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High Museum: Salvador Dali Exhibit

August 26, 2010
Leslie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR ®

Leslie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR ®

Recently while driving through Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, I noticed a very large banner hanging from The High Museum announcing an upcoming exhibit of Salvador Dali’s late works. As a teenager I attended a wonderful exhibition of Dalí’s jewelry creations in the Birmingham Museum of Art, and was captivated by his eccentric and remarkable art. My husband’s birthday was coming soon and I had been deliberating about something fun and different to give him for his birthday, Dalí and Dinner with friends! Perfect!!

The High is to be the sole venue for the first exhibition to focus on Dalí’s art after 1940. The exhibition, featuring more than 100 works including 40 paintings and a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera, explores the artist’s enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism, and his surprising connections to artists of the 1960s and 1970s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning.  Many of Dali’s pieces during this time period were ruminations on his interest in Christianity, and several of the pieces depict events from varying periods in Biblical and Christian history including the crucifixion of Jesus, the assumption of Mary, and the spiritual visions of various saints. However, true to Dali’s eccentric nature and his surrealist roots, even his depictions of these once traditional subjects for the art world are filtered through his surrealist lens and provide a fresh look on the subject. Dali mixed his depictions of Christian themes with ideas and advancements in the realms of science and physics, subjects he was also increasingly fascinated by. As a result, many of the pieces he created during this time period he labeled as “nuclear mysticism” and they are truly as unique as this description suggests. These paintings are magnificent in their scope, beautiful in their compositions, and fantastic to be able to see in person, where one can truly be impressed with the sheer size of some of his canvases and, by extension, the size of his artistic vision.

Salvador Dalí’ (1904-1989) born in Figures, Spain, is one of the most famous and controversial artists of the 20th century. He was prolific for more than 60 years, creating over 1,200 oil paintings, countless drawings, sculptures, jewelry, theatre and fashion designs, book illustrations and numerous writings.

This exhibit is a treat not to be missed. Take a friend and be sure to get the audio tour also. After seeing the Dalí’ exhibit we had a delicious dinner at Parish in Inman Park with our friends and lots of interesting discussion after seeing these very eccentric and thought provoking works!

My friend bought this replica of one of his jewelry pieces and I bought a book about Dalí.

Dalí: The Late Work is currently on display through January 9, 2011. Please visit for ticket prices and additional information.



Atlanta Escape – Montaluce (Andrea Cueny)

August 25, 2010
Andrea Cueny, REALTOR ®, North Atlanta Office 404.695.7040

Andrea Cueny, REALTOR ®, North Atlanta Office 404.695.7040

Recently my husband and I decided to have a rare but special day just the two of us….. So we turned off our phones, gave the kids to their grandparents, and headed to the North Georgia Mountains for a mini escape.

We had been told by clients who recently purchased a home of this development called Montaluce. They raved to us about the spectacular views, winery, and restaurant. So we were excited to give it a try. 

Upon arrival, we were shocked to see the vineyards so lush and full of grapes…I had to ask myself if we were in GA or Napa? Of course, GA but the vineyard was really very beautiful. 

Inside the restaurant, the foyer and entrance were stunning.  The entrance to the tasting room complete with all of their wines on the back wall was held in this dark mahogany wine shelving. The ceiling throughout the tasting room had exposed ceiling beams and the dining room was totally open with a fireplace and glass windows overlooking the vineyard.  As real estate professionals, we appreciate all the architectural details such as the fireplace with these mosaic tiles.  The windows were floor to ceiling giving an open view of the vineyard from every table in the dining room – every detail in regards to the atmosphere is so well done.  We walked out to the balcony overlooking the vineyard and this was the most perfect view and ideal place for a glass of wine.

Lunch exceeded our expectations to say the least. The food is all organic and very fresh. Fresh to the point that when we ordered the sausage flat bread our server informed us that the pig just arrived and they had not prepared the sausage yet! Wow. Not your typical answer in an Atlanta Restaurant.  They have short ribs, duck, sandwiches, salads, a variety of choices each day and a very elaborate Sunday brunch. The menu changes regularly. 

I would highly recommend Montaluce if you are looking for a mini escape from Atlanta. It is located just outside of Dahlonega and is a wonderful place for you to visit for a gourmet lunch or dinner.

For more information about Montaluce please visit their website at or call 706.867.4060


Atlanta Best Bet: What’s going on in Atlanta this weekend

August 19, 2010

Folk Fest 2010

Friday, Aug 20 5:00p to 10:00p
at North Atlanta Trade Center, Norcross, GA

The 17th Annual Folk Fest is The World’s Greatest Folk Art Show and Sale featuring the best in Self-Taught Art, Southern Folk Pottery, Outsider Art and Antique and Anonymous Folk Art. 100 Galleries from all across the country fill the giant 85,000 square foot facility at the North Atlanta Trade Center.

City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Friday, Aug 20 5:00p to 11:00p

The event features a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt & Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest, which is recognized as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cookoff. Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.


BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, Aug 21 4:00p to 10:00p
at Harmony Park, Decatur, GA

Live music, BBQ and special children’s area.

Price: 21 and over $10, 11 to 20: $5, under 10 free
Age Suitability: All Ages

Sandy Springs, GA ranks #4 city for rich and single

July 23, 2010

We’re not saying you’re a gold digger. But you could follow the money to these 25 affluent cities, where singles are abundant.

4. Sandy Springs, GA

Sandy Springs, GA

Population: 82,674
Single: 35.6%
Median family income: $115,171

Charming Southern gentlemen and sweet Georgia peaches in this Atlanta suburb are making the rounds at one of three major hospitals in the area or running operations at a Fortune 500 company like United Parcel Service or Newell Rubbermaid. Thanks to the natural springs the city is named for and the Chattahoochee River that flows through it, Sandy Springs offers a tranquil and peaceful setting for romance to blossom. After taking a stroll along the riverbank, head to Buckhead, Atlanta’s vibrant uptown district, for a night on the town. –H.Y.  

See complete data and interactive map for Sandy Springs

Click here for complete article from CNN


Atlanta offers many pet-friendly outings

July 22, 2010

Planning a family outing is half the fun, but often the thought of leaving our four-legged friends behind can put a damper on the whole process. Fido’s hangdog expression as you close the door behind you is enough to turn the car around. Fortunately, there are many pet-friendly events scheduled throughout metro Atlanta this summer – from cocktails to baseball – so bring Rover right over.

Before leashing up and heading out, however, there are some basic pet etiquette rules and safety advice to follow. According to Dr. Shannon Ewing, DMV of Collier Animal Hospital, to ensure a good time is had by all, your pet should play well with others prior to subjecting him to large crowds, children or potentially aggressive animals.

“There are two good ways to socialize your pet; a visit to a doggie daycare facility or a puppy training class,” Ewing told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Your dog will acclimate to social situations better assuring a more relaxing outing for all. By participating in a class with your pet, there’s no question who’s the boss and he’ll listen to your commands in public.”

Ewing also stressed the importance of keeping a fresh water supply on hand at all times; never leave your dog in a hot car and avoid jogging with your pet after 10 a.m.

Here are a rundown of area events where fur is all the rage:

Dog Days of Summer Dog Walk

Great Harvest Bread Co. and Atlanta Pet Rescue host the second annual Dog Days of Summer dog walk in Smyrna. All two and four-legged friends are invited to meet at the bakery and enjoy a leisurely stroll to nearby Taylor-Brawner Park, less than half a mile away. Dog trainer Amber Burckhalter from Atlanta’s K-9 Coach will greet participants at the park and dole out doggie advice. Back at the bakery, both human and canine treats are available as well as live music and giveaways. Two dollars from every loaf of bread sold at the event will benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue.

8 a.m. August 7. Free. Great Harvest Bread Co., 3246 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, 30080. 770-431-9743, .

Atlanta Unleashed

Meetup [sic] group Atlanta Unleashed invites all dog owners to Canton’s Canine Ranch for a day of leash-free fun and frolic. The ranch boasts an 11-acre doggie playground complete with swimming holes, docks, fields for fetching and Frisbee as well as indoor facilities. Ranch staff is available for those requiring special assistance. The area is completely secure and leashes are not required. Agility, diving, lure coursing and sheep herding demonstrations are scheduled for 10 a.m. Swimsuits are encouraged as humans are allowed in the pool with their dog for the event. Pack a picnic lunch suitable for pets and people.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 7. $20/30 per family, The Canine Ranch, 165 Doug Smith Lane, Canton, 30114. 678.493-8040, .

Mutts and Martinis

Put the yap back in happy hour by taking FiFi over to W Hotel Midtown to mix and mingle with other fluffy friends. Enjoy specially priced cocktails, giveaways and raffles in the hotel’s tony lobby lounge. Remember, dogs are great conversation starters; let the ice-breaking begin!

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. August 11. Free. The Living Room, W Hotel Midtown, 188 14th Street, N.E., Atlanta, 30361. 404-892-6000, .

Piedmont Dog Park Grand Opening

Midtown dog owners rejoice. Piedmont Park officially opens its enlarged dog park with a grand opening celebration. The facility now includes a three-acre dog run and separate spaces for large and small dogs. New trails and landscaping were installed along with benches and restrooms for those requiring more than a tree. The park is located at the Park Drive Bridge. General admission of $5 gets you and your pooch a sneak peak access to refreshments and a take-home doggie bag. $10 guarantees a special caricature souvenir of your pet. Big spenders can plunk down $50, which immortalizes Fido with a unique commemorative bone-shaped plaque inscribed with his name.

6 p.m. — 8 p.m. August 12. $5 to $50. Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Piedmont Road, Atlanta, 30309. 404-875-7275, .

Park in the Bark

All dogs are MVPs (most valuable pets) for a day at Turner Field. This is a unique opportunity to take in America’s pastime with your best friend by your side. Coca-Cola Sky Field is transformed into a doggie’s delight, complete with on-site veterinary services in case your friend over-indulges or overheats, doggie pools, water misters and plenty of watering holes since seating is not shaded. Fans must pre-register at and proof of certain vaccinations is required. Walk-up tickets are not available. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. but the festivities begin as early as 11 a.m.

1:35 p.m., August 29. $25 includes one “human ticket” and one “dog ticket.” Additional “human tickets” $12. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, 30315, 404-522-7630, .


Sunday Sneak Peek: Best Crab Cakes in Atlanta

July 12, 2010

Each week we survey the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s agents and staff to find out their favorite picks for restaurants, local hangout’s and such.  This week we wanted to know where to get our hands on some sumptuous crab cakes.  According to the 1930’s Crosby Gaige’s New York World’s Fair Cookbook  they are called “Baltimore crab cakes,” suggesting they have long been known in the South. So, if they are a part of the Southern soul, where is the best place here in the Southern capital to eat them?

The most popular choice: Houston’s according to founder and CEO Jenny Pruitt, Houston’s and  Bacchanalia are neck in neck with their seafood creation of crab cakes. Kevin McBride, Margaret Rodbell and Sydna Worthington all agree Houston’s tops the list.

What about a little lesser known spot?  Our newest agent a self-proclaimed “seafood snob”, Jim Glover, is enthusiastic about Amuse Restaurant and Lounge |   560 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta GA  |   404-888-1890

Jay Bailey, a native Atlantean, loves Cafe Lily: 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.  Decatur, GA   404-371-9119

Rather give the culinary bites of heaven a try yourself?  The Atlanta Fish Market was generous enough to share their recipe:

Atlanta Fish Market Crab Cakes Recipe

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons white pepper
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons dry mustard
4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
2 cups soft, white bread crumbs
4 eggs
4 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat, picked clean of all shells, see *Cook’s Note
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 lemon wedges, for serving
Tartar sauce, for serving, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine cayenne, white pepper, salt, dry mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Place crabmeat in another large bowl and gently fold egg mixture into crabmeat, being careful not to break up large crab pieces. Shape into 4 crab cakes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes, in batches if necessary, and cook until lightly browned, approximately 1 minute on each side. Transfer crab cakes to a sheet pan (or place skillet in oven if oven-safe) and finish cooking the crab cakes in the oven until heated through. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce, if desired.

*Cook’s Note: If removing fresh cooked crabmeat from shells, be careful not to break large crabmeat nuggets


Kick off the FIFA World Cup with The St. Regis Atlanta!

June 14, 2010

Submitted by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty agent Carson Matthews.

Whether you are rooting for the home team (South Africa), the favorite (Spain) or an underdog (France), The St. Regis Atlanta has you covered.
Throughout the FIFA World Cup, The St. Regis Atlanta will be offering unique wines and beers from around the world that celebrate the personality of each country competing. Whether your team wins or loses, you’ll have the perfect beverage on hand.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Join us for a taste of the countries represented in the 2010 FIFA World Cup as we celebrate the world’s largest sporting event by offering 17 unique beers and wines by the stem.

Belgium, Leffe $6
Netherlands, Heineken $5
Italy, Morreti La Rossa $6
Germany, Paulaner Hefe-weizen $6
Jamaica, Red Stripe $5
India, Taj Mahal $5
Canada, Molson Canadian $4
Spain, Estrella Damm $5
Germany, Saint M Riesling $8/gl
South Africa, Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc $9/gl
France, Domaine Moillard, Macon Village $11/gl
USA, Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon $11/gl
Spain, Vega Escal Priorat $14/gl
Australia, d’ Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz $12/gl
Amigne de Vetroz, Cave du Vieux Moulin $22/gl
Learn more about The St. Regis Atlanta at  
Bar at the St. Regis

Bar at the St. Regis

St. Regis Atlanta

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