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Size Matters: Events & Venues

wedding-reception-hardwick-weddingWhen it comes to event planning, size matters when it comes to the venue. Successful events are ones that are ‘full’ of people. Before booking a venue, you need to have a really good idea about the number of attendees.

If you are inviting 100 people, don’t book a venue that has a capacity for 500. Nobody wants to stay at that party … you know, the one that nobody came to.

Have that same party of 100 people at a smaller venue, where the space if full of people, and you’ve thrown the “it” party because it’s packed. It’s psychological I know, but trust me, it’s true. Going too BIG will make your guests want to go HOME.

maga2016_sochiFor instance, you go to a restaurant that has 50 tables and only 10 tables are occupied. You think that there has to be something wrong with the food or the service. A “Nobody Is Here” feeling influences the experience you have. If you poll diners at a taqueria with 10 tables, serves $2 tacos and has a line of people out the door waiting to get in, they will rate the food as “excellent.” In their mind, this is the best food in town because everyone wants to be here.

People want to be ‘where it’s at’ – Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to event venues. Intimate settings are like chicken soup for social gatherings.


About the Author

Terrell Sandefur is the owner/event planner at The SoChi Gallery in Macon, Georgia.

SoChi Gallery is an event venue that hosts weddings, receptions, holiday parties, corporate events, birthday parties, cocktail parties and pop-up shops.



DOWNTOWN – Macon In Oil


Pro Ice Hockey player Mike Wills, Macon Mayhem Defenseman: Artist on and off the Ice

Downtown Macon’s beauty is often overlooked by the people who call this town home. It’s nice to be reminded what a cool place this is by tourists and visitors. But it’s especially meaningful when it comes from someone who calls this place home. Mike Wills, a 25-year old rookie with the Southern Professional Hockey League team, recently relocated to Macon to play hockey and hasn’t been here long enough for the awe of downtown to go unnoticed. He is showcasing his vision at an art show at The SoChi Gallery on Saturday, April 2. The show will remain up for 2 weeks.

“This is kind of a dream come true,” Wills said. “It’s the first stepping stone to being a pro artist. I kind of could draw before I could talk.”

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oswego State in New York, and says he has a variety of artistic styles which will be on display in the show.

Mulberry & 2nd

Mulberry & 2nd

“There’s a modern flair but also elements of impressionism,” he said. The show will display some of the cityscapes he has done since coming to Macon to play for the Mayhem. “I want to let the people see things they are familiar with and get the viewers intrigued.”

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Poplar Street

With his lifelong fascination with art, Wills discovered oil painting in high school with the help of his art teacher. He then developed his skill and technique in college. It is something, just like his play on the ice, he strives to improve with every stroke of the brush.

He credits SoChi Gallery owner Terrell Sandefur for boosting his budding art career, much as early hockey coaches helped him on the ice.

“No, I did not,” Sandefur said when discussing if he ever thought he would ever be featuring a hockey playing artist. “But I think it’s very cool. And he’s a very talented artist.

“When Mike came in I didn’t know he was with the Macon Mayhem,” Sandefur said.

“One, I’m a fan of the team,” he explained for his rationale in booking the Wills’ display. “And two, I like partnerships and am very happy to partner with the Macon Mayhem on this show.”

He joked that he isn’t sure if Wills is a hockey player who paints, or if he is an artist who plays hockey. “That’s the question,” he laughed. “For this show, he’s an artist who plays hockey.”


Art works by Mayhem defenseman Mike Wills
presented by Macon Mayhem & The SoChi Gallery

Opening Exhibit & Art Sale
April 2 – 16, 2016
The SoChi Gallery
534 Second Street
Macon, GA 31201

For private appointments, click HERE


STAR WARS & SoChilites

star-wars-logoJingle Bells and Lightsabers! In between all the holiday parties, December is STAR WARS month at The SoChi Gallery. With the December 17th premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” it only seemed fitting to do a little celebrating.

StarWarsARTMay the 4th be with You

Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and others make an appearance at a galactic art exhibition opening on First Friday, December 4th at The SoChi Gallery. The Star Wars Art Show opening is 6-9pm at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon. Admission is free and open to the public. Star Wars costumes are welcome.



Hans Solo by Ocean Clark


Leia by Priscilla Esser











The exhibit will feature art works by Ocean Clark, Daniel Dussault,  Priscilla Esser, Terri Goodridge, Bobby Hedges, Daniel Montoute, Shannon Riddle, John Saude, Beth Smith, Kathy Wimberly and more. The exhibit will remain up through December 18th. For more info on the exhibition, see the Facebook event page:



On the eve of the film’s theatrical premiere, AmStar Cinemas is throwing a STAR WARS GALA at The SoChi Gallery on December 16th from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Joshua’s Wish Foundation.

Movie fans are invited to enjoy this free red carpet gala. Photo opportunities with Star Wars characters, themed signature cocktails including “The Dark Side” and hors d’oeuvres. Star Wars cosplay is encouraged. This will be a family-friendly experience that caters to adults.
Activities will include: Silent Auction, Cosplay Contest, Movie Premiere Ticket Giveaways and Prize Raffles.

For more event information, see the Facebook page:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres on Thursday, December 17 at AmStar16 Macon.

About The SoChi Gallery
An event space and art gallery, The SoChi Gallery is located at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon, Georgia. The gallery hosts a variety of events including cocktail parties, wedding receptions, birthday parties, art shows, corporate functions and pop-up retail. For more information, call us at 478-238-6630 or go to our website and for up to date information about events, follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The 27 Club


Dead rock stars make an appearance at THE 27 CLUB, an art exhibition opening on First Friday, October 2, 2015 at The SoChi Gallery. The event is 6-9pm at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 27 Club is a term that refers to a group of famous musicians who died at age 27 as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. They were some of the most impactful talents of their generation. Although dozens of musicians have died at 27, these are these are the musicians and artists who are considered “The 27 Club”: Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain and Amy WinehouseThe 27 Club poster

The exhibit will feature art works by Daniel Dussault, Priscilla Esser, Daniel Montoute and Shannon Riddle. The exhibit will remain up through October 30th. For more info on the exhibition, see the Facebook event page HERE.

“I was inspired to do this show when we (Macon Film Festival) partnered with Macon Film Guild and Bragg Jam to bring the documentary AMY to The Douglass Theatre on October 20th,” said Terrell Sandefur, owner of The SoChi Gallery.  “A show of this theme has never been done in Macon, to my knowledge, and I think it will make for a cool exhibit and a nice compliment and precursor to the AMY movie screening on October 20.”

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About The SoChi Gallery
An event space and art gallery, The SoChi Gallery is located at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon, Georgia. The gallery hosts a variety of events including cocktail parties, wedding receptions, birthday parties, art shows, corporate functions and pop-up retail. For more information, call us at 478-238-6630 or go to our website and for up to date information about events, follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Call for Submissions: iPhoneography Cellphone Photography


Macon, GA – The SoChi Gallery presents it’s second annual iPhoneography Cellphone Photography Exhibition. Call for submissions are open now through October 29th.

This exhibition is open to all cellphone users. All photos must be taken using a cellphone camera. Use of all cellphone apps is acceptable.

Submission Fee is $10 per photo.
Limit 5 submissions per person.

Each submission will enter you into a drawing to win a FREE iPad Mini.
Eight submissions will win prize packages provided by our sponsors.

Photos must be no larger than 8.5″ x 13″ and must be backed on a white mat. Please use our sponsor Ocmulgee Arts to mat your photos. *We suggest you let them also shrink wrap your photos and have them attach a hanging tab.
Ocmulgee Arts
2242 Ingleside Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31210
Business Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone (478) 746-3541

Submit your matted photos in person to: The SoChi Gallery located at 534 Second Street, Macon, Georgia 31201. 478-238-6630.
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2013

iPhoneography Exhibit Opening & Cocktail Reception: November 1, 2013
iPhoneography Exhibition: Nov 1 – 13, 2013

For more information:


The First Cut is the Deepest

SoChi_Dexter_EnhanceI was hooked from the opening scene when Dexter drove down Miami’s Ocean Drive, “Tonight’s the night. And it’s going to happen again. and again. has to happen.” Michael C. Hall’s detached voice alone will send a chill down your spine. The show’s ‘killer’ intro is brilliant! Who could turn away from this show…it’s a flame and I’m a moth.

Dexter is a homicidal blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department  who also leads a secret life as a vigilante serial killer.  He manages his “Dark Passenger” (what he calls his need to kill) by adhering to “The Code” which is, he can only kill people who are proven murderers. He justifies his murders on the grounds that his victims all deserved it, which is arguably true. For the most part, his victims are murderers who beat the system.  His kills are always done in a Kill Room, followed by dismembering the body, stuffing the body parts into plastic bags, boarding the Slice of Life (his boat) and dumping the ‘trash’ in the ocean. Nice and clean like.

“I am a very neat monster.”Dexter Morgan

However, the end is near for Dexter. Season 8 will be the serial killer thriller’s last season. Showtime has confirmed that America’s favorite psychopath will make his final trip to the kill room this summer. No more dark passenger, no more plastic sheeting, no more blood spatter and no more hidden blood slides in the air conditioner.

Flo-DexterIt’s been a good run and I’ve celebrated this show on several occasions. There was The Kill Room Halloween party at The SoChi Gallery a few years ago. Another Halloween, I covered the front of my house in plastic sheeting and drenched it with blood to create a “Kill Room” and played the part of Dexter to scare the dark passengers out of the trick-or-treaters. That year was the first year we didn’t run out of candy!  There were the multiple Facebook posts & Twitter updates on Dexter news. And of course, there were the photo shoots….




It all began with a call from Priscilla Esser in 2010.  She & her husband, Ned, were renovating their bedroom. She called and said her bedroom looked like  a “kill room” – the plastic sheeting was up. Before they could tear open any walls I was their with a knife, an electric hedge trimmer (i don’t have a chain saw), a gallon of fake blood and photographer Maryann Bates.  We needed a victim for the kill table and Ned was a good sport. We got all sinister,  “cut his arm off” and made serial killer love to the camera! What to do with the photos? Make a Dexter ad promoting the new season, of course! Dexter-Season-Premiere_SoChilite-Blog.923























In a final tribute I felt compelled to do one last photo shoot. I designed a Kill Room in a raw space in downtown Macon. Photographer Maryann Bates brought her killer lense & interrogation lights and the stage was set for a last kill.

Dexter_Final_NoScript_2013_watermarkSpecial thanks to all who contributed to my Dexter photo shoot:

Maryann Bates for her photographic skills & enthusiastic support of my crazy ideas! Marc Childs for portraying my ‘victim’ and going along with the whole naked & bound look that any Dexter fan will agree is a must. Restaurant & Kitchen Supply for loaning me their “Dexter” meat cleaver and knife kit, and the rolling table. (Yes, there is a “Dexter” knife line...who knew. It’s genius.) Perhaps the meat cleaver would make a good Father’s Day gift. Christian Losito at The Back Burner Restaurant for loaning me his butcher knife. Mitch Kersey at Amanda Jane Salon for lending me his apron & latex gloves. Downtown developer, Tony Long, for donating a building on Second Street for this photo shoot. My assistant, MaryBrooke Lowe, for putting up with me.


Goodbye, Dexter Morgan! So long, dark passenger.


Tweet-Worthy quote:

I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister.” – Dexter Morgan

Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.


Open Casting Call in Middle Georgia

Casting director Cynthia Fritts Stillwell will be holding an open casting call on Saturday, March 2nd at The SoChi Gallery in downtown Macon.


Stillwell is a casting director, producer, arts consultant, writer, performer and teacher based in New York City. She is a graduate of the CTI program of professional Broadway producers. She has cast more than 100 television and film productions including REMEMBER THE TITANS, ROAD TRIP, THE ROSE AND THE JACKAL, GLORY, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and I’LL FLY AWAY. She has cast over 250,000 people during her career.

Stillwell was invited by the Macon Film Festival to conduct a casting workshop at last week’s festival.  “I was encouraged by all the local talent during my weekend at the Macon Film Festival and decided to return to hold a casting call. I’m in the process of opening a Georgia casting office and am looking for talent,” said Stillwell.

The casting call is for film, television, theatre and voice over work. Fee is $25. The fee will cover initial registration and first 6 months in the Cynthia Stillwell Casting database, as well as giving first access to events, classes and workshops.


Open Casting Call    

Saturday, March 2nd

9a – 6p

The SoChi Gallery

534 Second Street

Macon, Georgia 31201


Event information available at

For more information, or 478-238-6630.

Seduced by Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz, you temptress you. First it was Blow, now it’s Swallow.  Girl, you’ve gotten me addicted … AGAIN!

Penelope-Cruz-1I’ll confess a long-standing addiction:  I’m a caffeine-riddled Starbucks junkie.  Have been for years. Coffee is the new crack.  My order is always the same. Triple Venti Caramel Soy Latte Extra-Hot!  The baristas know me by name & order here in Macon. They don’t ask my order but rather the standard greeting I get is, “One or Two?”  That’s it.  No need for any other exchange.  I have the Starbucks app on my iPhone (which is the greatest invention on earth…the app, I mean.) I pay for my latte with the phone now. If I’m out of town, it tracks down the closest store.

But something happened that may forever change my relationship with my latte dealers.  Penelope Cruz crashed the party! She slithered into my life like the snake from Eden. She had no apple in hand but rather a very seductive cup of steaming Nespresso ... EXTRA HOT!  Penelope tempted me with her “apple” and I took a bite.  Now I fear I may have been cast out of Starbuck’s Eden forever. I’m now running wild and naked through my own garden with my very own homemade lattes and loving every drop.



Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.

Tweet-worthy quote:

“Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.”                      – Marlon BrandoBrando



Let’s Call it a New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Day walk

New Year’s Day walk

A new year has come and along with it, the New Year’s Resolution. I’m keeping it simple this year: Jog, Blog & Vlog. That’s it. Just 3 things. No ridiculous lengthy list to make me feel guilty when I don’t keep them.

#1. JOG
My #1 resolution is to love myself a little more and jog often. I want to lose 20 pounds this year and I know that running is the only way that I can do it.  I can’t keep putting my health on the back burner, especially behind things that in the long run will not even matter.

#2. BLOG
I’m going to start blogging more consistently in 2013. I really dropped the ball on my blog. At one time, I had a huge readership and I’m sorry if I let people down but life got in the way and I didn’t make the time for it. I’ve gotten some amazing emails from readers thanking me for informing them about certain restaurants, hotels, entertainment options, etc.

#3. VLOG
The Vlog is just for me, really. Putting it “out there” on video is a way for me to keep it real and to hold myself accountable for what I say.

Happy New Year, y’all.  May ’13 be our lucky year!
— Terrell.

I Left My Heart of the Dance Floor

I’m standing on a stage in a ‘frilly’ shirt, 1 ½” heels, heavy black eyeliner and a black lightning bolt with gold glitter painted on my face and GIANT Big Hair. 800 people are in the audience just in front of me. No, this is not another dream where I’m David Bowie performing a Ziggy Stardust routine, but there have been some Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes and my inner-Gaga oozed out.

“Hello, hello, baby;
You called, I can’t hear a thing.
I have got no service
in the club, you see, see…
Wha-Wha-What did you say?
Oh, you’re breaking up on me…
Sorry, I cannot hear you,
I’m kinda busy.

K-kinda busy
K-kinda busy
Sorry, I cannot hear you, I’m kinda busy.”

It all began when Karen Kinsler asked me to participate in “this new Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser” – a dance competition called Dancing Stars of Central Georgia. I’m not a dancer. But it’s for Alzheimer’s … how could I say no? “Sure, I’ll do it.” She got me right after the Macon Film Festival ended – I was in a state of delirium when I said yes to taking this task on. I needed to rest & recover from the 7th annual film festival … not go to dance class.

Dancing Stars of Central Georgia kicked off with a televised Cast Party where the 10 “stars” met their professional dance partners. Meteorologist Jeff Cox introduced the cast live on NewsCentral‘s 7pm newscast.

I was paired with dance professional Colby Marshall and our first mission was to select a dance. Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Disco, Samba, Rumba…it’s all Greek to me. I’m a Non-Dancer and don’t know the difference in any of the dances so I let Colby make the decision. “Let’s Samba, it’s a sexy party dance and crowd-pleaser,” she says. I’m in. Next to select a song for the dance. Ok, I am a music person so I take on the task of going through my 80s alternative music catalogue in search for a good Samba tune. I’m leaning towards The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” when Colby emails me her preferred song list which is short and heavy on Lady Gaga songs. I’ll admit it, I’m not that familiar with Gaga but my better judgement kicked in, Colby’s the choreographer, let her pick the song. Her selection: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga & Beyonce – I have never heard it before in my life. Which may be a good thing because I’m about to hear it 600 hundred times over the next ten weeks.

Two weeks into the dance practices I decide we’re gonna win this thing. That mirror ball trophy is ours! It’s more about he competition that the dance at this point. ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” becomes my homework and I watch with critical eyes how the guys are moving, what they are doing with their arms, etc. and start to annoy Colby with my input on what I feel we should be doing. This is a competition and I am a publicist…so I do what I know to do: record our practices and annoy people by posting our rehearsal videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. (we also have a goal to raise $10,000 in ‘votes’ so I’m thinking seeing my progress will help garner some cash.)

During the 10-week training period Colby got married & pregnant – nausea ensued (hers, not mine), resulting in some canceled dance practices – nausea ensued (mine, not hers.)

At the end of the 10-weeks I’ve actually learned how to dance and have really enjoyed doing so. Something happened to me during this process. It’s become more that just wanting to win the competition. I learned that I really like dancing. I’m actually looking forward to my weekly dance class. I’m leaving each class drenched with sweat and a little better dancer each week. Here is our dance the first time we did it from start to finish:

Aside from learning our dance routine, we had to organize costumes. The Samba requires Latin dance shoes which have to be ordered online. Their arrival prompts the only real freak out I have during the process…these shoes have 1 ½” heels. I put them on and can barely walk in them – much less dance. Colby instructs me to put all my weight on the balls of my feet…taking this to heart, I have learned how to walk & dance in high heels. I’m sure this will come in handy at some point again in my life. Shelley Kuhen, costume designer at Theatre Macon, created my Samba shirt. Black with red trim …Low cut & frills included to match Colby’s red fringe dress. And black “jazz pants’ from Bobo’s Dance Supply finishes off my ensemble.

It’s D-Day … Dance Day. The event at the Macon City Auditorium is sold out. All the dancers, our assistants & makeup people are in a lower ballroom getting ready.
I get called back to the makeup chair. The process involved a curling iron and lots of hair teasing to make my straight-as-a-board hair into a really Big afro. What?!! On to the heavy black eye makeup and the black lightning bolt (with gold glitter painted on top of it) down one side of my face. I’m a Superfreak Bowie-Gaga-Terrell mash-up, but hell, it’s show business … let’s go for it.

“Just dance — it’s gonna be okay.” ― Lady Gaga

The show starts. Colby & I are at the end of the lineup – the grand finale. Here it is:

I was very proud to be apart of this event. Dancing Stars of Central Georgia sold out its first year and raised $207,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

It’s been a few weeks since the event and I’m really missing my weekly dance practices. I’ve talked to Colby a few times since then and we are talking about getting together and dancing … just for fun.

“Stop callin’, Stop callin’, I don’t want to think anymore! I left my hand and heart on the dance floor.

Stop callin’, Stop callin’, I don’t want to talk anymore!
I left my head and my heart on the dance floor.”
– Lady Gaga, ‘Telephone’


June 1st is First Friday. “Children In Bloom” photography exhibit & sale at The SoChi Gallery. 6-9p. Free.

Filmmakers: The Macon Film Festival is now taking submissions for the 2013 film festival. Submit through WithoutABox.

True Blood Season 5 premieres on June 5th. HBO.

“Dancing with the Stars” Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillet. Chastain Park, Wednesday, June 13th.

Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.

Tweet- worthy quote:
“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light”
― Lady Gaga


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