partlycloudy
Saturday August 1st, 2015 2:20PM

John Kollock, noted historian, artist and author, passes away

By Rob Moore Reporter
CLARKESVILLE - John Kollock, a man synonymous with art and history in northeast Georgia, died Monday night, surrounded by family and friends. He was 85.

Kollock is credited with the vision for modern-day Helen.

In 1968, Kollock was approached by Helen businessman Pete Hodkinson, who asked him if he had any ideas to dress up the rows of concrete buildings in that city.

Kollock visited Helen and photographed the business district and, about a week later, presented a series of watercolor renderings showing what Helen would look like as an Alpine village.

He gleaned the designs from being stationed in Bavaria while in the Army.

After Kollock's designs were given the go-ahead by businessman Jim Wilkins of Orbit Manufacturing, modern-day Alpine Helen was born.

Kollock was a noted author, having published These Gentle Hills in 1976, as well as books like Meg's World, The No-So-Empty Nest, Think Persian, The Long Afternoon, Seasons of Light in the Hills, Watercolor Memories of the Hills, and Painting Memories in Watercolor.

A watercolor artist, he captured the history of northeast Georgia by utilizing a variety of seasons, time periods, people and animals in his works.

For years, Kollock also has sketched local children at the Mountain Laurel Festival and other community events.

Last year, Kollock provided his voice to narrate Habersham EMC's travel guide called, "Experience Northeast Georgia - John Kollock's Guide to 75 Special Places." The 4.5-hour CD set features Kollock describing each of the 75 places across the region.

Arrangements are being handled by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens in Clarkesville.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 7 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 7 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 7 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 7 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 7 months ago )
Local/State News
Film crew shoots Dare Stones docu-drama at Brenau
A local legend is returning to the small screen while a film crew shoots a docu-drama about the Dare Stones on the Brenau University campus.
1:46PM ( 34 minutes ago )
GMRC Workforce Development Center career coach to visit Hall, Forsyth counties in August
A "mobile career coach" will be on hand at several locations in Hall and Forsyth counties in August to help anyone looking for a job.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:28AM ( 2 hours ago )
UPDATE: Oakwood, Flowery Branch police may have suspect in business scam
The Oakwood and Flowery Branch police departments have been working together to bring charges against a woman who has allegedly been trying to scam area businesses out of cash.
11:00AM ( 3 hours ago )
GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage
A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
By Associated Press
6:48AM ( 7 hours ago )
Tax free weekend gives Gainesville shoppers more bang for their buck
As we prepare to send kids back to school after a summer of fun, parents can catch a little break during the annual sales tax exempt holiday.
5:39AM ( 8 hours ago )