Steve Wadley has been beautifully adorning homes through Artful Ellijay. An idea that simply started with custom metal pieces, has grown into a one-stop-shop for local artistry. Located on 10 N Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540, its rustic red brick exterior houses many items that range from exquisite home lamps with antique finishes to paintings of photo-centric farm animals by artist Kim Daniel. Even the painting on the outside is meant as a representation of the diversity of artists who contribute to the overall creativity of the community. And if those aren’t your speed, then there are plenty of garden gnomes waiting for a forever home.
Opened in the Fall of 2018, out-of-town residents have been rushing to Artful Ellijay to snag locally sourced decor that you can’t simply find in any department store. Even some of those running Artful Ellijay have moved from a big city like Atlanta to a mountain town like Ellijay. A component of that is the outstanding community that have supported Artful Ellijay and its artists alike. What started off as custom metal pieces and later flourished into a full-scale community of artists, the Artful Elijay team has gone back to focus on what they do best: custom metal pieces.
In the middle of 2019, Artful Ellijay opened a separate division to focus on in-house metal work. The Artful Metalworx shop is being steam-headed by Damon Gabriel, who originally helped bring Artful Ellijay into a reality. After all, those custom metal pieces mentioned at the beginning were for his wedding to Samantha, daughter of Steve Wadley. Now 2 years into Metalworx, Damon and his team have been creating commercial pieces as well for local businesses like Premier Pools & Spas. An incredible feat when considering the business had its humble beginnings, selling and networking out of a tent on a 4th of July local market event in Ellijay.
Before becoming the gifted metal craftsman he is today, Damon is a former Marine who served 4 years protecting and serving his country. His love for the country that homes his growing family is evident in the art he carefully crafts. Taking a look at the shop’s Etsy page one will notice the elegantly crafted metal with designs of the American flag or Georgian flag. Not only can you get a piece of work that symbolizes freedom, but you can also have unique to each piece available. Metalworx uses a patina finish that varies in color depending on its cut. The 4 finishes include rainbow, camo-green, copper, or a clear coat. So if you’re in the market for a camouflage green “Jeep Rock-crawler” metal piece decor or change the camouflage green for a rainbow finish, this is the store to purchase from.
Another one of the key beauties of metal workpieces is the ability to adorn the exterior of your home all year long. Providing residents the ability to make “bold statements of patriotism.” And while you may be enthralled by the ready to buy pieces, Damon’s services extend to personalized pieces as well. So if one were to have an upcoming event (weddings, housewarming, etc.,) the Metalworx crew will collaborate with your vision to bring your ideas to life. And with the 4 finishes available, no need to worry about repeat gifts.
To conclude this article, here is the Metalworx manifesto found on their page. Support Local Artists!
We dedicate our art to the modern human.
Who lives life purposefully and artfully.
Whose values are steadfast.
Whose heart and mind are open.
Who knows the fleeting nature of our time on this beautiful planet.
Who cherishes what is good in the world.
Someone who knows their heart.
That y’all means ALL.
And that preserving our rights, liberties and land is the greatest honor —
A responsibility we all share.