Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Twilight Theatre Presents Oliver at the Fred

Oliver is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is loosely based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Directed by Alison Chambers; Musical Director is Barbara Zellner; Chelsea Rhoades is the Assistant Director. Show dates: July 24, 25, 31, and August 1st at 8:00 PM at the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $13 for students, senior, military personnel and tables of 6 are available for $125.00.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Draw + Decal Contemporary Clay Exhibition at MudFire Gallery

July 11 - August 1, 2009

MudFire Gallery's exhibition Draw+Decal presents the work of thirteen contemporary clay artists known for their use of imagery and narrative on vessel forms. In doing so, the exhibit and sale takes a detailed look at updated studio techniques for creating illustrated ceramic surfaces. Featured artists include Patty Bilbro, Naomi Cleary, Bruce Gholson, Erik Haagensen, Samantha Henneke, Ruchika Madan, Brooke Noble, Stefan Ritter, Elizabeth Robinson, Justin Rothshank, Luba Sharapan, Sue Tirrell, and Betsy Williams.

Draw + Decal will be on view at MudFire Gallery July 11 - August 1, 2009. The opening night reception will be held from 5-9pm on Saturday, July 11, 2009. All works displayed will be available for purchase.


It is impossible to grace the surface of clay without acknowledging thousands of years of history. Many of the techniques and materials in use today were developed millennia ago, but those leading the field are combining new technologies with fresh viewpoints on design and illustration. In the contemporary studio pottery movement, it is no longer enough to simply master form and apply the age-old transformational alchemy of glaze and firing. A new visual language is developing on the surface of today's vessels.

American studio pottery finds itself at a moment both awkward and illuminating. We stand gratefully venerating the pioneering masters of the post-war studio pottery movement, while also looking eagerly to the next generation and forward to where we are heading. Today's studio pottery takes advantage of new technology and contemporary design and illustration sensibilities that allow us to update ceramic surface and lay the groundwork for new traditions.

Clay artists benefit not just from an instantly accessible global compendium of illustrative inspirations, but also from the ability to deploy an updated set of tools and technologies to realize their visions. Traditional techniques using pen and brush, the magic of silk-screening, or carving and resists, are joined by more recent innovations like vector art and one-off continuous tone ceramic decal printing. Never before has so great a catalog of commercial finishing materials and purified chemicals been available for mixing and innovating with. Studio pottery, so enabled, is taking on a frenzied, energetic exploration of where clay surface can now go.

Draw + Decal presents a snapshot of this moment, an educational survey of available techniques, and the opportunity for both collector and creator to engage fully in this exciting time in clay.
Images and additional information about each of the artists can be found at:http://www.mudfire.com/draw-and-decal.htm


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 gallery is open Thursday - Monday from Noon to 8pm and by appointment. The studio is open Saturday & Sunday from Noon to 8pm, and on Monday-Thursday-Friday from Noon to 10pm.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This June, Experience the Woodruff Arts Center with FREE & Discounted Events!

Lose yourself for a couple of hours. Find your center!

Escape to the Woodruff Arts Center every Thursday night and Friday afternoon during the month of June for free entertainment, food and drink specials, and discounted tickets to see the High Museum of Art’s newest exhibitions: Monet Water Lilies and Richard Misrach: On the Beach.

Lunch Break Escapes. Each Friday in June, 11 am - 2 pm – Spend your lunch with us and enjoy live music and improv performances in the style of the Alliance Theatre and Second City’s upcoming production The Second City: Peach Drop, Stop and Roll. We’ll be grilling out on the Sifly Piazza with $10 lunch specials that include a sandwich, chips, dessert and drink, or you can bring your own lunch. While you’re here, visit the High Museum of Art with a $10 Lunch Rush Ticket.
Nights on the Piazza: Concert Series. Each Thursday in June, 5 pm – 8 pm – After work, come relax on the Sifly Piazza and enjoy free concerts by talented local musicians. Try the menu specials at Table 1280 or enjoy food and drink options from the outdoor grill. The High Museum of Art stays open until 8 pm and will offer 50% off admission tickets to the museum. Scheduled performers include: June 4th – Nerdkween (5:30) Tealights (6:30) Hope For Agoldensummer (7:30) June 11th – Patty Mack & the Mo White Quartet (5:30) Noot d’Noot (6:30) Soulphonics & Ruby Velle (7:30) June 18th – Heather Luttrell (5:30) Tin Cup Prophette (6:30) Venice is Sinking (7:30) June 25th – Sound Detour (5:30) Marry a Thief (6:30) Winter Sounds (7:30)

Other events in June include:

Alliance Theatre: Everybody Can Act Workshop – June 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This workshop teaches you how your entire life has prepared you to act, how to overcome stage fright, and one word that will take the mystery out of acting. Voiceover Workshop – June 15&18 (2-night workshop), 6:30 – 9:30. Learn how to break into the field of voice-over acting and explore the market in Atlanta.

High Museum of Art: Friday Jazz at the High – June 19, 5-10 pm. Special guest - Mace Hibbard Quartet. Friday Jazz is an evening of art & music every third Friday of the month, including live musical performances and extended hours with full gallery access.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Tango, Fados and Dance! – June 4-6, 8 pm. Join celebrated Tango dancer Rosa Collantes and her ensemble along with songstress Luciana Souza for an evening of dance and song.

Urban Film Review – Woodruff Art Center’s Celebrate Diversity Through the Arts initiative hosts two FREE films in June: Black Women Film Festival – June 22, 8 pm. and HBO’s Shouting Fire – June 25, 8 pm.

Great discounts are available for most events by using promo code "June" when making purchases online. Visit www.AtTheWac.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

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 www.woodruffcenter.org.

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