Friday, January 30, 2009

Kristina L. Adams Named Newnan City Hall Artist for the month of February

Kristina L. Adams is named Newnan-Coweta Art Association’s Artist of the Month for the month of February. Her work will be displayed at Newnan City Hall for the month of February.

Kris is a displaying member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and a member of the Newnan Coweta Arts Association. Kris’s paintings are in private and public collections across the United States, Canada and Japan. This past fall she had two paintings chosen for the Georgia national fair in Perry Georgia. Her paintings are full of bright bold colors from abstract to realism. Using large brushes and lots of water her paintings are pretty loose. She says art doesn't always have to be serious; it just needs to be fun. She works in a series, and is best known for two larger than life women in swimsuits; fondly know as Miss Bea & Stella. Other series have been of fish, turtles, landscapes, over sized fruits, vegetables, lighthouses, sofas and animals.

You may recognize Kris from the Watercolor by Kristina show that she did on Newnan Utilities last year. Her work can be seen around town at Andre’s off the Square, Espresso Lane, Ten East Washington, and the Weber Eye clinic. She displays at the annual NCAA spring show on the square and at the annual NCAA Christmas show in November at the Rail Road depot in down town Newnan.

Kristina is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. NCAA meets the third Thursday each month (from September through May) at the Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m. visitors and new members are welcome.
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“Through My Eyes” Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Paintings by local artist, Denise Hall, are featured in the Winter Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse through April 23. The oil and acrylic painting exhibit is entitled “Through My Eyes.”

“Art is a way to express the way I view the world around me. I paint subjects that are around me and move me to creative expression. Art has always been a part of my life regardless of whether a brush was in my hand or not“, said Hall.

Hall’s work has evolved throughout her life depicting subject matter from still life to portraiture. While her art expresses itself in realism and impressionism, it often takes on a whimsical quality of vibrant color, spontaneity and brush work, inviting the viewer to enter into the setting. Denise has and unbridled love of art and an eye for detail and can render the hair of a child or the suggestion of wind in the trees.

Denise has been interested in painting since early childhood and took every opportunity to participate in various art projects through high school, nursing school, and between children and a career. Since retirement in 1994, she has studied art at Kennesaw State University and under various art instructors, including Libby Dalan at KSU, Philomena O’Quinn Edwards, international artist, and portrait painters, Beverly Harding and Tommy Akins.

She is a member of the Atlanta Artists Center in Atlanta, and has exhibited paintings in juried Shows at the Grandview Gallery in Buckhead and the Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta.
The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St., in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-5450. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
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High Welcomes 1-Millionth Visitor to Louvre Atlanta

Today at approximately 1:15 p.m., the High welcomed its 1-millionth visitor to “Louvre Atlanta.” The visitor, Debbie Dobson from Roswell, Ga., was visiting with her daughter and another mom with her two children. As the 1-millionth visitor, Dobson received a full set of “Louvre Atlanta” exhibition catalogues (six in total), a gift basket with “Louvre Atlanta” and Paris-related paraphernalia, tickets to the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as a High Museum of Art Family Membership.

The High is currently presenting the final exhibition of “Louvre Atlanta,” “The Louvre and the Masterpiece.” Featuring ninety-one works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre's collection areas, the exhibition explores how the definition of a "masterpiece," as well as taste and connoisseurship, has changed over time.

The High Museum of Art launched its unprecedented three-year partnership with the Musée du Louvre in October 2006 to critical acclaim, continuing the High’s longstanding strategy of collaborating with international institutions to bring great art to Atlanta. “Louvre Atlanta” is bringing hundreds of works of art from Paris to Atlanta through a series of long-term thematic exhibitions exploring the range, depth, and historic development of the Louvre’s collections.

“Louvre Atlanta” opened on October 14, 2006, with the exhibitions “Kings as Collectors,” “The King’s Drawings” and “Faces of History and Myth: Busts from the Musée du Louvre.” For its second year, exhibitions included “The Louvre and the Ancient World,” “The Eye of Josephine,” and “Houdon at the Louvre: Masterworks from the Enlightenment.”

Lead patronage for the project has been provided by longtime High Museum Board Member Anne Cox Chambers. Accenture is the Presenting Partner. UPS, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and AXA Art Insurance are Lead Corporate Partners for “Louvre Atlanta.” The Foundation Partner is The Sara Giles Moore Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Forward Arts Foundation, Frances B. Bunzl and Tull Charitable Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Rich Foundation serves as Planning Partner for the partnership. This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Information Regarding the Arts and Economic Stimulus

There has been much public conversation recently regarding the role of the arts and culture industry in economic stimulus. Following is information that seeks to clarify this issue through two key points: that the arts and culture industry is a sector of the economy just like any other with workers who pay taxes, mortgages, rent and contribute in other ways to the economy; and that the National Endowment for the Arts is uniquely positioned to assist in job stimulation for that industry.

For the full statement, visit

Arts Leadership League of Georgia Requests Action

Dear Arts Supporter:

We need you to take action now! Your voice has never been more critically needed to preserve and protect the arts and arts education in Georgia. Congress is taking action on the Economic Recovery Package now!



Yesterday afternoon The U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the $819 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (AARP) 244 to 188 including the $50 million for the National Endowment for the Art passed out of the Appropriations Committee last week. Appropriations Chairman David Obey opened the bill’s debate strongly in support of arts funding and Members such as Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) spoke up on behalf of the economic benefits of the arts in rebuttal.

The Senate will be starting their debate on the bill on Friday and continuing through next week. While the Senate Appropriations Committee did not include an arts jobs funding provision in their version of the bill, advocates still have several opportunities over the next few days to change the final outcome. Amendments could be made to the Senate bill, or the House arts funding provision itself could prevail in the final House/Senate conference bill.


Please take two minutes to take action by asking your Member of Congress and Senators to support the arts in this legislation. Georgia’s arts community needs your help with the three action steps below. We have made this process quick and amazingly easy.

Congress must hear that this issue is important to their constituents back home.

1. Please pass this email along to others you think would be interested; organizations, groups, friends, colleagues, neighbors, family members, etc. We must have a large grass roots movement for Georgia’s cultural industry. Many of Georgia’s cultural organizations are in dire financial shape.

2. Go to the ALL-GA website:
Under hot issues are several documents on the arts and the economic stimulus. These provide background information, and resources to help you further understand the issue, or to use when making the case to your own local elected officials for maintaining local funding for the arts.
On the home page, in the upper right corner is the Advocacy Action Center, click here and it will take you to the arts alert page. (You can enter your zip code on the action alert and find your elected officials and their contact information, if you do not know who they are). When you click the Take Action Button, you will be on the page, from which to send your letter, a template letter is there, along with talking points that you can insert to customize your letter. Or you can write straight from your heart. The process is quick, easy and effective. Or you can be taken directly to the template letter, by just clicking the link below or by cutting and pasting it into your browser.

3. Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) of Georgia has tried to offer an amendment, but it may not be allowed, to take the $50 million that’s in the stimulus package slated for the National Endowment of the Arts, and shift it to transportation investments. “ I just think putting people to work is more important than putting more art on the wall of some New York City gallery frequented by the elite art community.” Kingston said. “Call me a sucker for the working man. Quoting singer Bob Dylan, Kingston said, “You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” “The arts,” he added, “are the favorite of the left.”

Obviously, we need to make sure that Congressman Kingston hears from us.

First, the arts do indeed provide jobs. In fact, the Americans for the Arts report: Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences, documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. The $166.2 billion in total economic activity has a significant national impact, generating the following:

5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs
$104.2 billion in household income
$7.9 billion in local government tax revenues
$9.1 billion in state government tax revenues
$12.6 billion in federal income tax revenues

Second, Georgia will directly benefit from the NEA funding. Currently arts organization are facing unprecedented decline in revenue. It is also worth noting, that while much of the banking and Wall Street economic crisis was self-inflicted, this is not the case with arts community.
Third, Kingston’s outdated idea of arts as elitist - needs to be addressed head on, because that dog won’t hunt. The arts community and elitists are polar opposites. Arts organizations and artists, on a daily basis, reach out to the underserved and our schools, hospitals and senior centers providing programming and entertainment. Moreover, the arts are always giving back to their community by donating tickets, giving free concerts, and donating goods and services to silent auctions for community and civic fundraisers.

Please contact Congressman Jack Kingston; he needs to hear from you now. Your message can be simple, the NEA stimulus money is important to you, your community and Georgia. He can be reached at his office at 202.225.5831 or you can fax: 202.226.2269. Because the vote is any day now, phoning and faxing will apply more pressure than email. He only has a web based email, but it won’t hurt to send an email as well, if you can.

This is a very time sensitive action request. Please take action now. Just two minutes of your time can make a real difference. Please pass this forward, even if you cannot take action yourself. Now is the tipping point. Your advocacy action now, will shape the destiny of Georgia’s cultural community. Speak up today.

Many thanks in advance for your support and advocacy.
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City of Atlanta Class A Festival Schedule

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events remains committed to working with all Class A festival organizers during the upcoming 2009 festival season. Last fall city officials met with all Class A festival organizers regarding drought conditions and Piedmont Park’s use during the upcoming festival season (April through October 2009).

The Organizers agreed to the following arrangements.

· Dogwood Festival will be held in Piedmont Park on April 17-19, 2009.
· Screen on the Green will be held in Centennial Park starting on May 29, 2009.
· The Atlanta Jazz Festival will continue its Memorial Day tradition in Grant Park.
· The Peachtree Road Race will be held on the Fourth of July starting at Lenox Square and ending on 10th Street. T-Shirt distribution and family gatherings will be held in the Meadow at Piedmont Park.
· Atlanta Pride, originally scheduled for June 26-28, 2009 at Central Park, has now been moved outside the festival season and will take place on October 31-November 2, 2009, at Piedmont Park.

“We value the festivals as a rich part of Atlanta’s culture and are pleased to work with all of the festival organizers to find suitable venues this year,” says Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Dianne Harnell Cohen.
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Renowned Pianist, Iraq War Vet Highlight Founder’s Day 2009

A command performance by renowned concert pianist Roberto McCausland-Dieppa will highlight the 2009 Founder’s Day celebration at Berry College. This year’s observance also marks the end of the centennial celebration for the Berry Alumni Association.

To commemorate these two special occasions in the life of the college, three days of exciting events have been planned, beginning with Thursday’s 11 a.m. chapel service featuring remarks by Chaplain Steve Cantrell, a major in the U.S. Army who earned a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. The local community is invited to join us for this special service honoring men and women who have served in the armed forces. Retired and active-duty personnel are invited to wear their uniforms to the service. Veterans are welcome to wear their decorations.

Events will continue throughout the day Thursday and Friday before concluding with a “Dance through the Decades” for alumni and students on Saturday night. McCausland-Dieppa’s recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ford Auditorium. Admission to this special performance is free and open to the public.

A 1981 alumnus of Berry, McCausland-Dieppa has shared his talents with audiences around the world in the years since graduation. As chronicled in the fall 2007 edition of Berry magazine, the Colombian-born musician has won praise from the New York Times for his keyboard mastery and earned the Merrill Lynch Prize in teaching and piano while serving on the faculty of The School of Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. To this day, memories of Berry remain vivid in his mind.

“It was a wonderful learning atmosphere,” McCausland-Dieppa stated. “You never felt that your questions were unanswered. You could go as far as you wanted in whatever area you wanted, whether it was music theory, piano performance or some other form of expression.”

A complete schedule of Founder’s Day events is posted online at If you have any questions, please call 800-782-0130 or e-mail

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

UWG Gallery Features Appalachian Artists January 30

The University of West Georgia and the Department of Art are hosting a Gallery talk and closing reception for the “Natural Distortion: A View of Cultural Landscapes” show on Friday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. in the Humanities Building. The reception and exhibit, which is now open, are free and the community is invited to attend.

The Gallery exhibit features three resident artists from the Appalachian Center for Craft located in Tennessee. The exhibit includes work by artists Sarah McClary, Melody Tiemann and Michael Hernandez.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-6521.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

SOLDIER PORTRAITS Exhibition Opens January 30, 2009 at the Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre

Soldier Portraits, an exhibition of photographs by Savannah artist Ellen Susan, will be on view at the Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre in Statesboro, Ga. January 30 - March 12. The public is invited to attend all exhibition and gallery events free of charge.

The University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will host an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 30th from 5-7 pm at the Center for Art & Theatre. Ellen Susan will speak about the exhibition and her creative process on Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 5-7 pm in the Visual Arts Building Auditorium at Georgia Southern University.

Susan uses the wet collodion process—a photographic technique used in the 19th Century during the American Civil War—to make portraits of contemporary American soldiers, many of whom have deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan for multiple tours of duty. The artist describes how she, “wanted to produce physically enduring, visually arresting images of people sent repeatedly into war zones.” Many of the soldiers depicted are based in southeast Georgia.

One of her aims in photographing contemporary soldiers this way is to provide a counterpoint to anonymous media representations. The wet collodion process is slow and deliberate, requiring a large view camera and a darkroom onsite. The combination of the long exposures and the peculiarities of its appearance often elicit comments like "you can see into the subject\\\'s soul.”

In contrast, much contemporary portrait work made with view cameras exhibits a neutral, deadpan appearance. While the slowness and formality of large-format photography can lend itself to emotional distance, the specific properties of the wet plate process eliminate even the potential for that kind of image. Susan explains, “Personally, I think what the images reveal are simply lusciously

rendered and highly detailed physical attributes of the individuals. I don’t think you can see anybody’s soul in any photograph, but if the appearance is compelling enough, it lets you imagine that you can—and then consider the face and the person it belongs to, and what they might be all about.”

More information about the Soldier Portraits project can be found at

For more information on this exhibition and other gallery programming provided by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, visit Georgia Southern’s Gallery

Programming is supported by Student Activity Fees; all events are free and open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Georgia Southern University will honor reasonable requests for accommodations. The Center for Art & Theatre is open Monday through Friday from 9 - 5 and by appointment. Docent tours are welcome and available upon request by calling (912) GSU-ARTS (2787).

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Alliance Theatre to Stage Revolutionary New Gospel Musical

Photo left: Followers beg for a healing touch as Jesus (Darius de Haas, center) feels the extent of his difficult work in the revolutionary new gospel musical Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL Jan. 14 – Feb. 22 on the Alliance Stage.

There's a reason to rejoice at the Alliance Theatre this January as the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar hits the Alliance Stage in an exhilarating new gospel production.

The Alliance is thrilled to be mounting its largest production in 20 years, the rousing gospel event: Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. Audiences will experience the hit musical as never before in an inspirational, hand-clapping event that puts the power of praise back into the gospels.

Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth directs this groundbreaking musical about the last seven days of the life of Christ. Opening Night is Wed., Jan. 21, 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

“I am profoundly lucky to be in the position of being the director of Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL,” said Booth. “One of the greatest works of the theatrical form meets the greatest sound in the world. This is pure, true Atlanta gospel. This is an event that transcends traditional theatre.”

Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL puts Judas at the center of the passion story with a rich and deeply human point of view. The show begins with Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and continues through the exhilaration and apprehension of the new leader, the effect of the crowds on the Roman occupation forces, and Jesus’ betrayal, trial and crucifixion.

This new version will highlight Atlanta’s rich gospel tradition with an extraordinary 27-member local choir on stage alongside a Broadway-caliber cast. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score gets an inspirational new beat that will move audiences to new heights with memorable songs like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright” and “Could We Start Again Please?”

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyricist Tim Rice gave special permission to develop this new interpretation of the work to Louis St. Louis, an experienced Broadway and film composer and music director (credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, Grease 2 and Mahogany), whose own musical roots spring from the Detroit Pentecostal Church.

The 50-member cast and choir includes 36 local performers. Actors in notable roles include Darius de Haas as Jesus; Nicole Long as Mary Magdalene; Darryl Jovan Williams as Judas; Eric Jordan Young as Herod; Destan Owens as Pilate; Keith Adams as Simon; and Philip Dorian McAdoo as Peter.

Members of the artistic team that will bring this new gospel musical to life on stage are Michael Yeargan, set designer; Paul Tazewell, costume designer; Robert Wierzel, lighting designer; Jon Weston, sound designer; Darryl Jovan Williams, gospel vocal arranger; Dave Pierce, orchestrator; and Jade Lambert Smith, dramaturg.

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., Jan. 14 – Feb. 22, 2009 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a matinee performance on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Opening/Media Night is Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Feb. 8 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described for the visually impaired.

Tickets are $25 - $75 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.

Do More: Gospel Grams
“Say what you gotta say with gospel!” Everything sounds better in gospel, so share grams with friends & colleagues to send Happy Birthday wishes, let them know traffic’s great, or that there are leftover bagels in the break room! Send a Gospel Gram, courtesy of the Alliance Theatre and the new musical Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. Visit, choose your gram and click send, it’s that easy. You can also view behind the scenes studio footage of Gospel Gram recording sessions from that site.

Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; Marriott Residence Inn – Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

Production of Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL 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.

Photo right (above): Jesus (Darius de Haas, seated center) with his disciples at The Last Supper [Left to right: Glenn Rainey, Darius de Haas, Eugene H. Russell IV, Jaime Cepero, Bernardine Mitchell]

Oak Hill Offers Senior Scholars Program for Spring at Berry College

The Berry College Senior Scholars Program returns this spring with a full slate of courses designed to challenge, educate and enrich the lives of people 55 and older. Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum will host the program beginning Feb. 17. Classes will be held each Tuesday through April 14 with the exception of March 17 (spring break at Berry).

Registration for the program is $75 for three classes, $60 for two classes or $30 for a single course. Contact Patrice Shannon at 706-368-6775 or for more information or to register. Course offerings include:


This course will cover the fundamentals of camera operation, photographic film and digital imaging, lenses, depth of field, and exposure meters. Students also will receive helpful tips on photographing people, composition, using flash, available light photography and action photography.

Instructor: Alan Storey, a talented photographer and staff member at Berry College for more than 35 years. He currently serves as director of photographic services and community relations for the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.

FINE ART, TOLE: 9-11 a.m.

This class is for the serious painter. Subjects will include how to mix paint and how to fill a brush properly. Students will learn about brush strokes and how to put them together, making it possible to paint anything they desire.

Instructor: Elizabeth Sparks, a certified teacher of art for more than 25 years. Now retired, Elizabeth continues to teach in her in-home studio.

BOOK DISCUSSION – “MOBY DICK”: 11 a.m. to Noon

“Call me Ishmael.” With the first sentence of his flawed masterpiece Moby Dick (1851), Herman Melville introduced one of the most compelling voices in American literature. Although a critical and financial failure when first published, some now argue that “Moby Dick” is the finest novel written in English. This class will discuss how Melville set out to create and dramatize a democratic form of tragedy.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Diller, associate professor of English, rhetoric and writing at Berry College.

FOUNDING FATHERS: 11 a.m. to Noon

Our journey this semester will involve chasing a dream as well as a reality. Participants will ponder questions about the Founding Fathers of our nation like: Were the thinkers and the doers as unusual as subsequent generations of people found them to be? Were they the heroes of the new nation? Or possibly, were they simply the right people at the right time? This class will discuss and analyze the political thought which spawned a revolution.

Instructor: Dr. N. Gordon Carper, Dana professor of history emeritus, Berry College.


This class will look at African-American history and culture through the lens of Gloria Naylor’s 1988 novel, “Mama Day.” Set in New York City and on Willow Springs, an island that belongs neither to Georgia nor South Carolina, “Mama Day” takes readers on a compelling journey through multiple generations of the Day family. Along the way, Naylor touches on key components of African-American history and culture including slavery and its oppression as well as the continual resistance of those who were enslaved, the strength of all-black communities, the rich folk traditions of rural black life, spirituality, inter-racial relationships, intra-racial prejudice, and gender issues.

Instructor: Dr. Christian G. Bucher, associate professor of English, rhetoric and writing at Berry College.

THAI CHI: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Taijiquan is a meditative martial art that originated in the Taoist traditions of medieval China. The central aim of the art is to attain a state of internal balance and to bring one’s self into greater harmony. Taijiquan strengthens the muscles, improves circulation, and brings about an integration of body, breath and awareness.

Instructor: Dr. Jeffery Lidke, assistant professor of religion at Berry College.

In addition to these courses, Senior Scholars will feature two lunch-time discussions. These one-hour sessions will be held at noon Feb. 17 and March 10. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch; Oak Hill will provide drinks and chips. On Feb. 17, Barry Benton will discuss the topic of personality profiling. On March 10, Shannon Bond will focus on self-defense for seniors. These sessions are free of charge and will take place in the Garden Room of the Oak Hill Gift Shop.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chicago Jazz Ensemble Comes to Carrollton January 24

Jazz enthusiasts will be dazzled by the second annual “Live Art at the Townsend Center” event featuring The Chicago Jazz Ensemble starring Jon Faddis on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The 21-member Chicago Jazz Ensemble consists of musicians with national recognition, acclaimed Columbia College Chicago faculty and some of the city’s most talented artists. Faddis, conductor, composer and educator known for his intense integrity and humor, was formerly the artistic director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble’s mission is to represent, preserve and promote the innovative traditions of American orchestral Jazz music. Founded in 1965 by distinguished composer and conductor William Russo, the ensemble entered a new phase in its history with the appointment of trumpet virtuoso Faddis as its artistic director.

Faddis has a 30-year history of performing and collaborating with the world’s foremost Jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range, making the practically impossible seem effortless.

Also appearing in Carrollton with this elite group of musicians will be Ignacio Berroa, recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times. Known as the “Afro-Cuban drumming maestro,” Berroa’s numerous contributions to the American music scene has earned him a place among a very selective group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century.

“Live Art at the Townsend Center,” which started in 2008, was a successful venture into increasing artistic opportunities for UWG and the Carrollton community. Michelle Morgan, Susan Fleck and Claire Cooley, co-chairs of the upcoming Live Art event, said the gala once again brings critically acclaimed artists to the area.

“Each year, we hope to raise the bar of cultural options in the West Georgia region,” Fleck said. “We’re hoping to duplicate the success of Ballet Memphis last year. It was such a positive event and everyone was on such a high. We want to keep it that way and build on that enthusiasm.”

UWG jazz musicians, jazz musicians from the local schools, private schools, homeschools, etc. and adult jazz musicians from the surrounding communities may register to participate in a 90-minute workshop conducted by Faddis at 2:30 p.m. in the third-floor Humanities Building Band Room. Interested individuals may call the Townsend Center for details.

Two ticket options are available. Individual tickets for the performance only are $42 and are available at the Townsend Center Box Office, 678-839-4722. “Opening Night Club” membership includes two tickets to the performance, valet parking, VIP pre-performance and intermission reception in the Dangle Theater, two tickets to the cast party following the performance featuring “A Blast” band and a Chicago inspired menu, plus appearances by Faddis and the Ensemble. These tickets are $150 per person and are available by contacting Erin Henderson at

The donor reception in the Dangle Theatre begins at 6:15 p.m., the theatre doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Nature, Undisturbed Announces Jurors

Nature, Undisturbed; a juried photography exhibition to benefit Southern Conservation Trust announces Greg Newington and Thomas Swanston as jurors.

Greg Newington ( has worked as a photographer for newspaper and publishing companies in Australia and The Middle East for over 38 years. Greg’s work has appeared in more than 300 publications worldwide. Greg has won a variety of awards during his photographic career including first prize in 1988 in The Australian Press Photographer of the Year awards. Greg was head of photography for Motivate Publishing in The United Arab Emirates. This group includes “Hello” Magazine, “Open Skies,” and “Emirates Woman.” In April of 2008, Greg opened his studio in Serenbe. Currently Greg freelances in the US and Australia.

Artists Thomas Swanston and Gail Foster opened StudioSwan in Serenbe in 2006. Thomas has lived and worked in rural Georgia for the past 25 years. He received a MFA from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1980. Thomas’ art is part of many public and private collections including Disney, Ritz Carlton, Suntrust, and both the Goizueta School of Business and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His art has also been seen in a variety of publications including “Veranda” and “Domino” magazines. For more information on Thomas Swanston and to view his art inspired by the migrating sandhill cranes visit the studio website

The deadline for entries in the show is fast approaching. You can find the link to print an application and read details for entry on the Southern Conservation Trust website, or on Donna Rosser’s blog,

About Nature, Undisturbed

This juried photography exhibition will benefit the Southern Conservation Trust. The show is in its inaugural year. The show is open to any adult photographer, professional or hobbyist. There are two categories; first is open to any nature image taken at any location and the second is any nature image taken at a land trust location. Southern Conservation Trust manages Line Creek Nature Area and Flat Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City and owns and manages Sam’s Lake Bird Sanctuary in Fayette County. Donna Rosser, local photographer and founder of the Fayette Photo Club; Abby Jordan, Executive Director, Southern Conservation Trust; and Greg Blair, owner of The Dogwood Gallery and Framer are working together on this exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone April 24 through May 3, 2009.
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"Fired Clay" Opens Today!

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur hosts MudFire's top talents in a group show in their gallery in downtown Decatur.

The opening reception is January 16, from 5-9pm.
The show continues on exhibit through March 29, 2009 at their location:

One West Court Square
Suite 110
Decatur, GA 30030

Art Institute Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9a - 7p
Friday - Saturday: 9a - 3p

Comedy and Surprise Define World Premiere Smart Cookie at the Alliance

Playwright Julia Brownell’s Smart Cookie is a wickedly funny comedy about how a shocking surprise helps a wealthy Manhattan socialite become the woman she never realized she wanted to be. The clear favorite of the 2008 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition judges, this World Premiere play combines laugh-out-loud humor with a provocative story about social image and the powers that can change a person’s attitudes. For those who loved the film Juno, here is another unexpected tale of teenagers and pregnancy. The play is directed by Jeremy B. Cohen (Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage) on the intimate Hertz Stage. Opening Night is Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at 8 p.m. on the Hertz Stage. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

Smart Cookie is the fifth winner of the nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. At the beginning of this hilarious play, socialite Cookie Walsh has the perfect life on Manhattan’s Upper East Side—including a handsome and successful husband and a Park Avenue triplex. However, her world is split wide open when her son comes home from prep school with his Spanish exchange student girlfriend and a big announcement. Cookie, used to running the show, now faces a situation utterly out of her control.

Julia Brownell, originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey, graduated from New York University – Tish School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Playwriting. Propelled into the national spotlight of talented playwrights, Brownell has had works produced/read at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public Theater, The Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center and Babel Theatre Project. Brownell is the first comic writer to win the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition.

The Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition is a one-of-a-kind national competition that exposes student playwrights to the world of professional theatre through experiences working with a nationally recognized theatre. Brownell is the fifth talented young playwright to win the Kendeda GPC, which began in the 2003-04 Season.

The six-member cast includes four local actors – Rebecca Blumhagan, Courtenay Collins (Managing Maxine and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris), Dori Garziano and Larry Larson (Managing Maxine and Gem of the Ocean) – in addition to Blake Lowell and Nancy Lemenager from New York. (Biographical information on the cast may be found in the attached fact sheet.)

Members of the artistic team that will bring this exciting new work to life on stage are Lee Savage, set designer; Miranda Hoffman, costume designer; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting designer; Lindsay Jones, sound designer/composer; and Celise Kalke and Sarah Slight, dramaturgs.

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., Jan. 30 – Feb. 22, 2009 on the Hertz Stage. There will not be a matinee performance on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Opening/Media Night is Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Feb. 15 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described for the visually impaired.

Tickets are $25 and $30 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.

Do More: Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Finalist Readings

To coincide with the World Premiere of Smart Cookie, Atlanta's finest actors and directors will come together to present FREE staged readings of the plays by the other four 2008 finalists. This is an intimate chance to hear works by some of America's most interesting up-and-coming writers. The full schedule for the readings and play information can be found online on the events page of the Alliance Theatre Web site. Tickets for the FREE seats may be reserved online or by calling the Box Office at 404.733.5000. Seating is limited.

Smart Cookie is part of the Turner Series on the Hertz Stage.

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

Production of Smart Cookie 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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"The Blues Brothers" Movie Screening at The Plaza Theatre

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.

One-Night Only Screening of 1980 Cult Classic
Bid on Blues Brothers Formal Classic Revue Auction Items
Photo Opportunities with Famous Blues Brothers Mobile

A one-night only screening of the wildly popular cult classic film "The Blues Brothers" will help fans gear up for the upcoming Blues Brothers Formal Classic Revue charity event and live show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga. this February.

The historic Plaza Theatre in the Poncey-Highlands will host the one-night only movie screening on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Blues Brothers Formal Classic Revue charity event and live show, bid on a variety of auction items, and see the famous Blues Brothers Mobile. General admission tickets are available for $8. For more details or to purchase tickets to see the original The Blues Brothers movie, visit or call 404.873.1939.

The one-night only movie screening is leading up to The Blues Brothers Formal Classic Revue On a Mission from G-d charity event and live show starring Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, Jim Belushi as Zee Blues and the Sacred Hearts Band on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Tabernacle in Downtown Atlanta. The event will help raise funds for the multi-campus culture and lifestyle student organization, Hillels of Georgia, and will feature a VIP meet and greet, a silent auction, private sound check and much more. The renowned high-energy live show will include the Blues Brothers greatest hits, including "Soul Man," "Everybody Needs Somebody," "Gimme Some Lovin'," "Rawhide," "Sweet Home Chicago," and many more.

Tickets for the "Blues Brothers Formal Classic Revue On a Mission from G-d are available for purchase online for $55 - $75. Special VIP packages including VIP seating, green room access and Blues Brothers merchandise will be available for $180, $500 and $1,000. Visit or call 404.727.2089 for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Plaza Theatre is located 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE. Visit or call 404.873.1939 for more information.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Georgia Review Features a Famous Feminist on Suicide and the Holocaust, a Forgotten German Painter, a Sightless Poet on His Freedoms, and More

The recently released Winter 2008 issue of The Georgia Review, the quarterly journal of arts and letters founded at the University of Georgia in 1947, features a new essay by one of the country's best-known feminist critics, Susan Gubar--coauthor (with Sandra Gilbert) of The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination and the three-volume No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century.

"My Franziska, Charlotte Salomon, and the Decision Not to Be: Suicide Before, During, and After the Holocaust" is a wrenching personal and public examination of patterns of European selbstmord (self-killing). Gubar meditates upon several suicides among her ancestors as well as those of well-known figures such as Virginia Woolf and Simone Weil--and she looks most intensely at an overlooked German masterwork of paintings and writings by Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943), sent to Auschwitz and killed there on the day of her arrival.

Salomon's posthumously published Life? or Theatre? A Play with Music is a thick volume comprising more than seven hundred impressionistic gouaches, many of them incorporating or accompanied by written commentary. As a group they tell the story of Salomon's several family suicides and tales of the unfolding war in her native country. Gubar discusses many of these paintings, fourteen of which are reproduced in The Georgia Review.

"Thinking inevitably within the precincts of the shadow that the Holocaust threw on my family," says Gubar, "I believe that the will to die preoccupied Jewish women before as well as during the Shoah not (or at least not simply) as an escape from suffering, and not (or at least not simply) as an expression of hunger, rebellion, and rage. This preoccupation was, more precisely, a means of transmuting suffering, of turning it into a voluntary testimonial to (or witnessing of) grievously betrayed love."

Also featured in this issue is an interview with Stephen Kuusisto, author of one poetry collection (Only Bread, Only Light) and two volumes of nonfiction (Planet of the Blind and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening). Kuusisto, who currently teaches at the University of Iowa in both the creative writing program and the College of Medicine, is intensively questioned by another poet/memoirist, Lia Purpura.

Virtually blind from birth, Kuusisto notes that "not seeing allows me some luck--not necessarily an advantage, but opportunity for luck, because luck is, after all, entirely about opportunity. The opportunity is not seeing the woman, or the tree, or the cathedral, or the cobblestone streets, or the queen's horses. I can't conjure them by enunciating them, and so I'm not trapped in the tyranny of much modern journalistic writing: having to explain," he said.

"All I can do is suggest that I'm an impressionist. There's freedom in impressionism, and with that freedom comes luck, because then, if your language has a kind of compensatory sweetness, musicality, energy, and rightness, literary consciousness unfolds and something larger than the writer occurs. That's where I get lucky."

Gubar, Salomon, Kuusisto, and so much more await Review readers: Paul Zimmer is here with "London and a Friend," an evocative reminiscence about a bygone publishing world--including the time he covertly laid his head "on a cushion that Lord Byron had used for a nap." Veteran short-story writers George Singleton and Jack Driscoll are here, along with newcomer Elea Carey. Veteran poets Coleman Barks, Albert Goldbarth, and Sydney Lea are here, along with newcomer Tyler Caroline Mills. Edward Butscher reviews memoirs by women, Judith Kitchen discusses new poetry collections, Anis Shivani takes on recent books about terrorism and politics, and Gerald Weales examines a lifetime of letters by the inimitable Noel Coward.

All in all, the Winter 2008 Georgia Review offers up the usual unusual riches from what novelist Terry Kay has called "the best literary publication in the country, period."

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Events at the High Museum Sunday, January 18 to Sunday, January 25

Louvre Atlanta Art Change: January 25 will be the last day to see the Michelangelo drawings in “The Louvre in the Masterpiece.” They will be replaced with nature drawings by Pisanello, and two sculptures by the Master of Mussy will replace Messerschmidt's “Character Head.”

Thursday, January 22, 5 to 8 p.m.

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, especially to see “The First Emperor,” which has already received nearly 150,000 visitors since its opening and was named a Top 10 Exhibition of 2008 by Time Magazine. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

Lecture: Inside the Louvre's Drawings Cabinet: Caring for Works on Paper
Saturday, January 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; Hill Auditorium

This is the second annual program of the Gudmund Vigtel Works on Paper Fund. Carel van Tuyll, Chief Curator of the Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre, will discuss caring for the world’s greatest drawings collection. Mr. van Tuyll is one of the world’s foremost drawings experts and has written extensively on the drawings of Annibale Carracci and Rembrandt. Joining Mr. van Tuyll is Leslie Paisley, works on paper conservator at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and Dr. Sheldon Peck, a collector of Dutch and Flemish Old Master drawings.

This program is free and seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000 and online at Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.

SPECIAL EVENT: College Night ARTBreak
Saturday, January 24, 7 p.m. to midnight

The 11th annual College Night will celebrate Chinese New Year and is themed in cooridnation with the museum’s current popular exhibition, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army.” In addition to live musical performances by Beatrix*JAR and The Grapetree Collective (featuring groups No Face, Supreme, and The Hotels), students and visitors will enjoy a night of gallery viewing, art-making, a Kung-fu film festival, and food and non-alcoholic bevergaes for purchase. Admission: $8 with valid student I.D.; free for student members; $18 general public

FILM SERIES: 4th annual Danish Film Festival
Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17; Rich Theatre
The Danish Film Festival returns to the High Museum of Art for its fourth year, from January 16 through January 24, 2009.

“Hugo the Movie Star” Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.
This English-language version of the popular animated Danish children's series is about Hugo, the world's rarest and cutest creature. Because he is so adorable, he ends up being kidnapped by a pair of filmmakers who are hungry for a hit. Hugo's long-lost best friend, a fox named Rita, is determined to set him free. But by the time she finds him, Hugo has become accustomed to celebrity and isn't sure that he wants to return to life in the forest. This film is appropriate for children 3 and older. (Denmark, 1996, 69 minutes.) In English.

“The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun” Friday, January 23
Winner of the Danish Critics’ Prize for documentary, “The Monastery” is an oddly endearing, seriously funny film that offers definitive proof that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s the story of an ornery, isolated, and retired parish priest and a confirmed bachelor named Mr. Vig, who nurtures the dream of turning the crumbling castle he calls home into a monastery. This obsession leads him to contact the Russian Orthodox Church, whose officials are intrigued but not entirely sold on the offer. They decide to send out an exploratory force of nuns, led by Sister Amvrosija, a vigorous, determined woman half Vig’s age whose take-charge attitude quickly sets her at odds with her host. The battle of wills is on, and director Pernille Rose Gronkjaer captures it in what “Eye for Film’s” Andrew Robertson called “a wonderful little film, a delightful portrait of two very different characters . . . a meditation on the nature of faith and desire.” (Denmark, 2007, 84 minutes.) In Danish, Russian, and English with subtitles.

“Just Like Home” Saturday, January 24
This charming comedy from director Lone Scherfig (“Italian for Beginners”, “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself”) centers on a small Danish town where the comfortingly predictable cycle of life is threatened by the report of a naked man roaming the streets at night. Hearing about the anonymous streaker, the village’s construction workers call a strike, leaving the town square looking like a bomb site. A group of concerned citizens takes over the community’s emergency hotline and decides to use it to ferret out the culprit. Scherfig’s amiable cast of eccentrics and her loose, improvisational style make for a film that, in the director’s words, affirms “the fundamental belief that people you hardly know will want the best for you.” (Denmark, 2007, 97 minutes.) In Danish with subtitles.


Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center

· Thursday, January 22: Painted Lanterns - Light up the sky with your own decorative lantern. Play with patterns and shapes to create a unique design all your own!

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.

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

Saturdays: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center

Saturday, January 24: DIY Discoveries: Fabric Fortune Cookies - An exciting and creative opportunity awaits you in the studio. Find yourself full of fortune as we hand-sew a colorful assortment of the popular Chinese cookie.

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.

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

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.

Audio Guides
An audio guide including both “The First Emperor” and “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” will be available for purchase—$5 for general public; $3 for Members, complete group bookings, and ages 17 and under. The audio guide will be included for school group admission.

CityPass Tickets
Includes 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

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Atlanta Feb. 19 - 22

Features Live Onstage Performances by Sweet Honey In The Rock
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) will return to Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater, February 19-22, during a 50-city global tour in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Led by the world-renowned Artistic Director Judith Jamison, the Company will present a diverse repertory of exciting premieres, dramatic new productions, revered classics, and repertory favorites... Click here to read more: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Atlanta Feb. 19 - 22

Major Exhibition of Prints by David C. Driskell Opens at the High Spring 2009

“Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell”
April 21 – August 2, 2009

The first exhibition to highlight the prints of renowned artist and scholar David C. Driskell will be on view at the High Museum of Art in 2009. “Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell” will open on April 21, and will remain on view through August 2, 2009. Featuring 80 prints which provide insight into Driskell’s artistic process and development, the exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the High’s David C. Driskell Prize for achievement in African American art and scholarship.

Organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, “Evolution” premiered at the Driskell Center and traveled to the Wichita Art Museum before its exhibition at the High. It will subsequently travel to the Portland Museum of Art, where it will be on view October 27, 2009, through January 17, 2010.

“Since the High’s relationship with David C. Driskell first began in 2000, we have been significantly impacted by his contribution to the field of African American art and art history both internationally and here in Atlanta,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director of the High. “The innovative work of Dr. Driskell is an inspirational force in the field of African American art. Through his remarkable prints, visitors this spring will be able to trace his development as an artist, as well as the evolution of African American art.”

Throughout his work, Driskell has drawn upon diverse sources while developing an artistic language of his own. “Evolution” will feature woodcuts such as the “Bakota Girt” series (1972-1974) and “Benin Woman” (1975), which reveal the influence of the artist’s travels to Africa and his desire to enrich his own connection to African culture. In “Bakota Girl 1,” Driskell draws inspiration from a Kota reliquary, while also referencing Byzantine Christian iconography through his use of gilt and jewel tones.

Over the course of his career, Driskell has explored the intersection between African sculpture, Modernist aesthetics, and the tradition of Western art. In his “Reclining Nude” (2000), Driskell references Matisse’s “Blue Nude” of 1906, reclaiming the African imagery which served as a key source of inspiration to 20th-century modernists.

Examples of Driskell’s self-portraits will also play an important role in the exhibition. Spanning more than thirty years, these works reflect the artist’s wide range of stylistic approaches, from the traditional pose and naturalistic representation of “Self Portrait” (1970), to “Pensive” (2004), in which Driskell transforms his own features into to those of an African mask.

Exhibition Organization, Support and Catalogue
“Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell” is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is curated by the Driskell Center’s Curator-in-Residence, Dr. Adrienne L. Childs. The exhibition includes works executed in a range of techniques, including woodcuts and linocuts, lithographs, collographs, etchings, a rare hand-colored lithograph and several hand-colored woodcuts and linocuts.

Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated 120-page catalogue published by Pomegranate Communications. It includes a curatorial essay by Dr. Adrienne Childs; an essay by Ruth Fine, Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and an introduction by Deborah Willis, Professor of Art, Tisch School of Arts, New York University. The catalogue is among the very few that document the medium of printmaking by African American artists, and it is the most comprehensive exploration of Driskell’s work to date.

David C. Driskell
Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, Driskell is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in 1955 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Catholic University in 1962. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1953, and studied art history at The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1964. In 1976, Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibition “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750–1950,” which laid the foundation for the field of African American art history. Since 1977, he has served as cultural advisor to Camille O. and William H. Cosby and as the curator of the Cosby Collection of Fine Arts. In a White House ceremony in 2000, Driskell received the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton, and in 2007 he was elected as a National Academician by the National Academy.

David C. Driskell Center
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, celebrates the legacy of David C. Driskell by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Established in 2001, the Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators and scholars of color, broadening the field of African diasporic studies. The Driskell Center is committed to preserve, document and present African American art as well as to replenish and expand the field of African American art. More information about the Driskell Center is available at

David C. Driskell Prize at the High Museum of Art
Established by the High in 2005, the David C. Driskell Prize is the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history. Past recipients include artist Xaviera Simmons (2008), scholar/curator Franklin Sirmans (2007), artist Willie Cole (2006) and scholar Dr. Kellie Jones (2005). A cash award of $25,000 accompanies the prize. Proceeds from the High Museum’s annual Driskell Prize Dinner go toward both the David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisitions Fund and the David C. Driskell African American Art Endowment. Through the David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisitions Fund, the High has acquired works by such artists as Radcliffe Bailey, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, John T. Scott and Renee Stout. The High will honor the 2009 prizewinner at the annual David C. Driskell Prize Award Dinner on April 20, 2009.

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 of Art 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 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. A not-for-profit center for performing and visual arts, its campus comprises the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta College of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don Quixote!


Ever wished for that one opportunity to “get it right?” To start over and live your life the way you always dreamed it should be? To see how one man attempts to correct his past, visit the Center for Puppetry Arts to enjoy Don Quixote, a new production about a man who journeys to the brink of madness and back in his quest for one more chance to “get it right.” This bilingual show adapted by the Center’s Associate Producer Bobby Box, in collaboration with Manuel Moran of Teatro SEA (Sociedad Educativa de las Artes/Society of the Educational Arts) of New York, is presented Feb 3-15, 2009, as part of the 2008-2009 New Directions Series.

In this lively adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic adventure Don Quixote de la Mancha, Don Quijano, a nobleman who longs for the gallant days of his youth, and his faithful servant Sancho embark on a quest for chivalry and romance that leads them on the journey of a lifetime. In this legendary tale, Don Quijano becomes convinced that he is the noble knight Don Quixote de La Mancha. His fantasy and reality collide as windmills become giants, an inn becomes a castle, a flock of sheep turns into an army, and the old gentleman and his servant become defenders of faith, honor, and glory. It’s a story about a man who attempts to bring honor and good will to the world, but instead, finds himself.

Directed by Bobby Box, Don Quixote showcases puppeteers Luis Hernandez, Anthony Rodriguez, Yolanda Hernandez and Alejandro Gutierrez, who operate rod marionettes designed by Patrick Martel. The composer and musical director is Thom Jenkins and the musician/guitarist is Mark Cohn. Sound for the show is designed by Mimi Epstein and the lighting is designed by Liz Lee. The set is designed by Kat Conley and costumes are designed by Jamie Bullins.

Suggested for audiences 12 and up, Don Quixote will be presented in the Downstairs Theater. Showtimes are as follows: February 3-15, 2009: Matinees are Tue - Fri @ 11am; Evening Showtimes are Thurs-Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 5pm.

The Center’s Museum and special exhibits should not be missed! For a preview of our new Jim Henson Museum, visit Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog, Jim Henson: Puppeteer, and our newest exhibit, Jim Henson: Wonders from His Workshop, featuring puppets and ground-breaking technology from film and television productions including Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, and Sid the Science Kid.

Tickets for Don Quixote are $18.52 – $22.22 + tax and include a performance, and admission into the permanent, interactive Museum exhibit Puppets: The Power of Wonder and special exhibits, including Jim Henson: Wonders from His Workshop. Member and group rates are available. This show is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Order your tickets “FEE-FREE” online at or call the Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391. The Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, with extended hours during evening performances. The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, across the bridge from Atlantic Station, is accessible from MARTA, and has limited free parking.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Shorter’s Arnold Gallery To Feature Work Of Eilis Crean

Shorter College’s Art Department will present “Presence,” an exhibit of work by artist Eilis Crean, from Jan. 20 until Feb. 20.

Crean, assistant professor of painting at the University of West Georgia, will host an artist lecture on Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. inside Shorter’s Arnold Gallery. Her two current series of paintings – Memorial Wall and Portraits – connect philosophical issues of presence and being.

“My work is embedded in introspection and interpretation of my personal experience and the transformation of that through the act of painting,” said Crean, a native of Ireland.

“Contemplation, phenomenological being, cultural picturing, and the presence of witness are key components as I seek to create work that connects with spiritual, concrete, psychological, sociological and personal aspects of my life.”

Her work is held in the state collections of Ireland, Latvia, and France; the LaGrange Art Museum; King and Spalding, Atlanta, and in private collections in Ireland and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried and groups show of national acclaim.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Arnold Gallery is located inside the Minor Fine Arts Building on the Shorter campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, contact Brian Taylor at (706) 233-7332.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Photo Exhibit at Emory Law Explores the Unexpected

"Point of View," an exhibition of photographs by award winning San Diego artist Dana Levine, is on display at Emory University's Macmillan Law Library through March 8.

The exhibition's title refers to the artist's unique point of view. Levine uses the camera to search for vulnerability and beauty in unexpected, unlikely places. Through color and composition, her images achieve an atmosphere of mystery while at the same time evoking a peaceful serenity.

Levine spent her professional career as a scientist and science educator at a New Jersey engineering college and interactive science museum. After moving to San Diego several years ago, she became a painter and photographer. Today her work is shown in galleries and museums.

"As an artist and a scientist, I can tell you that art and science are not an unlikely combination," says Levine. "Both strive to see nature with a fresh eye. In my work I explore the inner richness of nature and the human form in a visual medium, looking for the structure beneath the surface using the original colors our eyes combine together. My style is impressionism; my ideas expressed in pigments and through the camera lens."

Many of the photographs in the exhibition were taken during a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the festival of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a weeklong cultural celebration held in cities and villages throughout Mexico where family and friends gather to pray for and remember their loved ones. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, decorating graves using sugar skulls, marigolds, mementos and favorite foods and beverages. Cemeteries fill with those who stay up all night to remember and honor their departed. The origin of the modern holiday can be traced back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (The Lady of the Dead).

Macmillan Law Library is located at Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours:

• Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
• Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Events Chase Winter Blues Away in Carrollton

The University of West Georgia's 20th anniversary season at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts brings an internationally acclaimed acoustic steel guitarist and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble to town this month. Both shows are sure to chase those January doldrums away.

Often cited as one of the world's top finger style, steel-string guitarists, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his show, “Now and Then,” on Saturday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m.....More

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