Sunday, August 31, 2008

KB Studio Offers Oil Painting and Screenwriting Classes

Intro. to oil painting: Tues. day & evening classes; 10:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00 and 6:30-8:30 pm at KB Art Studio in Fayetteville. $100.00 for 4 classes (one make-up). $20 for materials if you do not have your own.

Intro. to screenplay writing on Monday mornings 10-12:00 and Thursday nights 6:30-8:30. Learn the basic format for writing a screenplay, the basic template for storylines and about character traits that work best for movies. $80 for 4 classes plus $10/copy of the script CRASH, last years award winning script. for more info or Kathaleen@KBArtStudio to register.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Upcoming Arts & Photography Classes at Callaway Gardens

Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode
Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This course is designed for the beginner or experienced digital photographer who is interested in moving beyond the camera’s auto mode into the world of creative photography. Your instructor will walk you through the fundamentals of photography in an easy-to-understand manner. Explore many of your camera’s features that are unlocked when you move beyond the auto mode. Practice your new skills in a photo shoot inside Callaway Gardens. After the shoot and a working lunch with the instructor, there will be a discussion covering a number of mini-topics, a question and answer session, and a preview of upcoming classes.
Instructor: Jim Henderson, award winning “serious amateur” photographer of LaGrange, Georgia.
Fee: $70; includes lunch and course syllabus.
Bring your digital camera, owner’s manual, plenty of charged batteries, and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes

Mastering Exposure: Intermediate Topics in Digital Photography
Saturday, October 4, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop is designed for the experienced digital photographer interested in using the advanced features of the camera to get perfect exposures in every shooting situation. The course includes a brief discussion of the fundamentals of photography, understanding and using the histogram to evaluate your exposures, understanding how metering works and the various metering modes, using exposure compensation, using exposure bracketing, using exposure lock and more. The instructor illustrates the various concepts and shows their practical use with his own images. In the afternoon session, ample time is allotted for questions.
Instructor: Jim Henderson, award winning “serious amateur” photographer of LaGrange, Georgia.
Fee: $70; includes lunch and course syllabus.
Bring your digital camera, owner’s manual, plenty of charged batteries, and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Victorian Santa Gourd Art Workshop
Saturday, September 6, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Create an Old World, traditional painted Victorian Santa on a gourd. Learn about growing, drying and preparing nature’s pottery and creating your unique design.
All materials included.
Instructor: Billie Strickland
Fee: $50 includes all materials

Architecture Drawing in the Landscape
Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the techniques to represent three-dimensional objects on a flat picture plane. Instruction includes how to draw things the way we see them and how to create atmospheric effects. We will be using structures in the Gardens for drawing on-site. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Durinda Cheek
Fee: $150 Materials: $25 available from the instructor. Bring a camp stool or chair.

Chinese Brush Painting
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Session 1: Sunflowers 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: Irises 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture while working with bamboo brushes and using water color on rice paper. No previous art training required.
Instructor: Tehwan Tso.
Fee: $60 plus materials
Classes are open to all ages. Students under 9 should sign up with a parent. The 2nd family member receives a 20% discount on class fee. Tools and supplies available to purchase. The beginner’s set is $30. Returning students may bring their own supplies and pay $5 consumable fee.

Pine Needle Basket Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. both days
Learn how to use pine needles from long leaf pines to make baskets and various other items using coil basketry techniques. This beginner’s class will cover the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. When your project is complete, you will have a basket reflecting your own taste and design. All the supplies included.
Minimum: 4; Maximum: 12
Instructor: Talitha Norris
Fee: $75

Fall Watercolor Landscapes
Saturday, October 11, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join artist Ralph Taylor as he shares the secrets of fast flowing landscape painting. In this one-day workshop, you will complete at least three paintings in the “wet on wet” method. You will learn methods of using more pigment and color in your paintings. Open to all skill levels. Supply list will be sent with registration confirmation.
Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20
Instructor: Ralph Taylor
Fee: $75

Capturing Fall Foliage in Watercolor at Callaway Gardens
Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both days
Paint the splendor of autumn colors at Callaway Gardens from direct observation of nature. Weather permitting, we’ll be outdoors. In case of rain, we’ll paint indoors. Workshop topics include simplifying composition while painting on location, mixing colors to capture the fall landscape and painting trees. Teaching approaches include demonstrations, instruction, critique and individual coaching. No previous art experience necessary. All levels of painters welcome. Demonstrations will be in watercolor; however, artists are welcome to use the medium of their choice.
Minimum: 9, Maximum: 16
Instructor: Pat Fiorello
Fee: $255 included workshop and 2 box lunches

Holiday Workshops
Miniature Gourd Ornaments Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about growing, drying and preparing nature’s pottery and creating your unique design. Create a couple unique holiday ornaments from natural materials.
All materials included.
Instructor: Billie Strickland
Fee: $35 includes all material

Holiday Wreath-making Workshop
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Create your own custom-made wreath from fresh greenery. Our experienced Horticulturists and Volunteers will help you with the design. Join us to make as many wreaths as your jolly fingers can handle! Make one for your home or make two, one to keep and one to give to a friend or family member. Bring pruners!
Instructors: Patricia Collins and Katie Steinhoff; Callaway Gardens’ Education Department
Fee: $45 per wreath

Holiday Tweets for Wildlife Family Workshop
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parents and children create edible ornaments for wildlife. Share the harvest with our feathered friends by creating a unique sunflower wreath, functional outdoor ornament bird feeders, and other holiday decorations from natural products.
Instructors: Patricia Collins and Katie Steinhoff; Callaway Gardens’ Education Department
Fee: $35 per family

Holiday Topiary or Centerpiece Workshop
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Choose from a tree-shaped topiary or centerpiece to create an evergreen holiday arrangement for a tabletop or fireplace mantle display. We’ll adorn an oasis form with sprigs of fresh pine, juniper, and cedar that will last through the holiday season. Berries, seeds and fruits of the season will complete the design to bring holiday cheer to any home. Bring pruners!
Instructors: Patricia Collins and Katie Steinhoff; Callaway Gardens’ Education Department
Fee: $45 per decoration

Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required for all programs. Programs fill quickly, so register soon. Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. To register call the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5153, 706-663-5153 or email or check out education event listings at and click on “Education.”

For overnight accommodations for any of these workshops or hikes, ask for the special workshop rate starting at $109 in the Mountain Creek® Inn at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Temple Bombing Documented in Exhibit at Emory August 23

Fifty years ago, exploding dynamite ripped a gaping hole in the brick edifice of The Temple on Peachtree Street, home to Atlanta's oldest and largest Jewish congregation. The Oct. 12, 1958, attack was linked to an epidemic of hate group activity plaguing the South during the civil rights movement.

The impact of The Temple bombing on Atlanta's Jewish community and on the civil rights movement is documented in a new exhibit opening Saturday, Aug. 23 at Emory University.

"'The Bomb that Healed': Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild, Civil Rights and The Temple Bombing of 1958," will be on display at Emory's Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library (MARBL) in the Woodruff Library building through Jan. 5, 2009.

The influence of the bombing was not what the bombers might have expected, says curator Ellen G. Rafshoon.

"The bombers had intended to intimidate Jews, who were seen as co-conspirators along with blacks in the civil rights struggle, but this act of terror had the opposite effect," says Rafshoon, a history professor at Georgia Gwinnett College. "When The Temple's spiritual leader, Rabbi Rothschild, returned to his office the following day, he was greeted with mailbags filled with sympathetic messages from Atlanta and from across the nation."

The overwhelming support extended to the congregation gave Atlanta Jews the confidence to become more active in bridging the divide between whites and blacks, Rafshoon notes. That is why Rothschild's widow, Janice, has referred to the otherwise tragic event as "The Bomb That Healed."

The exhibition, which draws on Rabbi Rothschild's personal papers and includes letters, photographs and published clippings, will show how the rabbi worked openly to build support for desegregation among Atlanta's religious and civic leaders. For example, he participated in plans to desegregate Atlanta's schools peacefully.

"This was an especially significant achievement, considering that some of Atlanta's Jews feared challenging Atlanta's rigid racial order," explains Eric Goldstein, associate professor of history and Jewish studies at Emory. "They themselves had often been victims of social discrimination, and even virulent attacks such as the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915. They hoped that if they kept a low profile, discrimination would pass, and they would eventually be accepted."

Goldstein explains that with Rabbi Rothchild's encouragement and the more accepting environment they found in the wake of the bombing, many Atlanta Jews found they could confront discrimination, both against themselves and African Americans, and even become leaders in the cause.

One of the most rewarding moments in Rabbi Rothschild's career will be highlighted in the exhibition: the rabbi's successful organization of the South's first racially integrated banquet, which honored Martin Luther King Jr. after he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

That event, held at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel on Jan. 27, 1965, was attended by 1,400 guests. In a letter thanking Rabbi Rothschild for the tribute, which will be on display at the exhibition, King confided that the encouragement he received that night would sustain him during the "many dark and desolate days of struggle" ahead.

The banquet evening, King wrote, "was a testimonial not only to me but to the greatness of the City of Atlanta, the South, the nation and its ability to rise above the conflict of former gen erations."

Other Events Commemorating the Bombing

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with several other events commemorating the bombing:

Rafshoon will present a slide show about the exhibition; Temple congregants, including the rabbi's widow, Janice Rothschild Blumberg, will share their memories of the attack. 9:45–11:45 a.m., Oct. 12 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, 30309. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ronnie VanGelder, program director for The Temple, at

"Jews in A Changing South," the 33rd Annual Conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Emory University, Nov. 1-3. Lodging at Emory Conference Center hotel; most events on the Emory campus. Registration plus SJHS dues, $160; registration for SJHS members, $125; full-time students, $50. All Atlantans invited to attend special portions of the program at reduced rates. Registration deadline is Oct. 1, 2008.

More Information: "Jews in A Changing South" or email
Among the conference sessions is "The Bombing and Beyond: Jews, African Americans and Social Change in Atlanta during the 1950s and 1960s," a discussion featuring several activists and politicians of the era and moderated by writer and journalist Melissa Fay Greene, author of "The Temple Bombing." Co-sponsored by The Temple. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta 30309.

More information and to RSVP: Ronnie VanGelder, program director of The Temple.


Rare Theatrical Event Brings August Wilson Full Circle to the Alliance Theatre

In a unique Atlanta-only event, the Alliance Theatre, in partnership with True Colors Theatre Company, completes a cycle that has been twenty years in the making. Opening the Alliance’s 40th season will be two masterpieces of contemporary theatre from August Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle—Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. The power of legacy is captured in these plays with two award-winning directors—Kenny Leon and Kent Gash—who will join forces to honor one of America’s greatest playwrights. The Alliance becomes one of the few theatres in the country to have produced all ten plays in the cycle. The plays will be performing in repertory with each play featuring the same company of actors, giving the Atlanta community an exclusive opportunity to see both plays in the same day and/or the same week. Opening for both plays is Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008: Gem of the Ocean at 2 p.m. and Radio Golf at 8 p.m. on the Alliance Stage. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

Gem of the Ocean, directed by True Colors Theatre Company Artistic Director Kenny Leon (who directed the Broadway version in 2004), is an evocative story of redemption and renewal set in 1904 Pittsburgh. It tells the story of Aunt Ester and her legendary home at 1839 Wylie Street in the Hill District, a focal point for the legacy of emancipation. Over the years, many migrant African-American workers arrive at the home looking for spiritual guidance, new possibilities and hope, including one man who is on the run from a dangerous past.

Radio Golf, directed by Alliance Theatre Associate Artistic Director Kent Gash, returns the audience to Pittsburgh 90 years later in 1997. Harmond Wilks is mounting a campaign to become the city’s first black mayor and achieve his admirable dreams of urban renewal in the Hill District. However, his past real estate successes don’t prepare him for the head-on clash between his dreams and the link to his past. His struggle between destiny and legacy is at the heart of a political campaign that challenges the future of the city.

August Wilson has a close relationship with the Alliance. Both Kenny Leon (who served as the Alliance Theatre artistic director for 11 years) and Kent Gash (who directed Wilson’s King Headley II during the 2003-04 Season) have rich histories with Wilson and his plays. These deep personal relationships reunite the playwright with the Alliance and the city of Atlanta.

Of the seven-member cast, five will be performing in both plays with two performing only in Gem of the Ocean. Local actors include Donald Griffin (Cuttin’ Up and King Hedley II), Tonia M. Jackson, Larry Larson (Glengarry Glen Ross and The Bench), E. Roger Mitchell (Cuttin’ Up and Romeo and Juliet) and Afemo Omilami. Additional actors include Chad L. Coleman (HBO series “The Wire”) from New York and Michele Shay (played Aunt Ester in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean directed by Kenny Leon at the Kennedy Center) from California.

Members of the artistic team that will bring these profound plays to life on stage are Edward E. Haynes, Jr., set designer; Mariann Verheyen, costume designer; Ann G. Wrightson, lighting designer; Dan Moses Schreier, sound designer for Gem of the Ocean; Clay Benning, sound designer for Radio Golf; and Jade Lambert Smith, dramaturg.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Aug. 30 – Sept. 28, 2008 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a matinee performance Saturday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.

Opening/Media Night is Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Sept. 14 and 21 shows at 2 p.m. will be Audio Described for the visually impaired.

Tickets are $15 – $45 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

Special Event: Safe House Reading

Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Staged reading featuring the casts of Gem of the Ocean and Radio GolfDirected by Kent GashTickets: $5

Safe House is a powerful new play in the spirit of August Wilson’s cycle! In Kentucky in the 1840s, one family of free people of color, free since their great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, can’t resist the temptation to help just one more young woman escape from slavery along the Underground Railroad. Commissioned by the Alliance Theatre in tribute to August Wilson, Keith Josef Adkins, an African-American playwright and screenwriter, was inspired by his own family history to write the play. Safe House is a play in the great American tradition of historical romance as two brothers compete against each other for their birthright of freedom.

August Wilson Fill Circle is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: August Wilson Full Circle is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – the Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; the Marriott Residence Inn – the Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – the Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

Production of August Wilson Full Circle is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Voices to Hold Concert in Early September

Voices will be holding a benefit concert this upcoming September 6, 2008 at The Wadsworth in Newnan. This production launches the recently announced two-year season in The Southern Arc, presenting Voices’ usual eclectic combination of music. “This whole series has a mysterious quality to it. There is an abundance of haunting melodies that will most certainly be following you home!” explained Ms. Ugarte. The program combines soundtrack and musicals selections from “Cold Mountain,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Oliver,” & “Porgy and Bess;” classical evergreens such as Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” and Delibes’ “Flower Duet from the opera Lakme; as well as a tribute of pieces made popular by Josh Groban, Celtic Woman, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

Returning for its second appearance will be the solo female vocal group Zaphyra. Zaphyra was born as a result of the first Voices concert in 2006 and formally organized during 2007. “While working on the mixing of the recording of the 2006 Voices concert, I was drawn to a particular song, Sale ascende.” explained Ms. Ugarte. “This is what triggered the idea of creating Zaphyra.” The ages of the group range from 11 to 44. Original members Maria Pia Ugarte and Alison Chambers, have recently welcomed Megan Zerbe, Paige McCauley and Jill Safko to join the ensemble. “Each singer has a very different kind of voice and style. Each member is a unique strong individual performer and at the same time has the ability to combine in a group with a special quality and warmth.” Zaphyra will be performing solo and ensemble pieces, including an a capella arrangement of “Somewhere” from West Side Story. The group recently finished recording a new version of “The Star Spangled Banner” that will be released as a maxi CD in the next few months.

The Southern Nights Chorale -- a men's precision a cappella ensemble – joins Voices for the first time. Founded by and under the direction of J. D. Holmes, it is made up of singers from the South Metro Atlanta area. They actively perform in The Southern Arc and have also been heard at Turner Field singing the National Anthem as well as at the Governor’s Mansion. “I heard about the Southern Nights Chorale and decided to approach their director to see if they would be interested in being part of Voices this season,” explained Ms. Ugarte. “J. D. accepted and we are very excited about the collaboration.”

Also returning for a second year is young violinist Matthew Roberts. Roberts started playing the violin at the age of six. He is a talented young musician who really enjoys playing his instrument and has an unlimited future ahead of him.

Hair design for Zaphyra will be done by Carlos Salon. “Imbedded in the concept of Voices, is the idea of fostering creative synergy among different channels within the community. Hair design is certainly an art form. I have known Carlos for several years, as well as his wife Julisa. They are both exceptional hair stylists.” Carlos Salon is located on Highway 74 in Peachtree City and is proud to offer the community an exceptional quality of service.

Another creative aspect that has become a characteristic of the Voices concerts is the wardrobe. Daivd’s Bridal in Morrow has supported this effort this year. “People have really enjoyed the visual and sophisticated nature of the performances and costumes,” said Ugarte. Zaphyra’s wardrobe has been a key component and received many compliments last year. David’s Bridal has responded very enthusiastically to being a part of Voices. “But expect surprises, as the dresses will most definitely have the Voices touch!”

This first concert – as well as the two following events -- will help fund the full scale production in 2009. This initial, more intimate performance will be taking place at The Wadsworth in Newnan (25 Jefferson Street.) The 1930’s Art Deco landmark -- listed on the National Register of Historic Places – was designed by noted Georgia architect R. Kennon Perry. “I learned of it through my friend and artistic colleague, writer Jeanne Chambers, one the founders of The Twilight Theater. I was very surprised that I had not heard of this place before. It is certainly worth a trip just to come and see this magnificent building, which has been recently restored.” Gene Surber, award-winning historic architect, served as the consultant for its rehabilitation. “Rein Pirn, who designed the acoustics for Spivey Hall at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, developed the acoustical plan.”

Presale tickets are available at the Voices website, Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the performance starting at 7:30 pm. A petite silent auction will take place before the concert and during intermission. A Meet & Greet Reception will take place after the concert. Please visit the Voices website for continued updates and information about this and upcoming events.

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Grassroots Arts Program Provides Up to $2000 per Organization to Fund the Arts

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides up to $2,000 per organization to fund art programs in Georgia. The goal of the program is to ensure that all Georgians have access to the arts. Arts Clayton has been appointed by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the FY2009 re-granting agency for the Grassroots Arts Program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale, and Spalding counties.

Funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the Grassroots Arts Program is designed to help smaller, emerging groups get off the ground – to “fill in the gap” between start-up and when an organization is ready to apply directly for larger funding or become self-sustaining.

GAP projects will create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater and dance performances, film programs, folk art projects, storytelling, workshops, and art festivals. Projects combining arts and education are encouraged.

This statewide arts program is designed to encourage local collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. All 159 Georgia Counties receives an equal per-capita allocation. Funding for art projects is open to any non-profit 50l(c)(3) tax exempt organization or unit of local government. Civic clubs, churches, theatre groups, arts festivals, Boys & Girls clubs, schools, parent-teacher organizations, libraries, Senior Citizens’ Centers, Parks & Recreation Departments also may be eligible to apply.

Four GAP grant writing workshops will be held at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 S. Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are free of charge, however pre-registration is required and all applicants (especially new / first time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend. Workshop times are: Tuesday, September 9 at 10 am; Thursday, September 11 at 1 pm; Monday, September 15 at 6 pm; and Saturday, September 20 at 10 am. Please email with your name, organization, contact information and which workshop session you wish to reserve and attend or call Sara Cookson at 770-473-5775. Applicants should visit the Arts Clayton website at to obtain application forms and funding guidelines prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them.

Funded projects must be accessible to the general public, must provide 50% of the total project cost as a cash match for the grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2009. For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, to discuss a potential project, or to request assistance with an application, visit the Arts Clayton website at where you may download the application and granting guidelines; email Arts Clayton at to request information; or call Sara Cookson at Arts Clayton 770-473-5775.

There is plenty of time to apply for the GRASSROOTS ART PROGRAM (GAP) grants. Forms and granting guidelines are available online at The deadline for submitting FY09 completed GAP applications is October 3, 2008 at 4 p.m.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Naked Pigs Need Dressing in Fayette County!

The 2008 Cattle Barons’ Ball committee is in search of a few good artists to help “dress” the event’s collection of ceramic pigs.

Each year, in preparation for the Cattle Barons’ Ball, the committee sends out “naked” piggy banks to local artists who volunteer to paint or otherwise decorate them with their own special theme. The pigs then sell for $35 each the night of the ball, with all proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society. The piggy banks, which in the past have been decorated to resemble “Wizard of Oz” characters, university mascots or film stars, have become one of the highlights of the ball each year.

This year’s Cattle Barons’ Ball in Fayette County, “Shooting for a Cure,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8. If you are an artist interested in decorating one or more pigs, call Kay Norton at 770-632-1504. For more information on the 2008 Cattle Barons’ Ball, call 770-631-0625 or visit
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Guests Take a Photographic Journey (Morrow, Georgia)

The Morrow Business & Tourism Association hosted an unveiling of a new art exhibit on Monday, August 18, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. The unveiling took place at the Morrow Business & Tourism Association (MBTA) Executive Suites, 1115 Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, Georgia. The exhibit, which is entitled “Portraits of Morrow: A Photographic Journey,” includes photographs by local photographer Larry McDonald. The photographs are intended to take visitors on a journey around the most notable points of interest in Morrow.

Photography has been a passion of Larry McDonald’s for many years. He didn’t get serious about it until about 1990 when a friend of his loaned him a camera. With a little education on the subject and a lot of film, McDonald got behind the lens at every opportunity! He’s currently striving to develop and refine a style of his own. McDonald notes, “By using various lenses and filters, the subject is my canvas and the camera my paintbrush, black and white as well as color.”

McDonald is the owner of Vintage Photography Studio in Jonesboro, Georgia, and he is a board member and staff photographer for the Arts Clayton Gallery. McDonald’s artwork has been seen in numerous publications including arts & expressions magazine and SEASON magazine. McDonald’s artwork has also graced the walls of many local businesses such as Barnes & Noble Booksellers Southlake and Clayton State University.

Other pieces of artwork on display in the MBTA’s exhibit are from Morrow Fire Chief Mark Herendeen, Morrow City Clerk Sylvia Redic, and Mrs. Peggy Millirons, wife of Morrow Mayor Jim Millirons.

The City of Morrow is located 14 miles south of downtown Atlanta. For more information about the City of Morrow, visit For more information on the MBTA, please visit or call 770-968-1623.
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Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II Opens at the Booth Museum

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Booth Western Art Museum announces the opening of Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II. The exhibition contains 74 works of art from 37 locations across six Southern states, and showcases seldom seen Western Art from private collections, museums, and galleries. Guests will be able to view the artwork through November 30, 2008.

Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II, or "Sweet Tea II" as it is known among the Booth Museum staff, allows visitors to experience art that will transport them to the most beautiful locations in the west to witness both the joys and hardships of life in the West. Works included in the exhibition span a 150 year period beginning with historic works by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran and ending with contemporary artists Howard Terpning, Ken Riley, Alyce Frank, and many others. Among the artistic treasures, many of which have never been exhibited to the public, are a watercolor by famed Western artist Charles M. Russell, oils by Taos artist E. I. Couse, and landscapes by artists such as Edward Potthast, Thomas Hill, and William Kieth.

"Sweet Tea II" is the second installment of a triennial exhibition series, building on the success of the first "Sweet Tea" in 2005. The current exhibition was co-curated by Booth Executive Director Seth Hopkins and Curator Jeff Donaldson, working with a wide range of private collectors and museum staff members around the Southeast.

The exhibition title, Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II, loosely defines the geographic area which is home to these amazing works of art. The "Sweet Tea Line" is the line below which sweet tea is found in abundance while above it sweet tea lovers are left trying to dissolve sweetener in cold tea.

The Booth Western Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday until 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday evenings. Museum admission includes Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II. For more information on the Booth Western Art Museum call +1-770-387-1300 or visit

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Art Faculty Show Off Their Talents

Faculty in the Department of Art kicked off the fall semester at UWG with their Annual Faculty Exhibition that began on Friday, August 15. A reception is scheduled on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Humanities Building. The exhibit and reception are free and the community is invited to attend.

Faculty artists exhibiting their work are Gordon Chandler, Dave Collins, Eilis Crean, Erin Dixon, Joey Hannaford, Richard Hill, Perry Kirk, Kevin Rutherford, Clint Samples, Debrah Santini, Kevin Shunn, Stephanie Smith, Joe Tsambiras and David Webster.

The show features a mixed media collection in the Main Gallery and the second floor gallery in the Humanities Building. Works include oil painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and photography. The Annual Faculty Exhibition will run through September 4 with both galleries open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stephanie Smith, instructor of printmaking at UWG, coordinates the gallery shows. She said people are going to applaud this year’s Main Gallery art program.

“After the annual faculty show, the art department will exhibit Argentinean-born artist Mariana Depetris' mixed media encaustic paintings. She’ll stay for a two-day workshop for UWG students and for a Saturday workshop for faculty, staff and the community. There are many other exciting gallery exhibits coming to the campus this year.” A completed schedule for the gallery will be posted soon.

The Department of Art offers a Bachelors of Art degree in art history, pre-medical illustration and studio art; and a Bachelor of Fine Art in art education, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, Painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

For more information on the exhibit, call 678-839-6521.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

The Sistine Chapel Gets A Charleston Brush Stroke

24-7 - Painted 12,000 square feet onto the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel is the depiction of famed Italian artist Michelangelo's biblical scene of God's Creation of the World, God's Relationship with Mankind and Mankind's Fall from God's Grace. Michelangelo's fresco tells a story to the world that words couldn't explain, that only he as an artist envisioned putting in pictures. For over five hundred years the painting has become a spectacle worthy of seeing time and time again. However time has left its trace upon the famed images that one Charleston S.C. artist is putting his artistic stroke to revamp The Sistine Chapel.

If the restoration in 1984 wasn't e enough to raise questions, many scholars believe that attempting to restore the immaculate works of art once more will tarnish the uniqueness of the Michelangelo masterpiece once in for all, while others may deem the idea improbable.

When The Sistine Chapel underwent a drastic make over it caused such a controversy, that historians and scholars differed on opinions as how to save the ailing work of art from losing its distinctiveness. That they fought to keep the history in tack from losing its original luster painted by Michelangelo.

Well we can only imagine what they are saying today, now that The Sistine Chapel is undergoing yet another monumental restoration process. But this time, on a scale un-parallel to what they can imagine.

Six months ago a Charleston native and artist had an idea. That idea was to recreate The Sistine Chapel and add a more contemporary appeal to it without tainting the story line or ruining the novel conception illustrated by Michelangelo. August 22nd, Kermin Middleton makes the attempt as he unveils The Sistine Chapel "Converted Gems: The Michelangelo Remix" at Castleberry Hills in Atlanta, and all eyes will be waiting to see what he's completed to restore what the world has come so amazed with each time it is viewed.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

UGA Arts Festival to Bring Lively Four-Day Celebration to UGA Campus in September in Conjunction with Lamar Dodd School of Art Building Dedication

Music, drama, art and poetry will enliven the University of Georgia campus during the first UGA Arts Festival, a four-day celebration to be held Sept. 4-7 at the Performing and Visual Arts Complex to coincide with the dedication of the new Lamar Dodd School of Art building.

The festival will feature numerous performances and exhibitions, all open free to the public. Featured events include a performance of French playwright Yasmina Reza’s award-winning comedy Art and readings by internationally known poet and translator Coleman Barks. Also on hand will be the Amadeus Trio as part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series.

“The arts are so important to all of us and especially at the University of Georgia,” said Garnett S. Stokes, dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, one of the sponsors of the event. “The UGA Arts Festival is an invitation to the Athens community that I believe will dramatically focus our attention on just how rich and varied arts are on campus.”

The festival kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. with the dedication of the new $40 million building for the Lamar Dodd School of Art on East Campus. The school, founded in 1937, is one of the largest university art programs in the nation. The more than 1,000 art majors study such areas as studio art, design, art education and art history.

“The Arts Festival will display both the outstanding facilities that have been developed for the visual and performing arts on East Campus and the achievements of the talented artists on our faculty,” said Betty Jean Craige, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, another sponsor of the Festival.“The festival will be a cornucopia of aesthetic treats—art exhibits and musical, theatrical and dance performances—that will show the community the pleasure and intellectual excitement that the University offers in the arts."

Also on Thursday, the Reza play will be performed by faculty from the department of theatre and film studies.

“UGA has tremendously rigorous and dynamic programs in all of the arts,” said David Saltz, head of the department of theatre and film studies. “It’s very rare that people—even faculty and students within the various art disciplines themselves—have a chance to see the scope of what’s happening here on campus.

“The opening of the new art building on East Campus is a perfect symbol of UGA’s commitment to education and research in all the arts.”

On Friday, Sept. 5, events will include an outdoor stage sponsored by UGA’s Music Business Program; performances by the CORE Concert Dance Company and the Amadeus Trio; and a reading, “Lion of the Heart,” performed by Coleman Barks, who will be accompanied by Art Rosenbaum, who is equally well known for his work as an artist and as a music folklorist. Barks is known worldwide as a poet and translator of the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Rosenbaum is a painter, muralist and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. Both Barks and Rosenbaum are retired UGA faculty members.

The Willson Center will in addition present “Music for a Summer Afternoon,” featuring faculty members from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and there will be an opening receptions for exhibitions in the galleries of the Lamar Dodd School of Art as well an opening reception at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Georgia football will take center stage on Saturday, Sept. 6, when the UGA Bulldogs play Central Michigan in Sanford Stadium, and there will also be an open practice of the Redcoat Marching Band at 9 a.m. on Woodruff Field.

Sunday, Sept. 7, will be family arts day, featuring acting, art, dancing and music. The hands-on events this day include a “Beaux Arts Ball” community waltz class and an improv performance and workshop of Alex and the Backpack, one of several theatre, art, dance and music programs for children.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Frances B. Bunzl and Charles Yates, Jr. Named Top Honorees at National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will celebrate the contributions of civic leader Frances B. Bunzl as the 2008 Philanthropist of the Year and Atlanta community leader Charles R. Yates, Jr. as this year’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.

Bunzl and Yates will be honored at the 26th National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at The Georgia World Congress Center. AFP also will recognize teen volunteers of the year at the event. Monica Pearson and John Pruitt of WSB-TV’s award winning news team are this year’s emcees.

Nominated by the High Museum of Art, Frances Bunzl is described as “exemplifying the meaning of the word ‘philanthropist’ in its truest sense of someone whose charitable acts are driven by an innate desire to benefit others. She has made extraordinary contributions to the Museum over the years and is an advocate for the museum, ensuring that others in the community appreciate and understand the need for a vibrant High Museum.”

In addition to her support of the Museum, Bunzl contributes to Emory University, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Foundation, Highland Cashier Chamber Music Festival, the Bascom Museum in Highlands, North Carolina and the Atlanta International School. She also endowed the timpani chair for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of her late husband Walter in 1988.

Nominated by The Atlanta Opera, Charles R. Yates, Jr., who has served on The Atlanta Opera’s Board of Directors since 2006, is described as being an “invaluable leader and asset” to the organization. He is credited with being “a major factor in the company’s amazing turn-around in the past two years.” Yates was instrumental in the planning and launching of a three-year $10.9 million Capacity Building Campaign, and personally raised over $2 million.

In addition to his service with the Opera, Yates contributes to the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA, Regional Leadership Foundation, Washington & Lee University Williams School (Commerce, Politics and Economics), Westminster Schools, The Sara Giles Moore Foundation, The Atlanta Rotary Club, Emory University Bobby Jones Scholar Program and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

An annual celebration in Atlanta and across the country generally held in November during National Philanthropy Month, this year’s luncheon was moved to the end of October to avoid conflicting with Election Day. Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, SunTrust Bank and Coxe Curry and Associates are presenting sponsors of Atlanta’s National Philanthropy Day (NPD) which is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. NPD attracts over 1,300 guests representing the Who’s Who of Atlanta philanthropy gathered to honor the leading donors and volunteers who, as the NPD motto proclaims, are “changing the world with a giving heart.”

For more information about the National Philanthropy Day recognition luncheon, please call 1-877-845-0704 or visit
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SlowExposures 2008

Juried Exhibition Celebrating
Photography of the Rural South

2008 Theme: The Rural South - Real and Imagined

September 19, 20 and 21 & September 26, 27 and 28, 2008
Concord, Pike County , Georgia

SlowExposures, the nationally recognized photography exhibition that faithfully captures the theme of the rural South's history and character, opens Friday, September 19th 2008 for two weekends in the picturesque town of Concord , Georgia.

More than 120 photographers from 14 states submitted over 600 photos for consideration. From these, nationally recognized jurors chose 71 images from 47 artists through a "blind" selection process. The photos capture the rich romance and sweeping vistas of South in color and black and white.

“This year’s SlowExposures photographs have come of age. Each image is a special look at our heritage with a fresh insight and new perspective,” says Chris Curry, Director of the photography exhibit. “We are very pleased with the artwork and think that the public that views these images will come away with a renewed vision of their birthright.”

The sixth anniversary of this free photography showcase will be held in the historic 1887 R.F. Strickland Building, a late nineteenth century mercantile store listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Pike County, south of Atlanta.

Located one hour south of the Atlanta airport, SlowExposures attracts thousands of visitors each year who visit bucolic Pike County to view and purchase original and innovative works from photographers from all over the United States .

SlowExposures is the annual fundraiser of Pike Historic Preservation and is dedicated to supporting the historical and cultural heritage of the rural south through contemporary photography. All proceeds from the show and the dinner/dance go to the preservation of Pike County 's historic buildings and landscapes.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489 , Zebulon , GA , 30295 , (770) 567-2029.
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Upcoming Events at the High

FINAL WEEKS: “The Louvre and the Ancient World” & “Houdon at the Louvre” close September 7

The Louvre and the Ancient World features masterpieces from the founding cultures of Western civilization and includes more than 70 works from the Louvre’s unparalleled Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antiquities collections. Houdon at the Louvre: Masterworks of the Enlightenment presents the work of Jean-Antoine Houdon, a major artist of the French Enlightenment whose portraiture depicted some of the prominent intellectual and political figures of the time.

For more information on these exhibitions please click here.

SPECIAL ART IN THE CITY: 45th anniversary of MLK "I Have a Dream" speech
Thursday, August 28, 2008, 5-8 p.m.
Join us for a special CELEBRATE ATLANTA evening of Art in the City as we pay homage to the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Enjoy uplifting songs of inspiration by a live choir. The Museum offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. This is a great way to see special exhibitions and avoid the weekend crowds. Free with Museum admission and free to members.


Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center
Experience this popular pre-school art education program! Parents and their children ages 2 to 4 are encouraged to look at works of art within the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collections as well as to create a masterpiece to take home. Drop by any time and stay as long as you like. A treat for parents and toddlers! Sponsored by Carters/ OshKosh.

August 28: Reverse Glass Paintings: Test your thinking skills—backwards! Imagine a picture in your head, reverse everything, and paint your scene on glass. Flip it over—does it look how you thought it would?

No registration required. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

Saturdays; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center
With activities ranging from three-dimensional sculptures to figural collages, your family is sure to have an enriching hands-on art making experience! Saturday Studio is offered each Saturday at the High.

August 30: Portraits of Power Drawings: Discover civil rights leaders in the “Road to Freedom” exhibition and then use charcoal to draw a portrait of your favorite.

No registration required. Free with museum admission and free to members.

Mondays CLOSED
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.
* Friday Jazz (3rd Friday of every month) 5 to 10 p.m.
Check for special extended hours during special exhibitions and events.
Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and December 25.

$18 Adult
$15 Senior citizens and college students with ID
$11 Children ages 6 to 17
Free Children under age 6 and Members
*All pricing includes free audio-guide tours of “Louvre Atlanta”

Tickets are available online at Tickets may also be purchased at the High Museum admission desk, Woodruff Arts Center box office, or by phone, 404-733-5000 (404-733-5386 TTD). All ticket orders placed via phone will incur a $3.00/ticket service charge.

CityPass TicketsIncludes admission to 6 Atlanta attractions. $69 for adults (a $119 value) and $49 for children 3 – 12 (an $89 value). For more information on CityPass, please visit

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street
Midtown Atlanta
MARTA: Arts Center

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Stolen Art Uncovered - Is it Yours?

Talk about a surprising discovery. In 2006, a treasure trove of all kinds of art work—some of which has subsequently been identified as stolen—was uncovered in a New York City apartment. In an effort to track down the rightful owners, the FBI and the Public Administrator of New York County have posted pictures of the most important pieces on their website.

More than 300 works of art—paintings, sketches, sculptures, and other pieces by such artists as Pablo Picasso, John Singleton Copley, Alberto Giacometti, Giorgio Morandi, and Eugene Boudin—were discovered after the death of the apartment’s occupant, William M.V. Kingsland.

Kingsland was well known in New York City’s art circles as an engaging and intelligent connoisseur of art, books, architecture, and genealogy. But when he died, he left no will…and no apparent heirs to claim the floor-to-ceiling stacks of paintings and art works crammed into his one-bedroom apartment.

Turns out Kingsland was a pretty secretive guy—despite having many acquaintances, very few people had ever been inside his residence. In conversations with friends, he was often evasive about his early years and his family. And, as reported by the media not long after his death, William Kingsland wasn’t even his given name—he was born Melvyn Kohn and spent his early years in the Bronx before legally changing his name to Kingsland. He thought it had a more literary sound to it and would help him gain acceptance among Manhattan’s upper crust.

A surprising discovery. After Kingsland’s death, New York Public Administrator Ethel Griffin hired two auction houses—Christie’s and Stair Galleries—to sell the art. But as Christie’s researched the pieces to determine their provenance (history of ownership), it discovered some of them had been reported stolen in the 1960s and 1970s and immediately contacted New York Special Agent Jim Wynne, a member of our Art Crime Team. And after Stair Galleries auctioned off several pieces, one of the buyers—an art gallery owner—discovered the piece he bought had been reported stolen as well, so he too got in touch with Agent Wynne.

One bizarre side note: A mover hired by the Public Administrator’s Office to transport the contents of Kingsland’s apartment to a warehouse was charged for stealing two Picasso sketches each valued at approximately $30,000. And, it turns out that was not the first time those two sketches had been stolen…sometime before they ended up in Kingsland’s collection they were stolen from a New York art gallery around 1967!

With the cooperation of the Public Administrator’s Office and the two auction houses, we (the FBI) began investigating Kingsland’s collection of art and positively identified several works that had been stolen. And we think there are more. But because of the overwhelming size of the collection and the complex and time-consuming nature of provenance investigations, we decided the best and most expeditious course of action was to publicize the art work to the general public.

The FBI needs your help. If you have information on the provenance, acquisition, or ownership of any work of art from the Kingsland collection shown here—or if you want to make a claim—please contact Agent Wynne at (718) 286-7302 or by e-mail at

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The Cotton Pickin' Fair October 4th & 5th

October 4 & 5, 2008 – The 69th edition of The Cotton Pickin’ Fair – Gay, GA – Three hundred skilled artisans feature Art, Antiques & Crafts in a 1910 era farm venue. A unique shopping and entertainment experience for the entire family. Delicious southern foods are baked, fried, boiled, and barbequed on site and music, folk dancing, story telling, and puppetry arts delight both young and old throughout the each day.

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday; Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Children (4-12). Contact: for directions and a preview of our festival or call (706) 538-6814. Sponsored by The 1911 Society, Ltd., a Georgia Non-profit Corporation supporting Sustainable Rural Development Agri-Tourism.

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces Domestic Indemnity Program

$5 billion in insurance coverage supports American museums

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the addition of a domestic component to the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program that will provide significant assistance to American museums while increasing opportunities for audiences to view great works of art. For the first time, exhibitions drawn from U.S. collections are eligible for indemnity coverage while on view in American museums. With the program's history of unqualified success in covering international exhibitions, it is expected that the domestic component will have an equally profound impact on American museums and the publics they serve.

Since 1975, the NEA has administered the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program on behalf of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities to reduce the costs of insurance for American museums exhibiting collections from abroad or loaning their objects for exhibitions in other countries. The indemnity agreements are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Treasury in the event of loss or damage. Because of this program, exhibition organizers, mostly non-profit museums, have been spared nearly $250 million in insurance premiums.

In December 2007, President Bush signed legislation amending the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act, to establish the domestic indemnity program. The statute authorizes a total amount of coverage available for all exhibitions taking placing at one time of $5 billion, with a maximum indemnity of $750 million for a single exhibition. The total value of an exhibition must be at least $75 million to be eligible for coverage. A sliding scale deductible, which applies per exhibition, is based on the dollar value of the coverage.

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia said, "It is difficult to overstate the importance of this $5 billion of domestic indemnity. It will save American museums millions of dollars in insurance and bring more great exhibitions to more communities than ever before."

The domestic program will operate parallel to the international program, with two application deadlines per year and review by an advisory panel of museum professionals, with final decisions made by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Guidelines and applications for domestic indemnity are available at The first deadline is September 8, 2008 for coverage beginning as early as December 1, 2008.

Over the last 33 years, the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program has helped make possible more than 900 exhibitions of treasures from collections worldwide while on view in this country. Since the program's inception, there have been virtually no claims. In fact, earlier this year, a recovered painting was sold at auction, netting the Treasury a payout of more than five times the original claim reimbursement.

Examples of indemnified exhibitions are Treasures of Tutankhamun at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Dali's Optical Illusions at the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT), Louvre Atlanta at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), Treasures from the First Emperor of China at the Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA).
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Stone Mountain Park Celebrates Forty Years of The Yellow Daisy Festival

Stone Mountain Park celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Yellow Daisy Festival Sept. 4-7. Thousands of shoppers, young and young at heart, are invited to experience 500 crafters from all over the United States and their works of art. The Yellow Daisy Festival is a former winner of the “Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events” and was named “The Nation’s #1 Arts & Crafts Show” five years in a row by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The four-day festival is free with $10 vehicle entry into the park.

The Yellow Daisy Festival hosts a number of unique artists including eighteen year-old Dylan Scott Pierce, a watercolorist from Douglasville, Ga. and the youngest artist participating in the festival. Other artists include Hurricane Katrina survivors Jeanine Nahra, a scratch artist from Gretna, La. and Dan Fineman, a woodworker from Diberville, Miss.

“Over the past forty years, the Yellow Daisy Festival has featured an extraordinary collection of artists from all types of backgrounds, “ said Jeanine Battle, special events manager for Stone Mountain Park. “These artists have influenced the hearts and minds of an estimated eight million shoppers which includes multiple generations of grandmothers, mothers and daughters.”

Additionally, the festival offers entertainment, an assortment of festival foods, a Men’s Den and a Children’s Corner. New this year, the festival is promoting environmental awareness by providing free reusable shopping bags made of biodegradable materials. Plus, recycling bins will be strategically placed through-out the festival grounds.

Shoppers can stop by the Burt’s Bee’s tent, a festival sponsor, to learn about their organic products and receive free massages and samples. Other sponsor displays include 104.7 The FISH, GMC, National Pork Council, Kroger and Comcast.

Tips for the Inexperienced (and Professional)
Yellow Daisy Shopper

The many shopping, food and entertainment options can be overwhelming to any shopper, whether a long time attendee or brand new to the festival. To minimize anxiety, tips on the best way to delight in the Yellow Daisy Festival are provided.

1. Gather your shopping posse. Whether it is your mother, grandmother, daughter or best friends you will want to make sure you experience the Yellow Daisy Festival with your best pals.

2. Prepare for your Yellow Daisy Festival shopping weekend by checking the weather forecast, and then choosing appropriate clothing. Clothing that is light and comfortable along with walking shoes will suffice.

3. Prepare a bag with essentials that you will need through-out the weekend. This bag should include: cash, credit card, check-book, sunscreen, lip gloss, compact and cell phone. Shoppers are welcome to bring their own shopping bags for purchases, or they can pick up a free biodegradable one at the Yellow Daisy Festival merchandise shop.

4. Plan your shopping route. With an estimated 200,000 shoppers over the four day festival, it is easy to miss artist booths. Blackberry Lane is the suggested beginning; a map can be found at

5. Arrive thirty minutes before the festival gates open. Hours are 10a.m.- 6p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10a.m.- 7:30p.m.on Saturday.

6. Visit the featured artist, Vikki Mancil Weigel, at booth A35. Vikki is a self-taught artist and is recognized for her brilliant color palette and childlike spirit.

7. Send your husband, brother or father to the Men’s Den where they can relax in recliners while watching fall football games on a big screen TV.

8. Send your kids to the Children’s Corner where they can participate in crafts, rock walls, face painting and crazy hair.

9. Take a break from shopping and indulge in the fried candy bars, roasted corn and fresh cut fruit located at the many vendors. While on your break, enjoy the live bands providing entertainment at the Yellow Daisy Main stage.

10. End your weekend by taking inventory of all your purchases and plan next year’s Yellow Daisy Festival trip.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Georgia State Students’ Film to Premiere at Olympics

For most, going to the Olympics as a spectator is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For three Georgia State graduate students — Phoebe Brown, Shanna Gildersleeve and Micah Stansell — and their faculty adviser, Niklas Vollmer, attending this summer’s games in Beijing will offer another unique experience: the world premiere of their documentary film.

The Coca-Cola Co. commissioned Vollmer and his students to film a segment on Doug Stoup, an environmentalist and expeditionist who has led teams to the North and South poles and was selected as a torchbearer for this year’s Olympics. Teams of students from Australia, China, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania and Turkey also filmed their own segments. After seeing the work from Georgia State, Coca-Cola asked Vollmer, Brown, Gildersleeve and Stansell to edit each five-minute segment into one film.

“Hopefully at some point, we’ll at least make some kind of personal contact with the other students,” Brown says. “We’ve spent a lot more time with their work. As you keep watching, you start feeling like you get a sense of what the people who made it would be like.”

The film blends the different filmmakers’ unique storytelling styles to illustrate the need for global awareness of environmental issues ranging from water pollution to melting glaciers to wildlife conservation. Each segment follows an environmentalist who was selected as an Olympic torchbearer and highlights his or her cause.

“Hopefully, it will effect some sort of change,” Stansell says.

Vollmer says it’s been rewarding to guide his students through the process of putting together the film, calling it a bridge between Georgia State and other universities.

“These three have been great at adapting to something that all of us, when we first agreed to it, had no idea what it really would turn out to be,” he says. “I wanted a sharp crew, and they’re sharp.”

The film will premiere Aug. 13 at the Coca-Cola Shuang Experience Center, a hospitality venue on the Olympic Green.

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Visual and Performing Arts Seminar Scheduled

AAG Note: This looks to be a great event for anyone in the field of the arts! Impressive and I'm excited that we have this opportunity to hear from so many who have "been there, done that --- and succeeded!".

A first of its kind seminar bringing together experts in the fields of event planning, advertising, marketing and increasing ticket sales for all arts organizations is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro.

According to event organizer, Andre De Lorenzo, “This is a great learning opportunity for every arts organization in the Southern Crescent. In our area Arts organizations, regardless of their size, face the same challenges as organizations in Atlanta. Perhaps even on a greater scale because of a lack of knowledge about today’s marketing trends, professional management techniques, availability of funding, lack of suitable venues and limited exposure. To address these issues and provide a vehicle for the exchange of expertise and ideas in these vital areas, we’ve established this seminar.”

Attendance at this one day seminar will be open to every arts organization in Carroll, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, South Fulton, Spalding and Troup counties. “We have invited subject matter experts in areas of management, advertising, promotion, marketing, scheduling, sponsorship and financing to speak on their field of expertise.”

A partial list of presenters includes Flora Maria Garcia, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, Stephanie Lee, Interim Director of the Ferst Center for the Arts, Dr. Anita Lloyd, Coordinator for the Clayton Performing Arts Center, Paul R. Pierce, Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia, Lisa Cremin, Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Kim Patrick Bitz, Executive Director of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts.

“The list of presenters grows every day and we expect additional participation from individuals representing State and National arts organizations. They are excited about this opportunity to share their expertise with our Southern Crescent organizations.” stated De Lorenzo. “Topics that will be covered include everything from how to best plan for an effective season, the business of the arts, effective advertising and marketing techniques, how to apply for and win grants and where assistance is available. There are a number of State and National organizations that can provide planning and training that has proved to be effective for the arts from the smallest community groups to the largest of county managed venues. The techniques discussed at this seminar are equally important and useful to both visual and performing arts organizations.”

Advance registration for the all day seminar, which includes breaks and lunch is $35 per person. Day of event registration will be $50. “Thanks to the cooperation of the presenters who are volunteering their time without compensation, we are able to keep this important seminar affordable to every individual associated with an arts organization.”

Information and a registration form are available by e-mail from or by calling 404-822-9057.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Curtain Rises on New Atlanta Broadway Series

The lights of Broadway are preparing to shine on Atlanta’s newest performance venue! A brand NEW series of blockbuster Broadway programming is set to debut at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.

The first season of the Atlanta Broadway Series will premiere this fall with a spectacular line-up of Broadway’s biggest hits and most exciting offerings, including WICKED, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy, HAIRSPRAY and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Audiences can also enjoy a special performance from Natalie Cole.

“We are proud to kick off the new Atlanta Broadway Series with such high-caliber content,” comments Stephanie Parker, vice president of the series. “Bringing these beloved Broadway hits to metro-Atlanta audiences is a natural progression now that the Atlanta region features such a spectacular new performing arts facility.”

“The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to announce its third resident company, the Atlanta Broadway Series, in a venue designed to accommodate Broadway," said Michael Taormina CFE, managing director of the Centre. "Booking a Broadway series has always been a priority for the Cobb Energy Centre. Being able to announce —particularly during our first year of operation—this exciting new addition to the Centre's program offerings is especially gratifying.”

The 2008-2009 season of the Atlanta Broadway Series includes:

October 28 - November 2, 2008
This show is playing at The Fox Theatre, but subscribers to the Atlanta Broadway Series will get the chance to see the musical phenomenon as part of their 2008-2009 package.
Back by “Popular” Demand. The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,” and when it first played Atlanta in May, 2006, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is sure to create more box office magic when it flies back to Atlanta. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

December 30, 2008 – January 4, 2009
USA Today calls CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, “Dazzling…A fantastical tale of an enchanted jungle.” Direct from Broadway, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of 28 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate the entire family. In the ongoing tradition of extravagant touring shows, Neil Goldberg and Cirque Productions continue to blend European artistry with circus and Broadway theatrics in a dramatic fashion that transcends imagination and leaves its narration to the eyes of the beholder making CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY a Broadway first.

January 13 - 18, 2009
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network - all without denting her 'do! Don't miss HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As The New York Times says, “If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!”

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 17 - 22, 2009
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

As one of the Season Ticket Holder benefits, Atlanta Broadway Series Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to a NATALIE COLE CONCERT PERFORMANCE at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Singer Natalie Cole has achieved unprecedented global success as an interpreter of standards and soulful R&B vocalist. She was the first black singer to win a Grammy in the “Best New Artist” category and received a “Record of the Year” Grammy for “Unforgettable,” the groundbreaking duet with her late father’s voice. She releases a new collection of standards this fall called Still Unforgettable.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series season packages are on sale now with prices ranging from $116 – $354. Season ticket prices will vary depending on the number of shows chosen, the number of performances, show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at

Tickets to individual shows in the 2008-2009 season are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public six to eight weeks prior to Opening Night. However, Season Ticket Holders have the unique opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2008-2009 Season, or to order online, please visit Reservations for groups of 20 or more for individual shows can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (All times are subject to change). An audio described performance for the visually impaired and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf are available for each pre-determined Saturday matinee of each presentation.

The Atlanta Broadway Series was created in partnership with WH Management.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Get Away to Great Past Times During Labor Day Weekend at Powers' Crossroads Festival in Newnan, Ga., Aug. 30 - Sept. 1

PRNewswire/ -- The Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival opens for its 38th consecutive year on Labor Day Weekend with new entertainment as it continues to celebrate its proud tradition as host to innovative art exhibitions in this West Georgia community.

"It's a great opportunity for festival visitors to dial back the hands of time and experience a real country fair set in the rolling woodlands of this west Georgia community," said Carol Chancy, the festival's executive director.

Held every year on the 100 acres of historic Powers Plantation in Newnan, Ga., near Franklin, Ga., the Powers' Crossroads Festival will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and will wrap up at 5 p.m. Labor Day afternoon, Sept. 1, after a 2 p.m. Miss Coweta County Pageant, a preliminary event for the Miss West Georgia competition in January 2009.

Festival hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and military personnel, $3 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Parking is free and complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking areas.

Visit for additional information and driving directions.

With a proud heritage as one of the best events in the Southeast, Powers brings back again this year its local Rising Star talent competition on the Festival's opening day.

Beginning at 10 a.m. 30 contestants will vie for the title of the 2008 Powers' Crossroads Rising Star. Contestants will compete in one of three age categories: 15-18 years old; 19-34; and, 35 plus.

This year's three celebrity judges for the rising star competition are "Mid-Days" radio personality J. D. from Midwest Georgia's music station, Magic 98.1, WMGP-FM in Newnan; Jessica Scott, Miss West Georgia 2008; and Linda Walker, owner of the talent agency Speer Entertainment and Really Big Productions, Inc., an entertainment production company.

They will select a winner from each age group, and from that group of three, the judges -- with some audience participation -- will select the 2008 Powers' Crossroads Rising Star.

Each age group winner will receive cash prizes and will perform an Encore Show Monday, Sept. 1 prior to the Miss Coweta County competition.

Visitors to this year's festival can also find perennial favorites in shopping for unique arts and crafts. Each of the more than 200 artisans showcasing their work for sale is selected by judges during the course of the year.

Judges for this year's art competition are Amanda Dumas-Hernandez, a Newnan native who is currently an instructor at the Savannah College of Art & Design's Atlanta campus, and Claudia McDavid, the Art Partners Program Officer for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

This year, visitors may also see a limited viewing of art purchased by the Festival between 1971-2007.

Each year the Festival art judges select several pieces to purchase as exemplary of that particular year's offerings at the Festival. Known as the Purchase Awards, there are currently more than 100 works of art in this collection.

The Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival is organized and produced by five local non-profit organizations as their annual major fundraiser with net proceeds divided among the organizations. They are: Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Newnan Coweta Arts Association, Coweta 4H, Newnan Coweta Jaycees and The Pilot Club of Newnan

Presenting sponsors include Buffalo Rock Beverages and Food Services, Newnan, Ga., West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange, Ga., Toyota of Newnan.

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'Dish' Garden is Functional, Recycled Art

On their own, container gardens or recycling are not new concepts. But Tony Johnson combined the two and made a unique, eye-catching, floral conversation piece.
The 8-foot diameter satellite dish once helped a homeowner tune into the latest movies and broadcasts. But today, it receives curious looks and smiles as a “dish garden” at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga.

As horticulturist for the garden, Johnson is known for his creativity and ingenuity. “I have a limited budget and very limited manpower, so I rely heavily on volunteers and donations,” he said. “So, when one of our Master Gardener volunteers asked me if I wanted his old satellite dish, I said, ‘Sure.’”
No matter what size or form, containers are perfect for planting under tree canopies, he said. Johnson places his first dish garden under a Chinese Evergreen Oak tree. The almost complete shade was perfect for growing hostas. But the dish could’ve been filled with any number of annual or perennial plants.
The satellite dish Johnson used is made of metal mesh. Excess water drains through the soil and waters the tree roots beneath.
“When you plant in the ground under trees, you risk destroying the tree’s root system,” Johnson said. “The satellite dish is perfect because it’s large, but the base is very small so it leaves a small footprint and doesn’t interfere with the tree’s roots.”
Johnson is now searching for more dish donations to plant around the 65-acre UGA garden.

“I know you can donate old dishes to a scrap metal recycler, but I view my idea as recycling, too,” he said.
Don't be too quick to toss away your old items. They could make for quirky outdoor garden features, too.
Heirloom gardens are typically full of plants reminiscent of gardens from the Old South. What better, more creative way to label your selections than with china plate name markers?
Other yard art ideas include using an old wheelbarrow or wooden chest as a planter. A brass headboard from an old bed may seem useless, but in a flower garden it becomes an attractive minifence.
At the UGA garden in Griffin, Johnson’s other recycled creations include an antique iron bed he turned into a flower “bed” and old scrap metal welded into garden art that resembles cat tails, birds and butterflies.

Atlanta Artists and Arts Organizations Invited To Apply For Funding Through Contracts for Arts Services

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that the 2008/2009 Contracts for Arts Services program is currently accepting applications. For over 30 years, the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Contracts for Arts Services program has contributed over $13 million to support Atlanta’s thriving artistic community. The Contracts for Arts Services program awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and managerial support of artistic and cultural services in the City of Atlanta. “We realize that the presence of artists and arts organizations is essential to Atlanta’s cultural vitality”, states Camille Russell Love, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our goal is to provide support for the existence and excellence of artist’s and arts organizations in Atlanta.”

WHAT: 2008/2009 Contracts for Arts Services program awards grants to individual artists, art organizations, and community organizations.

Applications will be accepted in the following five categories from arts and cultural organizations and practicing, professional artists for projects in the City of Atlanta:

Major Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Community Cultural Development
Artist Projects
Emerging Artist Award for Theater

WHEN: Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on
Friday, September 5, 2008

Applications are available at

To qualify for funding, artists must be residents of the City of Atlanta, and organizations must be headquartered within Atlanta city limits and have 501 (C) (3) IRS tax-exempt status. Detailed information and guidelines are available on the website to explain the categories, criteria, and instructions for application submission. For more information or assistance please call 404-817-6849 or email to

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

September Films at the High


September 5–26: 11TH Annual Iranian Film Today
September 20–October 4: Discovering Turkish Cinema

Two film series at the High in September present the finest films from Iran and Turkey. The 11th annual Iranian Film Today returns to the High beginning Friday, September 5, and runs through Friday, September 26. The six-film series offers an exceptional sampling of Iranian filmmaking, from quiet drama and dark comedy to interwoven stories and farcical tales. Discovering Turkish Cinema brings three award-winning films to the screen, exploring the dramatically complex themes and visually stunning scenes of modern Turkey.

“The films in the Iranian and Turkish series this year explore themes of modernity and tradition in patriarchal culture, the lasting impact of the Iran/Iraq war and the search for meaning and connection shared by all people,” said Linda Dubler, the High’s curator of media arts. “These films powerfully explore the complexities of relationships, the weight of history and the strong visual style represented in modern Iranian and Turkish filmmaking.”

Iranian Film Today begins on Friday, September 5, with Amir Shahab Razavian’s “Colors of Memory,” a moving drama that follows Dr. Parsa, a divorced surgeon who returns to a vastly changed Iran after many years abroad. He rediscovers the country through the eyes of a young driver and through his friendship with an elderly musician on a trip to his earthquake-ravaged hometown. His encounters help him come to terms with his past and find a path toward the future.

On September 6, “Persian Carpet” is a compilation of short films from 15 leading Iranian directors. Each director weaves their story around the theme of carpets, which have served as iconic expressions of Persian art and culture since ancient times. Ranging from purely visual celebrations to potent short dramas, the contributions to this ambitious omnibus film include episodes by Abbas Kiarostami (“The Wind Will Carry Us”) and Dariush Mehrjui (“Santouri”).

Showing September 12, Saman Salour’s “A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral” is a dark comedy about male friendship, following two men who tend a gas station on a little-used desert highway. The Edinburgh Film Festival program praised it as “ . . . a gentle, at times laugh-out-loud funny and also surprisingly wise meditation on the vicissitudes of modern life, the Iranian landscape . . . and most of all, people’s seemingly infinite capacity to drive each other crazy.”

Pourya Azarbayjani’s “Unfinished Stories,” screening on September 13, is a trio of interwoven tales exploring the obstacles facing women in contemporary Iran. A lovelorn high-school student, a middle-class woman who’s been thrown out by her husband and the mother of a newborn find themselves alone on the freezing streets of Tehran.
This strong debut from director Pourya Azarbayjani features fine performances and a beautifully observed script.

On September 19 is “Night Bus,” Kiumars Purahmad’s suspenseful anti-war film set during the 1980s Iran-Iraq War. Strong performances and striking black-and-white cinematography serve the gripping story of two Iranian soldiers and a bus driver who transport 38 blindfolded, bound Iraqi POWs through the minefield-laced desert to their base camp. In “Variety,” Deborah Young praised the film’s “pleasing spareness” and “powerfully authentic” lead performance.

Closing the festival on September 26, Kamal Tabrizi’s “Look for the Woman,” considers the eternal misunderstandings between men and women in this farcical tale of a couple on the brink of divorce. Based on a series of short stories by Seyyed Mohammad Shoja-ee, the film centers on the relationship between Omid and Maryam, a young couple who have lost touch with the things they love about each other. Tabrizi explores how men assume their own superiority and how women actually run the show. Actor Reza Kianian will be present to introduce the film.

Discovering Turkish Cinema begins on September 20 with “Bliss,” a visually stunning film from Abdullah Oguz, exploring themes of modernity and tradition, love and duty, and the persistence of patriarchal values in a changing society. A young woman is raped, and then becomes the target of an honor killing because she is deemed “tainted.” Her fate is in the hands of a distant cousin transporting her to Istanbul, where he is to abandon her body. When he’s unable to complete his mission, they end up on the run, finding employment with a disenchanted professor who has himself fled his past to explore the exquisite landscape of the Aegean coast.

September 27 brings “The Edge of Heaven,” 2007 Cannes Film Festival winner for best screenplay. Familial and erotic love, children lost, parents never found and widening generational and geographic distances permeate Fatih Akin’s interwoven tale centering on two mothers, two daughters, and a father and son. In his “New York Times” review A. O. Scott observed that “As the lives of the characters cross and entwine, there is a sense of human connections becoming stronger and thicker. . . . And even as the movie bristles with violence . . . its tone is curiously gentle.” This film is not appropriate for children.

The series closes on October 4 with Reha Erdem’s “Times and Winds,” the poetic and visually ravishing winner of the Best Turkish Film Award at the 2006 Istanbul Film Festival. Structured around the five Islamic daily calls to prayer, it explores rural life through the eyes of two boys, Omer and Yakup, and their female friend Yildiz. All are on the cusp of adolescence, with families who curb their dreams as surely as the mountain and sea confine their isolated village.

Film Series Schedule
All films are screened in the Richard H. Rich Theatre, located in the Memorial Arts Building, adjacent to the High at Peachtree and 15th Streets in midtown Atlanta. All films are screened at 8 p.m. in the Rich Theatre unless otherwise noted. All films are in their original language with English subtitles.

Iranian Film Today

“Colors of Memory”
Friday, September 5(Iran/Germany/Canada, 2007, 100 minutes)

“Persian Carpet”
Saturday, September 6(Iran, 2007, 109 minutes)

“A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral”
Friday, September 12(Iran, 2006, 85 minutes)

“Unfinished Stories”
Saturday, September 13(Iran, 2007, 76 minutes)

“Night Bus”
Friday, September 19(Iran, 2007, 90 minutes)

“Look for the Woman”
Friday, September 26
(Iran, 2008, 105 minutes)

Discovering Turkish Cinema

Saturday, September 20
(Turkey/Greece, 2007, 127 minutes)

“The Edge of Heaven”
Saturday, September 27
(Turkey/Germany/Italy, 2007, 122 minutes)
This film is not appropriate for children.

“Times and Winds”
Saturday, October 4
(Turkey, 2006, 111 minutes)

Organization and Support
Iranian Film Today is co-organized by Linda Dubler, curator of media arts at the High Museum of Art, and Iranian cinema specialist Reza Sohrabi, who generously donated his time and expertise to this program. Discovering Turkish Cinema is organized by Linda Dubler and co-sponsored by the Atlanta Turkish Arts Council and the Turkish American Cultural Association of Georgia. 35mm projection facilities in the Rich Auditorium were provided by a gift from George Lefont.