Saturday, May 30, 2009

Writers Retreat Workshop in Indian Springs June 4-5

Due to the popularity of the Annual WRITERS CONFERENCE, Generations Gallery is announcing a series of WRITERS RETREATS at The Historic Village at Indian Springs in Flovilla, GA.

Dr. Anne B. Jones, PhD, will present a two-day creative writing workshop: "Tools for Successful Writing" at four different times this year: June 4-5, August 13-14, October 15-16, and a special workshop on December 3-4th when the Historic Village Resort is alive with Holiday Lights.

The $150 college-level learning experience is designed to help emerging writers recognize their writing identity, find their voice, define their goals, and develop their writing potential. The Village provides a perfect setting for writers to get away to a nurturing environment, where they can be with nature and relax in a setting that removes them from the distractions of their busy lives. Vintage cottages are available right behind Generations Gallery. Luxury linens and jacuzzi spa baths await visitors in five beautifully restored cottages ( Holloway Rental Cottages are $139 - 159 a night. Call 770-775-5350 for reservations. The workshop participants can camp or find RV facilities in the Indian Springs State Park, if they prefer.)

The Workshop is limited to 6-10 people and includes a one-on-one critique of their work and meals. The participants are invited to stay over to attend the Free Writers Group at Generations
Gallery.This group meets from 1:00- 4:00 pm. Held every Saturday with Patsy Clark, a writing instructor from Forsyth, this group frequently includes local authors and illustrators. Books by these local authors are always available at the Gallery. Pinky's Cafe' is open from 11am-2pm Thursday - Sunday; The Gardens and Village Shops are open from 10 am-5 pm. More details are available at or call 770-227-4002.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Art Partners Hosts Third Annual Vive Le Polo!

Polo Match and Event to Benefit High Museum of Art

Art Partners will host the third annual Vive le Polo! on Saturday, June 14. This event will kick off summer in Atlanta with a polo match and a festive crowd donning their best hats and displaying their decorative picnics, all benefiting the High Museum of Art. Held at Chukkar Farm & Scuppernong Polo Club in Alpharetta, two competing polo teams will put on a high-energy match for this event. Awards will be given for Best Hat, Best Picnic Theme, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Beverage. Vive le Polo! is one of four annual fundraisers held by the High Museum’s Art Partners organization.

Vive le Polo! will also feature a live and silent auction featuring unique items and experiences, informal modeling of the latest summer fashions and live music by Spree Wilson. The media sponsor for Vive le Polo! is Flavors Magazine and the media partner is Spaulding Communications.

WHEN: Sunday, June 14, 2009 (Rain date: June 28)
Gates open at 12 noon; match begins at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Chukkar Farm & Scuppernong Polo Club
1005 Little River Way, Alpharetta, Georgia

TICKETS: General Public: $30 in advance; $40 at the gate
Art Partners: $25 in advance; $30 at the gate
Reserve: or 404-733-4521

Please note: Tickets will not be mailed. All tickets will be held at the check-in table at the event.

Art Partners at the High Museum of Art
Art Partners is a dynamic social and volunteer organization that supports the Museum through fundraisers and events. Participants enjoy exclusive programs planned around a variety of interests and schedules, and educational opportunities that include visits to local artists’ studios, intimate gatherings in the homes of private collectors and private tours of both local galleries and Museum exhibitions. There are also socials and other events specifically geared toward singles and young professionals. Art Partners holds four annual fundraisers for the Museum: High Arts Day, The Big Finish, The Artful Garden Tour and Vive le Polo!

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 art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; 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. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opening in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

17th Annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Nets $1.3 Million

More than $1 Million in Auction Sales; Highest Single Auction Bid $50,000; Net Proceeds $1.3 million

In its 17th year, the 2009 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction reached a live auction total of more than $900,000. Silent auctions on Friday and Saturday and a Paddle Raise during the live auction, coupled with event ticket sales, brought the net profit for the 2009 Wine Auction to $1.3 million. Proceeds from the auction are a vital part of the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition and educational programming funds. The dates for the 18th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction are March 25–27, 2010.

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction celebrated its anniversary in 2009 with the theme “The Genius Inside: Wine + Food + Art.” Organized by volunteer co-chairs Crystal Cox and Karen Hughes, the auction events were held in Atlantic Station under festive big-top tents.

More than 250 live- and silent-auction lots offered exclusive opportunities to taste, tour and visit with more than 85 vintners from the world’s premier wine regions, including California, Oregon, Washington, France and Australia, as well as the chance to purchase cult wines, rare vintages and large-format bottles. Special Guests of Honor included Louis-Fabrice Latour of Maison Louis Latour; Beth Nickel of Far Niente, Dolce and Nickel & Nickel; Sergio Esposito of Italian Wine Merchants; and Martine Saunier of Martine’s Wines Inc. Teaming up to wield the gavel for Saturday’s live auction were esteemed auctioneers Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. and Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, both of Chicago, IL.

Special guest chefs for the Gala Dinner included Lead Chef Linton Hopkins of Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House; Chef Scott Boswell of New Orleans’s Stella! and Stanley; Chef Sean Brock of Charleston’s McCrady’s; Chef Sam Mason of New York’s Tailor; and Coordinating Chef Lincoln Stevens of A Legendary Event.

The 4th annual Paddle Raise was held in support of youth education at the High, including programs such as the I See Literacy and I See History tours, the Summer Teacher Institute and the Atlanta Public Schools After-School Project. This year’s Paddle Raise, held in memory of longtime auction supporter Taylor Stuckey, allowed bidders to contribute between $100 and $5,000 each to the fund, with the total reaching $100,000.

The highest auction bids of the day came in for a Kosta Browne Collective Soul Food & Pinot Noir Experience, including dinner for 20 prepared by Chefs Kevin and Kent Rathbun and an acoustic appearance by Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. The lot sold twice, totaling $100,000. Selling for $44,000 was an exclusive Louis Latour and Champagne de Venoge adventure in Paris, Champagne and Burgundy. A special trip to Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sold for $32,000 including golf, wine and private jet transportation.

The 17th annual festivities commenced on Wednesday, March 26, with The Artist Dinner, and continued on Thursday with 15 Winemaker Dinners and a Trade Tasting. Friday featured premiere Tasting Seminars and the Gala Dinner leading up to the grand Vintners’ Reception and the live auction on Saturday, March 28. More than 85 distinguished wineries and 35 of Atlanta’s finest chefs were represented at the Vintners’ Reception to the crowd of 800 food and wine enthusiasts.

The 2009 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction was made possible through the generous support of the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for the fifth year, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Premier Corporate Sponsors Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, Geographics and Wachovia Wealth Management. Atlantic Station is the Site Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the official airline sponsor. Select Corporate Sponsors include Corporate Environments; Wilmington Trust; Callaway Gardens; Sherlock’s Wine Merchant; Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta; The Atlantic; A Legendary Event; and Tony Brewer & Company. Media partners included The Atlantan, Flavors and Restaurant Forum magazines.

The Wine Auction is the single largest fundraising event held annually for the High Museum of Art. One of the top charity fundraising events in Atlanta and the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts, it was named number four in a national ranking of the Top 10 charity wine auctions in the United States by Wine Spectator magazine in their March 31, 2009, issue.
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Southern Arts Federation Announces Performing Arts Exchange Juried Showcase Performers

Selected through a highly competitive application process, artists will perform for the public and performing arts presenters in September

Twenty-one touring performing arts companies were selected from 157 applicants to participate in the Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange Juried Showcase in September in Norfolk, Va.. Applicants were judged on artistic merit and demonstrated readiness to tour.

The 2009 PAE Juried Showcase Performers include:

Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble
Thodos Dance Chicago

Music – Chamber & Classical
Alpin Hong
Marie-Andrée Ostiguy & The Artémuse String Quartet

Music – Ethnic-Based & World
Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra
Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa

Music – Folk & Bluegrass
Russ Barenberg

Educational Residency (artists in schools)
Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand
Glenis Redmond
Robbie K. & Friends

Music – Other
American Spiritual Ensemble
Riders in the Sky
The Lost Fingers
Tracy Silverman
Rozlyn Sorrell

Music – Singer/Songwriter
Janis Ian

Barry Smith’s Baby Book
It’s a Wonderful Life
Mike Wiley Productions

Mark Nizer’s 3D Show

The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) is a performing arts marketplace and professional development conference presented annually by the Southern Arts Federation (SAF). It brings together performing artists, artist managers, and performing arts presenters for four days of

artistic expression, networking and booking. Now in its 33rd year, PAE will be held in Norfolk, Va., on September 23-26, 2009. Juried artists’ showcases are free and open to the public at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk. Showcases feature performances by professional touring artists in music, dance, family/children’s performances and general theater.

The Performing Arts Exchange is presented in partnership with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and in collaboration with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the New England Foundation for the Arts. More details about the Performing Arts Exchange can be found at or by calling 404-874-7244 ext. 28.

About the Southern Arts Federation
The Southern Arts Federation, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. SAF examines the arts environment and cultural trends from a regional perspective comprising nine states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. SAF offers a portfolio of programs and services designed to address arts-related issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

John Lennon Educational Tours Bus Makes Rare Visit to Atlanta this Week

State-of-the-Art Non-Profit Mobile Recording & Multimedia Studio Gives FREE Public Tours, Give-Aways and Raffles

The best mobile studios in the world on display in Atlanta – MAY 20-23, 2009

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. Since 1998, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs to hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conventions and community organizations. Working together with some of the biggest names in music, including the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Wyclef Jean and Natasha Bedingfield, the Lennon Bus encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions and produce video projects using the latest audio, video, and live sound equipment. Students write an original composition, record it and create a broadcast quality music video of their song which they take home on a Maxell DVD – all in one day!

The bus is in town May 20-23, 2009 meeting with a group of Atlanta area music and education industry stakeholders to explore the possibility of creating a John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Georgia. The group whose members include educators, businessmen, music and film industry executives and others have established an Advisory Board whose mission is to develop resources for the creation of the bus. The purpose of the Georgia bus will be to meet the needs of GA students interested in learning the skills and career options involved in music and video production at a professional level.

According to Asante Bradford, Digital Entertainment Liaison for the Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office at Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, “Our group believes that this type of mobile, technologically advanced, educational tool will allow the state to more effectively expand the interest of students in grades 6-12, in careers relating to recording and audio engineering by providing hands-on experiences through the use of a “School on Wheels”… where media excitement meets the road.”

The bus will be appearing on Wednesday, May 20th at the Villages of Carver YMCA, from 11:30am-8:00pm; May 21st at The Art Institute of Atlanta, from 8:30am-4:00pm (closed to public); May 22nd at Lake Stadium from 8:30am-3:00pm and May 23rd at the Sam Ash Music Store from 11:am-8:00pm. Expect plenty of great music and lots of give-a-ways. For more details and further information, contact Laura Johnson, (760) 450-7749 or Jen Farris, (404) 921-5921. Brian Rothschild, the Executive Director of the Bus will be available for interviews.

Carver YMCA
8:30-11:00AM Media Tours
11:30AM-8pm: Selected YMCA students record original song on board the Bus
1600 Pryor Road
Atlanta, GA 30315
Kimberly Wilson(404)

The Art Institute of Atlanta
8:30AM-4pm College Tours (closed to public)
6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NEAtlanta, GA 30328-1635
Joe Shiver (770)

Lakewood Stadium
8:30am-3PM Student Tours
70 Claire Drive
Atlanta, GA 30315
Mariama Tyler (404) 802-2814
Fred Price(404) 802-5575

Sam Ash Music Store
2999 Cobb Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Judd Berkert(770) 818-0042

Buzz Around Town Online Auction

Last fall, the Alumni Association commissioned 25 5-foot-tall Buzz sculptures to display around campus in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

Alumni, students and campus sponsors were paired with talented local artists who helped translate their unique vision of Tech onto our beloved mascot.

From May 15 to May 22, the Alumni Association is auctioning off 20 of these Buzz sculptures. This marks the end of the Association’s centennial celebration and raises money for Tech with auction proceeds supporting various Georgia Tech organizations.

To take part in the auction visit Buzz Around Town.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bow Making Demonstration May 23 at Indian Springs

GENERATIONS GALLERY in the Historic Village at Indian Springs
will present a BOW MAKING DEMONSTRATION on Saturday Morning, May 23rd
with Chuck Mulky, with Taylor Manufacturing. Jim Taylor has been
making finely crafted longbows for over 30 years. His shop, located
in rural Russellville, Alabama, is surrounded by old growth native
hardwood forest. He uses these woods extensively in the production of
his bows.

Mr. Taylor is a half blood member of the Choctaw Indian Nation
and has been adopted as a Tribal Bowyer by several other Native
American Nations. He is also a recognized Master Artisan Member of
the National Indian Arts And Crafts Board.

Not only a talented Bowyer, but an excellent archer as well, Jim
was the World Primitive Longbow Champion for four consecutive years

"The bow and arrow, still crafted by our Native Americans,
is a perfect example of the traditions we hope to preserve," explains
Generations Gallery founder, Andi Kulp. "The Village at Indian
Springs, with the Museum where the Treaty with the Creek Indians was
signed in 1825, is the natural place for families to learn about life
as it was in the earliest times of our country."

The bow making demonstration is free with no purchase
necessary. Bow kits will be available for purchase at the Gallery and
participants can receive help finishing and stringing their bows
during the demonstration. All finishing materials are furnished. Pre-
registering will insure that the right inventory of the different
draw weights will be on hand. Draw weights vary from 35-70 pounds @
28". Heavier weights are used for hunting.

For more information contact Generations Gallery at 800-352-7212 or 770-775-7916.
The Gallery s located at 1825 Highway 42 South, Flovilla GA 30216.
Six miles south of Jackson GA. 45 Minutes South of Atlanta on I-75;
Take Exit 205 East thru Jackson. Follow signs to Indian Springs State
Park - about six miles south of Jackson. Stay for lunch at Pinky's
Cafe'; enjoy shopping for fashions, antiques and gifts, Camping and
Cottages are available in The Village at Indian Springs
(770-775-5350) and at the Indian Springs State Park

Nearby you can explore the Dauset Trails Nature
Center with natural habitat exhibits with wildlife animals
( 770-775-6798) Admission is free to most attractions; parking fees
at a minimal of a few dollars at the state park.Visit the website to
learn about the free childrens art workshops, the writers groups and
other events at village.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Noguchi Playscapes Restoration Unveiling and Rededication

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invites the public to join in the unveiling of the newly restored Noguchi Playscapes, located in Piedmont Park. The unveiling will take place Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:00 am. Mayor Franklin will address the attendees, sharing the City’s progress in public art funding and dedication to its parks. The Playscapes was designed by world-renowned artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Completed in 1976, Playscapes is the only play environment of its kind by Noguchi in the continental United States.

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is very pleased at the hard work and dedication that the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs put into this important restoration. We are honored that they recognized the importance of Isamu Noguchi and his contribution to Atlanta in the form of the Playscapes.

Jenny Dixon
Director, Noguchi Foundation

Playscapes is located at the western edge of Piedmont Park, near Piedmont Avenue, just north of the 12th Street entrance. The unveiling ceremony will recognize the completion of the restoration that began in the fall of 2007 and has been managed by the office of Cultural Affairs/ Public Art Program (OCA/PAP). The OCA/PAP hired the conservation teams of Jablonski Berkowitz Conservation, Inc. and Williams Art Conservation, Inc. to restore the Playscapes.

This is an exciting project that took years of planning to complete. Through Opportunity Bond funding we were able to see this project to fruition. It’s good to know that generations of children will be able to enjoy interacting with the Noguchi Playscapes again.

Dianne Harnell Cohen
Commissioner, Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs

On May 1, 1976, Playscapes was officially opened in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by then Atlanta Mayor, Maynard Jackson. The High Museum raised funds to commission the project and donated the Playscapes to the City of Atlanta once completed. The museum maintained a presence at the site through its Department of Education which conducted classes at the site. The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program has provided stewardship over the Playscapes since the work was gifted. The city of Atlanta is fortunate to have an artwork from such a prominent internationally acclaimed contemporary artist.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fayette: Artsworks on the Square Pre-Grand Opening

May 15th & 16th the new Artworks on the Square is opening its doors for a Pre-Grand Opening from 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday. The address is 107 Stonewall Ave (Hwy 54 East) located on the Courthouse Square.

The public is invited to walk along the “Rue de Art” and visit the studios of a wide range of photographers (commercial product, fashion, family, portrait and nature) plus mini-galleries of several artists, web and graphic designers and a videographer. There is also the ArtWorks main Fine Art Gallery featuring award winning art and a wonderful north-lit art classroom with sign-up sheets.

Randy Drake will be shooting fashion models in the central photo shooting studio -which will be open to the public - while Gulli Giclee & Fine Art Printing will be exhibiting work and explaining her specialty services for artists and photographers.

All resident ArtWorks' professionals will soon be teaching classes and workshops as well as serving the public, so feel free to ask questions. It is truly a unique and wonderful place for creative minds.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Georgia Commission on the Holocaust Presents Art Exhibit from Georgia Students

The Marcus Jewish Community Center is exhibiting the artwork of the Holocaust Art and Writing contest on the theme of “What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?” The exhibit runs through May in the Fine Family Art Gallery.

This year marks the fourteenth year for the contest, held in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education. The contest encouraged Georgia’s middle and high school students may submit artwork and writing entries about the lessons of the Holocaust.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is administratively attached to the Secretary of State’s Office. The Commission uses the lessons of the Holocaust to raise cultural awareness, promote acceptance of diversity in hope to eradicate hatred and prejudice, and provide quality Holocaust and Diversity Education programs for teachers and students of Georgia’s schools as well as for the general public throughout the State of Georgia.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

High to Present Exhibition on Work and Design Process of Atlanta Architect John Portman

“John Portman: Art & Architecture” October 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010

The High Museum of Art will be the sole venue for “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” an exhibition featuring architectural projects, furniture, paintings, and sculpture by Atlanta-based architect and artist John Portman. The fifteen completed and current architectural projects that will be featured span five decades of national and international developments, including the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967) that is globally renowned as the first modern atrium hotel. The projects will be presented with large-scale photographs, design plans, elevations, text, articles, and in some cases, architectural models. The exhibition will also feature furniture, paintings and sculpture by Portman—most never before publicly exhibited.

“John Portman: Art & Architecture” is organized by the High Museum of Art, and is curated by Jeffrey Grove, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with a major essay by Paul Goldberger, noted historian and Architecture Critic for The New Yorker since 1997. The catalogue will be distributed by the University of Georgia Press and includes a Preface by Grove and contributions from other writers. “John Portman: Art & Architecture” will be on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing of the High from October 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

“John Portman has not only radically altered the skyline of his home city, Atlanta, but cities throughout the world,” stated Jeffrey Grove, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “His reconsideration of how architecture should function and the experience it should offer visitors completely changed the industry. Early in his career, Portman understood that to realize his vision completely, he must add “Developer” to his role as Architect. All these themes will be addressed in the exhibition.”

“Art and Architecture” will highlight fifteen of John Portman & Associates projects. Atlanta and other U.S.-based projects include: Entelechy I, his Atlanta home, 1964; Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1967; Peachtree Center, Atlanta, 1976; The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, 1976; Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, 1985; SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta, 1993; Entelechy II, his Sea Island, Georgia home, 1986; The Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA, 1971-1988; Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan, 1976; and The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 1977.

International projects will include: Marina Square, Singapore, 1987; a proposal for Il Porto Vecchio, Genoa, Italy, 1988; Tomorrow Square, Shanghai, China, 2003; Beijing Yintai Centre, Beijing, China, 2008; and current projects including Jin Hongqiao International Center, Shanghai, China; Zhe Jiang Fortune Finance Center, Hangzhou, China; Wenzhou Zhixin Plaza, Wenzhou, China; Songdo Landmark City Master Plan, Incheon, Korea; and the Incheon 151 Tower at Songdo Landmark City, Incheon, Korea.
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YOUNG ARTISTS Competition: Beginning May 7th, World AIDS Orphans Day

/PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide Orphans Foundation invites young artists from across the country to submit creative works that raise awareness of the thousands of children who are orphaned by HIV/AIDS around the world each day. The grand-prize winner will have the opportunity to exhibit his or her art during the WWO 2009 Gala in New York City on October 26, 2009, and receive two tickets to attend the annual gala. The three runners-up will receive $50 gift certificates from Blick Art Materials, and all winners will have the opportunity to have their art displayed at a NYC gallery and made into WWO greeting cards for the 2009 holiday season. Entry is open to young artists ages 15 to 21 who are US residents. Artists can enter their work through July 15, 2009.

The mission of WWO is to transform the lives of orphaned children by taking them out of anonymity and helping them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities. With over 15 million children worldwide orphaned due to the loss of one or both parents to AIDS, our focus on this group of orphans is critical. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 12 million children have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic and experts believe that millions more orphans remain unaccounted for in India, China and Russia. By 2010, the number of AIDS orphans worldwide is expected to reach at least 20 million. Through the transformative power of visual arts, WWO extends this creative arts opportunity to youth across America to help raise awareness of AIDS orphans around the world. WWO has a commitment to helping all orphans around the world overcome overwhelming obstacles, and give them back the most precious gift in the world -- their childhoods.

-- All candidates must submit their entry online between May 7 and July
15, 2009 and mail their original artwork by the end of July.
-- An online contest registration will be available on the WWO website
-- Entries can be a sketch, drawing or painting that brings awareness to
AIDS orphans around the world.
-- Winners will be announced the week of September 7th, 2009 and
contacted by email. The results will be posted at
-- An on-line gallery on the WWO website is planned for public viewing of
the artwork and will be posted after the announcement of the winners.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

National Art Contest Shares A Very Personal Experience

(NAPSI)-For people living with epilepsy, art can be a means to communicate innermost feelings about how this serious neurological condition affects their daily lives. Now in its seventh year, Expressions of Courage® is a national contest that showcases such inspiration.

"Every piece submitted to Expressions of Courage® tells a different story, one may feature images to describe what it feels like to have a seizure, while another demonstrates hope for a cure," said Eric R. Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "Creating these entries is a very personal experience for participants, providing a personal platform for them to share what they go through every day."

The contest will be run from May 11, 2009 through August 28, 2009. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity and the ability to bring to life the experiences of living with epilepsy. Winners will be highlighted on the Expressions of Courage® Web site. A few winning pieces will also be chosen by curators from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare for display in a traveling art exhibition.

For entry rules and regulations, you can visit or call the Contest Help Line at (800) 224-4935.

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“I Dream of Trains” Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Photographs by local artist, Stan Susky, are featured in the Spring/Summer Art Show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse through July 29. The photography exhibit is entitled “I Dream of Trains.”

“I have always been attracted to the ironies and simple beauty of manmade environments. I try to create order out of chaos and capture hidden elements in objects and everyday places. “, said Susky.

The series of photographs, “I Dream of Trains” is an example of the artists’ sensory interpretation while walking around and through train cars at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia. Each visit for him evoked different memories and sensory perceptions that he has captured in photographs.

Stan is an amateur photographer, but has been pursuing the craft of photography for almost 30 years. Primarily he is self-taught, but has attended and continues to attend various workshops and classes to continually learn both technique and creative visualization.

“I Dream of Trains” will be having an opening with refreshments on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

For people interested in railroads, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is also celebrating the railroad for National Train Day at Vines Gardens in Loganville on Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy touring the beautiful gardens with boardwalks over the lake, gazebos, statuaries and oriental garden. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds.

Volunteer engineers will be holding information sessions on trains and the model train hobby as well as demonstrating the outdoor garden railroad on display at Vines Gardens. The Vines Garden Railroad features a “G” scale model railroad featuring over 1,000 feet of track, 25 foot suspension bridge, tunnels and viaduct, airport, towns and villages.

Vines Gardens is located at 3500 Oak Grove Rd. in Loganville. For more information on the event, visit or call 770-822-5150. For additional information on the Vines Garden Railroad, visit
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Photo Contest Focuses on Georgia Wildlife, Action Plan

The Great Georgia Photo SWAP, a new project sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, was announced Monday at Panola Mountain State Park as a way to better engage Georgians in conservation efforts around the state.

The photo contest highlights nearly 30 high-priority species in all eco-regions of the state as listed in the State Wildlife Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy guiding efforts to conserve Georgia’s biological diversity.

Original, unaltered photos of those species submitted by citizens to will be posted on the Georgia Conservancy’s Web site every two weeks ( Participants can win prizes each month. The person who submits the most photos during the one-year project will win the grand prize, a digital camera. “Species of the Week” include animals such as the painted bunting, gopher tortoise and bottle-nosed dolphin.

“Nature photography is a passion of mine, and I believe the Great Georgia Photo SWAP will help Georgians become more engaged in the diverse array of wildlife we enjoy in this state,” said Pierre Howard, interim director of the Georgia Conservancy. “Georgia is blessed with an abundance of wildlife from the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast, and it is our duty to protect this legacy for future generations. It is my hope that this project will instill in others the importance of our natural areas and the need for implementing a well-designed wildlife action plan.”

The Great Georgia Photo SWAP is a tool for educating Georgians of all ages about the importance of the SWAP, which was created to conserve the rich biological diversity of the state. By learning more about the high-priority species included in the plan, citizens will better understand the need to protect these plants and animals before expensive and restrictive measures become necessary.

Georgia is the nation's fifth-most diverse state in vertebrate animals and vascular plants. But to maintain that diversity, the state has to plan and manage it into the future, said Mike Harris, Nongame Conservation Section chief with the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division.

“The more Georgians become familiar with wildlife and habitats in the places they know, the better conservationists they will be,” Harris said. “The Great Georgia Photo SWAP is a great opportunity for people to learn about some of the state's high-priority species in the animal or plant's native habitat.”

Harris urged participants to treat all wildlife with respect and to photograph them only from a safe distance.

Rex Boner, vice president and southeast representative of The Conservation Fund, said he “cannot wait to see the entries,” calling the contest an excellent way to involve the community and educate citizens on the importance of wildlife.

“In partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we applaud the Georgia Conservancy and DNR for creatively promoting awareness of Georgia’s SWAP,” Boner said. “… We also are grateful to the Georgia Wildlife Federation for their efforts to promote the SWAP in other ways.”

With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Conservation Fund provided support for the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Wildlife Federation to help implement the SWAP, which resulted from a request by Congress to create a comprehensive, proactive strategy to assess the health of wildlife and habitats in Georgia. The SWAP lists 296 high-priority animals and 323 high-priority plants as well as high-priority habitats from each of the five ecological regions of the state. The plan also outlines actions and programs to guide the conservation of these animals, plants and habitats at the local and state levels.

Founded in 1967, the Georgia Conservancy collaborates, advocates and educates to protect Georgia's natural environment. Through its focus on clean air and water, land conservation, coastal protection, growth management and education, the Georgia Conservancy works to develop solutions to protect Georgia’s environment and promote the stewardship of the state’s vital natural resources.

The mission of the Georgia DNR is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. The DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division regulates hunting, fishing and the operation of watercraft, protects nongame and endangered wildlife, and maintains public education and law enforcement programs to ensure conservation of natural resources.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Gillian Parke and Ronan Peterson exhibit at MudFire Gallery

"Chemistry, anthropology and lots and lots of fire..."

MudFire Gallery welcomes two fantastically-talented ceramicists from the Durham/Chapel Hill area for a deep look into their latest work. Gillian Parke and Ronan Peterson studied chemistry and anthropology respectively, then veered quickly into the world of studio pottery with graduate studies and residencies. They share an almost obsessive interest in building texture and layers of surface treatment to convey content on vessel forms. However, the two use different materials, firing processes, and decorative techniques to achieve their ends.

The Parke-Peterson exhibit promises to take viewers on a fascinating journey, with exceptional depth in which to explore context, innovative technical achievements, and an intriguing pair of aesthetics.

The artist reception and exhibit opening will be held just in time for Mother's Day gift shopping on Saturday, May 9, from 5-9 pm. The exhibit and sale will be on display through May 30, 2009.


Gillian recently received a 2008 Emerging Artist Award from Ceramics Monthly magazine, and was further selected as the cover artist for her associated profile article. Her work is a study in contrasts, combining the purity of fine porcelain with Shigaraki style feldspar inclusions, stock decals, metallic lusters, and visceral surface treatments. By managing the interaction of these conflicting elements carefully, she unconventionally achieves ceramic surfaces that warrant careful study and ongoing reflection.


Ronan is also a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award recipient, dating to 2004. He maintains a busy schedule teaching and exhibiting in juried and invitational shows nationwide. He is interested in natural cycles of growth and decay, and strives to present an intensity of tactile and visual stimulation that rivals a lush mountain forest. His earthenware pottery also reflects a love of comic books, and can be viewed as a comic book interpretation of natural phenomena replete with bold color and vivid fantasy.

Detailed information about each artist, including artist statement, resumes, and images of representative works, are available at:


MudFire Clayworks and Gallery is a unique community art center dedicated to clay arts. Celebrating its 7th anniversary this year, MudFire Clayworks is home to over 150 artists, and is equipped with pottery wheels, sculpting equipment, communal tools, glazes, kilns and plenty of inspiration. Artists in residence and "free range" instructors make it a perfect place for beginners as well as seasoned ceramicists. MudFire also brings high profile artists from around the world to Atlanta for lectures, slide presentations, demonstration workshops, and intensive hands-on classes.

MudFire Gallery is Atlanta's clay-only gallery, providing representation for some of the Southeast's top potters and sculptors. MudFire also celebrates this diverse and accessible medium with monthly exhibits of functional and decorative works including solo, group and themed exhibits.

The studio is open Weekdays from Noon to 10pm, and Saturday- Sunday from Noon to 8pm, but closed Wednesdays. The gallery is open Thursday - Sunday from Noon to 8pm and by appointment.
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The Seen Gallery Presents Ceramacist Kimberly Dean: "Figuratively Speaking"

On Display May 16 through June 24, 2009

Opening Night Reception on Saturday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Featuring Complimentary Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres

The Seen Gallery is proud to present “Figuratively Speaking,” the newest works of renowned mixed-media artist Kimberly Dean, on display from Saturday, May 16 through Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Co-owners of The Seen Gallery, Bill Bibb and Amy Bradford, will host an opening night reception for the exhibit on Saturday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This event is open to the public and is the perfect opportunity to meet the artist and experience The Seen Gallery at its new location in Downtown Decatur.

"Kimberly Dean’s work is cerebral yet funny at times, poignant and with layers of creativity," says The Seen Gallery co-owner Amy Bradford. “Her mixed-media pieces incorporate hand-built clay with recycled materials and found objects.”

"I attempt to create honest and inquisitive visual speed bumps - pieces that pose questions but don't quite answer them, says Dean. “By combining my sculpted clay figures with surviving parts of discarded and forgotten objects like tools, boxes, architectural elements, I attempt to express those universal human qualities that reveal our own vulnerability and emotions.” Dean’s work has become highly collectible and in addition to The Seen Gallery, she is represented in Birmingham (AL), Charlotte (NC), and Savannah (GA). View her work online at

WHEN: Opening night reception on Saturday, May 16, 2009

TIME: 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: The Seen Gallery
415 Church Street
Suites A & B
Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 377-0733

COST: Free

Tuesdays – Thursdays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5pm

Also by appointment.