Lake Hartwell, GA (Sept. 26, 2013) - The work of seven North Georgia artists is featured the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders, which will be open Friday through Sunday, September 27 until December 22, at Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell near Toccoa, GA.

“The history and habitat of Currahee Club offered us the opportunity to feature the work of local artists and photographers who have long portrayed the landscape, wildlife, culture and character of the land once occupied by the Cherokee,” said showcase home designer Sandy Hankins of SH Designs. “The paintings, pottery and photography of these North Georgia artists add to the home’s beauty and authenticity.”

Featured in the Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home is Danielsville, GA artist Autumn Strickland. Among Strickland’s featured oil paintings are “Turkey and 2 Hens,” which hangs over the mantle in the great room, as well as “German Shorthair,” a hunting dog with a quail in its mouth, also hanging in the great room. At Hankins’ request, Strickland painted a pair of ‘funky roosters’ for the dining area.

Oils by Carnesville, GA artist Betty Wansley also are featured. Wansley learned different styles of art by studying over the years with renowned artists Alan Bale of Cornelia, GA, Dori Hale of Hartwell, GA and the late Tommye Sue Murphy of Lavonia, GA.

Golf paintings by Toccoa, GA’s Wendy Thompson are found in the study on the main level. The 17th hole at Currahee Club was her first golf painting, completed in January 2013, followed by Trestle Ridge, a painting of the 10th hole at Currahee Club.

The work of local clay artists Sharon Mahon and DeLisa Christ is found in the great room and kitchen, in the hobby room and children’s room. Mahon began sculpting in 1998 while working for Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling as VP of International Development. After leaving the corporate world, Mahon pursued pottery more seriously and became a founding member of Dirt Bag Pottery in Clarkesville, GA.

For Christ, the unique pieces she creates using organic materials, natural stone and rock are indicative of her earthy personality. On her many trips to North Georgia, she began collecting pottery and watching demonstrating artists. In 2006 she began a pottery workshop and found fulfillment in ‘getting dirty’. Christ owns DeVine Creations in Toccoa.

Several pieces by watercolor artist Loretta Addison are featured throughout the home. Addison remembers entering an art contest in the third grade with a drawing of a “Ford” automobile. Some 35 years later, an oil painting on a tin can again sparked her enthusiasm for art. After enrolling in watercolor classes, Addison found it to be her favorite art form.

Stephens County photographers Angie Ramage and Anne Shurley have captured the Native American spirit of the Toccoa area in their photographs on display in the media room. Ramage works in the Atlanta area during the week, returning home to Stephens County on the weekends where she hits the back roads with her camera. Photography always has been a hobby for Shurley, but it now has become part of everyday life as she captures countless images in her role as Community Manager at Currahee Club. The work of both photographers can be seen online at

A Dillard-Jones custom design, the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home is a 3,989-square-foot, four-bedroom plan called Quarry Ridge. The elevation of the home offers lake, mountain and golf course views, and overlooks Hole #17 - the Quarry Hole - on Currahee Club's Rolex World's Top 1000 Golf Course designed by Jim Fazio.

Presented by Currahee Club, Dillard-Jones Builders and Builders First Source, the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home incorporates the latest products and services of more than 30 building suppliers, along with those of Southern Living national program sponsors Belgard Hardscapes, Bevolo, Lennox, Marvin Windows & Doors, Moen, Rinnai, Sherwin-Williams, Sunbrella, Trex and Wellborn Cabinet.

The 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Showcase Home at Currahee Club will be open for public tours Fridays through Sundays, September 27 until December 22. Tour hours are Fridays and Sundays 1 pm – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm.

Admission to tour the home is $10, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Neighbors 4 Neighbors of Stephens County and the Food 2 Kids Program of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Visit for directions and to purchase advance tickets.

About Currahee Club
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, atop the shores of Lake Hartwell, the private, gated community of Currahee Club is bringing mountain living to a whole new level. Drawing upon its rich local heritage and picturesque landscape, Currahee – a Cherokee word meaning “stands alone” – truly is one of a kind. Residents and members at Currahee Club enjoy a perfect blend of golf, mountain, lake and club. And an extensive collection of amenities, including a 48,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and comprehensive Amenity Center Campus that offers an infinity edge swimming pool, grand lawn, tennis courts, a sports club and grill, community garden, playground and more. Residential offerings at Currahee Club are varied and include beautiful mountain Manor homes and charming Cotswold-style cottages. Homes range in price from $300,000 to over$1 million. Currahee Club is part of the Arendale Hospitality portfolio of properties.

About Dillard-Jones Builders LLC
Founded in 2004, Dillard-Jones Builders quickly established itself as an award-winning builder of high quality custom homes. The company first was recognized in 2006 with a prestigious Pinnacle Award from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. That same year, Southern Living magazine selected the company to be its exclusive representative in the Greenville, SC market. In 2009, Dillard-Jones Builders was named the Southern Living Custom Builder Member of the Year – the first South Carolina homebuilder to win the acclaimed national award. In 2011, Dillard-Jones was again named the Southern Living Builder of the Year becoming the only builder in the 20-year history of the program to win the award twice. An owner-operated company with dedicated vendor and supplier support, Dillard-Jones builds in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, and is a member of The Cliffs Communities Signature Services Program. The company specializes in custom residential construction ranging from the $500,000’s to more than $2 million, building in the mountain and lake communities of The Cliffs and in many fine communities in Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties of South Carolina. In 2012, Southern Living magazine selected Dillard-Jones as its exclusive representative in the Asheville, NC market, in addition to Greenville, SC.

About the Southern Living Custom Builder Program
Now in its 20th year, the Southern Living Custom Builder Program includes approximately 100 custom home builders - carefully selected by Southern Living - that transcend the pages of the magazine into a dream home. Members are chosen for their extensive experience and knowledge, reputation in the marketplace, and focus on the discriminating customer who is looking to build a custom home. Published monthly, Southern Living is among the largest lifestyle magazines in the country with a circulation of 2.8 million and more than 15 million readers.

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