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Meet Tracey Burnette and Robin Blan of Around Back at Rocky’s Place in Dawsonville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracey Burnette and Robin Blan.

Tracey and Robin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After losing our beloved five-pound Pekingese, Rocky, Around Back at Rocky’s Place began from a vision in a dream. The gallery originated in a tool shed that is located around the back of the house. To honor our canine companion, Around Back at Rocky’s Place was born. Both Robin Blan and Tracey Burnette first began collecting pottery some 35 years ago, which led to collecting paintings and other mediums. From the hobby sprang the gallery in 2002 with 24 artists. Over the years, we have grown to a second building with approximately 300 self-taught painters, potters, wood carvers, metal sculptors and fabric artists.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has been an amazing journey over the last 14 years, as we have become a destination for folks from all over the USA and abroad.

Around Back at Rocky’s Place – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a unique gallery as we specialize in art in many different mediums created by the self-taught artist known as folk art. We represent a plethora of artists from mostly the southeastern region of the United States. As a waitress at the local Waffle House stated, “we have artists that are local and some that are not so local.” We like to inform our customers about the many different artist that we represent. We pride ourselves that on any giving day, we show the best selection by the artist “Cornbread” in the universe.

Cornbread paints large eyes on all his subject matter of animals that are indigoes to our region. His paintings have been compared to John James Audubon.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment in this career is on any given day… when we make other folks happy with our art we represent!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3631 Hwy. 53 East at Etowah River Road
    Dawsonville, GA 30534
  • Website:
  • Phone: 706-265-6030
  • Email:
  • Facebook: Around Back at Rocky’s Place

Image Credit:
“Our Lady of Dawson” Angel Carving by Roy Minshew, photo by Caitlyn Carr.

Logo of Around Back at Rocky’s Place (actual carving of Rocky) carved by Roy Minshew, photo by Caitlyn Carr.

Around Back at Rocky’s Place Gate by “Ironman” Tompkins, photo by Caitlyn Carr.

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