Heck House in Scottdale a place for art, music

Heck House in Scottdale a place for art, music

Karen Sarles of Frostburg, Maryland, established a stained-glass mandala out of a bicycle wheel. L.S.

Karen Sarles of Frostburg, Maryland, established a stained-glass mandala out of a bicycle wheel. L.S. Lewis turned a wood cable spool into a cost-free-type rabbit, and Preston Woodruff made a bartending robot with dryer-hose arms.

So, what the heck is the Heck Residence? Wedged involving an car salvage shop and a tattoo parlor, it is a absolutely free-sort artwork ecosystem by the railroad tracks.

It’s a non-profit funky gatherings facility, a new music venue and a gallery. It’s also Novelle’s house. She has hosted a marriage ceremony, a religious retreat, many live shows, standup comedy, a puppet clearly show for children and a burlesque revue.

A current evening clearly show integrated a unique performer named Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla — a musician in a jumpsuit and ape mask, singing, and taking part in the string bass.

Sass sang “Maybelline” on an outdoor stage to an audience sitting down at picnic tables and in folding chairs, as a smoky hearth pit close to the refreshment tent held visitors heat.

He opened for the Possum Kingdom Ramblers, a band that attributes ukulele, guitar, musical noticed and electrical rake. Organized in entrance of a wall-sized mural of a vibrant-red woman demon, they performed the concept from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and an acoustic edition of “Whip It” by Devo.


The Possum Kingdom Ramblers conduct at the Heck Household on a brisk November night. Image: courtesy Ricky Zero

Credit rating: Ricky Zero

The Possum Kingdom Ramblers perform at the Heck House on a brisk November night. Photo: courtesy Ricky Zero
caption arrowCaption

The Possum Kingdom Ramblers carry out at the Heck Property on a brisk November evening. Photograph: courtesy Ricky Zero

Credit history: Ricky Zero

Credit rating: Ricky Zero

Ricky Zero, the boss Possum, claimed later on they loved playing at the Heck House. “You could have found we are a tiny bit of a quirky band. We appreciate performing things that are not typical.”

Zero explained his band turned their recommendations above to the Heck Residence. Why? “We want to support the arts in Atlanta.”

This art house sprang from the brain of Novelle, 50, who grew up on a dairy farm outside Newnan, and trapped possums and raccoons to sell for their skins.

When she was two several years previous her dad and mom became conscious that she was profoundly deaf. Until eventually then, she claimed, they thought she was merely sluggish. She did not understand signal language, but instead designed skill at looking at lips.

Novelle, a solidly-developed ball of strength with short hair and a vivid smile, describes herself as a little bit of a hellion, who routinely skipped university to push up to Atlanta to hold out in Minor Five Factors and go to punk audio exhibits.

“My mom employed to say really do not generate out of the metropolis limitations, but she didn’t say which metropolis,” she joked, sitting amongst the stripped walls and reclaimed home furnishings at her colourful bungalow. Her eager-to-remember to American bulldog, DuBois, roamed the kitchen area.

Novelle attended West Georgia College in Carrollton until eventually she was invited to leave. She transferred to Ga Perimeter University, was briefly married, lived in Decatur and worked in the film sector as a manufacturing assistant.

She purchased the down-at-the-heels Scottdale house in 2017 for $100,000. It was a rooming house at the time, with a homeless individual dwelling in the instrument drop, she mentioned. Her previous neighbor Linda Lemaire describes the location in harsher phrases. “It was a crackhouse,” said Lemaire.

Novelle gutted the composition, tearing out walls and stripping off sheet rock to expose wooden paneling underneath.

She collected like-minded buddies to beautify the exterior, keeping mural-painting events under the route of visible artists.

The property attained non-financial gain status in February 2019, but it has been quite gentle on profits all along. On Halloween, Novelle hosted a “PUNKoween” evening, with a costume contest and seven bands.

The tips and donations totaled about $500, which labored out to $50 a band, far better recognized as fuel money. She hopes to learn about grant-crafting, and look for sponsorships, to make certain musicians and artists get compensated.

caption arrowCaption

Dawn Erich and Nicholas Payne staged a Goth Victorian marriage ceremony at the Heck Household, finish with stilt-walkers and fireplace dancers. They equally relished the ambience. Picture: Danny Hunter

Credit rating: Danny Hunter

Dawn Erich and Nicholas Payne staged a Goth Victorian wedding at the Heck House, complete with stilt-walkers and fire dancers. They both enjoyed the ambience. Photo: Danny Hunter
caption arrowCaption

Dawn Erich and Nicholas Payne staged a Goth Victorian marriage at the Heck House, comprehensive with stilt-walkers and fireplace dancers. They both of those liked the ambience. Photo: Danny Hunter

Credit rating: Danny Hunter

Credit history: Danny Hunter

Dawn Erich, who operates making super-hero costumes in the movie industry, staged her marriage ceremony to Nicholas Payne at the Heck Home, with fireplace dancers, stilt-walkers and a wild goth Victorian topic.

“It was magical,” stated Erich, who incredibly significantly appreciates Novelle’s guidance for regional artists and the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Novelle earns some extra money for herself supporting a friend, Zed Yu, with his smaller mortgage business enterprise. In flip, Yu allows out at Heck Property gatherings.

“Her brain is frequently churning,” stated Yu, “so if you are lazy you have to pick up the rate.”

Coming up this season: A past-minute Krampus social gathering and an artwork consignment sale.

Most Heck Property occasions are outdoor, and Novelle reported the residence has events booked through to Xmas. She designs to retain hosting shows as prolonged as the temperature is tolerable.

“Paula is a social gathering animal,” stated Yu. “The joke is, she likes get-togethers so substantially, she determined to provide the functions back again residence. Often if individuals want to continue to be extended immediately after an occasion, Paula will just lock the doorway and go to bed and permit them switch off the lights.”


Heck Residence, a non-income venue for audio, art happenings, private parties and other gatherings, is located at 3498 East Ponce de Leon Ave. in Scottdale. Situations are stated on the calendar at heck.home. Reside-in manager Paula Novelle is hearing impaired and is very best attained by e mail at [email protected] or by textual content at 678-633-0900.