Who We Are

Dreams to reality:: Kim Summers-Dolleh

Kim is the owner and visionary behind A.C. Studios Cafe.  Her artistic journey took root when a teacher and recognized her creative potential.  While she studied art on a full scholarship at Syracuse University, her mentor, David MacDonald, shared with her the love of creation and the powerful ability to express oneself by making, especially through ceramics. Though she retained a love of art, life shifted after school to a new path as a nurse and the challenges of motherhood.  It was once she established herself and fell in love with the Alpharetta community that Kim began to long for the opportunities that were available in places she spent time in like New York City and London. 

This sparked an idea: why couldn’t she start a studio that would offer the sort of instruction and art-making spaces she would want to participate in? A place where anyone could come and be exposed to innovative makers and their ideas; where someone could learn to appreciate and participate in the making of art on a deep and meaningful level. With that, Alpharetta Creative Studios and Cafe was born, and it is Kim's pleasure and honor to share this community with you.

Why A.C. Studios?

Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe is for both the serious artist and the novice. We provide coaching, guidance, and a platform for artistic expressions for people from all walks of life. ACS&C is the place where people who live full lives can come to step outside the stressful day and channel their energy in a creative and constructive manner.  The lovely building is a great place for private and social events, corporate team building, and business meetings designed to facilitate “out of the box” thinking: a necessary skill in this ever-growing global market.

One of the most beneficial aspects of Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe is the fun, educational, inspiring, and creative development for everyone of all ages. We strive to provide creative outlets for every level of engagement, from classes in our fully equipped pottery studio to jewelry activities in our airy flex space, or even a cozy seat to grab a coffee and do some reading or sketches.

Alpharetta Creative S Studios & Café’s goal is always to inspire, encourage, and enhance the lives of all people by offering a Private Events department designed to strengthen our ties with the community and show our appreciation and gratitude to the local Alpharetta neighborhood.  On a larger scale, we connect our guests with the world by donating 5% of our proceeds to charities dealing with global needs.

At Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe, we encourage all people “Do not just exist … EAT … CREATE … LIVE”

Meet the team

  Lindsey Elsey   Lindsey Elsey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, where she earned her BFA and MFA degrees in ceramics, with an additional concentration in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Not only is Lindsey our studio manager, but she also instructs several of our medium classes at Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe. In addition, Lindsey engages as an adjunct professor at Wingate University, where she teaches Ceramics.  During her sophomore year of college, Lindsey discovered her passion for clay when she took a leap of faith and switched from a science-tracked field to the world of art. In the past twelve years, she has not once lost the joy of excitement and discovery in the artistic process. Always ready to experiment and try something new, Lindsey firmly believes learning is a life-long journey. Her mantra is “it’s never too late to follow your passions.”

Lindsey Elsey

Lindsey Elsey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, where she earned her BFA and MFA degrees in ceramics, with an additional concentration in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Not only is Lindsey our studio manager, but she also instructs several of our medium classes at Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe. In addition, Lindsey engages as an adjunct professor at Wingate University, where she teaches Ceramics.

During her sophomore year of college, Lindsey discovered her passion for clay when she took a leap of faith and switched from a science-tracked field to the world of art. In the past twelve years, she has not once lost the joy of excitement and discovery in the artistic process. Always ready to experiment and try something new, Lindsey firmly believes learning is a life-long journey. Her mantra is “it’s never too late to follow your passions.”

  Quintara Wright   Our super-gorgeous chef hails from the heart of the Mississippi delta. She received her 2-years culinary certification from Greenville Technical college before moving on to her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the Mississippi University for Women with a minor in business entrepreneurship.  Over the past 4 years, Quintara has been busily employed as a private chef for families, yachts, resorts, and managing her own catering business, Magnolia Food & Co. in Georgia. Quintara is a proud sister in Alpha Kappa Alpha, and enjoys spending the rare off moment organizing, visiting family, and giving love to her dog, Pepper.

Quintara Wright

Our super-gorgeous chef hails from the heart of the Mississippi delta. She received her 2-years culinary certification from Greenville Technical college before moving on to her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the Mississippi University for Women with a minor in business entrepreneurship.

Over the past 4 years, Quintara has been busily employed as a private chef for families, yachts, resorts, and managing her own catering business, Magnolia Food & Co. in Georgia. Quintara is a proud sister in Alpha Kappa Alpha, and enjoys spending the rare off moment organizing, visiting family, and giving love to her dog, Pepper.