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Artists embrace apples as art tours theme
This ceramic bowl by Anne Bray — made to hold apples, of course — is one of the many apple-themed items featured at this Saturday’s Ladies of the Lake Love Apples art tour north of Clarkesville.

The Ladies of the Lake Love Apples
What: An art event with three studios showing their wares and offering apple-themed treats
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hickory Flat Pottery, 13664 Ga. 197 N, Clarkesville; Cottage Garden Furniture, 15729 Ga. 197 N, Clarkesville; Burton Gallery, 150 Burton Dam Road, Clarkesville
How much: Free; pieces available for sale
More info: Call 706-947-0030

Fall in the Georgia mountains brings crisp weather, orange-hued leaves — and apples.

To celebrate this fall fruit, and to welcome art lovers to their annual show, the "Ladies of the Lake" are hosting an apple-themed art tour Saturday that features lots of apples that are cooked, baked and pressed. Plus, of course, some different types of art to look at.

The Clarkesville galleries hosting the tour — Hickory Flat Pottery, Cottage Garden Furniture and Burton Gallery — all have something different to offer, said Cindy Angliss of Hickory Flat Pottery. And because they are all female business owners near Lake Burton, she said they came together as Ladies of the Lake to help one another out and host events such as this.

"We started this a number of years ago, and we have about four different festivals a year," Angliss said. "And we were thinking about the fall — and it is apple time — and we were thinking of things that would sound kind of neat."

Angliss makes functional pottery at her studio, and she usually sells her creations with a recipe inside to help the new owner get a jump start on the piece’s use.

This Saturday she will feature handmade apple and cinnamon roll bakers that come with their own recipes, filling the studio with the smells of apples and cinnamon.

"We said, ‘Oh, this will be fun. We can have pottery with the apple theme with it,’" she said. "So, it is a fun thing to do."

Cottage Garden Furniture, located just down Ga. 197 from Angliss’ pottery studio, features a collection of outdoor art, patio furniture and other quirky items to enjoy in a garden. Owner Judie Harman also keeps the outdoor garden full of potted flowers, painted windows and handmade furniture.

Harman will feature hand-painted furniture with red apples as part of the theme.

Nearby, Burton Gallery and Emporium features a range of art, from oil and acrylic paintings to handmade jewelry and sculptures.

Owner Marlene Eck also will feature woven apple baskets and paintings with apples as a theme.

"We all have a few things we can relate to that we can sell," Eck said.

Plus, all three of the studios will give out apples, cider and an array of apple baked goods.

Eck said she will be making a gluten-free dessert.

The art galleries are one more way to enjoy the sights along Ga. 197, Eck said, since many locals and tourists alike travel it en route to outdoor activities.

"If people are going to come, it’s nice to know they can travel (Ga.) 197 and do all the hiking and boating; but there’s these unique, creative shops with handmade gifts in it," she said.

"And, so, people like that; they love an activity, and there’s more than one place to visit."