South X Southeast PhotoGallery B&B


Located one hour south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport South x Southeast PhotoGallery and BnB sits on a 30-acre, 4th generation farm outside the small town of Molena. Not only does the 1930 barn serve as a photogallery for emerging and established fine art photographers, it is also a B&B loved by many guests! Come stay with us in the quiet countryside and enjoy fine art, walks in the woods, a fireplace out back and an upstairs loft with a view of the fields and farm.





The upstairs loft is our guest quarters with a double bed, seating, and a writing table. A queen-sized air mattress is available for the 3rd guest.


The back of the loft has big, comfy lounge chairs with ottomans, and overlooks the five acre field backed by 30+ acres of woodlands. The original tin roof and rafters serve as the upstairs ceiling with a new tin roof over that – it’s the one vacation spot where you’ll hope it rains while you’re here! There are books, magazines, and board games available, along with lots of quiet space in which to enjoy them.


Downstairs is your kitchen complete with microwave oven, toaster oven, hot plate, full refrigerator, coffee and tea accompaniments. There is a bar where you may sit and enjoy your meals, or you’re welcome to use the long table in the gallery space. An extra large bathroom with a camp shower completes the downstairs.


Downstairs also houses the photo gallery, with exhibitions changing every 6-8 weeks.


And there is also a small wood-burning stove if you prefer wood to central heat.



The breezeway entrance was originally where my grandfather kept his tractor. But now it’s our screened porch dining and relaxing area. The big daybed is a great place to fall asleep reading a book or to curl up in the evenings with a glass of wine. The dining table seats 8 and offers you a space to spread out for dinners or writing, or catching up on the computer.


And out back is the patio and raised fireplace – the perfect height to prop your feet up on the hearth and keep them warm in front of a roaring fire.


If you’re wondering what to do in the area while you’re here please click on the tab titled What To Do While You’re Here in the top menu bar. The Piedmont of Georgia is a beautiful area with lots of fine dining, hiking, historical, and entertainment options.


$145/night (2 night minimum)

$35 cleaning fee (weekly fee for stays of 6 nights or less)

$35 service fee (one-time fee)

For more information, rules, and regulations click HERE.

Please email for availability and more information.


Hope to see you soon!!

SxSE PhotoGallery B&B – Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations:

  1. The property rents to 3 adults (minimum age 23, or 21 if a child is accompanying parents).
  2. No events, functions, or parties allowed.
  3. No smoking inside or outside of the property.
  4. No pets.
  5. ** NOTE: there is a 20 year-old cat, BeBe, who lives in the screened in breezeway. She has a kitty door. She does not come inside the barn. Nancy will come over to feed her each day. She is shy and will generally stay out of your way.
  6. Check-In is 3pm. Check-out is 11 am
  7. Artwork on gallery walls is for viewing only. Please do not touch.
  8. Please leave sheets and towels in the bathroom hamper before you leave.
  9. Please take garbage out to the container by the road before you leave.
  10. Security Deposit: If you damage the home you will be charged replacement cost. We do take time-stamped photos for your protection and ours. Rental guests have full financial responsibility for misuse, negligence, missing, or damaged linens, household items, and artwork, and any damage to the house or property.
  11. We provide you with all linens. We provide grey washcloths for make-up removal. For linen exchange, please contact Nancy during business hours (9-5). Please remember to bring items such as soap, dish liquid, kitchen sponge (we will supply initial supplies, but if you are staying longer than two nights, we recommend that you bring additional supplies). Should you need additional pillows & blankets, you will need to bring those with you.
  12. Firewood for the small wood-burning stove downstairs and the fireplace out back is provided for an additional $20/2 nights.
  13. Minimum stay is 2 nights.
  14. Quiet hours are 9pm – 9am.
  15. Do not flush feminine products down the toilet. Flush toilet paper only. We are on a well and septic tank, please be considerate.
  16. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
  17. If you plan to walk in the woods please bring appropriate attire. There are no paths through our woods so appropriate shoes are required. There are briars that will catch on your clothing, also.
  18. If you plan to walk in the woods please know that we assume no responsibility or liability for your doing so. We do not allow walking in the woods from April through October.
  19. Must climb stairs – There is a step down to enter the house, and stairs to climb to the bedroom upstairs.
  20. Unless it is an emergency, Nancy keeps business hours from 9 am until 5 pm. Please feel free to contact here via text or email during those hours.
  21. By making a reservation you are agreeing to all the above rules and regulations.

Cancellation Policy (strict):

For a 50% refund of accommodation fees, cancellation must be made 30 full days prior to listing’s local check in time of 3:00 PM on the day of check in. Cancellations made inside 30 full days receive no refund.

If a guest arrives and decides not to stay the nights are not refunded.

What To Do While You’re Here

All suggestions below are within 15-20 miles of the gallery, some much less. For more information, just scroll over the name of the business. Hope to see you soon!


So …are you hungry?

On the Main Street of Molena is Wild Daisy Farm and B&B – open for lunch Wed-Sat with a menu that changes daily depending on farm-to-table ingredients. They are also open Friday and Saturday for supper – 6-8. Next door is the Tipsy Daisy if you’d like a cocktail before dinner, or light fare instead of a full meal.

If seafood is your thing, you can’t beat The Oyster House in Pine Mountain, Ga., and don’t let the “Waffle House Architectural Design” fool you – these people know how to cook!

Southern food, complete with an array of local vegetables, served buffet style, can be found in Warm Springs at the historic Bulloch House – OR –  just up the road from Molena in Concord at the Concord Café (open lunch only, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). The South is known for its BBQ and routinely stages competitions to judge who’s best. The Oink Joint in Zebulon displays regional and national awards they’ve taken home for their stellar roasted pork and beef.


And then to work it off…

You could start with one of the hiking trails in F. D. Roosevelt State Park on Pine Mountain. There are 7 well-marked trail hikes ranging from 3 to 8 miles. It’s hilly, but the views are well worth it. Just don’t set off without a map (they give them out at the ranger stations) as GPS can be iffy deep in these woods. Or if you’d rather ride a bike Callaway Gardens is a fine place to do that on narrow, paved roads winding through 6500 acres of woodlands, lakes, and recreation areas. There’s also golf, water sports, zip lines and the Day Butterfly Center, just to name a few of the other activities on offer at Callaway’s. Sprewell Bluff is a 1300 acre state park that runs along the Flint River. The park features a three-mile walking trail that winds along the bank of the river and up rocky bluffs, offering exquisite views of the park below.


For history buffs…

The Little White House was the personal retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, located in the Historic District of Warm Springs, Georgia. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 for polio treatment, and liked the area so much that, as Governor of New York, he had a home built on nearby Pine Mountain. The house was finished in 1932. Roosevelt kept the house after he became President, using it as a presidential retreat. He died there on April 12, 1945, three months into his fourth term.


And if shopping is your preferred relaxation…

Antiques can be found in most of the small towns in the area – but start with Woodbury, only 7 miles away. Main Street houses a few stellar antique stores. Main Street in downtown Pine Mountain does also, with other gift shops, restaurants and specialty stores scattered in between. For Big Box shopping Peachtree City is hard to beat – a full array of local and franchise shopping and dining is found here.


Local Farmer’s Markets …

are held in the towns of Zebulon (Sat), Woodbury (Sat), and Peachtree City (Wed & Sat) during harvest months. McCrary Farms in Molena is open year-round Mon-Sat.

The Piedmont is known for its peach orchards. Gregg Farms in Concord and Fitzgerald Farms in Woodbury offer freshly picked peaches as well as homemade peach ice cream.





And at the end of the day, a place to lay your head …


South x Southeast Photo Gallery Barn doubles as an AirBnB with one bedroom suite upstairs, a kitchenette and full bath downstairs. A big patio overlooking the 5 acre field and woods, complete with an outdoor fireplace is behind the barn. And if you’d rather have the comfort of a screened in porch the breezeway along the side of the barn has a day-bed and dining table. Just email for availability and prices.

If we can help with your visit please let us know. And we hope to see you soon!

Donna Todd

Donna is one of Australia’s leading photographers and business entrepreneurs, now based in Los Angeles, California, USA.  She has earned over 100 major International photographic awards for her work.  Her pictures, written word, and personal story have been published in scores of magazines, books, and exhibitions around the world.  She has vast experience in the photography industry, including Photojournalism, Portraiture, Illustrative photography, Press, Fashion, Corporate branding, and Commercial.

She explains her work,  “Its about creating empathy, connection, the greatest thing a photographer can do is extract the extraordinary from the ordinary.  What an amazing privilege it is to be able to see inside the world of those lives where I don’t necessarily belong and to show what I discovered, so that others can also learn, expand their horizons and understanding as well.  I’m just so passionate about humanity and documenting the diversity that exists within our world.  Finding seemingly simple moments that mean something larger than they are.  To examine people, and how they interact with one another, to document these moments into compelling reportage that details humanity. What always remains most important, to each individual picture, is that some ‘soul’ is peeking through”.

Donna has travelled to over 20 countries capturing stories in some of the most remote regions of the planet.

She was the first westerner to meet a tribe of people who have been domesticating reindeer for 4000 years in the mountains bordering Siberia and Mongolia, living with them, and documenting their lives.

She was based in Ullan Baatar, Mongolia for 12 months chronicling the  diverse and compelling culture of Shamanism and the lifestyles of some of  its most powerful Shamans. During this time of studying their practice she travelled throughout the most remote regions of Mongolia.

Donna has spent time recording the lives of disadvantaged communities in India, such as leper colonies, and working alongside doctors who provided free health care to the poorest of the poor in Kolkatta.

She has looked into the cultures of remote tribes throughout the Papua New Guinea highlands, Thailand, Nepal, Mexico, Cambodia.

And she has photographed people who volunteer with various non-government agencies teaching the poor English, Spanish, and various other skills in order to help them integrate into modern society. She is passionate about anthropological photography and, of special interest, the Animist belief systems.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, a dynamic and results-driven photojournalist, portrait photographer, and businesswoman having started from scratch one of Australia’s leading portrait studios. Her company turned over a million dollars per annum and employed 14 staff.  Her business success amounts to having an intuitive understanding of marketing.  Her approach is dynamic, and results driven. Her abilities with sales and the general running of a busy photographic studio are second to none, teaching all the staff on her team each and every aspect of the business –  the administrative processes, sales, artist photographic process, and teaching that systems are key to any successful business. 

Donna began her career on the fast paced metropolitan daily newspapers in Australia, working to deadline everyday alongside some of the best photographers in Australia’s press history and competing with the entire photographic department for the front page. She was one of the first female photographers in the press industry in Australia, and spent 15 years as a senior staff photographer covering all aspects of Sport, Hard News, Fashion, and Magazine articles.



The South x Southeast brand was founded 7 years ago to highlight the work of emerging, mid-career, and master fine art and documentary photographers in the American South. We began with South x Southeast photomagazine (, an online magazine featuring exhibitions, interviews, articles, and books of and about photographers in the South. From there SxSE has grown into photography workshops (, gallery exhibitions ( and e-commerce ( South x Southeast Photogallery brings the virtual images to reality while wrapping bricks and mortar around our other products to create a complete package.

Nancy McCrary is the Creative Director and Founder of South x Southeast. With a career history in art, management, and niche magazines, Nancy combines her passion with her business knowledge to bring a well-rounded photography experience to new and established photographers.

South x Southeast Photogallery is housed in the barn built by Nancy’s Grandfather in 1930 on her fourth-generation family farm, 945 McCrary Road, 3 miles from downtown Molena, Georgia. The renovated barn houses a 400 square foot gallery space, kitchenette, and full bath downstairs. Upstairs is a sitting area with wide windows overlooking the 5 acre hayfield with 38 acres of woodland beyond, along with a bedroom area.

The gallery is open by appointment and invitation only. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email

The barn is available as an Air BnB, artist’s residency, or small event location. Inquiries should be addressed to

Molena sits in the Piedmont region of the state, a bucolic countryside in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain range. Please look through What Else To Do In Molena (in the menu bar above) if you plan to visit the gallery and our region.

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!

David Diodate

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida.
Lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia for 20 years.
Current home is Birmingham, Alabama

Graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993. Majored in Art History.

Instagram @diodateart


I constantly am doing photography of a variety subject matter that mostly is indicative to a Southern feel or place. I do selects and editing before sending out for printing. The prints are then sorted and laid out with a variety of found materials until ready to be combined. My photographic collages are C Prints combined with found text or materials. I also incorporate old books, found text, old photographs and tintypes along with encaustic. The pieces are then scraped, sanded, and painted before a coat of wax is applied. The entire piece is covered in a final coat of resin. 


At 21, on the verge of graduating from college and passionate about the history of art, specifically contemporary art, I was offered an opportunity to study in Paris. The ‘catch’ was that I had to do photographic studies while living in ‘The City of Light.’  With little knowledge of the photographic process or its relatively young history, I decided to dive right in and learn all I could about this art form before the summer trip began.

For hours I poured over photography books by classic artists such as Nadar, Steiglitz, and Cameron, eventually progressing to the modern masters like Witkin, Avedon, and Mann. In the midst of this self-study, I came across Doug and Mike Starn, whose work I found immediately inspiring. The Starn’s art grabbed my interest and spoke to me as an artist. The torn photos and random hands-on feel of their work juxtaposed everything else I had seen represented in photo history. Their work to me became almost painterly and I felt inspired by the way they pushed the medium in scale and display. Their work changed my perception of photography, enabling me to use the art form as a medium for my individual interpretations. With the Starn’s work I had inspiration to do photographic work, but what would be my subject matter?  While studying in Paris I found my major focus of subject in the vast and beautiful cemeteries. The arcane, haunting beauty of these solemn places was overwhelming and inspiring, initiating my 10-year documentation of cemeteries.

I now photograph mostly rural things, places, or scraps/discard; almost always a chance event.  I love the forgotten and weathered decay of any environment. Photographing with my iphone, which I treat almost like a pinhole or vintage brownie camera, I try not to capture anything technically perfect. I shoot through old magnifying glass and utilize apps to aid in a mimicked look of age/analog. Many images are inspired by personal moments growing up in the South. I am inspired to photograph images that express tranquilly or a secret moment. I also capture still lives of unique objects that resonate a personal history or that I just stumble upon. 

The physical work is serene and rough almost simultaneously always allowed to be imperfect. The hope is to express an arcane beauty that dwells within modern nostalgia. Some of the works become fictional scrapbooks; where I combine found text or old photographs with my photographs. Ultimately all the pieces are one of a kind testament to forgotten places and captured time. Hopefully the work becomes a portal to a viewer’s memory and past histories. -David Diodate

Anderson Scott


Anderson Scott’s latest series combines light through the use of light boxes with the printed image. Please see video below.




Civil War Re-enactors

From Whistling Dixie, published by Columbia Press, 2013

“. . . The reenactors I encountered on the battlefield were a genial lot, at least to me, a white guy with the right accent who at least superficially fit in. They were at pains to portray the reenactment to me as ‘living history.’ There was no mention by them of what African- Americans might think of this spectacle (nor did I ask about it I was chicken). However, the reenactors were quick to correct my terminology: it is not the ‘Civil War,’ it is ‘The War Between the States.’ It seems that ‘Civil War’ implies that the South revolted against its government. ‘War Between the States’ implies that the South was a collection of sovereign states that organized in defense against Yankee unjustified meddling. So begins Whistling Dixie, Anderson Scott’s portrait of latter-day Confederates taken at Civil War reenactments across the southern United States. Scott has photographed in the years leading up to 2011’s sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with a keen eye for the earnestness and dedication of the reenactors, and a strikingly acute awareness of the irony and absurdity of the events.” -Anderson Scott



Davidson College, Davidson, NC BA in English Literature
Yale University, New Haven, CT MFA in Photography


The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

The International Center for Photography, New York, NY

The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Jane Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Jones Troyer Fitzpatrick, Washington, DC

The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

The National Museum of American History, The Smithsonian, Washington, DC

The University of California – San Francisco, CA


Publication in DoubleTake and The Oxford American magazine.

South x Southeast photomagazine January 2013

Book, Whistling Dixie, published by Columbia College Chicago Press February 2013.