out, parties.... we offer classes in all mediums.

Our store is about our passion, the arts.

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