A Brief Break for McInvale Studios Holiday Show

Where: Cleveland, Georgia

Trip Date: All Week, 12/2-12/3/17

I know I said that the next few weeks would be Barbados posts, and I tried. I promise I am working hard on the next article.

Process sketch


But for the past week I have also been running in circles preparing for…

McInvale Studios Holiday Show

McInvale Studios Holiday Show

It is that time of year.

Every year around the holidays we (myself, my mother, and other local artists) open up our studio to the public. We will be displaying and selling a very wide variety of handmade art including my pen and ink illustrations and prints, porcelain art, fiber art, Christmas ornaments, and much much more.


My little gallery section.

Blog Sketches

I also have a little section of prints from a few past blog posts if you are interested in owning a little piece of The Inky Atlas.

And of course there is food. I have found that one of the best ways to advertise an event is to tell people about the free food. So, we will have lots of yummy snacks and hot apple cider available for all visitors.

If you want a preview of what you can find here, go to McInvale Studios to see some of the hand made porcelain and fiber art. And you pretty much know what I do, but if you want a refresher—or want to see some of my weirder, non-travel stuff—you can find that Here.

Of course, this is all happening this weekend. And this is incredibly short notice. But if you are in the North Georgia area—and I have reliable information that at least a few of my readers are—consider coming by McInvale Studios. Remember, there is free food.


Our resident deer modeling with his portrait.

On a personal note, I’m sorry that this article has basically been just one big advertisement instead of the usual fun stuff. I know, it’s a bummer. Next week will be better.

On a More Serious Note

In just two weeks the FCC is voting to do away with Net Neutrality. If you are like I was and have no idea what that means, here is the short version: Net Neutrality is what ensures that everyone has open and equal access to information on the Internet. Without this, your service providers—like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast (*shudder*)—can slow down or outright block your access to websites with opposing political opinions or that offer competing services, or create “fast lanes” for the big sites that can afford to pay for higher internet speeds. All in all, this favors companies with lots of money and spells disaster for small, independent sites and artists trying to promote themselves online (hi there).

To make this as personal as I can, if this happens it is entirely likely that I will no longer be able to continue this blog. So, let’s try to prevent that from happening.

Here are a couple of resources that have more complete information about what is happening:

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

What Actually Happens the Day Net Neutrality is Repealed

And here are some places where you can join others in appealing against the dismantling of Net Neutrality:

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Battle For the Net

(These first two will actually locate the contact information for your local representative and give you a pre-drafted email to send.)


So please, let’s do something about this.

Once again, I know this week’s article has been a huge bummer. Thanks for sticking around. Next week will be more about Barbados.

By | 2017-11-30T22:18:47+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Event, Georgia, Update|1 Comment

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James is an artist and illustrator currently working in Georgia.

One Comment

  1. Morton McInvale December 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Actually, I found it quite entertaining and informative (about the Internet incident especially).

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