Thursday, April 30, 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced its second round of funding for fiscal year 2009 in the categories of Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts, Arts on Radio and Television, American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, and Partnership Agreements (State and Regional). In this round of funding, the Arts Endowment will distribute $83,477,100 to support 1,076 projects by nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide.

Acting NEA Chairman Patrice Walker Powell said, "I am happy to announce the more than 1,000 arts projects that will receive NEA support through this round of funding. These grants are a direct--and catalytic--investment in our nation's nonprofit cultural industry and will benefit Americans in all 50 states and 6 jurisdictional areas."

Georgia Grants:

Some details of the projects listed in this grant announcement are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Alternate ROOTS, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the Presenter Cohort Project. In partnership with the Southern Arts Federation, the multi-state project will provide professional development opportunities for geographically isolated presenters, including a retreat and a planning meeting.

Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Learning in the Arts FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature, Musical Theater, Theater
To support Shakespeare performance residencies. High school students, grades 9 through 12, will learn all aspects of performance and technical theater and produce a Shakespearean play.

Center for Puppetry Arts
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support Puppets Take Georgia. In partnership with Puppeteers of America, the center will present national and international puppetry companies to audiences in metro Atlanta and northern Georgia.

Georgia Council for the Arts
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Partnership FIELD/DISCIPLINE: State & Regional
To support Partnership Agreement activities.

Georgia State University Research Foundation
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the Rialto International Series and related educational programs at the Rialto Center for the Arts. World music and dance artists will perform and participate in pre-concert lectures, narrative programming, Q&A sessions, master classes, demonstrations, and audience discussions.

Morgan County Foundation, Inc.
Madison, GA
CATEGORY: American Masterpieces FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Chamber Music
To support the Madison Chamber Music Festival featuring works by American composers. Concerts will be presented at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, the Steffen Thomas Museum, and other venues in Madison.

Refugee Family Services, Inc.
Stone Mountain, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support Our Living Art. The project will document refugee artists and examine how the refugee experience influences their art.

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support ASO Around Georgia, a community partnership initiative of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The tour will include performances and outreach activities as a means to cultivate meaningful partnerships between the orchestra and communities across the state.

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: American Masterpieces FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts Touring
To support a touring exhibition of the work of contemporary African American artist Radcliffe Bailey (b.1968), with accompanying catalogue and education programs. High Museum of Art's exhibition will highlight the Atlanta-based artist's continual experimentation with diverse forms as it examines how African art influences his work.

Savannah Music Festival, Inc.
Savannah, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop. The event will provide selected high school jazz bands from across the United States with the opportunity to receive instruction from and perform with professional jazz educators and musicians.

Savannah Music Festival, Inc.
Savannah, GA
CATEGORY: American Masterpieces FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Chamber Music
To support performances and educational events with musician-composers Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor. The artists and their guests will participate in pre-concert talks with audience members.

Southern Arts Federation, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Partnership FIELD/DISCIPLINE: State & Regional
To support Partnership Agreement activities.

True Colors Theatre Company, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the expansion of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. The project will allow high school students in cities nationwide to compete in the presentation of works from Wilson's 10-play Century Cycle.

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
CATEGORY: Learning in the Arts FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature, Musical Theater, Theater
To support the Workshop Training Program. Youth will audition to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level classes in music, dance, theater, creative writing, and storytelling.

Number of Grants: 14 Total Amount: $2,637,300
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Alliance Stage Transforms Into Chic, Bohemian Paris Nightclub

Through May 10, 2009
Opening Night: Apr. 29, 2009

The Alliance Theatre ends its milestone 40th season by returning to the elegant and moving sounds of Jacques Brel, presented under the warm glow of candlelight in the style of a Parisian cabaret. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, one of the most enduring musical revues of all time, is being re-staged on a radically reconfigured Alliance Stage. The addition of two-person tables and four-person, semi-circular booths (banquettes) right on the expanded stage promises a night of shared emotion and romance. Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth will direct the hit musical production where guests can sit back and sip wine in a unique environment styled after a hot French nightspot. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue that features the music of Jacques Brel, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. It tells individual stories of love and loss…being young and growing old…living with memories and looking to the future…craving adventure and longing for home. Playing to sold-out houses, the musical broke box office records during its initial off-Broadway run. It was listed as number one on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s list of the year’s best shows for 2007.

This is the third opportunity Atlanta audiences have had to see Jacques Brel at the Alliance Theatre; the first was in 1972. In order to create an extremely intimate and romantic cabaret experience on the Alliance Stage, the creative team has significantly modified the audience space, eliminating balcony seating, adding on-stage table and semi-circular booth seating, and including a bar service. Additionally, audience members will have the opportunity to purchase a package that includes a four-person booth on stage and a complimentary bottle of wine.

The re-staged show features three cast members from the 2007 production: two local actors Courtenay Collins (Smart Cookie and Managing Maxine) and Craig A. Meyer (SISTER ACT the Musical and Disney’s Aladdin) and Joseph Dellger from New Jersey. Actor Steffi Garrard, from Pennsylvania, is making her debut at the Alliance in this production. (Biographical information on cast/creative team members may be found in the attached fact sheet.)

The production features the return of Leslie Taylor, set designer; Mariann Verheyen, costume designer; the Alliance Theatre’s Pete Shinn, lighting designer; and the Alliance Theatre’s Clay Benning, sound designer. The music director and player/conductor for this re-staged show will be Robert Strickland.

Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Apr. 15 – May 10 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Apr. 18. The May 3 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described.

Tickets are $20 - $65 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: Weekend Tea or Evening Dinners for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Extend your experience at the Alliance with pre-show teas on the weekends or pre-show dinner on select evenings at Park 75 Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, located a short stroll from the Alliance. Park once for the evening with validation at Four Seasons. Dining, parking and show packages available from $50 - $95. Purchase TODAY. Call 404.733.4720.

Do More: Premium Onstage Seating
Enjoy premium onstage table seating, including four seats in a semi-circular booth seating, complimentary parking and a complimentary bottle of wine for one low price.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 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 Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 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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Four Writers Retreats Planned for 2009 at Indian Springs

Energized by the well-attended WRITERS CONFERENCE this weekend, Generations Gallery announces that local author, Dr. Anne B. Jones, Blackwater Rising, will host a series of four WRITER'S RETREATS this year at the Gallery. Based on her newest book, TOOLS for SUCCESSFUL WRITING, the workshops will provide hands-on skill development with one-on-one critiques.

The sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, with attendees encouraged to stay over for the free Writers Group that meets every Saturday at the Gallery from 1-4 pm. Dates are scheduled for June 4-5, August13-14, October 15-16 and December 3-4 when the Village is alive with Christmas Lights. Attendees will be encouraged to stay in the Vintage Cottages behind the Gallery. Workrooms will be made available to the guests during their stay so they can write and do artwork while in the Village. Call the Gallery at 800-352-7212 for details and costs on the various packages. Registration will be limited to 6-10 participants per session.

The Village at Indian Springs buzzed with excitement this weekend as aspiring writers came from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area to hear published authors, editors and publishers share the secrets of not just writing a book, but how to get their work published and marketed as well. Dr Anne B. Jones presented Southern Fiction Writers, Jackie L. Miles, Walter Sorrells, and Jackie Weldon White.

The keynote speaker was Rosemary Daniell, whose book, The Secrets of Zona Rosa, has encouraged many women to change their lives through writing.

Peter Bowerman, author of The Well-Fed Writer series, outlined how to make money by writing non-fiction work for marketing agencies and magazines. Suzanne Lawler, WMAZ-TV Macon, shared how she collected stories for her work about places to see and eat in Middle Georgia, Cotton, Cornbread,and Conversations. Most of these authors' books are available at the Gallery.

A highlight of the seminar was the interactive session called SHIMMER. The audience was introduced to the cadence of vowels sounds and the importance of sentence structure by editor, Bev Browning. Together the group wrote a story about eating chocolate, but used no words at all.

The ladies that own and operate the Gallery – Andi Kulp, Kathy Socha, Nancy Cook, Sharon Fox and Tanya Cone – hope to see the Village continue to build into a creative mecca. The historic venue, developed by Frankie Willis, provides an ideal environment to celebrate art, history and nature. The consignment gallery displays and sells many works by local artists. More programs are planned this summer to add to the free art workshops for kids; the writers groups that meet on Saturdays; the music events; and the outdoor market activities. The Gallery and the shops in the Village will be open Thursday and Friday afternoons 1-5pm; Saturdays from 10 am -5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm. Big Chief Country Store is open 7 am – 7 pm every day; Pinky's Cafe' is serving lunch 11 am – 2 pm.

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Works Newly Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci to be Unveiled at High Museum

Recent Restoration of Verrocchio’s Relief for the Silver Altar Led to Findings; Will be Displayed in Atlanta for the First Time Outside of Florence

“Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” First to Explore Leonardo’s Significant Role in Renaissance Sculpture; Will Feature 20 Drawings by Leonardo

The High will unveil two works newly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci with the opening of “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” in October 2009. The recent cleaning of Andrea del Verrocchio’s “Beheading of the Baptist” (1477–1483) relief for the Silver Altar of the Florentine Baptistery has enabled a detailed examination of its individual components, revealing that two of the figures were made very differently than the others. Gary Radke, guest curator of the exhibition and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, recently proposed that the two figures, each of which is no more than eight inches high, were created by Leonardo da Vinci and not Verrocchio, who was his teacher. All the figures in the relief were created separately and inserted into the background, allowing for more than one artist to have contributed to the composition.

The new attribution is based on comparisons of the figures in the relief to one another and to similar works by Verrocchio and Leonardo. Two figures, the youth with the salver at the far left and the turbaned officer with a baton seen from the rear on the right, stand out from the other five. Unlike the other figures, which are all posed parallel to the relief plane and chased with insistent linearity, the youth and officer are conceived and modeled with remarkable three-dimensionality and naturalistic detail. As a youth Leonardo was already renowned for his obsessive observation of the world around him, leading Radke to conclude that the two figures were most likely produced by Leonardo just as he was becoming an independent artist.

On view for the first time outside of Florence, the relief will be a focal point of “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius,” which will provide visitors with the tools to make their own comparisons and learn more about Radke’s rationale for attribution. The exhibition will shed new light on Leonardo’s seminal role in the development of Renaissance sculpture and the work of artists who followed him through an examination of the sculpture that Leonardo studied, the sketches and studies he created for his own sculptural projects (the majority of which were never realized) and his interactions with other Renaissance sculptors.

“Leonardo da Vinci: The Hand of the Genuis” will explore Leonardo’s profound interest in and influence upon sculpture and will feature more than 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—including Rustici’s three monumental bronzes from the façade of the Baptistery in Florence comprised by “John the Baptist Preaching to a Levite and a Pharisee” (1506–1511), which has never left Florence. Also included are works from world-renowned collections, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

Organized by the High Museum of Art, “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius” will premiere in Atlanta October 3, 2009, and will be on view through February 21, 2010. A modified version of the exhibition will travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (March 23 through June 20, 2010).

“Proposing a new attribution to Leonardo is not something I take lightly,” said Radke, “but when I saw the relief after it was recently cleaned and had the privilege of looking at the figures from both front and back, two of them jumped out at me. Verrocchio, who was Leonardo’s teacher, was a great artist and mentor, but these figures stand apart from the others. They are brilliantly posed and extraordinarily modeled down to the last detail. They pay homage to a very special teacher/student relationship and collaboration, recalling the presence of Leonardo’s splendid angel kneeling in the foreground of Verrocchio’s ‘Baptism of Christ.’”

The High has partnered with a number of Italian museums and institutions in the past, including the Casa Buonarroti, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the restoration laboratories of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, from which the silver relief comes. Some of these collaborations have resulted in conservation and new scholarship, and many have brought renowned works of art to Atlanta. The restoration of the Silver Altar from the Florentine Baptistery and the ensuing discovery of new Leonardo works follows the High’s 2007 exhibition of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise from Florence. As part of extensive scientific and art historical collaborations in preparation for the exhibition, the High helped to fund the restoration of the Silver Altar, which originally stood inside the Florentine Baptistery for which Ghiberti’s Gates were made.
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Clayton: Free Family Event! “Antiques on the Lawn”

The Friends of the Clayton County Library invite visual, performing artists, antique dealers and authors to participate in this event. Reserve a spot to display/sell your items with a $10 donation.

Held Saturday May 16th ~ Noon until 4pm ~ 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro GA

Entertainment: Magician Ken ScottNoon
Guest Musical performances 1 -4pm
Inflatables & Arts & Crafts for Kids
The public can get an antique appraisal from a certified antique appraiser
($5 donation)
Contact: Sherry Turner or 770-473-3850

This program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts program of the Georgia
Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with Arts Clayton. The Council is a partnering state agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

An African Safari and More At Nature, Undisturbed Photo Show

Join nature lovers and photography enthusiasts this weekend at Nature, Undisturbed, Southern Conservation Trust’s Nature Photography Exhibition at the Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone. The show highlights the importance of protecting our region’s natural beauty.

Friday’s Wine & Cheese Reception will also feature pairings with Terrapin Craft Beers. Saturday’s Reception includes a presentation by Susan Todd-Raque a noted art consultant who will speak on collecting photography, and the presentation of the People’s Choice Award. Toms Evens will lead you on a photographic African Safari on Sunday May 3rd at 2pm.

Nature, Undisturbed will be a great opportunity to purchase affordable art for your home or business. All donations and a percentage of sales will benefit local land conservation and help maintain the public nature preserves managed by Southern Conservation Trust - Sams Lake Sanctuary south of Fayetteville, and Line Creek and Flat Creek Nature Areas in Peachtree City.

Abby Jordan, Trust Executive Director says “Local businesses have really stepped up to support Nature, Undisturbed, even in this tough economy. Special thanks go to Brent Scarbrough & Company, Integrated Science & Engineering, Bank of North Georgia, Synovus Securities and Brown Nelms & Company.”

The Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday May 1st begins at 6pm. The Dogwood Gallery is located at 1175 Senoia Rd N/Hwy 74 in Tyrone, behind the Legacy Theater.

For more information about Nature Undisturbed or the Trust, email, call 770-486-7774, or visit the Trust’s website
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Newnan Students Take Top Art Prizes

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland congratulates Newnan High School senior Jasmine Thrasher on winning the 2009 3rd Congressional District art competition with her painting “Study of Light.” Another Newnan senior, Madison Welch, finished second with her artwork titled “Frosted Berries.”

“This is a repeat performance for Newnan High School and art teacher Jodi Hobbs,” Westmoreland said. “Our winner this year, Jasmine, finished second last year behind Ms. Hobbs’ daughter Anna. There’s obviously an excellent program at Newnan, with exemplary teaching and talented, hard-working students.

“Every year, I’m amazed at the depth of artistic talent that we have in the 3rd District,” Westmoreland continued. “We’re lucky to have a distinguished panel of judges and I don’t envy their task of choosing between so many great works – we had 68 entries overall. But at the end of the day, we could only have one winner and I’m proud of Jasmine for making yet another strong showing and coming away with the blue ribbon.”

Westmoreland gave special thanks to the judges: Bette Hickman of Newnan (executive director of Global Achievers), Vicki Turner of Fayetteville (director of advertising/marketing for AIS Computers), Mark Lucas of Columbus (Lucas Studios of Art) and Tim Williams of Greystone Power in Douglasville.

Jasmine’s “Study of Light” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for year, joining a gallery of winners from each congressional district. This summer, Jasmine will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington for the unveiling ceremony courtesy of a generous gift from Georgia EMC. The top three finishers will also receive scholarship offers from the Savannah School of Art and Design and the Atlanta Art Institute. Third place went to Fayette County High School freshman Caleb Brown, for his pencil sketch of football players battling it out on the gridiron.
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PBA Co-hosts Public Event With Book Author About Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

Public Broadcasting Atlanta, its Atlanta Forum Network and A Cappella Books will host a FREE book event with Michael Davis, author of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton County Central Library.

During the event, Davis will talk about the stars and the unsung heroes who contributed to the show, the creative energy behind the program, and what's happened behind the scenes over the years. The fascinating story of Sesame Street will be revealed for everyone to enjoy.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event. Davis will sign books immediately following his presentation. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Parking will be FREE for attendees between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Lanier Parking garage at 150 Carnegie Way directly behind the library. Parking tickets will be validated inside the library.
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Rialto plays host to renowned Italian Film Festival

Italian Film Festival in Atlanta
Films will be screened at 8 p.m. April 28 through May 1
Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta

The Rialto Center for the Arts will host this year’s Italian Film Festival in Atlanta, an offshoot of Miami’s hugely successful annual festival, April 28 through May 1.

This marks the third year the festival will be in Atlanta, and the first year it will be held at Georgia State University.

“I thought it would be a very good match with the university’s mission,” said Richard Keatley, a lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at GSU. “This year, it’s free and open to the public. We want this to be a festival for Atlanta and not just for Georgia State.”

The four films to be screened will all be projected in 35 mm, and audiences will get to vote for the winner of the festival. One of the films to be screened, “I Vicere (The Viceroys),” won the top prize at last year’s Miami festival.

“They’re all films that have had critical success in Italy as well,” Keatley said. “They’re all new Italian films, so they’re films you can’t see on DVD from Netflix.”

The festival will also screen dramas “Parlami d’Amore (Talk to Me About Love)” and “Prendimi l’Anima (The Soul Keeper),” as well as comedy “Notte Prima Degli Esami, Oggi (Night Before the Exams, Today).”

“It’s appropriate to the context here at Georgia State because students are taking their exams,” said Keatley. “It’s a film I think the students will like, a fun film to let them relax during exam week.”

In the coming years, Keatley said he hopes to grow the Atlanta incarnation of the Italian Film Festival and eventually include visits from Italian actors and directors and a short film competition for students.

“Miami started a lot like this,” he said. “This is a chance for a venue every year to bring the best of Italian cinema to Atlanta in a way that’s very accessible.”

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Trimmins Performs at Sunbelt Jazz Festival

Jazz musicians and jazz enthusiasts will gather at the 24th annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts to hear jazz legend Ken Trimmins perform on stage.

Trimmins has been a guest performer on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where he demonstrated his unusual talent of playing two trumpets at one time. His musical performance for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has also been featured on BET Jazz.

Trimmins, a graduate of Mercer University and a 23-year-veteran with the United States Air Force Band, will perform with the UWG Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Daniel Bakos, professor of music.

Selections for the evening’s concert include “Jumpin’ Jivin’ Joey” by Matt Harris, “Li’l Liza Jane” by Doug Beach and George Shutack, “Uno Mas” by Paul Lopez and “Quintessence” by Hank Levy.

Trimmins, currently a member of the music faculty at Armstrong Atlantic State University, directed two Air Force jazz bands and performed as a trumpet soloist. He has studied trumpet with a number of world-renowned artists including jazz greats Bobby Shew, Willie Thomas, Vincent DiMartino and former Atlanta Symphony principle trumpeter Jim Thompson.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $3 for children and $5 for UWG students with ID. The Townsend Center Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-4722 or visit

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MCG Medical Illustration alumni art exhibit kicks off April 24

The Medical College of Georgia Department of Medical Illustration will celebrate its 60th Anniversary by hosting the inaugural O.A. Parkes Art Exhibition during MCG Homecoming.

The exhibition, which showcases medical artwork created by the department's alumni, will be on display at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites April 24-26.

"The exhibit will really open your eyes to medical illustration," says Dr. Steve Harrison, department chair and alumnus. "It's more than gross anatomy; it's really lovely artwork."

The exhibit includes 48 pieces of art created with techniques that range from older, traditional methods such as airbrush, carbon dust and pen ink illustrations, to modern computer-generated 3-D models. The alumni exhibitors range from the classes of 1963 through 2006.

"The opportunity to see such a wide variety of medical illustrations created by a diverse group doesn't come often," says Gene Wright, associate professor in the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art and MCG medical illustration alumnus on the exhibition committee. "The incredible support from the program's older and younger graduates will make this event a treat for the audience."

Following the exhibition, the art will become part of the department's permanent collection in the David J. Mascaro Teaching Gallery in MCG Pavilion III on Laney Walker Boulevard.

The MCG Department of Medical Illustration is one of only four such programs in the country and is distinguished as the oldest continuous graduate medical illustration program in the world. Eight to nine students are accepted for each class of the 21-month master's level program.

Students not only have to be skilled artists, but must be knowledgeable in anatomy and health sciences. They take graduate-level science courses with medical students, including gross anatomy and cell biology.

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2009 UGA/Athens Twilight Jazz Festival to be held April 24–25 in conjunction with Twilight Criterium in downtown Athens

Visitors to the annual Twilight Criterium bicycle races in downtown Athens will get another chance to get jazzed up April 24–25.

The 2nd Annual UGA/Athens Twilight Jazz Festival will bring national artists and local players on stage in what organizers are billing as “an instrument of outreach and service to the community and region.”

Sponsored by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, in partnership with the Athens Twilight Criterium, the festival will combine and continue to revive two jazz festival traditions in Athens: the UGA Jazz Festival of Champions organized by late Roger Dancz, who was director of UGA Bands, and the Athens Jazz Festival held in conjunction with the Twilight Criterium for many years.

The festival will be headlined by the U.S. Army Ground Forces’ Jazz Guardians, featuring premier trombonist Andy Martin. Martin and the Guardians will perform Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. on the Twilight Outdoor Main Stage at 200 College Avenue. The Saturday night headliner will be the Festival All-Stars, featuring prominent jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. The All-Stars will go on at 5 p.m.

Music during the festival will be free to the public on the Twilight Outdoor Stage in downtown Athens.

After the Friday performance, Ciné will host the Festival Jam Session beginning at 9:30 p.m. The house band will be Prime Time Jazz, which features local musicians Jim McKillip on piano, Jason Cheek on drums and Chris Enghauser playing bass.

The festival builds on other successful jazz events and opportunities for Athenians and UGA students, most notably the residencies featuring jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his associate Russell Gloyd as well as Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. The UGA Jazz Band, which performed in China in 2008, will be featured at the festival as well. Performances by Classic City Jazz, a vocal jazz ensemble, also will be spotlighted. Classic City Jazz sings standards as well as new compositions and arrangements. On Friday night, UGA Georgia brass will round off a block of student talent.

This two-day educational festival will serve middle schools, high schools, colleges and community groups in the region providing clinics and workshops for jazz big bands, jazz combos, vocal jazz groups and vocal soloists. The festival features clinicians from around the country who are well known in performance and pedagogy areas of their respective fields.

“Currently, there is no other comparable jazz festival in the state of Georgia that combines the educational and community elements and is open to both vocal and instrumental groups,” said Mitos Andaya, festival co-director and associate director of choral activities at the Hodgson School. “The University of Georgia has the opportunity to fill this niche.”

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Coweta: City of Newnan Announces Art Contest Winners for Georgia Cities Week

April 19 – 26 has been selected as Georgia Cities Week the theme being ‘A Story to Tell’ for 2009.

The winners have been announced for the city inspired art contest.

1st place winner is Kristen Bridges,
2nd place; Hallie Jenkins and
3rd place; Brittney Perkins.
Honorable mentions included Clint White and Evan McKinney.

All winners are from Newnan High School. First through third place winners will receive U.S. Savings bonds and a signed certificate from Mayor Keith Brady.

A city inspired art contest was held in the local high schools. Art students were encouraged to participate in submitting their best entries of art in depicting this year’s theme, ‘A Story to Tell’, for the GA Cities week.

The top five art pieces will be displayed at Newnan City Hall April 20th-26th.

“We are very proud of Newnan and the talent we have in our youth,” said Gina Snider, the city’s Public Information Officer. “I want to thank all the participants that entered the contest. It shows true commitment to our city. The city’s art contest is a great way for the youth of Newnan to display their talent and show their interpretation of our city through art.

Photo: L - R: Evan McKinney (HM), Hallie Jenkins (2nd Place), Kristen Bridges (1st Place), Brittney Perkins (3rd Place), Mayor Keith Brady, Clint White (HM)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

2009 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest


Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation announce the 2009 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. On Monday April 27, high school students who advanced from 53 poetry recitation championships in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, to match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry. Twelve of the 53 state champions will advance to compete in the National Finals on Tuesday, April 28. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will award a total of $50,000 in scholarship prizes and school stipends. Special guest judges include radio personality Garrison Keillor, actress Tyne Daly, poets Patricia Smith and Luis Rodriguez. Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will give a special performance of poetry-inspired songs. Scott Simon of National Public Radio returns to serve as master of ceremonies.

Featured speakers and participants at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals: NEA Acting Chairman Patricia Walker Powell; Poetry Foundation President John Barr; Garrison Keillor, host of the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion”; actress Tyne Daly; poets Patricia Smith, Suji Kwock Kim, and Luis Rodriguez; and singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, and Scott Simon of National Public Radio.

Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals – Monday, April 27, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. There will be media interview opportunities immediately after each semifinal round.

· 9:00 am – 12:00 pm - First Semifinal: students from East Central and Northeast States
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Second Semifinal: students from Midwest and South Central states
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Third Semifinal: students from Upper Northwest and Western states

Congressional luncheon for 53 Poetry Out Loud champions – Tuesday, April 28, 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm, Russell Senate Office Building, Caucus Room, entrance at Delaware and Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC. The luncheon for all 53 champions will feature visits by Members of Congress. This event is not open to the public.

Poetry Out Loud National Finals - Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. National Finalists will be available for pre-event interviews from 5:45 - 6:15 pm. Immediately after the event (10pm), Finalists and judges will be available for interview.

OTHER: The Poetry Out Loud Semifinals and National Finals are free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets are necessary. For more information call 202-682-5577.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Generations Hosts Writers Conference in the Historic Village at Indian Springs April 24-25p

GENERATIONS, the Gallery in The Village at Indian Springs, a Creative Skills Resort located between Atlanta and Macon, is hosting their second annual WRITERS CONFERENCE on April 24 and 25th. Emerging and experienced writers can mix and mingle, sharpen their skills, establish goals and explore ways to get published during this unique two-day event.

The conference takes place under the guidance of many of our region’s most notable authors. The setting is casual, near the entrance to Indian Springs State Park, the nation's oldest state park built by FDR's Civilian Construction Corp during the 1930s Recovery. Among the scheduled presenters : Southern writer Rosemary Daniell ( Secrets of Zona Rosa, Sleeping with Soldiers), thriller writers Anne B. Jones ( Blackwater Rising)and Walter Sorrells ( Blind Fear, Feet of Clay), WMAZ TV’s Suzanne Lawler ( Cotton, Cornbread, and Conversation ) , Jackie Lee Miles ( Divorcing Duane, Roseflower Creek ), and Jackie Weldon White ( Mockingbird in the Moonlight, Whisper to the Black Candle ). Peter Bowerman (The Well- Fed Writer) will present a program on how to make writing and marketing work more profitable. Editor and Ghostwriter Beverly Browning ( with over 100 books in Print ) will present a session on Shimmer, how to select just the right word. Joni Wolf, Rick Hutto, and Rick Nolto from Indigo Publishing, Macon, GA, provide a look into the world of custom publishing.

Dr. Anne B. Jones will host a Pre-Conference Workshop Friday morning from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The group is limited to allow time for one-on-one critiques. The $40 fee includes her book, Becoming a Successful Writer, and lunch. Registration must be received before April 15th for this intensive writing workshop.

Aspiring Writers are asked to read from their own work at the popular “Open Mic” session Friday evening from 6:30- 9:30 pm. This event is open to the public.

The fee for the conference has been reduced to $75 this year. Call the toll free number (800)352-7212 for additional information or to register for the conference.

Request information about accommodations in The Village, the State Park, and nearby communities of Forsyth, Jackson, and Griffin, Georgia by email or phone.

GENERATIONS, the Gallery at Indian Springs provides a year 'round program of support for the creative arts with classes and workshops. Every Saturday, the Gallery hosts a Writers Group from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The support sessions are free and members have been provided illustration and publishing assistance by Phase One Design.

The members of Generations Writers Group give "spoken word performances " as WRITERS SPEAK! In addition to leading this group, every Saturday morning, the Writing Group leader, Patsy Clark hosts KIDS WRITE, a workshop for 9-12 year olds from 10:00 am - noon.

For more information about the classes and free childrens' programs, go to the Gallery's website, The Village at Indian Springs is located near the entrance to Indian Springs State Park, about an hour south of downtown Atlanta and fifteen minutes south of Jackson on the Historical McIntosh Trail. From I-75, take Exit 205 East thru Jackson, GA. Or Take Exit 188 North at Forsyth. Follow the signs to Indian Springs State Park.

The Indian Springs Hotel Museum, at the start of The McIntosh Trail, is the original building where the signing of the Treaty with the Creek Indians in 1825. Learn more about the 1890s Chapel, the Hanes House, a beautifully restored ante bellum home at and

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

High Offers Final Weekend Discounts and Extended Hours

With over 375,000 visitors to-date, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” will close this Sunday, April 19. During the final weekend, the High is offering extended hours, discounted admission, and special viewing hours for museum members only. The exhibition, which opened on November 16, 2008, was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S.

It is highly encouraged for visitors to purchase tickets in advance online at or by telephone at 404-733-5000.

Special Offers/Extended Hours
· Thursdays, April 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – ½ Price from 4 to 8 p.m.
· Friday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight for Friday Jazz – $10 Admission After 10 p.m.
· Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – ½ Price from 7 to 10 p.m.; Join the High 7 to 10 p.m. on-site and receive free Fast Track VIP King Tut Tickets*
· Sunday, April 19, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Member-Only Hours
· Saturday, April 18, 9 to 10 a.m.
· Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

* Become a Member on Saturday, April 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. on-site and receive free Fast Track VIP King Tut tickets. New members at the Individual level will receive one ticket and those who join at the Dual or Family two tickets. King Tut tickets are a $32.50 value with a deadline date and April 18 offer is good until supply runs out.
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Opening Night Preview Party for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra April 17th

Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Be the first to tour the 39th annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at the Opening Night Preview Party at The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences on Friday, April 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy creative fare, cocktails and dancing, in addition to perusing the 25 design spaces decorated by twenty-seven of Atlanta’s top interior and landscape designers. The annual Show House is the longest-running event of its kind in the Southeast, and all proceeds benefit the ASO’s Learning Community. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview Party cost $150 and can be purchased by calling 404.733.4116.

Opening Night Preview Party
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Friday, April 17, 2009

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting on the Grand Terrace
7:30 p.m. - Exclusive tour of the three units, totaling almost 13,000 square feet.
8 to 12 p.m. - Dinner, Dancing and Desserts by Chef Jonathan Jerusalmy of the St. Regis Atlanta

The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences
11th and 12th Floors
88 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Tickets for the Opening Night Preview Party cost $150 and can be purchased by calling 404.733.4116.

Tickets for Show House tours are $25, or $20 on or before April 17.

Onsite valet parking is available

For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monet's Iconic Water Lilies from the Museum of Modern Art Coming to Atlanta this Summer

First Time MoMA’s Water Lilies Will Travel to the Southeast;
Including 42-foot-wide Monumental Triptych that is Largest in the U.S.
Exhibition Marks Beginning of a Multi-Year, Multi-Exhibition MoMA Collaboration

The High Museum of Art will present an exhibition of four masterpieces by Claude Monet from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, beginning June 6. The installation will feature MoMA’s renowned 42-foot-wide triptych, “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond,” which is the largest “Water Lilies” painting in the U.S. The High’s presentation of “Monet Water Lilies” launches a multi-year, multi-exhibition collaboration between the High and MoMA, with additional exhibitions currently under development for 2011 through 2013.

The initiative builds on successful past collaborations between the High and MoMA that resulted in four exhibitions presented in Atlanta between 1997 and 2000. This project will extend ties between the institutions through professional exchanges, development of educational programs and publications, and reciprocal admission benefits.

“Monet Water Lilies” will also include another monumental painting of the water lilies in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France (“Water Lilies,” c. 1920, 6' 6 1/2" x 19' 7 1/2"), as well as “The Japanese Footbridge” (c. 1920-22) and “Agapanthus” (1918-19), depicting the majestic plants bordering the pond. The paintings portray Monet's flower garden and water lily ponds at his home in Giverny, France. The exhibition will be on view through August 23, 2009, and will subsequently go on view at MoMA from September 13, 2009, through March 29, 2010. It is organized by Ann Temkin, the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art.

“Monet’s iconic ‘Water Lilies’ at the High Museum will be an unforgettable experience for the people of Atlanta and the region. These paintings are jewels in MoMA’s collection that visitors from around the world make pilgrimages to see, so we’re especially pleased to bring these works directly to residents of the Southeast,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “This exhibition kicks off a multi-year partnership that will bring exciting works of art to Atlanta, drawn from the greatest collection of Modern Art in the world, including masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Pollock and Warhol.”

As part of this multi-year, multi-exhibition collaboration with MoMA, in fall 2011, the High will present a major exhibition from MoMA’s collections, exploring the work of twelve of the most important artists of the twentieth century—Brancusi, Calder, de Chirico, Duchamp, Johns, Léger, Matisse, Miró, Mondrian, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol. The achievements of these pioneers of modern art will be presented in-depth to explore each artist’s stylistic development as well as to highlight their roles in the most important artistic developments of the twentieth century, including the invention of cubism, the emergence of abstraction, and the development of surrealism A second primary exhibition and additional focus shows are being developed for 2012 and 2013. This initiative builds upon successful past partnerships between the two institutions that brought four previous exhibitions to Atlanta: “Matisse: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art,” 1997; “Picasso: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art,” 1998; “Pop Art,” 1999; and “Van Gogh’s Starry Night: Three Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art,” 2000.
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Great Plein Air Paint Out in Florida

We thought this might interest some of our art loving friends! Combine art and beach on your next vacation...

Plein Air Painters to Capture Forgotten Coast on Canvas (Florida)
More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast in early May to participate in the 4th annual Great Plein Air Paint Out, May 7-17, 2009. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic "Old Florida" - a sparsely developed stretch between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces More Shows at Delta Classic Chastain

War and Average White Band to play Wednesday, July 22
Dr. John and the Neville Brothers to play Wednesday, July 29
Steely Dan to play Saturday, August 15
America and Christopher Cross to play Wednesday, August 19

Subscription Packages On Sale Now

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced four more performers for their 2009 Delta Classic Chastain summer concert series at the legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater. The season opens on Friday, June 5, 2009.


June 24: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang
July 1: Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
July 8: Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson
July 15: Regeneration Tour featuring Berlin, ABC, Heaven 17, Wang Chung, and Cutting Crew
July 22: War and Average White Band
July 29: Dr John and The Neville Brothers
Aug 19: America and Christopher Cross


June 5: Pink Martini
June 26: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the Music of Led Zeppelin
July 10: Kansas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
July 17: Joe Cocker
July 31: Tom Jones
August 14: The Temptations with Ashford & Simpson
August 28: Edwin McCain with Freddy Jones
September 25: Loggins and Messina


June 6: John Prine with Levon Helm
June 27: Anita Baker
July 11: Diana Krall
July 25: Chris Isaak
Aug 15: Steely Dan
August 29: En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Silk

S T A N D A L O N E S H O W S *

July 18: Corey Smith (Single tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster. All tickets are $25.00.)

* Stand alone shows are reserved, row on row shows. Outside food and beverage is prohibited.

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Subscription packages for the 2009 Delta Classic Chastain concert series are on sale now, including Wednesday Series, Friday Series, Saturday Series and Take 5 (choose 5 concerts in the Terrace or Lawn). Single tickets will go on sale Monday, May 11, 2009 to the general public. Subscription packages are available through the ASO Season Ticket Office (2200 Encore Parkway in Alpharetta) at (404) 733-5012 and delta

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Now in its 64th season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is considered one of America’s premiere orchestras, and one of the leading music promoters in the Southeast. Under the leadership of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is well known for the excellence of its live performances and recordings, as well as its renowned choruses. The ASO has consistently been ranked in Pollstar magazine’s Top 100 promoters worldwide (based on annual ticket sales), and the Orchestra’s Classic Chastain concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheater attracts audiences of more than 100,000 every summer. With the opening of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in May 2008, the ASO became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall and in two major amphitheaters.

Proceeds from the Delta Classic Chastain series directly support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's arts, educational and community enrichment programs both in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia. The Delta Classic Chastain series and the ASO are not associated with Live Nation events. Delta Classic Chastain concerts at Chastain Park Amphitheater brought to you by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Promoter.

The 2009 Delta Classic Chastain series is presented by Delta Air Lines, Turner Broadcasting System and with support from Starbucks Coffee Company and AT&T Real Yellow Pages. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces Recovery Grants to State and Regional Arts Agencies

Friday the National Endowment for the Arts announced $19.8 million in one-time grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations to support the arts sector of the economy. Potential recipients include organizations in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Please see the complete list of grants.

"We applaud the ready response demonstrated by our national, state, and regional partners to support the arts," said NEA Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell. "We look forward to witnessing the positive impact of this funding opportunity."

The NEA’s state and regional partners will invest their Recovery funds in projects that assist arts organizations in retaining critical staff as well as artists and other contractual personnel. These critical staff will enhance the ability of arts organizations to realize their artistic and public service goals. State and regional agencies will mirror the NEA’s Recovery grant program and adapt their programs to respond to the particular needs of their constituents.

In July, the Arts Endowment will announce a second category of NEA Recovery grants, one-time direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations including local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and other arts organizations. These grants will support the nonprofit arts sector, which has seen declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

The NEA Web site offers a Recovery page at with updates on Recovery grants, agency reports, and other information.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Experience the Wild Side of Art

/PRNewswire / -- The Booth Western Art Museum opens "Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art" on April 11. The exhibition features over 70 works of art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art's permanent collection in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and can be seen in Cartersville, Georgia, until July 19, 2009.

"Wild at Heart" displays the history of wildlife art in North America, beginning with the early explorer-artists and continuing to the best contemporary painters and sculptors of today. Works are arranged by regions -- North, South, East, and West.

In the East, the Hudson River Valley and Adirondack Mountains have inspired artists since the mid 1800s. The South offers a wide variety of inhabitants and landscapes from the beautiful Southwestern light that attracted the Taos Society of Artists to the coastal areas that attract artists of today. The West's spectacular mountain ranges, national parks with unspoiled beauty and wildlife have attracted artists for generations. Canada became popular in the early 1900s with artists hoping to escape growing populations. Now Canada produces some of the most renowned wildlife artists working today.

Wildlife art depicts the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, a theme that crosses cultures all over the world. The art form has its roots in prehistoric cave paintings, as those early artists showed their relations to animals. Modern artists continue this tradition and through their work inspire public appreciation of the relationship between humans and nature.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art developed "Wild at Heart" to emphasize its mission to explore and interpret humanity's relationship with wildlife and nature as it has been expressed in art. By showing how humans have historically pictured their relationship with wildlife, visitors to the exhibition can reflect on their relationships with the life forms in their own backyards.

For more information on the "Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art," call the Booth Museum at 770-387-1300 or visit

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

NCAA Announces Annual Spring Fine Art & Craft Show

The Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) is pleased to announce its annual Spring Fine Art & Craft show. The upcoming exhibit will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., around the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Newnan.

Since this event is open to the public anyone can come show their art work. This is a great opportunity for local artist to meet other local artist.

"We really want to get more people involved in this non-profit group," said Amber Dow, NCAA Publicity Chair. "We meet every third Thursday of the month at the Art Center close to the Newnan Hospital and right beside the Newnan Senior Center. Each month we have a guest artist and they never disappoint us."

For more information, contact:
For registration forms go to:
And look under Resources
Judy Struempf, Show Coordinator · 770-463-0858
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Trilogy Trend: Author Stephanie Bond Aims to Please Readers with Spring Trio of Mysteries

Atlanta author Stephanie Bond is the creator of the BODY MOVERS humorous mystery series, in which main character Carlotta Wren works for Neiman Marcus by day, and helps her brother move bodies from crime scenes by night. The first three books in the series were well-received (2 Bodies for the Price of 1 was given a starred review by Publishers Weekly), but Bond was pelted with emails from readers frustrated by what they perceived as a "slow" once-a-year release schedule. Bond, a prolific novelist with over 40 mystery and romance novels to her name to-date, brainstormed with her publisher, Mira Books, on how to get more installments of the BODY MOVERS series on the market, faster.

A recent publishing trend in fiction is the back-to-back trilogy. The author writes three related manuscripts which the publisher stockpiles, then releases back to back to build momentum for a series and provide instant gratification to readers. But even if a writer is able to deliver back to back manuscripts, the publisher still has to make room in the publishing schedule for the trilogy, the art department has to develop related covers, the sales team has to strategize how to sell the trilogy, and booksellers must be willing to display the books together. Publishing a trilogy is a complicated process in which everyone up and down the line has to be on board; it’s also one case where the publication program itself is a marketing tool.

Since the BODY MOVERS series was already underway, to give the in-series trilogy (4 Bodies and a Funeral, 5 Bodies to Die For, and 6 Killer Bodies) something "extra," the trilogy features the same characters and continuing storylines as the previous books in the series, plus the additional element of a serial killer with a special signature: he leaves a charm in the mouth of each of his victims. Books 4, 5, and 6 in the BODY MOVERS series will be released April, May, and June 2009.

Bond is sympathetic to her readers and gratified that her publisher listened. "When readers get hooked into a series," Bond says, "they want more, faster! It’s like falling in love with a TV series—no one wants to wait until next season to find out what happens."

And while Bond is thrilled that readers are clamoring for more BODY MOVERS books, she laughingly laments the long hours it requires of the author. "I warned my friends and family that I would be unavailable for several months while I finished writing this trilogy. It was manic—I rarely left my home office, I didn’t watch TV, see a movie, read a book. I unplugged my phone, turned off email—I went underground to write these three books and get them out on time. But without my readers, the BODY MOVERS series wouldn’t exist, so I’m happy for the opportunity to publish this spring trilogy…at least I’m happy now that the books are written!"
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High Commissions 12 New Works by Photographer Alec Soth for "PIcturing the South" Series

Sixth Photographer in Program to Create a Series Exploring the South; All Works Enter the High’s Permanent Collection

Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods
August 8, 2009–January 3, 2010

The High Museum of Art has commissioned twelve new works by Minneapolis-based photographer Alec Soth for the Museum’s “Picturing the South” photography series. For this distinctive initiative, the High commissions established and emerging contemporary photographers to produce work inspired by the American South. Past participants include Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey, Richard Misrach, Emmett Gowin and Alex Webb, whose commissions have all been added to the High’s permanent collection.

For “Picturing the South” Soth produced a series of twelve large archival pigment prints exploring spiritual and hermetic life in the rural South. The first works by the artist to enter the High’s collection, the photographs will premiere in an exhibition at the Museum this summer. “Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods” will be on view at the High from August 8, 2009, through January 3, 2010.

“This initiative offers a rare opportunity to add twelve new works by Alec Soth to our collection,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director of the High Museum of Art. “The pieces acquired through ‘Picturing the South’ allow the High to build a collection of contemporary photography that resonates deeply with our regional audience, and which reinforces our position as the premiere art museum in the southeastern United States.”

“Alec Soth is one of the most talented and original photographers working today. His keen powers of observation and lyrical sensibility are richly evident in this new series, which is both compelling and conceptually relevant,” added Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High. “With this commission the High has acquired a significant new body of work that complements our existing holdings of photographs that address the spirit and matter of the Southern landscape.”

Soth’s suite of photographs travels through Southern backwoods, capturing flora, fauna and an unusual cast of characters living outside mainstream society in the Deep South. For this commission Soth traveled extensively throughout the South to photograph landscapes, manmade structures (tree houses, forts, cabins and tents) and people who choose to live on the outskirts of organized society (hermits, monks, campers and survivalists). Soth’s series was inspired by the writings of Flannery O’Connor, the Georgian writer whose Southern Gothic style explored social issues and revealed the cultural character of the American South. Like O’Connor’s stories, Soth’s photographs combine warmth and insight with narrative elements that convey the unique spirit of the region.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

High Presents Tenth Annual French Film Yesterday and Today

April 10–18, 2009

The High Museum of Art will present the tenth annual “French Film Yesterday and Today” film series from April 10 through April 18, 2009. The series will feature five French films including the critically acclaimed “The Grocer’s Son,” “A Secret” and the children’s film “The Red Balloon.” This annual program is made possible with support from the Embassy of France Cultural Services department and the Consulate of France in Atlanta.

“When American audiences seek out foreign films, most often they turn to French cinema,” observes Linda Dubler, the High’s Curator of Media Arts. “With its long and storied history and its continuing vitality, French film sets the bar in terms of both artistic achievement and entertainment. This year’s series showcases the work of acclaimed masters like Claude Lelouche (who made the mega-hit “A Man and A Woman”), as well as emerging directors like Eric Guirado, who moves from documentary to feature filmmaking with “The Grocer’s Son.”

The series opens on Friday, April 10, with director Eric Guirado’s “The Grocer’s Son.” Praised as “a small gem” by the New York Times’s Stephen Holden, it is the story of Antoine, a young man who reluctantly leaves Paris for Provence to help run the family grocery after his fiercely judgmental father has a heart attack. Along with a shop in the village, the business includes a grocery van that serves as a small, mobile store. For Antoine, driving the van along rural roads and making stops for elderly customers is a chore. But Claire, his friend from Paris, comes to visit and helps him find his inner salesman. As friendship evolves into attraction, Antoine must confront his feelings for Claire, as well as the resentment he shares with his father. This film is in French with subtitles.

On Saturday, April 11, the series continues with Claude Miller’s haunting film, “A Secret.” The film explores the uncomfortable truth that some family secrets, though long-buried, are ultimately irrepressible as it uncovers the hidden history of a Jewish family living a middle-class life in Paris in the 1950s. At its center is François Grimbert, the sickly son of athletic parents who invents an older brother to compensate for his own shortcomings. Based on a French psychiatrist’s family history, the film’s cast includes Mathieu Amalric (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”). New York Times writer A. O. Scott praised Miller for endowing his characters with “a dense and exquisite humanity.” He wrote, “What is most impressive about ‘A Secret’ is the way Miller gestures towards such enormous themes without spelling them out.” This film is in French, Yiddish and German with subtitles.

On Friday, April 17, is Claude Lelouch’s comedic thriller “Crossed Tracks/Roman de Gare.” The film finds both threat and allure in the possibilities of personal reinvention. The film’s plot, reminiscent of Hitchcock, centers on two characters who meet at a highway rest stop. The woman (played by Fanny Ardant) is a celebrity-worshipper working as either a hairdresser or a hooker who’s been dumped by her doctor fiancée en route to a first meeting with her folks. The man is even more mysterious—an escaped serial killer, a ghost-writer for a famous novelist or just a suburban teacher on the run from his wife and kids. When he offers her a lift they end up at her parent’s farm, where she passes him off as her betrothed. Village Voice writer Ella Taylor called the film “a goofy tale of self-emancipation, a love story made by a mature man wise to the possibilities of the improbable.” This film is in French with subtitles.

The series closes on Saturday, April 18, with a double-feature presentation of “The Red Balloon” and “White Mane.” Albert Lamorisse directed this classic pair of poetic shorts that appeal to both children and adults. “The Red Balloon” is a film without dialogue and centers on a small boy (played by Lamorisse’s son) who wanders through the streets of Paris trailed by an ever-present red balloon. Critic Pauline Kael describes it as “an allegory of innocence and evil, set in a child’s dream world.” “White Mane” was shot in the Camargue—France’s wildest, loneliest region—and is the story of a boy’s love for a horse he alone is able to tame. Kael called it “One of the most beautiful films ever made.” The film narrations are done by James Agee.

Film Series Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all films begin at 8 p.m. and are screened in the Richard H. Rich Theatre. The theatre is located in the Memorial Arts Building, adjacent to the High at Peachtree and 15th Streets in midtown Atlanta. All films are in French with English subtitles.

“The Grocer’s Son”
Friday, April 10
(France, 2007, 96 minutes.)

“A Secret”
Saturday, April 11
(France, 2007, 105 minutes.)

“Crossed Tracks”/ “Roman de Gare”
Friday, April 17
(France, 2007, 103 minutes.)

“The Red Balloon” and “White Mane”
Saturday, April 18
(France, 1956, 34 minutes; France, 1953, 40 minutes.)

This program is made possible with support from the Embassy of France Cultural Services department and the Consulate of France in Atlanta. 35mm projection facilities in the Rich Auditorium were provided by a gift from George Lefont.

To purchase tickets in advance, go to, visit the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or call 404-733-5000. Tickets for all shows are $7 general admission and $6 for students, seniors and Museum members. Patron-level members enter free. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the screening. The Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center is located at 15th and Peachtree Streets, next to the High Museum of Art at MARTA stop N5.

Film Information
The public may call the High’s film hotline at 404-733-4570 for up-to-the-minute information about visiting directors, receptions, changes or cancellations and a free subscription to the quarterly film calendar. The Museum’s website is

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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 High Museum of Art is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, which also includes the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bear On The Square Festival's Mountain Marketplace Has Prestigious Sponsor in John C. Campbell Folk School

The Mountain Marketplace, traditionally a key element of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, has gained additional prestige by obtaining the famed John C. Campbell Folk School as Marketplace Sponsor.

The upcoming 13th annual festival, scheduled Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, will not only benefit from the addition of the John C. Campbell Folk School name to its lineup of major sponsors, but its Mountain Marketplace, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will have a John C. Campbell Folk School section along North Park Street.

In this area will be a tent where the work of the the folk school's demonstrating artists as well as work from the school's Craft Gallery will be available for purchase. Those artists from the folk school who will be demonstrating their work include Jan Stansell, basketry; Helen Gibson, woodcarving; Kim Joris, wall pieces made from recycled and salvaged items; Rob Withrow, clay; and Elmer Roush and Lynda Metcalfe, blacksmithing.

In addition, several John C. Campbell Folk School dance teams will perform throughout the day on Saturday only at the plaza in front of the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center on South Park Street. Dance groups will include the John C. Campbell Folk School Cloggers, the Rural Felicity Garland, Stix in the Mud Border Morris, Black Socks Rapper Sword, Rogue Rapper Sword, and Dame�s Rocket Northwest Clog Morris.

The John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, N. C., offers week-long and weekend classes year round in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, music, dance, cooking, gardening, writing and photography. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the 300-acre campus to visit the studios, tour the History Center where 20th Century Appalachia is on display, and browse through the Craft Shop, which features the juried work of over 300 artists. The campus also hosts a concert series with some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk and Celtic music, as well as community Contra dances. More information is available at

From an overall standpoint, the Bear on the Square Mountain Marketplace will once again be made up of a remarkable collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade art and crafts. Held around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, it is once again presenting the juried work from an impressive group of top quality artists.

This year, there will be some 30 artists, including several who are new to the Bear on the Square Marketplace. Groups which will have Marketplace booths include Spectrum, the art club at North Georgia College and State University, which will be exhibiting student and faculty work; the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA); the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association (NGFDA), and the Weekend Goldminers. The Handspinner's Guild, which has previously had its exhibit in Hancock Park, will move to the Marketplace this year and will demonstrate all weekend.

Other booths will contain a wide selection of work from painters, furniture makers, musical instrument makers, potters, quilt makers, and woodturners, plus a selection of gourds, jewelry, whirligigs, crocheted tablecloths, handmade soaps and lotions, natural honey products, photography, and baskets, and exhibits from major sponsors of the festival.

A description of other Bear on the Square major events; schedules of things to see and do including Mainstage Tent music performances, the popular Gospel Jam, a street dance, family activities, and music workshops; biographical information and photos of the music headliners, and listings of all participating artists and festival sponsors can be found at

This year's Bear on the Square festivities will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon with jamming around the Historic Public Square by local and visiting musicians, and this will continue day and night throughout the weekend.

Friday night, the annual Live Country Auction featuring extensive Appalachian folk art and crafts from many of the Marketplace artists and specialty items from Dahlonega shops and restaurants, will be held in a large tent in Hancock Park. Well known North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper, the festival's Heritage Sponsor, is donating three paintings and a marble sculpture to this year's auction. Attendees will enjoy music from the Georgia Mudcats prior to the start of bidding.

Performances by the Mainstage music headliners will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the large tent in Hancock Park with the lineup including the Claire Lynch Band, The Freight Hoppers, Beverly Smith and Carl Jones, The Dappled Grays, Curtis Jones and Friends, the Packway Handle Band, and other acts.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., which stages the festival each year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization with the mission of preserving and celebrating the culture of the Southern Appalachians through the presentation of music, traditional craft, and folkways. Tax deductible donations are welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 338, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

Half-Price Tickets at the High Museum All Day Monday, April 6 Courtesy of GE

The High Museum of Art continues to extend hours and special offers in the final week of “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army.” The exhibition, which has brought in over 320,000 visitors to date, will close on Sunday, April 19. The High will be offering half-price tickets on Monday, April 6, courtesy of GE (who is also the exhibition’s Lead Sponsor), as well as half-price tickets on Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Studio Spring Break will also occur daily in April between 1 and 4 p.m. from Saturday, April 4 through Saturday, April 11. Children of all ages and their families can make their own terracotta warrior in clay. This program is free with museum admission. “The First Emperor,” which opened on November 16, 2008, was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S.

Extended Hours/Special Offers through April 19
· All Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: ½ Price Tickets, 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 9.
· Monday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: ½ Price Tickets all day courtesy of GE.
· Monday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Friday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 12 midnight for Friday Jazz
· Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
· Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Member-Only Hours through April 19
· Saturdays in April, 9 to 10 a.m.
· Sunday, April 5 and 12, 11 a.m. to 12 noon
· Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Only “The First Emperor” exhibition will be open during member-only viewing times. Other galleries will open when the Museum opens to the general public.

“The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” is made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting and Supporting Sponsors Mandarin Oriental and Viking River Cruises. Generous support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.
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Fiction Reading by Berry College Professor at Clayton State on April 8

Clayton State University’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will be sponsoring a fiction reading by Professor Michael Mejia of Berry College, author of the novel Forgetfulness (2005), on Wednesday, Apr. 8.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library.

For details on Mejia’s reading, please contact Clayton State Assistant Professor of English Dr. Kathryn Pratt Russell at

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Fourth Annual World Music and Dance Festival Set for April 4

Berry College will host the fourth annual Rome World Music and Dance Festival on Saturday, April 4, with performances beginning at 1 p.m. on the Cage Center front lawn and continuing throughout the day until 10 p.m. Accompanying the event will be an international market with food and goods from around the world that will be open from 5-7 p.m. In the event of rain, the festival will move inside to Evans Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details contact Dr. Jeffrey Lidke at or 706-331-1059.

Sponsors include the Student Association for an Interreligious Campus, the Inter-Faith Council, the Student Government Association, the Department of Fine Arts, the Department of Religion and Philosophy, the Chaplain’s Office, the Krannert Center Activities Board, and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.

Schedule performers include:

• Sasikala Penumarthi: Orissi dance
• Ogya: African tribal fusion
• Dwain Briggs: Western spiritual
• Devidasa: World fusion funk dance band
• Ross Kent, Megan Black and Henze Marvin: Music and dance of North India
• The Groundhawgs: Bluegrass and folk music
• Amberetta: Middle Eastern dance
• Celiedh Celtic Ensemble: Celtic music
• Sundari: Middle Eastern dance

Prepared by Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Leah Ryan

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