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??
"I can't wait to interview him in the hot tub while we drink martinis," I thought as I entered the Sandy Springs condominium division where Lowe resides. That idea quickly dissipated, however, when I learned that Lowe opted more for utilitarian than unbelievably lavish.

??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
What makes this condo uniquely your own?

??
Part of the reason I didn't spend money on a larger place was so that I could focus on my obsession: folk art. This place used to be so full of folk art that you'd have a tough time finding the walls, but I moved a lot of that down to my condo in Florida.

??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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Fain: Loft living presents a double-edged sword as an opportunity to preserve a unique space in history, but moving people into this place puts the whole area into upheaval.

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Lillie: We have a sauce factory next door. I don't know what they make, but you can definitely smell the ranch and vinaigrette dressing during the day. Oh, and the trains: There are six tracks behind the building that are great to watch.

??
What are some of your prized possessions in this main room?

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Lillie: The Mac computer. It's worth more than our car! We don't have a lot of valuable stuff — everything is from a hand-me-down or an estate sale.

??
What about those great bookshelves?

??
Lillie: Those are crates my parents bought in Indiana from a guy who had thousands of them and was selling them for a nickel each. They held missile engines from Vietnam.

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Fain: Is it irony to have cookbooks in them now?

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Who are your birdy pets?

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Lillie: Finchy and Double-Finchy. They were hand-me-downs, too.

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Tell me about your artwork.

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Fain: I'm a fine artist and sculptor of the experimental mode.

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??
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??
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??
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??
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Lillie: We have a sauce factory next door. I don't know what they make, but you can definitely smell the ranch and vinaigrette dressing during the day. Oh, and the trains: There are six tracks behind the building that are great to watch.

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Lillie: Those are crates my parents bought in Indiana from a guy who had thousands of them and was selling them for a nickel each. They held missile engines from Vietnam.

??
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??
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Lillie: Finchy and Double-Finchy. They were hand-me-downs, too.

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Fain: We came to Atlanta over a year ago knowing what great art opportunities exist here.

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Lillie: We love being in old places. There are things we put up with here that kind of suck, but they are all factors of being in an old building, so we put up with them. The windows leak every time it rains and it's really dusty in here because the walls release this ancient crap over everything. But the building is alive with so much history.

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Fain: Loft living presents a double-edged sword as an opportunity to preserve a unique space in history, but moving people into this place puts the whole area into upheaval.

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Friends call her the "Vampire Artist," as Hofmann often works through the night until a skylight in her studio signals it is time to go to sleep. The hazy mist of the evening hours is reflected in her paintings: A series featuring bright leaves is subdued with a collage of overlapping dark tones, and nudes are wrapped in earthy colors and illuminated by candlelight, some adorned with angel wings.

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Creative Loafing: How would you describe the process of creating one of your paintings?

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Hofmann: Usually I put down the background and have no idea what I am painting. I first might clean off paintbrushes on the canvas. Then I might apply some paint on the canvas and then wipe it. Add some texture to it. I just keep adding to it and moving the canvas around until I see a figure or a face in it, and then I pull that figure or the face out.

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You do giclees for publishers. How does that work?

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I just did some tulips for the furniture company Storehouse. They liked some of my flower pieces but they wanted tulips because tulips are the big thing right now. So I designed that for them. If they like them, they will buy an entire edition.

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You mentioned one of your portraits was done as a commission job. Tell me how that works.

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Any interesting anecdotes about you developing your style?

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What is one of the hardest challenges of being an artist?

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One thing art schools don't teach is how to make a living as an artist.

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Definitely. I've sent my work to many people — record companies, fashion designers, musicians, surface design companies.

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I think these patterns would look amazing on an electric guitar. I've sent my work to people like Carlos Santana, Green Day, U2, the Grateful Dead, Phish.

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Creative Loafing: Why did you decide to live at the Aramore?

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Klein: The primary reason I purchased here was the location. You go farther south and you start getting closer to the city, and you go a couple blocks north and you're in the bar district. It just seems like it's one of the best locations on Peachtree.

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Do you waste a lot of the china by breaking it into pieces?

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??
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??
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??
Do you waste a lot of the china by breaking it into pieces?

??
I don't waste that much. Really, the only part on a plate you can't use is the footer area because it's uneven. You can use everything else. A lot of people want to reuse china they've broken.

??
What holds the pieces of china together?

??
The pieces of china are cut with a wheel tile nipper; it can be very exact, so it's really good if you want a small square. I affix the pieces to the base with thinset mortar, and then I affix every piece to the base using regular tile grout.

??
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??
I was in a garden tour this year and then I did a little garden tour for my daughter's school to raise money for their outdoor classroom. We had a few people come, never enough. I'm the kind of gardener that would love for people to stop by here on their evening walks. To me, it's not a garden if it's not being enjoyed.

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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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Before you decided on the house, did you get a chance to look at a floor plan?

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Ali came to Atlanta just a year after converting to Islam in search of a Muslim community that allowed him to live near a mosque and people who shared a common way of life. Now, 26 years later and at the age of 50, he is still here.

Creative Loafing: What brought you to Atlanta?

Ali: I was born in Phila-delphia and went to college at Shippensburg University to study broadcast journalism. I also converted to Islam during that time.

Afterward, I looked into some cities where I could do broadcasting as well as have a Muslim community, and some that stood out were Atlanta and Los Angeles. I went to Atlanta with the intention of staying for one week.

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Did you ever consider moving to the Middle East?

Yes, actually, I did. I lived in Saudi Arabia for two years, from 1993 to 1995 and did drug counseling there.

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We are here, and we are not going anywhere. We can be a bridge of understanding between the East and the West, because we understand how to make the two collaborate. So many people misinterpret our way of life, and since 9/11 it has been even worse. I would encourage people to learn more about it and become more tolerant.

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__Did you ever consider moving to the Middle East?__

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Creative Loafing: What brought you to Atlanta?

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There are between 75 and 100 families here, and we hold services every Friday at our mosque. About 300 people show up each week.

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And what about the Muslim community as a whole in Atlanta?

It is very strong, but it is not monolithic. There are a lot of cultural differences: You have people from several different nations that are all Muslim, so it can be difficult.

Did you ever consider moving to the Middle East?

Yes, actually, I did. I lived in Saudi Arabia for two years, from 1993 to 1995 and did drug counseling there.

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We are here, and we are not going anywhere. We can be a bridge of understanding between the East and the West, because we understand how to make the two collaborate. So many people misinterpret our way of life, and since 9/11 it has been even worse. I would encourage people to learn more about it and become more tolerant.

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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People are sick of the hour commutes going to and from work so they want to live back in town.

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When people come to Atlanta, I make sure they have an understanding of the area: I create a sense of place and environment. I make sure that we drive down Auburn Avenue so they have an understanding of what Atlanta is all about.

__Can you think of an experience that shaped who you are today?__

When I was 8 years old, it was a time when Russian Jews were having a really difficult time. We did a candlelight march for Soviet Jewery from our temple to the Jewish Community Center - that was my first activist accomplishment, and after that I realized I could make a difference.

__Do you think Atlanta has a thriving art community?__

We have a wonderful art community here. The problem is that it is undervalued by its citizenry. There is a lot really going on which I think people are just beginning to realize.

__What's the future for real estate in Atlanta?__

People are sick of the hour commutes going to and from work so they want to live back in town.

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In searching for a new space to house his last gallery, Vaknin stumbled upon his current career. Now a successful real estate agent, he heads up the Art of Real Estate, Coldwell Banker The Condo Store's top sales team. When not matching clients up with their dream homes, Vaknin's community-conscious side comes out: He co-chairs the AIDS Survival Project, serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League and is currently getting involved with Friends of the Belt Line, among other volunteer activities.

Creative Loafing: I like that your home is in such an isolated location, with MARTA lines and warehouses serving as your neighbors. Is that what attracted you to it?

Vaknin: There's a lot of noise and activity, but I love it. Rap videos are filmed in the warehouse across the street and a lot of fashion model shoots are also done there.

Are any of your skills as an art dealer applicable to real estate?

Definitely. If I can sell a painting for $100,000 with just a stripe on it, I can sure as hell sell someone a home. What I look at are the merits of the property or the piece of artwork and expound on it and talk about it and put it in context.

What is important to you when you're selling a piece of real estate?

When people come to Atlanta, I make sure they have an understanding of the area: I create a sense of place and environment. I make sure that we drive down Auburn Avenue so they have an understanding of what Atlanta is all about.

Can you think of an experience that shaped who you are today?

When I was 8 years old, it was a time when Russian Jews were having a really difficult time. We did a candlelight march for Soviet Jewery from our temple to the Jewish Community Center - that was my first activist accomplishment, and after that I realized I could make a difference.

Do you think Atlanta has a thriving art community?

We have a wonderful art community here. The problem is that it is undervalued by its citizenry. There is a lot really going on which I think people are just beginning to realize.

What's the future for real estate in Atlanta?

People are sick of the hour commutes going to and from work so they want to live back in town.

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Talk of the Town

Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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