Monday, December 28, 2009

SlowExposures 2010 bring Fine Art Photogaphy to the South.....‏

Opens Friday, September 17th, 2010
Pike County, Georgia

SlowExposures, held annually in Pike County, Georgia, is the nationally recognized juried photo exhibition which faithfully captures the South's rural character through fine art photography.

The eighth showcase of photography opens on Friday, September 17th, 2010, in pastoral Pike County, located one hour south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The photo celebration includes cutting edge seminars and workshops, a local children’s photography contest, satellite shows and a traditional, black tie SlowExposures Ball on Saturday, September 25th.

In addition to the primary collection of over ninety photos, a self-driving road tour features a map of the satellite shows and historic sites throughout picturesque Pike County.

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.

SlowExposures attracts hundreds of visitors each fall.

For more information, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489, Zebulon, GA, 30295, (770) 567-3600.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

UGA to exhibit New York paintings by professor emeritus James Herbert

The University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art presents an exhibition of paintings by James Herbert on view Friday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday Feb. 3 in Gallery 101 of the art school.The opening reception on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. is free and the public is invited to attend.

A world-renowned filmmaker and painter, Herbert has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minn. and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has won two Guggenheim Awards (one in painting and one in filmmaking), a Tiffany Foundation Award, A Gottlieb Foundation Award and three National Endowment for the Arts senior painting grants. Herbert taught painting and filmmaking as a distinguished research professor at the art school until he retired in 2006.

In mid-2006, Herbert moved to Brooklyn, New York to continue painting.The UGA exhibition is a selection from the 120 large-scale acrylic canvases completed by Herbert since that time.

“I’ve been painting for the last 3½ years in a studio in an industrial area of Brooklyn called Bushwick—among the wholesale importers, metalwork shops, razor wire and dust from five cement plants. A lot of artists have studios here and there are emerging galleries getting attention and lots of bands and young people,” Herbert said recently. “But it is the edgy, cluttered urban intensity that revises my feelings for painting—and the spectacular light, sometimes more like Italy than the gray city I expected. My new work does not illustrate or embrace these things but reflects them I think, at least in attitude or reaction.”

“We are delighted that our long-time distinguished faculty member, Jim Herbert, will premiere new paintings created in his New York studio,” said Georgia Strange, director of the art school. “Our dynamic community of artists in the school of art welcomes Herbert’s vital, energetic work.”

Gallery 101 is located on the first floor of the art school, which is located at 270 River Road on the UGA campus. For more information, see


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Final Weeks to Enter Olympus Share the Experience Photo Contest

/PRNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation issued a reminder today that there are just a few weeks left to enter the 2009 Olympus Share the Experience photo contest, which is seeking this year's best photo of the 392 national parks or other federal recreation lands. More than 2,000 photo entries have been submitted to the contest so far.

The Share the Experience photo contest closes at 11:59 pm ET on December 31, 2009. The grand prize winning photo will be featured on next year's Federal Recreation Lands Pass and will receive an Olympus E-3 Digital Camera.

The 2008 winning photo was taken in Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

The winning photo from this year's Share the Experience photo contest sponsored by the National Park Foundation and Olympus.

The 2007 winning photo was taken at the Grand Canyon. Amateur photographers are invited to submit up to three photos to the Share the Experience contest through December 31, 2009. In addition, at the end of the submission period the public will be invited to vote for their favorite photo. Enter by visiting or pick up a brochure and entry form while visiting a Federal Recreation Land this year.

Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America's national parks and federal recreation lands. Sponsored by Olympus and the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the Share the Experience Photo Contest showcases the more than 500 million acres of Federal Lands and draws entries from all across the United States.

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Holiday Extravaganza to Open at TCPA in Carrollton

The 21st holiday season of the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts will begin on Friday, December 11, with the annual Rudolph to the Rescue Toy Drive reception and International Juggling Champion and Comedian of the Year Mark Nizer.

The Rudolph to the Rescue reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and features refreshments, holiday music and a trip to Toy Land in the Dangle Theatre. An unwrapped toy is the ticket to the catered affair.

Creating new ways to delight and entertain his audiences is at the heart of Nizer’s mission. Audiences can don 3D glasses to see the inventions of new juggling tricks and technologies. His unique wit and sense of fun has set the performer apart from his peers in venues around the world including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, universities and major cruise lines.

Holiday show tickets for Mark Nizer 3D are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. A season ticket package is available and offers significant discounts for three or more shows with the best seats in the house.

The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before show times. Call 678-839-4722 or go to for information on the 2009-2010 season, educational outreach programs at the TCPA and directions to the theatre.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to The Grand Opera House

Come celebrate the transforming power of the spirit of Christmas as you follow Ebenezer Scrooge on his magical journey in “A Christmas Carol,” when this vibrant production comes to The Grand Opera House in Macon. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for students or children and can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at

Ever since legendary theatre pioneer Charles Jones adapted the Dickens classic for
Nebraska Theatre Caravan nearly three decades ago, the national touring production of “A Christmas Carol” has delighted audiences across America. By artfully combining elements of spectacle, music and dance, Jones created a stage version that not only delights children, but also transports audiences of all ages on a magical journey right alongside Ebenezer Scrooge.

With all the warmth and comfort of a cup of Christmas cheer, “A Christmas Carol” is
packed with laughter, pageantry and gorgeous costumes. Every memorable detail of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol springs to life, from spine-chilling ghosts to heartfelt renditions of traditional British carols. Crotchety Scrooge, lovable Tiny Tim and all the fascinating characters that audiences have come to love make Charles Dickens’ enchanting story a treasured holiday event.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national touring production of “A Christmas Carol” has been an American holiday tradition for 28 years, entertaining thousands of families across the country. So join Ebenezer Scrooge on his unforgettable magical journey and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas in a stage show that has become one of the most treasured family gifts of the season.

The Grand Opera House
A performing arts center of Mercer University, The Grand Opera House is a historic 1,000-seat theatre located at 651 Mulberry St. in downtown Macon, Ga. The Grand brings the very best in live, professional performing arts and entertainment to Central Georgia. In addition to its popular Broadway Series of nationally-touring productions and its GrandKids Arts Education Series for elementary, middle and high school students, The Grand hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It is also home to the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Central Georgia Opera Guild and The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, contact Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit

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"Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010" on UGA campus in January

The University of Georgia Center for Asian Studies, the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta will present “Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010,” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Ramsey Recital Hall inside the Performing Arts Centerat the University of Georgia in Athens.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010” is a trio of performances featuring traditional Japanese music. Each showcase performance will feature a different instrument, performed by Japan’s top young talent in Japanese traditional performing arts.

A pre-concert lecture by Hogaku Journal editor Takafumi Tanaka will be held immediately before the performance in Ramsey Recital Hall, starting at 7 p.m.

The duo Tsugukaji will perform on the koto, a Japanese zither. Formed eight years ago, Tsugukajiis renowned for its special awareness of the koto’s sound. They are known for their blend of vocals with koto music and their collaboration with various composers to produce contemporary works.

Kotoist Ai Kajiganolearned to play the koto as a young child from her mother. She has performed in China, Australia, France, Italy, Germany and South Korea and released her first album in 2001. Tsugumi Yamamotohas performed throughout Japan and was a bronze award recipient at the Kenjun Memorial Concert. Together they perform as Tsugukaji.

The duo Oyama x Nitta will perform on the tsugaru-shamisen, a fretless lute from northern Japan. With both classic and original repertories, they are leading figures in the tsugaru-shamisen scene. Yutaka Oyama began studying the tsugaru-shamisen under his grandfather, Mitsunou Oyama. In 2001 and 2002, he won the Outstanding Player Award at the tsugaru-shamisen competition sponsored by the Japan Folk Association. He has performed widely on Japanese television and has performed in Russia, Morocco, Ghana, France, Madagascar, Uganda, Qatar, Greece, Singapore, Ukraine and Lithuania at performances hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation.

Masahiro Nitta was inspired by his father at the age of 14 to begin playing the tsugaru-shamisen.In 1998, after only playing for seven months, he won the junior high school national championship. In both 2000 and 2001, he was awarded the championship title at a national tournament. In 2004, he starred in the motion picture Overdrive and is currently performing with his father as the team Nitta Oyako as well as in the fusion band Esoragoto.

Drum soloists Hide & Mihowill reunite for this performance. Playing a variety of percussion instruments, the duo explores the possibilities of folkloric performing arts.

Hideyoshi Saito first started studying traditional Japanese instruments in high school, eventually studying the taiko drum, vocals and dance on Sado Island with the renowned drumming group Kodo. In 2004, after 17 years with Kodo, he went solo, releasing his first album in 2005. He is the only soloist in Japan on the chappa (small cymbals).

Miho has been playing the taiko drum since 1990 and has performed throughout Japan, South Korea and France with the taiko ensemble Kodaijin. Since going solo in 1999, she has toured the Middle East with Leonard Eto’s taiko ensemble Leopro and performed on Eto’s 2002 album Duets, 2005 album Blends and 2006 album Ocean. Since 2006, Miho has been touring with the guitar, bass, and drum band WHB by the Powersupreme and has toured Africa, Australia and Japan with the band eno, which features traditional Japanese instruments. She also performs frequently as a soloist.

For further information, contact the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta at 404/926-3022 or

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Perm Ballet Comes to Georgia and South Carolina

/PRNewswire/ -- The world-famous Perm Ballet from Perm, Russia is coming to Savannah, Spartanburg, Charleston, and Charlotte to perform the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty. The Perm Ballet cast members are all graduates of the Perm Vaganova School and are considered to be the third best ballet company in the world. Their connection to the St. Petersburg Vaganova School occurred when the school was evacuated to Perm from Leningrad during the siege during World War II. When the siege was lifted half of the school remained in Perm and the instructors have fiercely maintained the traditions of the famed St. Petersburg institution.

The Artistic Director of the theater is Mr. George Isaakyan and the Artistic Director of the Ballet is Natalia Akhmarova. Both of these outstanding directors have won numerous international awards and are considered to be at the very top of their professions. The Prima Ballerina is Elena Kulagina. Her titles include Honored Artist and Peoples' Artist of Russia. Other featured dancers include Yaroslave Araptanova, Natalia Moiseeva-Poleshchuk, and Robert Gabdullin. There will be a total of 65 dancers on stage to present this timeless ballet.

The unique feature of the Perm Ballet is that the cast has been together for some years as the company strives to maintain continuity of the cast. The result is the most beautifully choreographed ballet performance in the entire ballet world. Leading dancers from the cast include numerous winners of prestigious ballet competitions, and the ballet has performed all over the world in the past 30 years. The artistic director is an Honored Artist of Russia.

The tour that brings the Perm Ballet to the four southern cities is part of a tour that spans California across the country and up into New York and Canada. When the ballet learned that Dr. Mike Donnelly of the Hermitage Ballet of St. Petersburg was free this February they asked him to select four cities and to serve as the impresario for the ballet in those venues. Dr. Donnelly will continue to insist that the ballet provide free master classes for ballet students on point in the cities the ballet will appear.

Discounted tickets for students and military, both active duty and retired, are available.


Dr. Mike Donnelly
907 Bradwell Street
Hinesville, GA 31313
Phone: 912 980 0028
Web site:

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Popular Art Exhibit, Sale Returns December 3

Art lovers and artists can celebrate the winter holidays at the third annual “Good Things Come in Small Packages” show and sale on the UWG campus.

The popular exhibit will feature a one-day art sale with artwork by UWG faculty, students, alumni and community residents on Thursday, Dec. 3. An Opening Party will celebrate the event that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The party and art sale are free and the community is invited to attend.

Submissions of art no larger than 12” x 12” x 12” will cover the walls of the Main Gallery in the Humanities Building and will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Good Things exhibit is an eclectic range of works including oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography, charcoal, pencil and ink drawings, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. Artists and the Department of Art benefit from the sales.

“In these tough economic times, making the choice to support local artists and buying something handmade and unique is a powerful statement,” said Stephanie Smith, instructor of art and coordinator of the Gallery exhibits. “Giving handmade items is a gift from the heart.”

The Good Things show and sale sold out in the last two years. Take the opportunity to own a work of art at reasonable prices and benefit both the artist and the Department of Art. For more information, call 678-839-4950 or e-mail

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Deep Sea: Drawings by William O. Golding Opens at the Morris Museum of Art December 12

Deep Sea: Drawings by William O. Golding, an exhibition of twenty-nine remarkable maritime drawings by self-taught African-American artist William O. Golding (1874–1943), opens to the public December 12, at the Morris Museum of Art. Shanghaied from the Savannah waterfront when he was eight years old, William O. Golding chronicled his travels world-wide through drawings that he created near the end of his life while a patient at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Savannah. Between 1932 and 1939, he executed approximately sixty drawings, literally drawn from his memories of the ships on which he sailed and the ports he visited around the globe.
“Golding’s is a remarkable story of a remarkable life, most of which was spent as a merchant seaman at the very end of the Age of Sail. He traveled the world at a time when most Americans spent their entire lives within fifty miles of their place of birth, and he had the innate ability to share, with stylistic verve and wit, a life’s experience that was so rare and unusual as to be, for all practical purposes, unique,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art.

Deep Sea: Drawings by William O. Golding remains on display through March 14, 2010.
Artist BiographyWilliam O. Golding was likely born on January 15, 1874, but his future was determined on July 15, 1882. In a letter he wrote in 1932 to Margaret Stiles, the recreation director at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, and a member of the Savannah Art Club, he recalled the day that he and his cousin were strolling along the wharf in Savannah. According to Golding, the two boys passed the ship Wandering Jew and overheard Captain William Potter ask his wife, Polly, to select one of the boys. She chose Golding, who was invited aboard; by the time he wanted to leave, the ship was already out at sea. He did not see his home again until a brief visit in 1904.

When he was in his fifties, Golding, whose nickname was "Deep Sea," returned permanently to Savannah, when his declining health forced him to remain on land. During the 1930s he was a patient intermittently at the U.S. Marine Hospital, where he received treatment for a chronic lung condition. (The hospital, which accepted seamen, veterans, and government employees, recorded his birth date as January 15, 1874.) During his time at the hospital, Golding was befriended by Miss Margaret Stiles, the facility’s recreation director. She encouraged him to draw and supplied the necessary paper, pencils, and crayons that he used to create the works of art inspired by his peripatetic life. Stiles bought some of his finished drawings and arranged for the sale of others.

There are few details known of the forty-nine years that Golding spent at sea beyond those provided by the drawings themselves. By his own account, he sailed the Seven Seas on a variety of vessels—merchant ships, whalers, and yachts. His duties aboard ship and the length of time he was associated with each vessel remain unknown. When he was fifty-nine, Golding stated in a letter to his patron, Miss Stiles, that he still sailed in his dreams—he wrote, “now [I] only goes to sea in my sleep…”—and met his cronies (“other old shell backs”) to swap yarns.

Golding executed all his drawings from memory. His sometimes fanciful drawings of ships are meticulously detailed, and they often include specific information regarding captains or ports of origin. Port cities often appear similar at first glance, but careful observation reveals that Golding included distinctive topographical characteristics of the land and architectural details of the cities themselves. Certain stylistic elements—including flags, buoys, lighthouses, smaller vessels, people, animals, and a sun with triangularly pointed rays beckoning from behind a cloud—appear frequently in Golding's work. As he diligently recorded his life in his drawings, he seems to have recalled only the happiest of times. The weather is always favorable, and the people, animals, and vessels are busy, robust, and productive.

Golding stated that he had traveled the world, including visits to Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, and Europe. He was adamant about drawing only the places and vessels that he knew personally and refused to draw Bali or Hawaii, since he had not seen either place.
Copying a technique found in marine prints, he carefully colored in a frame and a nameplate (sometimes complete with drawn screw heads) at the bottom center of the work.

Information concerning Golding's final years is also scarce. He is listed as a resident of Savannah with his wife, Josephine, in the 1940 city directory. He died there on August 25, 1943.

Although it is not known now how Stiles exhibited Golding's drawings, several exhibitions of his work were mounted after his death. His drawings were included in the landmark exhibition Missing Pieces: Georgia Folk Art, 1770-1976, which traveled from the Atlanta History Center to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah to the Columbus (Georgia) Museum. In 2000, the Telfair Museum of Art organized a retrospective exhibition, Hard Knocks, Hardship, and a Lot of Experience: The Maritime Art of William O. Golding, and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta exhibited his work the following year in Maritime Memories. Golding's work is found in the permanent collections of the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens and the Morris Museum of Art, which holds thirty of his drawings—nearly half his total output.

[Klacsmann, Karen Towers, The New Georgia Encyclopedia, 2008.]

Related Events:

Tuesday, January 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m
Deep Sea: Drawings by William O. Golding Opening Reception
Reception in the galleries at 5:00 p.m. is followed by a lecture about the artist by Karen Towers Klacsmann at 6:00 p.m.

Morris Museum of Art

Founded in 1985, the Morris Museum of Art is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of approximately five thousand paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present, is displayed in galleries dedicated to, among other things, antebellum portraiture, the Civil War, genre painting, still life, landscape, Southern impressionism, and modernism in the South. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit the museum’s web site at or call 706-724-7501.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Main Street Players Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
Main Street Players.
115 North Hill Street, Griffin.
Weekends, December 11th through 20th
770-229-9916 or 770-233-0578

Everyone thinks the Pageant will be a disaster.

But they are pleasantly surprised.

When six menacing kids decide they want to be the leads in the annual Christmas pageant they bully the other kids into letting them steal the principal parts. Everyone is certain it will be a disaster.

The town reacts with horror to the news that the most sinful children will be playing the holiest roles; however, the pageant director is determined to make the annual musical event a success.

Although they look more like trick-or-treaters than Bible figures, the hooligans don’t ruin the pageant; instead, they improve it.

When the curtain finally goes up, a miracle happens and gives the nativity story a surprisingly sentimental ending --- making it the best Christmas pageant ever!

Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed at the Main Street Theater, 115 North Hill Street, in historic downtown Griffin, Georgia, fifty miles south of Atlanta, weekends, December 11th through 20th: Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM and Sundays at 3:00PM.

In celebration of our ninth season, Main Street Players will offer a new Family Package at $50 for four tickets a 38% savings.

Regular Reserved Seat Tickets are $20. Senior Tickets are $15. Student Tickets are $10. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount. Enjoy a Teacher/Preacher Preview on Thursday, December 10th for $10 with ID or a toy for a child.

For tickets and information, call 770-229-9916 or 770-233-0578 or visit

The Ingram Foundation, Griffin and Spalding County patrons as well as the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts support the Main Street Players.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Jason Zampol, Fantasy and Illustrative Artist, at Fayette Art Center

Saturday, December 19th, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Fayette Art Center is hosting a special workshop with Jason Zampol, a master artist, concept artist and illustrator. Get hands on knowledge of the latest trends in art and illustration using a digital painting tablet.

Students must have a laptop with Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop. Mr. Zampol will provide the painting tablets. Learn about program basics, digital composition techniques, using photo reference, digital painting using tablets, basic drawing skills. See how to go from start to finish working on the computer to produce your own style of artwork.

Jason Zampol is an established Illustrator, Concept Artist, and Fine Artist living in Fayette County GA. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in traditional illustration and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in digital art and illustration for video games. Jason believes strong drawing and painting skills are the foundations for success in the modern world of digitally produced art. His subjects include Fantasy, Science Fiction, Landscape and Wildlife art. Please visit for samples of his work.

Fayette Art Center is located in Studio M of ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA. 30214.

To Register: Call 678-545-0275 or email director $35.00 for the workshop.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday Season begins at Townsend

The holiday season is here and there is no better way to celebrate tradition than by attending the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts’ holiday extravaganzas in December.

This season’s entertainment features the exciting International Juggling Champion and Comedy Entertainer of the Year, Mark Nizer, and the traditional “Christmas with the CSO” performed by the regions’ very own community orchestra, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra.

Imagine four lasers juggled at thousands of RPMs with beams dancing just above your head or an orbiting propane tank. It’s time to expect the impossible at the Mark Nizer 3D performance on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The tradition continues with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. with an offering of desserts and hors d'oeuvres, holiday music and the annual toy drive, Rudolph to the Rescue. The Rudolph to the Rescue reception is a wonderful event families can enjoy together. An unwrapped toy is the ticket to the catered affair in the Townsend Center lobby and and a trip to the festive toy land in the Dangle Theatre.

Sure to thrill and ring nostalgic, the CSO returns with its gift of Christmas favorites ranging from Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and the holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to sacred Christmas hymns and sing-along songs.

Classical wonders such as “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Bizet’s “L’Arléslienne Suites” and “A Christmas Carol” by Michael Runyan are sure to be delightful treats. Bring the entire family and make Christmas with the CSO part of your holiday tradition.

Sponsors for the exciting shows at the Townsend Center throughout the year are the Dr. Richard L. Dangle family, the Community Foundation of West Georgia, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Faye Gibson and the Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation.

Holiday show tickets for Mark Nizer 3D are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. Tickets for Christmas with the CSO are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children.
A Townsend Center season ticket package offers significant discounts for three or more shows and the best seats in the house.

The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before show times. Go to for information on the 2009-2010 season, educational outreach programs at the TCPA and directions to the theatre.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

High Hosts 14th Annual High Arts Day

The High Museum of Art will host the 14th Annual High Arts Day on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. High Arts Day is a fundraiser presented by Art Partners, the social and volunteer organization at the High. The day’s events will include a reception and private shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, a luncheon at the High, home tours, exhibition tours, a trunk show and a sculpture auction. Tickets are $150 ($80 tax-deductible) and all proceeds benefit the High. For ticketing information please contact the Art Partners Program Officer at 404-733-4429.

Schedule of Events:

Opportunity to meet the honorary chairs of High Arts Day, artist Steve Penley and jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson
Reception and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue
Charter bus tour of two distinguished Atlanta homes
Elegant luncheon in the Wieland Pavilion Grand Lobby, High Museum of Art
Informal modeling by Saks Fifth Avenue
Raffle of unusual and unique items
Silent Auction of more than 25 sculptures, each designed by a different artist
Trunk Show including jewelry exclusively by Gogo Ferguson, handbags, scarves and other accessories
Private tour of the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genuis.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, the Gold Patron event will feature an exhibition tour by top Museum curators followed by an elegant dinner reception in the elegant TVS Design building and a special exhibition by artist Steve Penley and jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson. Gold Patrons make a $500 minimum contribution ($400 tax-deductible) in support of High Arts Day. The contribution includes two tickets to the Gold Patron event and one ticket to High Arts Day.

Organization and Support

The Platinum Sponsor for High Arts Day is Georgia Power and the Premier Event Partner is Saks Fifth Avenue. Additional support is provided by American Coach of Atlanta and Classic Party Rentals. Media sponsors are Flavors magazine and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. The Communication Partner is Spaulding Communications.

High Arts Day chairperson Valerie O'Neal leads a 23-person volunteer committee of Art Partners. Honorary chairs of the Gold Patron event are Marion Ventulett and Anne Sapp. Rosalind Minkhorst is the 2009–2010 Art Partners president.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Savannah Film Festival Presents Emmy Rossum With the Young Hollywood Award Nov. 2

/PRNewswire/ -- The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, presented Emmy Rossum with the Young Hollywood Award on Nov. 2.

"I'm extremely honored to be given this award," said Rossum. "This award and the incredible student films shown here at the festival show that SCAD has an eye on the future of film, as well as an appreciation of its past. I'm delighted to be here to accept this."

Rossum's starring performance as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera" in 2004 earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her acting performance in "Songcatcher" earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance. Other past film credits include the Clint Eastwood-directed drama "Mystic River," "Poseidon," "The Day After Tomorrow" with Jake Gyllenhaal, "Dragonball" and "Happy Now."

At age 7, Rossum began singing at the Metropolitan Opera, and she has since performed with such musical talents as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Dolly Parton. In 2007, Rossum recorded her first album for Geffen Records, "Inside Out." She wrote and recorded all her own songs. She is currently working on her second album.

Following the presentation, film festival attendees were treated to a late night special screening of the independent drama, "Dare," starring Rossum. "Dare" follows three teenagers through their last semester of school, who make a last-ditch effort to shake things up by taking the biggest risks of their lives before they actually have to start living as adults. "Dare" will be released theatrically by Image Entertainment Nov. 13.

The day began with a special screening of "Valentino: The Last Emperor," the acclaimed portrait of Valentino Garavani, the man behind the legendary couture label Valentino. The film focuses on the period between Valentino's 70th birthday and his final couture show. After the film, director Matt Tyrnauer joined Vogue Editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley for an in-depth look at the making of the film.

Attendees were also treated to a special screening of "The City of Your Final Destination," with an appearance by the multi-Academy Award-nominated director, James Ivory. Directed by Ivory and written by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, "The City of Your Destination" stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney. It tells the story of a young American academic who attempts to persuade the reluctant heirs of a celebrated Uruguayan novelist to allow him to write an authorized biography of the writer, who has recently died.

Throughout the day there were also narrative feature competition screenings. Among those films competing was "Mercy," written and starring Scott Caan, who made a special appearance at the Festival. "Mercy" centers around a successful but cynical young writer who writes about love but does not really believe in it until he meets someone who turns his world upside down. Playing Caan's on-screen father is his real father, Academy Award-nominated actor James Caan.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

2009 Savannah Film Festival Opens October 31

/PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design opened last night with the university's President Paula Wallace presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award to Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster for recognition of their work in the acclaimed drama, "The Messenger." Also, on hand to share the tribute was the film's director and co-writer, Oren Moverman. Following the tribute to both actors festival goers were treated to a special screening of the film.

Looking out over the audience, Foster accepted his award from President Wallace by exclaiming, "Holy Smokes! I want to thank SCAD for inviting us...I'm deeply inspired by you and Savannah."

Harrelson also graciously accepted his award from President Wallace, who applauded him for his support of sustainable living and invited him to apply for SCAD's new degree in Design for Sustainability. Referring to his recent film, "Zombieland," filmed outside of Atlanta, he said, "When I was filming earlier this year, I was told that I've got to go to Savannah, the best city in Georgia...there just weren't enough zombies to kill."

In "The Messenger," Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. The film hits select theatres on November 13th.

Harrelson's critically acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt" garnered him best actor Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Other highlights from Harrelson's film career include "No Country For Old Men," "The Thin Red Line," "Ed TV," "Wag the Dog," "Kingpin," "Natural Born Killers," "Indecent Proposal" and "White Men Can't Jump," among others. He won an Emmy in 1988 for his role in the NBC sitcom "Cheers" and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series, "Will and Grace."

Foster has starred in such films as "Alpha Dog," "3:10 to Yuma," and "X-Men 3."

On television, he starred in the HBO drama "Six Feet Under," for which he was nominated for two SAG awards. His other television work includes "Freaks and Geeks" and the Emmy-nominated HBO film "The Laramie Project." His performance in Showtime's "Bang Bang You're Dead," a meditation on school shootings, garnered him a Daytime Emmy.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Courtroom Humor Author Rita Lewis at Indian Springs October 31

Generations Gallery in the Historic Village at Indian Springs is hosting a reception for an exciting new author, Rita Lewis, who just happens to be a Prosecuting Attorney for the State of Georgia in rural Butts County on October 31st from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Rita first ventured to read her collection of "true strories from the courtroom" to the open mike audience at the Writers Conference held every year at the Gallery. The crowd roared with laughter at her dry humor. "Actually, we think she was a little surprised by the response. She had been encouraged by her colleagues to put all of these tales into a book, but when the reception for her manuscript was so rousing, she decided to publish," explains her publisher, Kathy Socha.

Ready now for her first booksigning, the unassuming attorney expects a positive reaction to the true life accounts from her community. " Sometimes you just have to laugh....and it's all
documented; it's all part of the public record," she explains. "Anyone who enjoys Southern Humor will enjoy this peak into the Courtroom."

Generations Gallery is a creative writing and arts center in Middle Georgia. Something new in the Historic Heartland, this Gallery is interested in helping emerging artsists and writers "make their own history." In conjunction with free workshops for writers every Saturday afternoon, the Gallery has helped their writers group publish seven new books this year. Andi Kulp, a principal in Phase One Design Services, an Atlanta firm, started the concept with four friends on a client's invitation to help her build traffic to this unique tourist destination at the entrance to Indian Springs State Park. This is the nation's oldest state park, built by the CCC during the Depression. The natural mineral spring was considered a sacred healing site by the Indians for centuries before the settlers came to Georgia.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

High Museum of Art Announces Recent Acquisitions

More than 300 Works Added to the Permanent Collection;
Important Gifts to Modern/Contemporary and American Art Departments

The High Museum of Art has recently acquired more than 300 works of art for its African, American, decorative arts and design, European, folk, photography and modern and contemporary collections. Highlights include significant gifts to the modern and contemporary, American, and European art departments. The High also purchased 53 works by Peter Sekaer for its photography department, creating the nation’s most comprehensive holding of works by this artist in a visual arts institution.

“The heart of any museum is its permanent collection,” said David Brenneman, the High’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions. “We are thankful for the continued support and funding for new acquisitions, allowing the Museum to build significant holdings of great art across all departments. We look forward to introducing our public to these new works soon.”

African Art
The highlight of the High’s acquisitions in African art is a late-19th-century staff finial made by an artist from the Akan region of the Ivory Coast. This finial, once topping a staff used to commemorate ancestors, depicts a bearded figure seated on the shoulders of a standing male figure. The staff may have functioned as a portable ancestral shrine, used by a trance diviner to maintain communication with ancestral spirits. The High purchased the work from the estate of Chaim Gross thanks to funding from Fred and Rita Richman. The High also received a gift of 16 Paleolithic and Neolithic stone sculptures from the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, and a gift of a butterfly mask made by Yacouba Bondé of Burkina Faso (currently on view). Begun in 1953, the High’s growing African art collection encompasses approximately 700 works of art, including more than 400 from the collection of Fred and Rita Richman.

American Art
The High received a major gift of 15 paintings and works on paper by various American artists from the estate of Barney “Bim” Franklin. The collection includes works by such artists as John Ferren, Ilya Bolotowsky and George L. K. Morris. More recently, the High purchased Edward Bannister’s “Apple Tree in a Meadow” (ca. 1890) from the Cafritz Collection. The High’s American art collection includes more than 900 works, with notable pieces from the J. J. Haverty Collection.

Decorative Arts and Design
In spring 2009 the High acquired an important “American Bottle Case” (ca. 1800–1830) attributed to North Carolina cabinetmaker Joseph Freeman. This uniquely Southern furniture type will join 34 pieces of pre-1900 Southern furniture in the High’s collection. Also entering the collection is “Insect Icon Tapestry” (2005–2006), a hand-woven tapestry made of metallic and silk thread on a field of freshwater pearls by Atlanta-based textile artist Jon Eric Riis (currently on view). The addition of Dutch designer Joris Laarman’s prototype “Bone Armchair” (2008) to our contemporary design collection anticipates the High’s presentation of the exhibition “European Design Since 1985” in summer 2010. With more than 2,200 objects, the decorative arts collection is the most comprehensive survey of American decorative arts in the Southeast, including major works from The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection.

Folk Art
New York gallery owners Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco made the High a partial gift of “All About Eve” (ca. 1989). This important late assemblage/painting by William Hawkins will enhance the High’s already significant holdings of Hawkins’s work. From the descendents of Saleta Henry Stansell, the High received a whitework coverlet spun, woven, and embroidered by Stansell from local cotton in Newton County, Georgia (ca. 1815), featuring the the popular Tree of Life motif. The North Carolina artist William Fields donated “Lapis Philosphorum” (ca. 2003), a pastel and prismacolor drawing from his “Illuminations” series. With 769 objects, the folk art department contains one of the nation’s foremost collections of contemporary self-taught and folk art.

European Art
Long-time Atlanta residents and High Museum patrons Michelene and Bob Gerson donated two paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir, “Woman Arranging Her Hat” (ca. 1890) and “Still-Life with Apples” (ca. 1890). These paintings are the first by Renoir to enter the High’s collection, where they join Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Frederic Bazille. More recently, the Cantor Foundation gave the Museum a bronze sculpture by Rodin. In addition, the High purchased a terracotta portrait of the French painter Jacques-Louis David by François Rude, a rare complete portfolio of etchings by Eugène Delacroix and prints by Honoré Daumier and Pierre Bonnard. Also among the more than 700 objects in the European art collection are Italian works from the 14th through the 18th centuries, donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Modern and Contemporary Art
As part of a program called “50 Works for 50 States,” the New York collectors and donors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel gave the High an important group of modern and contemporary works by such artists as Richard Tuttle, William Anastasi and Stephen Antonakos. The artist Chuck Close presented the Museum with the gift of a color woodcut titled “Self Portrait” (2007). In addition, the High purchased several prints by Martin Puryear and David Driskell. With the opening of the Museum’s expansion in 2005, the High has consistently focused on contemporary acquisitions, with the full modern and contemporary collection now totaling more than 2,300 works.

At the end of 2008, the High received an extraordinary gift of more than 100 works by photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927) from anonymous collectors through Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York. Additionally, the High purchased 53 works by Peter Sekaer (American, born Denmark, 1901–1950), making the High’s holding of works by this artist the nation’s most comprehensive collection in a visual arts institution. The photography collection contains more than 4,300 prints, with notable examples of every photographic genre and process as well as the nation’s most comprehensive holding of civil rights-era photographs.

High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High Museum of Art is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit

The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mayor Shirley Franklin to Take Part in the Celebration of the Re-dedication of New Endings in Freedom Park

Artist Diane Kempler to address exciting new location of public art

On Thursday, October 22, Mayor Shirley Franklin, the City of Atlanta, and the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art division are hosting the rededication of Diane Kempler’s New Endings. The dedication ceremony starts at 11:30 am. New Endings is now located in Freedom Park at Euclid and North Avenues.

New Endings was commissioned in 1996 by the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta, prior to the Olympic Games. The artwork celebrates both the natural environment and the emergence of the City of Atlanta.

“New Endings has a new beginning in its new home in Freedom Park. This new location gives a fresh start and access to a new and different audience. I hope the neighbors in the Freedom Park community enjoy it,” said artist Diane Kempler.

“We have been privileged to work with Central Atlanta Progress and Diane Kempler to find a wonderful home for this treasured artwork. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work that the Offices of Parks and Park Design dedicated to the project. The setting is beautiful,” said Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Diane Kempler has been a professor of ceramics at Emory University since 1997. Kempler received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and studied at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC. Kempler’s work has been exhibited in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Her work can be found in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA, American Craft Museum in New York City, and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. As an artist, Kempler is interested in the dualities of life, such as beginnings and endings, and the ongoing dialogue that they create in the world around us. New Endings is her only public artwork in Atlanta, Georgia.

The City of Atlanta’s Public Art Program worked with the artist and Central Atlanta Progress to relocate this artwork to a location that best suited both parties. In addition to New Endings, there will be several other new art installations around the city this fall.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Introducing Art a la Carte! A Family Sampler of Atlanta’s Arts & Culture

For the first time, families can sample performances by the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Center for Puppetry Arts – all in one discounted package. Art a la Carte makes it possible to enjoy fun, artistic, and educational performances even in a slow economy.

Art a la Carte allows families to experience the best in Atlanta’s rich arts and culture without breaking the budget. By selecting performances from 3 or more participating organizations, families instantly receive discounts starting at 20% off the regular ticket price. With Art a la Carte you can build your own sampler, place one order, and receive the tickets in a return package. The Art a la Carte package also includes bonus coupons to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta, giving families discounted access to a total of seven arts and cultural organizations.

Experience the variety of family offerings in theatre, dance, visual arts, puppetry arts and cultural offerings throughout the year. Choose from 15 performances and 3 cultural attractions. Art a la Carte makes it as simple as pick, click, and go!

Art a la Carte can be purchased online at or over the phone by calling the Woodruff Arts Center box office at (404) 733-5000.

Art a la Carte Participating Organizations:

Alliance Theatre – 25% off Atlanta Ballet – 20% off Atlanta Botanical Garden - $3 off adult ticket, $2 off child ticket (up to four tickets) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – 20% off Center for Puppetry Arts – 25% off High Museum of Art - $3 off (up to four tickets) Zoo Atlanta - $3 off (up to four tickets)
Productions, Dates, & Ticket Prices:

Alliance Theatre:

A Christmas Carol – $20 Nov 27, 28, 29; Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24
Mulan – $15 Feb 28; March 6, 7, 13, & 14
Lookingglass Alice – $20 April 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25; May 1 & 2

Atlanta Ballet:

Pinocchio – $22 - $26 Oct 24 & 25
Nutcracker – $52 - $56 Dec 16, 17, 22, 26, & 27
Cinderella – $52 - $56 Feb 6, 7, & 13

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Halloween Magical Musical Toybox – $12 - $16 Oct 25
Kid’s Christmas – $12 - $16 Dec 6
Classical Clown – $12 - $16 Feb 7
Green Eggs & Ham – $12 - $16 March 14
Peter & the Wolf – $12 - $16 May 9

Center for Puppetry Arts

Dinosaurs – $12 Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, & 15
The Last Dragon on Earth – $12 Dec 5
Rainforest Adventures – $12 Jan 16, 17, 23, & 24
Paul Bunyan & the Tall Tale Medicine Show – $12 April 3 & 10

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art to host “The Art of: Music”

The Young at Art committee of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host “The Art of: Music” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. at Stan Mullins’ Studio on Pulaski St. in Athens. Art Rosenbaum, a Grammy Award-winning musician and artist, will perform selections of old-time and bluegrass music with some friends. Refreshments will follow the performance.

Art Rosenbaum taught at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art for many years and was the subject of a retrospective at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2006. Rosenbaum also received the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2003.

Mullins, a local artist and former student of Rosenbaum’s, uses an old cottonseed oil refinery as studio space. Mullins’ art has taken him many places, including Rwanda and Kyoto. He has worked with CowParade, the band Creed and “That 70s Show.”

“The Art of” series consists of entertaining and educational events that celebrate craft beyond the traditional fine arts, such as gardening, cinema, beer brewing and more. Young at Art, the host of the event, is a committee made up of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art between the ages of 25 and 40 that organizes and sponsors special events. “The Art of” series also is part of “GMOA on the Move,” a two-year series of state- and nationwide offsite exhibitions and programs. The museum’s Carlton St. location is currently closed due to construction, but “GMOA on the Move” is keeping the museum active in the Athens community and beyond.

For Friends of the GMOA, the event is $15 per person. For non-members, the event is $20 per person. Parking will be available across the street in the Leathers Building parking lot. Call 706/542-0830 for more information and reservations by Oct. 16. Mullins and the Athens Blur Magazine are sponsoring this event.

Museum Information

Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602. The museum’s galleries and shop are now closed for construction of the museum’s expansion. Events and programming are continuing while the museum is under construction as part of “GMOA on the Move,” a series of off-site events and exhibitions. For more information and event times and locations, see or call 706/542-GMOA.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Celebrate History at Cowboy Festival

/PRNewswire/ -- October 22 - 25, the Booth Western Art Museum will host the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium, the South's largest celebration of Western art. Special guests for this year's event include artist Buck McCain and cowboy poet Baxter Black.

The weekend begins Thursday evening, October 22 with a lecture by McCain, a fifth generation rancher equally well known for his paintings and sculpture. On Friday, McCain will present a daylong art workshop at the Booth Art Academy.

The theme for this year's art symposium is "Western Art in Context." On Friday art curators Jerry Smith, Phoenix Art Museum; Dr. Graham Boettcher, Birmingham Museum of Art; Anne Morand, C. M. Russell Museum; Mindy Besaw, Buffalo Bill Historical Center; and Dr. Stephen Graffe, Maryhill Art Museum will discuss Western art in American art galleries, the exhibition of Native American artifacts and more.

Throughout the rest of the weekend guests can enjoy concerts Friday and Saturday, re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, children's activities, chuck wagon cooking, Native American dancing, cowboy church and living history encampments. All activities take place on the grounds of the Booth Museum or at the Grand Theatre, both located in downtown Cartersville.

The Cowboy Festival and Symposium celebrates America's rich Western heritage. The Booth Museum's Executive Director Seth Hopkins said, "The Symposium is a unique opportunity for area residents to experience the West without leaving the South. Those attending the event will hopefully come away with a greater appreciation of our Western experience as it is portrayed in the Museum's collections. There are plenty of fun and entertaining activities planned for all ages, but we also want to emphasize the educational aspect of each activity that will be part of the weekend."

The Booth Museum was recently expanded to 120,000 square feet of space and has more gallery space dedicated to Western art than any museum in the country. Guests at the museum explore the American West primarily through the work of living artists. Recent additions include historic Western art borrowed from museums across the country and an exhibition of Native American artifacts. The Museum also features a Presidential Gallery, a Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch - a children's interactive gallery.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

High Launches New Web Content for Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition

Features Highlights from the Exhibition and Sforza Horse Installation Time-lapse Video

The High recently launched new web content for the ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” exhibition. The special web section features an introductory video, highlights from the exhibition, as well as time-lapse video of the installation the Sforza Horse Monument outside the Museum. Visitors can access the website at “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” exhibition opens on Tuesday, October 6, with a free preview of the exhibition on Monday, October 5 from noon to 7p.m. (last ticket sold at 6 p.m).

After a month-long journey by container ship from Italy, and by truck from Savannah to Atlanta, the modern re-creation of Leonardo’s Sforza horse arrived at the High on September 21. For five days, an international crew of more than ten Italians and Atlantans gathered on the High’s Sifly Piazza to assemble the replica, which is made up of six pieces of special resin treated to look like bronze. The 26-foot-high model, together with its base, weighs about 40,000 pounds, or twenty tons, and illustrates what the horse component of the Sforza monument might have looked like if Leonardo had been able to complete it.

“Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” will feature approximately 50 works, including more than 20 sketches and studies by Leonardo, some of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. The exhibition will also feature work by Donatello, Rubens, Verrocchio, and Rustici. Also included are works from world-renowned collections, including those of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Vatican Museums, the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy.

The exhibition is generously supported by Lead Corporate Partner Delta Air Lines and sponsor Campanile Plaza. Support has also been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Leonardo Society members Loraine P. Williams, Mrs. Thornton Kennedy, Lanier-Goodman Foundation, Morgens West Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Rollins, with additional support from the Atlanta Foundation and the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Generous support for the Sforza horse is provided by Art Partners. In-kind support comes from Superior Rigging and UPS. Restoration of Rustici’s “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee” from the façade of the Baptistery in Florence was sponsored by the Friends of Florence.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Local Musicians Team up for Picnic in the Park in Savannah

A special group of local musicians will headline this year’s “Picnic in the Park with Mercer” taking place in Forsyth Park on Sun., Oct. 4, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame Inductee, Teddy Adams, and Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) Music Professor Dr. Randall Reese, organized the group that will perform many of Johnny Mercer’s classic songs in honor of the Johnny Mercer Centennial.

“Mercer provides such a rich collection of material, we could have put together several concerts,” said Reese. “We've chosen some familiar tunes, but also some great songs that have been overlooked in the past. Also, each of the singers suggested material that they would like to perform, so the song choices will give the audience some insight into the personalities of the performers.”

The Picnic in the Park Mercer Band is made up of local musicians from Savannah and will also feature the vocal talents of Trae Gurley, Roger Moss, Gina Rene' and Huxsie Scott. The Savannah Arts Academy Orchestra and the Skyelite Jazzband will also perform, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“I'm very excited about the group we’ve put together. They’ve got a lot of experience and talent. As an arranger, I am confident that they can take my ideas off the page and bring them to life,” Reese said.

The big band style group will perform two sets beginning at 7 p.m. and is made up of the following local talents:

Teddy Adams, trombone, member of the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and inductee into the Savannah/Coastal Jazz Association Hall of Fame

Dr. Randall Reese, woodwinds and music arrangement, member of the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Associate Professor at AASU (Music Department)

Eric Jones, piano, AASU graduate, presently pursuing a Masters in music composition at Georgia Southern University

Dr. Steve Primatic, vibraphone, Associate Professor at AASU (Music Department), drummer for the Savannah Jazz Orchestra

Delbert Felix, bass, national recording artist, formerly with Branford, Ellis, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis

Kirk Lee, trumpet and flugel horn, lead trumpeter with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra

Bruce Spradley, guitar, jazz and classical teacher, music teacher in Savannah/Chatham County Public Schools

Eric Vaughn, drums, national recording artist, entrepreneur

Mike Nestor, baritone saxophone, AASU graduate, music teacher in Savannah/Chatham Public Schools.

Jeremy Davis, tenor saxophone, leader of the Equinox Jazz Orchestra, promoter

The event will also include a Mercer themed picnic contest; registration is free and open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The picnic contest winners will be announced during the Picnic in the Park Mercer Band’s intermission. For more information about the Picnic Contest, please contact Meaghan Walsh at (912)525-5025 or

Picnic in the Park Schedule of Events
(Times are approximate)
3:00 - 5:00 PM - Picnic Competition Registration
5:00 - 6:30 PM - Picnic Competition Judging
4:30 – 5:15 PM - Savannah Arts Academy Orchestra Performance
5:45 - 6:30 PM - Savannah Arts Academy Skyelite Jazz Band Performance
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Picnic in the Park Mercer Band & Vocalists

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

12th Annual Savannah Film Festival - October 31-November 7 - to Include Gala Screenings and Special Guests

/PRNewswire/ -- The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place from Saturday, October 31-Saturday, November 7.

Films to receive special gala screenings will include Jean-Marc Vallee's "The Young Victoria"; Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," with Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in attendance; Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats"; Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces"; Lone Sherfig's "An Education"; the United States premieres of James Ivory's "The City of Your Final Destination," with Ivory in attendance, and Nick Moran's "Telstar," with Moran and star Con O'Neill in attendance; Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" (from a screenplay by Tennessee Williams); Cannes Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon"; and Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," winner of the Grand-Jury Prize at Sundance and the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Daniels and star Gabourey Sidibe will be in attendance.

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April," "Vicki Cristina Barcelona") will receive an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award after a screening of Woody Allen's "Whatever Works". Emmy and Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson ("Cheers," "The People vs. Larry Flynt") and Ben Foster ("3:10 to Yuma") will also receive Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards prior to their screening of "The Messenger." Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera") will receive the Young Hollywood Award prior to a screening of her film "Dare," and Jeremy Renner will receive the Spotlight Award for his performance in "The Hurt Locker," which will also screen at the festival. Scott Caan ("Ocean's 11"), the writer and star of "Mercy," one of the festival's competition films, also will attend.

Past festival guests and honorees include Peter O'Toole, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Sidney Lumet, Kathleen Turner, Norman Jewison, Tommy Lee Jones, John Waters, David Benioff, John Sayles, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, George Segal, James Franco, James Ivory, Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Peter Bart, Army Archerd, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack, the Redgrave siblings -- Vanessa, Lynn and Corin -- Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Malcolm McDowell and Milos Forman, among others.

In addition to the special screenings, the festival will showcase 22 professional films (features, documentaries, shorts and animation) and 12 student films in competition. The jurors for the competition are actress Patti D'Arbanville ("Rescue Me"), actress/producer Rita Gam, writer/director Ingrid Rockefeller, writer/director Michael Sucsy (Emmy-Award winning "Grey Gardens") and writer/director David Twohy ("Pitch Black").

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Walk on the Wild Side

Join Dogwood Gallery and Framer, Tyrone Georgia
Saturday, October 17th
for the Opening Reception of
A Walk on the Wild Side
A Photography exhibit featuring the works of Gary Gruby.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ArtPerks Cafe Opens at ArtWork on the Square, Fayetteville

The historic square in Fayetteville has a new and very unique cafe offering pastries, coffee and chocolates. It is the ArtPerks Café and it is inside the new art galleria known as ArtWorks on the Square.

While enjoying just plain good dark roast and medium roast coffee, you can buy used books for 25 cents or go exploring the hallways of art studios filled with gifts and treasures for every budget. Or you can visit the main art gallery and look in on art lessons.

The owner, Kathaleen Brewer, is linking up with other local small businesses, such as City Café and O’Chocolate in Peachtree City in order to provide local goodies for local people and to support each other. She will be offering limited boxed lunches by City Café for people on the go.

Brewer would also like to invite poets and writers to organize readings.

The grand opening for the café is Friday, Oct. 2nd 10:00 am until 9:00 pm.

The Café will be open Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. On Saturdays it is open 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

ArtWorks is located at 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214 across from the clock tower. Call 678-545-0275 or visit for more information.

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Historic Oakland Foundation Presents Oakland Cemetery’s Annual Sunday in the Park Photography Contest

1st Place - $100.00 Ruth’s Chris Steak House Gift Certificate
2nd Place – Guided walking Tour passes for 8
3rd Place – Guided walking Tour passes for 4

Who may enter: The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.

Subject: All photos must be taken in or of Oakland Cemetery.

Categories: Black and white and color. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for each category.

Presentation: All entries must be mounted on rigid backing with a black or white mat board and clear covering. Please, no frames. The entry form below must be completed and attached to the back of the photo. Entries not presented in this manner will be disqualified. A digital copy of the entry must be submitted, as well.

Photo size: Minimum 5” x 7”, maximum 11” x 17” before matting.

Number of entries allowed: $15.00 per 2 entries. As many entries as desired may be submitted.

Restrictions: Oakland employees or members of their immediate family are not eligible.

How to enter: Please mail or bring your entries to: Historic Oakland Foundation, 248 Oakland Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. The Foundation office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am until 5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please call 404-688-2107 ext. 15 with any questions. Deadline for entries is Thursday, October 1, 2009 at noon. No late entries will be accepted. Judging will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2009 during Sunday in the Park, and winners will be announced at 1:30 pm.

Note: Entries will be returned only when accompanied by a written request and a PREPAID postal mailer (no FedEx or UPS), provided a high resolution digital image on CD is submitted with entry.

*Submission entitles Historic Oakland Cemetery to free usage of your artwork for future promotions.

(AAG Note: You'll probably need to copy this blog, paste it into a blank Word or Word Perfect document, make sure it's sized correctly, delete this sentence and then print... we're not going to get rid of the extra lines below, that way if you do that, it'll look like the entry they used. Then again, if you don't know how to do that, do a search and find the organization, I'm sure they'll have a printable form.)

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Historic Oakland Cemetery Photography Contest Entry Form

Please complete the form and attach it to the back of your entry. The form may be photocopied. Please print or type.

Name:_____________________________________ Home Phone:______________ Cell:__________________


City:___________________________________________State:_____________ Zip:_______________________

Title:________________________________________ Date taken:______________________________________

Camera:______________________________________ Film and exposure:_______________________________

All entrants must sign the following release.
*I understand that my entry/entries become the property of Historic Oakland Foundation and will not be returned. (See note above). I grant permission for use in displays, future publications and for charitable purposes.

Signature:____________________________________________________ Date:_____________________

Mark Your Calendars! The Cotton Pickin' Fair is Oct 3rd and 4th

Awards and accolades follow The Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, GA. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently announced that the Georgia Tourism Foundation selected The Cotton Pickin’ Fair as a Founding Producer of Distinction in the Georgia Made, Georgia Grown Creative Economies Initiative. Also, The Cotton Pickin’ Fair was again selected from over 500 regional events to represent the best of thirteen southeastern states as a Southeast Tourism Society Top Twenty Event.

Join us on October 3 & 4, 2009 in Gay, Georgia, on the old Gay Family Farm, a unique 1910 era venue where 300 skilled artisans from across the North America deliver the best fine pottery, weaving, sculpture, woodcarving, painting, jewelry, and other forms of innovative talent.

The Cotton Pickin’ Fair’s 100 year old buildings, regional southern food prepared right before your eyes, exciting entertainers on six rustic stages, and talented craftsmen and artists uniquely combine for a memorable family event. Many of your favorite artisans return to their usual locations, but new and exciting are our watch words… South Carolina Fiber Artist, Lynn Shore, knits her fashionable purses, shawls, and ponchos in brightly colored yarns, to produce the perfect accessory for a fall wardrobe. Sepia-tone photographs of rural cotton fields by Ron Rocz of Charleston, SC, evoke an image of an earlier era while Sisters, Sarah Erwin and Jennifer Garis, one from North Carolina, the other from the Washington state, have perfected their Grandmother’s jam and jelly recipes just for you.

Sit on a bale of hay or on a bench for awhile. Enjoy music, folk dancing, and Peter Hart’s lively marionettes. The Cotton Scale, originally used for weighing mule-drawn cotton wagons, is home to foot stomping blue grass music and the Hammermill Stage, once part of the cattle feed lot, hosts regional musicians, and dancers. Jeff Hicks will amaze you with dazzling magic tricks under a majestic White Oak Tree.

Arrive with an appetite and support the programs of more than 20 non-profit, civic-minded partner organizations, churches and schools. They bake, fry, broil, boil, steam, and stew delicious southern foods, for breakfast, lunch, and supper at The Cotton Pickin’ Fair.

While in Gay visit our friends at QC Arena, for an action packed rodeo experience as members of the Georgia High School Rodeo Association compete on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM. And, Georgia Quail Hunting is at its best on Big Red Oak Plantation, .

As a Southeast Tourism Top Twenty Event, The Cotton Pickin’ Fair is certain to make a fun-filled day for you and your family. Hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2009; admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, ages 4 to 12. For additional information and driving directions to The Cotton Pickin’ Fair - Gay, Georgia, visit
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Monday, September 21, 2009

One Day Only Spotlight Exhibit at MudFire Gallery

Chris Baumann
Stacey Stanhope
September 26, 2009
Reception from 3pm - 6pm

MudFire Gallery hosts Chris & Stacey in the next installment of our Spotlight series of short and sweet shows in our exhibit room.

These studio partners from northwest Georgia create high quality, soda-fired, functional pottery with distinctive drawings. They use the same materials and firing process to realize their unique visions.

Stacey's work features scenes from rural America including horses, farms, houses, tractors, landscapes, and farm animals. Her drawings are noteworthy for strong compositions, hints of energetic abstraction, and a nostalgic block printing aesthetic.

Chris creates both abstract and representational designs, with rhythmic pointillism complementing bold two-tone elements. Chris has also been developing a new body of work that is much looser and spontaneous both in form and surface.

We are excited to host them for a Spotlight on their latest creations. Be sure to stop by, see the work, and meet the artists!

One day only: Saturday, September 26, from 3-6pm.

MudFire Clayworks Location and Hours
175 Laredo Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Regular Gallery Hours
Open Noon to 8:00 pm
Open Studio Hours
Monday-Thursday-Friday, Noon to 10pm
Saturday-Sunday, Noon to 8pm
maps and directions
Please call us with questions at 404-377-8033
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

SlowExposures Annouces Winners

Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Candler Air Field Museum, Williamson, Pike County, Georgia

SlowExposures, the nationally recognized juried free photo exhibition held annually in Pike County, has announced the names of the winners in the SlowExposures 2009 Photography Exhibit.

In the Southeast Category, Breanne Sanders’ (Hiram, GA) “Spiral” won first place (photo to the left of Breanne with her winning photo); Roman Alokhin’s (New Orleans) “Guest-Gee’s Bend, Alabama” won second place and Bruce West’s (Springfield, MO) “Reverend H. D. Dennis Smiles” won third place. Matt Bower’s (Atlanta) “Bryan County, GA;” Paul Conlan’s (Newnan, GA) “Dorothy’s Shoes;” Diane Kirkland’s (Atlanta) “Live Oak Reflection;” Kenny Gray’s (Columbus, GA) “Louvale3;” Michael Weeks’ (Columbus, GA) “Mr. Nathan’s Yard;” Adam Kuehl’s (Chicago) “Night Breeze;” Joanna Knox’s (Alexandra, VA) “School Room, Midway, GA;” Gloria Treadway’s (Griffin, GA) “Underneath it All” and Colton Vincent’s (Concord, GA) “Window Soldier” all received Honorable Mentions.

In the West Central Category, Paul Conlan’s (Newnan, GA) “Madras Station Snow;” won first place (photo to the right of Paul with his winning photo...); Diane Kirkland’s (Atlanta) “Ocmulgee Flood Plane” won second place and Susan Hadorn’s (Atlanta) “Esco Feed Mill 1” won third place. Shannon M. Herren’s (Griffin, GA) “Welcome Fog” received Honorable Mention.

This year, 133 photographers entered 641 works. There are 93 photos in the current show representing 57 photographers from 18 states. Thirty-four cities in Georgia are represented.

All the photos are now on display at the Candler Air Field Museum in Williamson through Sunday, September 27th. The exhibition is free.

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 go to the preservation of Pike County's historic buildings and landscapes.

Located one hour south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, SlowExposures attracts hundreds of visitors each fall.

For more information, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489, Zebulon, GA, 30295, (770) 567-3600.
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The Colorful Arts Society Inc. to Host its Tenth Annual Fundraiser Gala and Scholarship Awards Program

The Colorful Arts Society, Inc. (CAS), a nonprofit arts organization supporting the metro-Atlanta area, will host its Tenth Annual Fundraiser Gala Concert and Scholarship Awards Program on Sunday, October 18, 2009. The event will be held at 4:00 PM at The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. This year’s theme is Unforgettable Hollywood.

The evening will begin with the silent auction and artist market reception, from which proceeds will help to fund the organization’s scholarship program and year-round calendar of cultural events. Scheduled to perform during the fundraiser are 2009 Grammy nominee, Wayna, as well as The Joe Gransden Sextet.

Tickets to the Gala are $60.00 and may be purchased from any CAS member or online at

This year’s scholarship category is Spoken Word, which is a form of literary arts or artistic performance, in which lyrics, poetry or stories are spoken, rather than sung; and are performed with a musical background or props. To enter this scholarship competition, applicants should submit an up-to-five minute 'spoken word' performance on a DVD, along with an application form, which can be obtained online at The DVD and application must be received no later than 5pm, September 25th, 2009. Performances will be judged by a panel of judges.

Applications and DVDs should be sent to:

Dr. Mona MacDonald
135 Lakeview Lane
Fayetteville, GA 30214

About The Colorful Arts SocietyCAS is a nonprofit organization which promotes the appreciation, support and involvement of the arts by the general public. CAS presents events that cross the disciplines of dance, music, theater, film, literature, folk art, fine crafts and visual arts. Organized exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes, CAS advocates and supports the arts; and promotes the appreciation and involvement in the arts within the community. CAS endeavors to promote artistic interaction among ethnically-blended communities, and provides scholarships to students, sponsors forums designed to promote the exchange of ideas, hosts educational seminars, plays, concerts, films, exhibits and other arts and cultural events. Please visit to learn more.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cherokee Photography Club Exhibit in Canton Sept 18th

Don't miss this photography event! Members from the Cherokee Photography Club will be exhibiting photos from unique venues. The Photography Event will occur on E. Marietta Street in the Historic Downtown Canton Loop with the reception being hosted by Fringe, artful goods! Come explore Canton's Historic Downtown Loop.

Friday, September 18th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Isakson Living Announces Partnership with Alliance Theatre

Peachtree Hills Place and Park Springs to sponsor COME FLY WITH ME

Isakson Living, the developer of premiere Atlanta retirement communities, Park Springs and Peachtree Hills Place announces a partnership with the Alliance Theatre for its upcoming performance, COME FLY WITH ME, a dance musical featuring the sounds of Frank Sinatra. Previews begin September 15, 2009 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. The show opens September 23 and runs through October 11.

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Alliance Theatre,” said Park Springs Leisure Service Director, Lisa Kiely. “The Alliance Theatre’s productions are always thought provoking, entertaining and memorable, The Alliance Theatre has been very generous to our members and now we feel like we are able to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

The musical, conceived, directed and choreographed by Tony Award® Winner; Twyla Tharp celebrates the love and life of four couples over one night falling in and out of love. By special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and The Sinatra Family, COME FLY WITH ME features original recorded “masters” of Frank Sinatra’s voice – arguably one of the most recognized voices in the history of music – backed by a live on-stage Big Band. The show’s score combines newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements of some of his most famous work. The majority of music is comprised of songs from The Great American Song Book, composed by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers and Jimmy Van Heusen.

Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at The show’s producers are planning a North American tour commencing summer 2010 and are in discussions for a possible Broadway run and international engagements

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15 – Oct. 11, 2009 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a matinee performance on Saturday, Sept. 19.

About Park Springs:
The Southeast's premier CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot Clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson Living and managed by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a leader in senior living communities. LCS today serves more than 23,000 residents daily in over 80 communities nationwide. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Main Street Newnan’s Fall Art Walk This Friday

First of Series of Fall Events
Main Street Newnan will welcome Fall with its highly anticipated annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, September 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in downtown Newnan this Friday.

Artists from Newnan and the surrounding area will have their collectable, quality artwork on display in many downtown stores. Many artists will also be available to answer questions and discuss the artwork. Flint Gallery of Panoply, 16 Greenville Street, is the starting point of the Art Walk. Maps, refreshments and the entertainment will be available all over the square.

Over twenty different locations will be participating in the Art Walk. Martha Ann Parks of Flint Gallery of Panoply is one of the founders of the Art Walk. Flint Gallery features over thirty artists but will be hosting a full display of artist Jeff Surace for the Fall Art Walk. Mr. Surace graduated cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design and has work displayed in galleries throughout Savannah, Atlanta, New York and Tokyo. He specializes in defining landscapes within his own terms and will be on hand Friday night to meet guests and answer questions. Equally engaging will be the works of our local art program from Newnan High School displayed at R.S. Mann Jewelers. The best young artists from the program will have the opportunity to display their art and be on hand to interpret it for guests.

All types of mediums will be addressed. For example, Sharon Petersen will be demonstrating her unique body art at The Costume Shop and Ellie Farrington with oil and acrylic paintings at Esspresso Lane. Fine Lines Art and Framing will feature multiple artists including the owner, Cecilia Hilton. “This is a wonderful evening in downtown Newnan. We enjoy the opportunity to entertain customers in our shop and display not only our artwork but that of other talented artists.” Fine Lines will also be displaying Thomas Rowe, Nathan Kosiba and Lindsay Goodson. Moji’s, a new restaurant in downtown will feature photography by Coral Stavros and Brent Walker as well as eclectic bird feeders by Wanda Kirk. Two Turtle Doves will welcome Bob Comeans doing caricatures as well as painter Linda Naes and Vintage Flea will feature their own Valerie Dumas and Jenny Horn. Don’t miss Carolyn Cary, founder of the gorgeous “Nutty Girl” nut line and accomplished artist who will be featured at the Other Side of the Moon.

Newnan and Coweta County is full of accomplished artists, many of which will be featured the evening of the art walk. Main Street will be working in close collaboration with the Newnan Coweta Art Association to feature these local artists. Espresso Lane serves as the home gallery for the NCAA. Ellie Farrington will be the featured artist for the evening at Espresso Lane while Jenny Jones will be at Quiznos, the Boyds at Redneck, Betty Bowen at Let Them Eat Toffee and Ann Lynn Whitesides at Two Sisters Knitting Nook.

“Main Street’s Fall Art Walk is always a great experience. I encourage people to come stroll the streets in historic downtown Newnan while viewing some of the South’s finest artists. There is also an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their inspirations for their work. While you are downtown, browse through the unique stores or have dinner at one of the great restaurants. It’s just a fun way to spend an evening,” said Linda Kee, Director of Main Street Newnan.

This is event is just the first of a series of fall events sponsored by Main Street Newnan. Taste of Newnan follows on October 1st followed by the new Oktoberfest Boutique Beer Tasting on October 23rd and Preschool Trick of Treat on October 30th. Visit for more details.
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