Artist Residency program..for Creative Exploration
ABOUT US…… THE MARTYN HOUSE / THE ELLIJAY COFFEEHOUSE
THE MARTYN HOUSE
In 2007, world travelers Rick Lucas and JoAnn Antonelli bought an 18-acre, 1930’s homestead located in the North Georgia Mountains, just two miles from historic downtown Ellijay. The plan for this beautiful and remote sanctuary surrounded by lush nature and saturated with eclectic charm was to create a transformative experience for guests and visitors. They wanted guests to connect with the earth and its natural food sources through farm-to-table dinners, and environmentally conscious amenities. The vision also included the vibrant local art community with artist studio tours and retreats.
The property became known as The Martyn House.
The Martyn House quickly became Rick and JoAnn’s passion; a physical manifestation of their ever-evolving creative energy. Desiring to spend more time on the property and to immerse themselves in their own creative pursuits Rick and JoAnn shifted their attention toward the untapped potential still left in The Martyn House. While in India for a merchandising photo shoot, JoAnn purchased a luxury-sleeping tent to serve as a guest house on the property.
This was the catalyst for the reinvention of The Martyn House into a unique Bed and Breakfast; one where guests could embrace the peace and quiet of nature, while still enjoying all the comforts of home. The luxury sleeping tents provided a glamorous camping experience, where patrons slept in real beds with fine linens, and enjoyed gourmet meals. Today we call it… Glamping.
The property soon offered rooms in the Farmhouse, two Artist Studios, and four luxury sleeping tents as part of the Bed and Breakfast. Often the entire property was reserved. Featured in Southern Living in 2010, and voted 1 of 88 best getaways in the US in 2012, The Martyn House was well on its way to sustainability.
In 2012, Rick and JoAnn made another bold move and purchased a 1940’s building in historic downtown Ellijay. They spent a year renovating the property, re-purposing old wood to give the building a warm, rustic glow. When the project was completed, the 5,000 sq. ft. building housed two lofts upstairs, a studio, an art gallery, and a unique coffeehouse unlike any local gathering place in Ellijay. It is known as the Ellijay Coffeehouse.
THE ARTIST IN RESIDENT PROGRAM IS BORN
Now with two artistic and community-centered businesses, Rick and JoAnn felt it was time to bring their vision full-circle with the launch of the Artist Residency Program. This is designed to enable creative exploration, concentrated work, and artistic exchange in an inspiring and supportive environment. The Martyn House and the Coffeehouse with their artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces offer the perfect extended-stay getaway to reflect, create, and explore.
The Farm has three independent dwellings known as The Studio, The Cottage, and The Millhouse for those interested in the Residency Program there. They also have an In Town Resident Studio and loft, which is located above the Coffeehouse in historic downtown Ellijay.
Each resident dwelling is spacious and has a small efficiency kitchen and bathroom. While the kitchenettes do provide you with the independence to create your own meals, we try to have occasional Farm-To-Table Dinners for everyone on the property, with guests themselves pitching in.
The Martyn House Farm is a working homestead, which has chickens, a greenhouse, organic gardens and all the chores that come with homesteading. We encourage residents that are interested in homesteading to pitch in with the daily rituals and truly experience all that life on the Farm has to offer.
Your time spent at the Farm can be as quiet and uninterrupted as you like allowing for that much needed solitude to create. However, we also encourage residents to connect with the rich local community, and a trip to the Coffeehouse provides an excellent excuse to explore historic downtown Ellijay and meet the locals.
2018 RESIDENT SCHEDULE & FEES
Schedule: 2-Week Residence ($1200)
- April 2nd – 16th
- April 16th – 30th
- May 2nd – 16th
- May 17th – 31st
- June 1st – June 15th
- June 15th – June 29th
Schedule: 4-Week Residence ($2100)
- April 2nd – 30th
- May 2nd – 31st
- June 1st – June 29th
Schedule: 2-Week Residence ($1200)
- September 3rd – 17th
- September 17th – October 1st
- October 3rd – 17th
- October 17th – 31st
- November 2nd – 16th
- November 16th – 30th
Schedule: 4-Week Residence ($2100)
- September 3rd – October 1st
- October 3rd – 31st
- November 2nd – 30th
Time spans are individually based – 2 weeks or 1 month, accommodating 5 artists at a time. The fee includes all utilities, accommodation w/ studio space & wireless internet, access to a laundry room.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must apply by filling out the online application form to completion.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the studios like? Each studio is unique in its own way. They each have kitchenettes, and private bathrooms. The spaces are just under 500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room for your work and sleeping. Each space has Internet and complete privacy.
What are the fees and length of residency? $1200 for 2 weeks or $2100 for 1-month (see 2018 schedule)
What is the weather like? During the summer, the day temperatures vary from the 70s to the 90s and at night from the 50s to the 70s. In the winter, day temperatures range from the 20s to the 50s and at night from the mid-teens to the 30s. It rains regularly and can snow in the winter months.
Are meals served? Each space has its own small fridge and stove top with fully equipped kitchenettes to prepare your own meals. The Martyn House hosts a gathering meal on the first evening of residents’ arrival so everyone gets a chance to meet their fellow artists in residence. There is also the occasion when a resident treats everyone to a lovely meal held at the farmhouse.
What is the smoking and alcohol policy? Smoking is absolutely NOT permitted in any of our buildings or spaces common to other residents. Recreational drugs are NOT permitted. Drinking alcoholic beverages is a matter of personal choice, but we ask that you exercise moderation and be considerate of others.
Is there internet access? Internet access is available in the individual artist studios.. A printer is available in the Farmhouse and in town in the gallery at the Coffeehouse. Is there a computer I can use to check e-mail? There is a computer in town at the coffeehouse.
What kind of equipment does TMH provide? We do not supply any supplies for your residency – You may ship your supplies directly to The Martyn House. *Shipping address: 912 Flat Branch Road ~ Ellijay ~Georgia~ 30540~USA
May I bring my pet? We’re sorry, but residents may not bring pets during a residency.
Is there somewhere I can do my laundry? Yes the Farmhouse has a laundry room
Are there nearby emergency facilities? If you have a chronic health condition that might precipitate a medical emergency considered life threatening, please note the following considerations. TMH is located in a rural area without major health facilities, the nearest of those being about 20 minutes away in Jasper, GA. There are ambulances and a 24 hr emergency care center in Ellijay. If these factors pose a major problem given your medical condition, please contact TMH staff as soon as possible to discuss the situation. We look forward to your stay with us, but you must be responsible for your well being considering the medical support available in our community. Please give us instructions on the actions to be taken should a medical crisis occur. All costs incurred will be the responsibility of the resident. Basic first aid supplies are kept in the Farmhouse. If a fire should occur in your studio/dwelling, get out immediately, phone 911 and then call someone from the staff. Staff emergency numbers are posted in each studio.
How do I get to Ellijay? Nearest airports are Atlanta, GA (87 miles/ 1 hour 51 min.) and Chattanooga, TN (67 Miles or 108 Km / 1 hour 23 min)
We provide shuttle for $250
Once You’re Here Without a Car Residents who are here without a car are usually able to coordinate with other residents with cars for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc. Under certain circumstances someone on the staff can provide transportation to and from necessary destinations, but it is suggested that you try to coordinate with other residents first.
LIFE IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS
Our aim is to generate a creative environment, one intrinsically planted within the unique community of a rural town in the North Georgia Mountains. The Martyn House sits harmoniously in the pastoral landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our county is home to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail located at Springer Mountain, stretching from Georgia to Maine. The A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, footpaths in the world. The county has a deeply rooted relationship with the Cherokee Indians who were the first inhabitants of this incredibly beautiful area of the United States. We are the Apple Capital of Georgia producing over 600,000 bushels of apples each year in 22 varieties. There are seven main orchards surrounding the city of Ellijay. We are the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia with over 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails. Our county has numerous wineries and is known for its agri~tourism and spirit of adventure. We invite our residents to explore the many trails either on foot or bike! Two rivers merge in our historic downtown Ellijay forming a third river, which flows into Carter Lake the deepest lake east of the Mississippi. It is here that the adventurous enjoy kayaking, canoeing, tubing and stand up paddling.