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Welcome to September's issue!

Chalk is one of the oldest artistic mediums, with origins dating back to the prehistoric era. In more recent times, chalk has been very popular for public art installations on streets and sidewalks worldwide.

For more than 10 years, Atlanta resident Jessi Queen has been using chalk to create her art at festivals and events in the U.S. and Europe. Turn to page 28 to find out how she’s continuing the chalk-art tradition and bringing paved surfaces to life.

Next, we take a look at one of the most cherished traditions in sports: the team mascot. Mascots aren’t always humans in fuzzy costumes, but they’ve always served to engage audiences and encourage unity between teams and their fans.

Read “Meet the mascots,” starting on page 16, to learn about the history of some of Georgia’s lovable characters and how they are appealing to fans.

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to close on a personal note by announcing that this will be my final issue as editor of Georgia Magazine. After more than eight years in this role and almost 30 years in various other positions with the magazine, I am retiring effective Sept. 1. 

Jennifer Hewett, our managing editor, will be stepping into the editor’s position in my stead. She also has been with the magazine for many years, and I know that she will do a wonderful job as editor. 

Most importantly, I’d like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to our loyal readers. You are the reason we publish this magazine, and with your continued support, it is destined to go on to bigger and better things. We’d love to hear from you as to how we can make it an even more valued part of your lives.


Laurel George

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