Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Center for Puppetry Arts Announces Free Museum Saturdays

Fulton County Residents Enjoy Free Admission to Puppet Museum Exhibits

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Fair Citizens of Fulton County! The Center for Puppetry Arts announces Free Museum Saturdays for all Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of every month. Need a Fraggle fix? A Labyrinth look? A shadow puppet peek? Now is your chance to experience the Center’s plethora of puppets for free.

Fulton County residents, students attending a school in Fulton County, and Fulton County government employees with proper I.D. will all receive FREE admission to our museum exhibitions. Admission does not include performances or workshops. Eligible participants may purchase tickets for performances and workshops on Free Museum Saturdays at a 25% discount, subject to availability.

In addition to the Center’s permanent collection, “Puppets: The Power of Wonder,” the largest collection of global puppetry in the nation, the museum features three special exhibits featuring the art of Jim Henson: “Jim Henson: Wonders From His Workshop,” “Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog,” and “Jim Henson: Puppeteer.” These exhibits offer an unprecedented look inside the mind of one of the greatest puppet artists of all time, and feature some of the most beloved puppets ever created, including Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Ernie, and the Swedish Chef.

Free Museum Saturdays for the 2010-11 Season will be held January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4.Free museum admission is available to walk-up patrons only and is subject to availability. This offer is not available via phone or website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cherry Blossom Festival and Historic Macon Foundation Announce Decorators' Showhouse Tour Partnership

This March, historic preservation will be in full bloom during the 29th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Historic Macon Foundation’s 18th Annual Decorators’ Showhouse will serve as the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Tour of Homes.

The home located at 306 Orange St. in the intown Macon Historic District dates back to the 1880s when Benjamin Lawton Willingham gave the lot to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Furman Lawton.

Historic Macon is currently rehabilitating the property based on standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior in order to make it eligible for tax incentives for preservation totaling over $100,000 for the new owners.

Green living features adorn the home as well including an ultra-efficient ductless HVAC system, injected foam insulation, high efficiency water heaters, a pervious-surfaced driveway and limited construction waste.

“The showhouse will be the first historic rehabilitation in Georgia that showcases green design and energy efficiency for the public,” said Josh Rogers, Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation. “We believe this project will set the bar for other rehabilitation projects throughout the Southeast.”

The Decorators’ Showhouse Tour, featuring 13 decorators from three states, will be open during the Cherry Blossom Festival, March 17 until March 27.

Presale tickets will be $18 from February 14 until March 15 and tickets at the door will be $20.

“Partnering with Historic Macon Foundation for our Tour of Homes just makes sense,” said Karen Lambert, President and CEO of the Cherry Blossom Festival. “We look forward to using this project to illustrate the positive impact two organizations can have on our beautiful city when they work together.”

On February 17, a “Hard Hat Party” will allow visitors to see the home before decorators complete their rooms. The “Top Hat Party” featuring the work of the decorators will take place on March 16.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual 10-day event designed to enhance the quality of life, community fellowship and civic pride for all Macon residents. The Festival was developed around the basic principles of “love, beauty and international friendship.” Historic Macon is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage and facilitates preservation efforts in the community, revitalizes Macon’s neighborhoods and interprets the Sidney Lanier Cottage. For more information, visit or call 478.742.5084.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pryor Fine Art Presents Christopher T. Terry and Paula Landrem

January 21 through February 11

To kick-off its 2011 exhibitions, Pryor Fine Art welcomes artists Christopher T. Terry and Paula Landrem. This will be the first show at the gallery for each of these recognized artists. The show begins with an Opening Reception on Friday, January 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run through February 11.

While Christopher T. Terry has been defined as a realist painter, he strives in each of his works to create a rhythm that recalls the pace of ritual and dreams. This means that the rhythm derives from invention more often than from direct observation. The central theme of Terry’s work is the ability of light to transform. Although he selects and places subjects carefully, most are chosen from the insignificant artifacts of everyday life. Without the stage Terry creates for them, these objects would likely be overlooked. The interiors he chooses are similarly anonymous, and he is drawn to spaces and objects that lack a strong individual presence. Instead, he relies on light to transform an abandoned interior and enigmatically placed object into a secular altar. The resulting quiet aspect of his paintings, as well as his use of symmetry, would seem to undermine tension, but the silence present in the paintings alternatively suggests an anticipation: an event about to happen.

Terry was born in Stamford, Connecticut and earned a BA in Studio Art from the Rhode Island College in Providence in 1978, followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Terry began teaching in 1984 at California State University, Long Beach and has been with Utah State University since 1988. Terry is the recipient of numerous awards including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He continues to exhibit his paintings at galleries in the United States and Germany.

Paula Landrem is a native of New Orleans and has been painting professionally since 1992. Her work is guided by process and the behavior of various lays and materials used in her mixed media abstracts. Although her canvases are saturated with color and texture, the true emotion of her work is revealed through manipulation and alteration of the surface.

Lamdrem studied at Southeastern Louisiana University and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Her works are included in numerous private and corporate collections. Her work has appeared in many national publications including Veranda, Architectural Digest, and Metropolitan Home.

About Pryor Fine Art

Pryor Fine Art – formerly Bennett Street Gallery – strives to engage a contemporary stable of artists who exemplify innovation in technique, content and quality. Today, the gallery represents more than 40 artists from Atlanta and throughout the United States. Pryor Fine Art is located at 22-F Bennett Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit: or call 404-352-8775.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Announces the 2010 Hip Hop 100

/PRNewswire/ --, a global media platform with traffic coming from more than 204 countries and territories, is proud to announce the debut of the 2010 Hip Hop 100. The list officially went live at 2:00am today (Tuesday, November 16, 2010) on The inaugural Hip Hop 100 profiles the 100, including the "Notable 10", most influential people in Hip Hop for significant contributions in three fields of arts, business and humanity The 2010 Hip Hop 100 includes artists, producers, writers, executives and television and radio personalities.

The "Notable 10" on the 2010 Hip Hop 100 are as follows:

1. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter for Arts, Business and Humanity
2. Sean "Diddy" Combs for Arts, Business and Humanity
3. Russell Simmons for Arts and Business
4. Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter for Arts and Business
5. Stephen Hill for Arts and Business
6. Lyor Cohen for Business
7. Kanye West for Arts, Business and Humanity
8. Jimmy Iovine for Business
9. DeAndre "Soulja Boy" Way for Arts and Business
10. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson for Arts, Business and Humanity editor-in-chief Rocky Williform states, "The 2010 Hip Hop 100 is the first- comprehensive list that provides recognition for contributions to the culture in arts, business and humanity and we are very proud of its variety. The Hip Hop 100 is uniquely positioned as a central barometer for annual contributions to the culture; for good or ill.

Other notables on The 2010 Hip Hop 100 include Wyclef Jean (Artist, Activist), Kevin Liles (Manager, Executive), Sylvia Rhone (Executive), Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (Radio Personality), Eminem (Artist), Tim Westwood (UK Radio Personality), Jeff Mazzacano (Executive, VIBE), "Big Boy" (Radio Personality), Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. (Artist), Drake (Artist), Angela Lee (Radio Personality, Shade 45), Datwon Thomas (Editor, Global Grind), "Grouchy" Greg Watkins (Founder,, Drake (Artist), Harvey Levine (Founder,, Vanessa Satten (Editor-in-Chief, XXL), and Amy Doyle (MTV, Executive VP of Music and Talent). For the full list of the 2010 Hip Hop 100, please visit, a leader for credible, relevant and leading urban information, boasts interactive media uniquely built around micro-feeds of daily news, gossip, columns, music, and videos. is currently ranked within the top ten percent of the world's largest websites.

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CEA and Photojojo Launch ‘Best Shots’ Photo Contest

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and Photojojo today launched a digital photo contest to encourage consumers to share and display their digital photographs. The grand prize winner, to be announced January 9, 2011, at the 2011 International CES, will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i 15.1MP digital SLR camera, a bag and a 55-250mm zoom lens.

“With digital photography, there are many opportunities to go beyond uploading to a computer, including online sharing, printing, creating digital photo frames and producing fun photo projects”

The “Best Shots” contest begins today and photo submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2010. Entrants can submit one photo in each of four categories: people, travel, pets and cell phone shots. A slate of expert judges will select the finalists, and winners will be determined by an online popular vote running from January 1 - 8, 2011. To enter, visit

All photo entries will be displayed on an LCD screen at the 2011 CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the grand prize, top winners in each category will win one of four compact point-and-shoot cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9, Nikon Coolpix S1100pj, Olympus FE-4020 and Pentax Optio W90. Prizes from the Photojojo store will be awarded to five honorable mention winners as well. Photojojo publishes a twice-weekly newsletter with photo tips, do-it-yourself projects and photography gear.

CEA research shows more than eight in 10 U.S. households own digital cameras, and 61 percent of those who have used their cameras in the last year consider themselves active photographers.

“With digital photography, there are many opportunities to go beyond uploading to a computer, including online sharing, printing, creating digital photo frames and producing fun photo projects,” said Colleen Lerro, communications specialist at CEA. “Through this contest, Photojojo and CEA are encouraging people to do more with their ‘best shots.’”

The Best Shots photo contest judges will include Dave Johnson, PC World’s Digital Focus; Mike McEnaney, Picture Business; Steve Tiffen, Tiffen Company; and Amit Gupta, Photojojo.

To view the full rules of the contest and submit a picture, visit

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rosewood Cottage “Open Studio" Show and Sale

Friday and Saturday, November 12th and 13th, 2010
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Work by Claudia Wood and Kathy Schultz

Handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts and artwork: jewelry, bags and purses, scarves, home decor and Christmas items, small quilts and more.

Find out about 2011 classes.

Come to shop or to visit. Light refreshments served.

468 Pylant Street
Senoia, Georgia

Note: I had the opportunity to visit Rosewood Cottage a week or so ago. I was impressed! I could have wandered around for hours looking at the cool studio, the fabric art for sale... and I wanted to get to work making something! It's a superb working studio in a gorgeous 'cottage'. I hope you'll make the trip to Senoia and check it out. I covet half the things I saw and would love to learn how to make some of them!  - jmd

Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday Extravaganza at the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum of Art is hosting numbers of special holiday events in November and December that promise something for everyone—“Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy,” silhouette portraits by artist Clay Rice, a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus provided by Barry Koenig, a children-friendly concert by family favorite Tara Scheyer, and a trunk show by jeweler Katrina Gray.

“The Morris consistently strives to offer events that all ages can enjoy, and there is no better time than the holidays to bring your family to the Morris,” said Janna Crane, special events coordinator at the Morris Museum of Art. “Plus, the majority of our events are nominally priced or free.”

2010 Holiday Events at the Morris Museum of Art
Sunday, November 21, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Magic in the Making: Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy
Join the Morris Museum and Dance Augusta and be transported to the wonderful world of the Nutcracker. An afternoon spent in the company of Clara, the Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy, ends with an opportunity to create a tiara or crown. $5.00 per child; adult members, free; adult nonmembers, $5.00. Call 706-828-3825 or email to RSVP.

Friday, December 3, noon
Art at Lunch: Low-Country Artist Clay Rice
Silhouette artist, author, and musician Clay Rice performs songs and tells stories about growing up in the low country and traveling throughout the United States. Members, $10; nonmembers, $14. Lunch by Wife Saver. Paid reservations due December 1 by calling 706-828-3867.

Saturday, December 4, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus and pose with the couple for a photo by Barry Koenig. (Photos will be available for purchase at Afterwards, create a special keepsake ornament. The $10.00 per person fee includes breakfast, museum admission, and a supervised art project. Reservations (required), can be made by calling 706-828-3825 or emailing

Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Silhouette Portraits by Clay Rice
Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice creates personalized portraits of your loved ones. Advance reservations only. $40 per person for two copies. Call 706-828-3825 or email to make an appointment.

Sunday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.
Artrageous! Family Sunday: Holiday Time!
Take part in a gallery scavenger hunt, and create handcrafted ornaments and greeting cards at various stations in the museum. FREE.

Sunday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.
Music at the Morris: From One to Ninety-Two
Singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer celebrates the holidays at the Morris with songs the whole family will remember and enjoy. FREE.

Sunday, December 5, noon–4:00 p.m.
Trunk Show: Katrina Gray of EarthWear Jewelry
Katrina Gray has been creating jewelry for forty years, and her skills as a potter and silversmith help to make each piece an exquisite work of art. One day only. FREE admission.

Sunday, December 5, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sketch
Sketch in the galleries, with materials supplied by the museum. Check-in in the activity room. FREE.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of nearly five thousand works of art spans more than two hundred years, from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Mustached Clay Head Wins!

In honor of @highmuseumofart's Mustache Party tonight we offered a free ad and top of the page photo to the first office or group to send us a photo sporting mustaches (real or fake). We have a winner, and we think Salvador Dali would love him... It's not exactly an office, but it IS a collaborative effort by a Facebook group so we deemed it very acceptable.

The High Museum of Art is holding a great event tonight... it's a Mustache Party! If you haven't been to see the Dali: The Late Works exhibit, you've missed a rare treat. Go see the exhibit, go to the mustache party, stick around to see The Mustache (movie). Details below the photo.

We THINK this link will take you to Clay Head's Facebook page (hope so), but if it doesn't log into Facebook and do a search for "clay head".!/profile.php?id=1720318788

Here's the mustache sporting Clay Head:

His name is Clay Head, he/she/they are an art project brought to life through Facebook. - Mike Cantanese

Special Event -  FEATURED EVENT
November 5, 2010, 8-11:59 p.m.
High Museum of Art
$10 regular admission; $5 for members.
Show off your real (or fake) 'stache at the High's Mustache Party beginning at 8 p.m. featuring live musical performances by Lyonnais, and DJ Heart Disease, cold beer, video projection by Bean Worley and a mustache contest. After the Mustache Party view a free screening of The Mustache, at 10 p.m. on Sifly Piazza (rain location is Rich Theater).  More info and tickets.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jewelry and Accessory Expo Nov 6

Peachtree City Parks & Recreation Department this Saturday, November 6th for a one of a kind shopping experience.

The JEWELRY & ACCESSORY EXPO will be held indoors from 10 am - 6 pm at the Kedron Fieldhouse & Aquatic Center located at 202 Kedron Drive in Peachtree City. The gymnasium inside Kedron will be transformed into a shopper's dream. All jewelry & accessories are handcrafted. Find bracelets, earrings, necklaces, wallets, hairbows, headbands, wedding accessories, hats, bags, scarves, shawls, and much more! This is the perfect shopping opportunity to buy for everyone on your holiday list and to pick up something for yourself too. There is something for everyone. This event is FREE. Free parking and admission. There will be a shuttle that will pick up those who need assistance or may park out of the way.

Apples and ArtsFest in Fayetteville Nov 13

Fayette Senior Services Apples & ArtFest

With all the invigoration of a crisp fall day and the charm of a county fair, Fayette Senior Services will host its second annual Apples & ArtFest Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event will be indoors at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville (across from the Justice Center), and the admission is free.

More than 45 vendors are participating and offering a wide variety of hand-crafted items including jewelry, wood crafts, children’s clothing, blankets, pottery, candles, holiday ornaments, honey, jams and jellies, house plants, and so much more!  The Center’s Ultimate Café will be selling barbecue sandwiches, chicken wraps, and hot apple cider. There will also be fresh-baked seasonal desserts and apple treats. The festival will also include fun and games at the “Kid’s Apple COREner.”

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a non-profit, 501.c.3 organization, which provides services that help Fayette County’s older adults maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. Programs include Meals on Wheels, Transportation, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, Case Management, Adult Day Care, Information & Assistance, and Home Repair. For active older adults, Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center offers a wide variety of social, leisure, fitness and recreational activities, the Ultimate Café, and more! FSS programs are focused on total wellness – body, mind, and spirit – to help older adults live well and age well.

Learn more about this event at Or call 770-461-0813.

Wear a mustache, win a FREE ad

In honor of @highmuseumofart's #mustacheparty tomorrow night Arts Across Georgia is giving away a FREE ad to the first office to send us a photo of folks in their office wearing mustaches! We'll also make your photo top of the page...

Doesn't matter what kind of mustache --- draw them on your faces, cut them from paper, or wear the real deal! Just make sure they're worthy of Salvador Dali and his mustache legacy.

Details below.

The High Museum of Art is hosting a wide assortment of great events to publicize the Dali: The Late Works exhibit. Be sure to visit the High's website and take a look!

Hope you'll attend the Mustache Party Friday night at the High Museum of Art, it's going to be fabulous fun.

Special Event -  FEATURED EVENT
The Mustache Party
November 5, 2010, 8-11:59 p.m.
High Museum of Art
$10 regular admission; $5 for members.
Show off your real (or fake) 'stache at the High's Mustache Party beginning at 8 p.m. featuring live musical performances by Lyonnais, and DJ Heart Disease, cold beer, video projection by Bean Worley and a mustache contest. After the Mustache Party view a free screening of The Mustache, at 10 p.m. on Sifly Piazza (rain location is Rich Theater). 


Send photos to: (jpg format please). Be sure to include your contact information and office / company name (make sure it's OK with the company for us to show your photo if you're not a decision maker... we'd hate to get you in trouble!).

Ad details: 180 x 180 px which will be shown on Arts Across Georgia's main site plus, if your photo's are outrageous enough, we may pop the ad on some of our other sites.

If we receive enough photos, we'll make a special photo page or slide show!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Arts Clayton Update

Begining in October, Arts Clayton Opening Receptions will move the the FIRST FRIDAY of the month. Our openings are celebrations of the incredible art and wonderful artists in our community, so moving the date to a more festive day of the week makes perfect sense! What better day to kick off the weekend, or add something creative to date night than with Art. Drop by on the way home, or before going to dinner!

NEXT DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2010 - 5:30-7:30pm! FREE


Upcoming Shows

“Circle of Life”
Exhibiting Artists offer their different points of view on the circle of life, with its beginnings, endings and all points in between.Exhibit Dates – Nov 2-Dec 18, 2010

A vessel is a container designed to hold something. In the hands of an artist, this basic form allows for infinite possibilities both functional and sculptural. This exhibit brings together a diverse group of artists and their innovative approaches to the concept of a container in ceramic, glass, wood and metal.

Featuring Artists: Bridget Fox, Todd Fuller, Tonya Hedgeman, David Lebrun, Sandra Lebrun, Licha Nicholson, Steven Pritchard, Carl Poucher, Ed Rainey and Micah Simpson Exhibit Dates – November 2-24, 2010

Admission: FREE
Gallery Hours:
T-F 9-5pm, Saturdays 10-4pm



Opening Reception 
Join us as we celebrate the art and artists of our community as we open our 2 latest exhibitions. What better day to kick off the weekend, or add something creative to date night than with Art. Drop by on the way home, or before going to dinner! FRIDAY, Nov 5, 2010 5:30-7:30pm FREE

Experience Art!
Bring the family for an art experience and educational gallery tour. Workshops offered at 11am and 1pm. $5.00 per person Nov 12: 11, 1pm $5.00 per personNov 20: 11, 1pm $5.00 per Person

Coffee and Canvas
Arts Clayton Gallery invites artists to bring their supplies and artwork, come to the gallery on the 2nd Saturday of the month to enjoy the use of our space and natural light to paint, draw, sketch and create. Easels and tables available. Free coffee, air conditioning, and some snacks provided. Nov 13, 10-4pm

Fall Wine Harvest – 4th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting
Presented in Partnership with Highway 138 Package Store.
Enjoy a wonderful evening of good friends, live music, great food an amazing wine as we sample the latest holiday and seasonal wines.
Nov 11, 2010 6-9pm.
$20 per person, $30 per couple. Net proceeds benefit the Arts Clayton Building Fund.
Tickets available online at at the Arts Clayton Gallery, or at the door.

136 S. Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Free Admission.
Open T-F 9-5pm. Sat 10-4pm 770-473-54510

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Holiday Silk Workshop by Hellenne Vermillion

Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Binders Art Supplies at Piedmont Peachtree Crossing, 3330 Piedmont Road, Suite 18, Atlanta, GA 30305

$85.00 (Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance members), $93.50 (non-members)

Need a unique holiday gift, wall hanging or addition to your scarf collection?

See what the ancient art of silk dye painting is all about in this fun filled workshop. Hellenne is an accomplished silk painter who will teach you techniques to create your own 11"x 60" silk scarves using a resist and Jacquard dyes. Learn how to draw and transfer your designs onto the silk. Then, once the resist has dried, mix and apply dye colors and set the dyes. The results: a colorful scarf or wall hanging, perfect for a gift or a treat for yourself!

This is a beginner- to intermediate-level workshop. The workshop is limited to 10, so please register early at

For more information about Hellenne and to see her work, visit her website at

Friday, October 29, 2010

American jewelry artist Lola Brooks to visit UGA

Noted American jeweler Lola Brooks, recognized as part of a new wave of American artists shifting the direction and character of American jewelry, will spend the week of Nov. 8 at the University of Georgia as a visiting artist in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Brooks’ visit will include critiques in several disciplines within the art school and a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the art school. The lecture is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Currently a visiting associate professor at Rhode Island School of Design, Brooks has built a career through museum and gallery exhibitions, often using romantic materials to comment on the history and function of jewelry. She oftenincorporates re-fashioned steel and other materials of lesser value alongside traditional gems and stone cuts into her work, referencing the history of jewelry as well as the hierarchy of the materials themselves.

Her work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, as well as the Racine Museum of Art in Racine, Wis. Brooks has taught at the Penland School of Crafts in N.C., Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.She has been featured in many publications, including American Craft, Vogue and W magazines.

“Lola Brooks is one of the top young jewelers in the United States right now,” said Mary Hallam Pearse, assistant professor of jewelry and metals in the art school, who will serve as one of Brooks’ hosts during her visit to UGA. “She is an art jeweler who is taking our understanding of jewelry beyond the idea of visual consumption, using the language of jewelry – its value, ornamentation, intimacy, preciousness – to communicate ideas about jewelry.”

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is located at 270 River Road on the UGA campus; room S151 is located on the first floor of the building. For further information, see

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Diamond Anniversary to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

An Event 75 Years in the Making

It’s been 75 years since Walter Rich, of Rich’s Department stores, decided to inaugurate a festival to celebrate the beautiful spring season in Atlanta. Since 1936, the festival has gone through numerous changes, and today the Atlanta Dogwood Festival holds the honor of being the third oldest fine arts festival in the country. With nearly 300 artists each year from throughout the United States and Canada, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival also provides a full weekend of live entertainment, varied food selections and a beloved disc dog competition. In more recent years, the festival has expanded its offerings to include an international cultural component, comedy and theatre partnerships and a gourmet tasting area featuring some of the city’s best restaurants.

It’s an event 75 years in the making, and the 2011 Atlanta Dogwood Festival promises more excitement than ever under the blooming of the city’s most beautiful trees.

AT A GLANCE The 75th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place in Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park on April 15, 16 and 17, 2011. Festival attendance is free, although a few of the areas are ticketed.

ARTS The 2011 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Artist Market welcomes fine artists from throughout the country and includes a special section featuring Georgia artists. All types of art are represented within the Artist Market, from oil painting to jewelry to sculpture and textiles. There is plenty to tempt any collector!

Again this year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is particularly proud of its Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE), which last year brought in nearly 600 entries from talented young artists throughout the metro-area. Providing winners with $30,000 in scholarships and supplies, the AHSAE is community-oriented feature of the festival that fills a growing gap in creative opportunities for youth. Held in the Community Center in Piedmont Park during the festival, the AHSAE highlights the variety and breadth of young Atlanta artistic talent.

GLOBAL The Atlanta Dogwood Festival kicked off the International Village two years ago to recognize and celebrate the city’s diverse international communities. With the International Stage hosting a multitude of cultural performances from around the globe, the edutainment booths and the decorated mobile art golf carts, the International Village quickly became a favorite feature of the festival. The international communities and globally minded guests are also welcomed to make merry during La Fête, an evening ticketed party held on Friday, April 15 to launch the 2011 International Village.

SPECTATORS Each year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers entertainment throughout the weekend. As always, two live music stages feature performers from a variety of musical genres. Festival attendees can also enjoy the popular live disc dog show on the lawn or head to one of the other entertainment choices like theater productions and kid-friendly street performances.

FOR FOODIES The “Friends of Dogwood Pavilion,” a ticketed event that has become a popular feature of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, will be open Saturday and Sunday. The Pavilion pairs fare from top local restaurants with wines and beers in a comfortable, private setting. Tickets to Friends of Dogwood can be purchased in advance beginning in the spring at

KIDS Designed just for the younger festival visitors, the Kid’s Village has become an Atlanta Dogwood Festival favorite for families. This interactive zone comes complete with hands-on art projects, special kid-friendly displays and hours of entertainment for children. With anything from ropes courses to the popular spider jump, parents will find this area ideal for pulling up some grass while the kiddies let out some energy.

ENTRANCE Just as it has been for the past 74 years, the 75th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is free!

FUNDRAISING As a registered 501-C3, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival thanks Friends of Dogwood and our sponsors who help keep this great event free and open to the public.

Additional neighborhood and community-oriented features will be part of the 75th Atlanta Dogwood Festival – details coming soon!

Inaugural Atlanta Day of the Dead Celebration Partners With Wells Fargo

/PRNewswire/ -- Lanza Group, LLC's newest event, Atlanta Day of the Dead brings Mexico's colorful Dia de los Muertos traditions to Atlantic Station on Sunday, Nov. 7, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Partnering with Wells Fargo & Company, Atlanta Day of the Dead is a vibrant festival that celebrates life with traditional altars and live music.

"We look forward to being a part of the inaugural Atlanta Day of the Dead event at Atlantic Station, which is in the shadow of our Atlanta regional office tower" said Jerome Byers, Wells Fargo Atlanta Regional President. "The celebration teaches the significance of the holiday to the community at large, showing the growing importance of Hispanics in Atlanta."

"Atlanta Day of the Dead will visually explain Dia de los Muertos, for all to enjoy, learn and participate in" said Lanza Group President Ralph E. Herrera. " The Atlanta Latino community is incredibly diverse, and this event highlights one of the many varied family oriented traditions."

The focus of Atlanta Day of the Dead will be traditional displays created by local artists, non profits, and other groups; which are colorful tributes to passed family and friends. Live acoustic music and cultural performances will take place throughout the day, including a traditional Mexican ballet folklorico group. A large children's area will provide materials to build a small display and teach the basic understanding of the holiday. Atlanta Day of the Dead will also have a parade through the Central Park area of Atlantic Station beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Atlanta Day of the Dead celebrates a long-established Mexican tradition that brings together family and friends to remember past loved ones. The festival is an interactive, educational and cultural celebration of Mexican cultural; that features traditional altars and activities for children, live musical and cultural performances, arts and crafts, and authentic food.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

UWG Hosts Art Exhibit Featuring Irish Designers

The University of West Georgia’s Bobick Gallery will feature the work of Brian Cronin and Terry Monaghan on Thursday, Oct. 28 until Nov. 26. There will be a reception on Oct. 28 at 5-7 p.m., with a gallery talk by Monaghan at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibition depicts the work of two Irish-born artists residing in the United States: Monaghan, a graphic designer, and Cronin, an illustrator. Both artists utilize the tools and training of their profession to produce work driven by personal impulse, as opposed to client-based or commercial work.

Cronin, who lives in New York, studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Virgin Atlantic, Penguin Books, The Washington Post, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly. He has also been published in many important illustration annuals.

Monaghan also studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and currently resides in Carrollton, Ga. His work is about abstraction, process and articulation, and their role in how we perceive our experience. He combines color, shape relationships and references urban landscapes in his work. He has been featured in art shows at Alternative Entertainments in Dublin and the Cultural Arts Center in Carrollton. He has also exhibited his work in group shows including Eyedrum in Atlanta and the Art & Science Collaboration in New York.

All gallery events are free to students, faculty, staff and the public. This exhibition will coincide with the Department of Art’s Art Incend Week, which includes Carve on the Quad, Safe Treat, Anagama Kiln Firing, an iron pour and other exciting art-related activities at UWG. For more information on the By Design exhibition, please contact Stephanie Smith, Gallery Coordinator, at or 678-839-4950.

The BronzeLens Film Festival Set to Be One of the Nation’s Most Substantive Film Festivals

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over the course of four days, November 11-14, 2010 Atlanta will host the first annual BronzeLens Film Festival at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (Festival Headquarter), Georgia Pacific Center Auditorium and the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center on the campus of Spelman College. The festival is set to be a creative platform designed to empower, entertain and educate from various disciplines and inspire the next generation of film makers. Narrative fiction, documentary, music video and short film screenings coupled with the who’s who of the film industry make the BronzeLens Film Festival one of the nation’s most substantive film festivals.

Master Classes and Workshops will be led by top names in film, direction and production such as Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President, Tyler Perry Studios, who produced all ten of Tyler Perry’s top-grossing films and hit TV shows, Will Packer, Co-Founder and Chairman, Rainforest Films, who is a #1 box-office hit maker named by Daily Variety Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Money Makers in Hollywood,” Cliff Charles, Award winning Director of Photography (Spike Lee’s "When the Levees Broke"), and the legendary lighting designer/director Walter Glover, CEO, Productions Designs West.


All BronzeLens Workshops and Master Classes take place at the Festival’s headquarters hotel, the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquis. All juried screenings are shown at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium. Locations of special Festival feature screenings will be announced.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

8:00 am Registration until 5:00 pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

9:00 am – 10:15 am  Workshop: Georgia Tax Incentives on My Mind
Noel Paynter, Esq., CPA
Kenyatta Mitchell, Kenjam, LLC
Paul Garnes, Tyler Perry Studios
Lee Thomas, Director of Film, Georgia Film, Music and Digital Gaming Office

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  MASTER CLASS: The Magic of Lighting with the legendary Walter Glover
Featuring: Walter Glover, CEO, Productions Designs West

Workshop: Breaking Through the Clutter: Marketing for Indie Filmmaker
Tirrell Whittley, Principal/CEO, Liquid Soul Media
James Anderson, Senior Vice President, Public Relations Turner Animation
Nick Nelson, Principal/COO, Liquid Soul Media
Sharon Amos, Founder and CEO, Afterglow Multimedia, LLC
Chris C. Hayes, Founder, CEO, Principal Designer, Amalgamated Pixels
Caralene Robinson, Boost Mobile

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Opening Night Screening – TBD

10:00 pm  Opening Night Reception, Hosted by Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios

Friday, November 12, 2010

8:00 am Registration until 5:00 pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

9:00 am – 10:20 am  Workshop: The Business of the Industry
Faith Kutulu, ABL Creative
Bernard H. Coleman Jr., Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice, PLLC
Linda Cannon, Rowdy Productions/Linda Cannon Productions
Kris Bagwell, EVP, EUE/Screen Gems
Sherri McGee McCovey, Coordinating Producer, The Mo'Nique Show

10:30 am – Noon  Workshop: The New Frontier: Doing Business in Brazil
Presented by:
John Christmas, Sport and Entertainment Attorney
Joe Bennett, Entertainment and Sports Consultant

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  MASTER CLASS: The Art of Cinematography with Cliff Charles

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Workshop: The “It” Factor: Casting by the Experts
Daryl Cohen, Attorney, Actor, former pres. Nat’l Board SAG
Nevaina Rhodes, Acting Coach
Margo Gabriel, Real People Latino
Sharon Morris, Actor
David Conley, Actor, Writer, Director

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  Special Documentary Screening Presentation:
“The Other City,” Produced by Sheila C. Johnson

In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries. “The Other City” introduces us to the people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who live there. It’s about politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy, and an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid any attention or cared. The film is co-produced by Susan Koch, Michelle D. Freeman, Jose Antonio Vargas, Jeff Werner and Neil Barrett. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the areas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education and humanitarian causes.

10:30 pm until After Party at Straits with DJ Salah Ananse

Saturday, November 13, 2010

8:00 am Registration until noon at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

8:00 am – 9:45 am  Bus tour of Movie Locations in the ATL / Limited Seating – includes breakfast!

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Workshop: Alternative Careers in Film with Roger Bobb
Presented by Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President – Tyler Perry Studios
Angi Bones, Producer
Derrick Deuce, Technical Director
Kim Fields, Actor, Director

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Location Scouting and Getting the Right Permits
Albert B Cooper, Location Scout
Sara Christmas, Location Scout
Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Manager, Office of the Mayor
Lynn W. Mathis, CPCU, Williams, Turner and Mathis, Inc

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Workshop: Digital Gaming in the ATL
Asante Bradford, Georgia Office of Economic Development
Nicole Wright – Business Development Manager, Advanced Communication and Information Technology, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Deborah Thomas, CEO and President, Silly Monkey
Faith Kutulu, ABL Creative
Chris Rickwood, Rickwood Music

Noon – 2:00 pm Women SuperStars Luncheon: Honoring extraordinary women of color with remarkable accomplishments both in front of and behind the BronzeLens.
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick, Mistress and Master of Ceremonies

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  MASTER CLASS: An Eye for Producing with Will Packer, Rainforest Films

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Workshop: Music for the Big Screen
Buster Lou Brown, Musician
Kevin “Khao” Cates, Musician
Evita Kaigler, Entertainment Attorney
Blue Frank, Studioplex Studios
Bruce Birch, Director, Music and Entertainment Business Program, Kennesaw State University

8:00 pm  Closing Night Premiere Screening:
"I Will Follow," a drama written and directed by Ava Du Vernay; starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Michole White, Omari Hardwick and Beverly Todd.

10:00 pm  Closing Night Party – TBA

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cinema and Social Justice Sunday
(Free and Open to the Public)
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center Auditorium
Spelman College

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Screenings: Social Justice Shorts

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel: Cinema and Social Justice

Atlanta is considered home to the civil rights movement. Discussion centers on creating socially relevant films that address issues of concern.

Featuring: Rachel Watanabe-Batton

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Reception and viewing of civil rights exhibit "Equally Yoked" in the Spelman College Museum

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Screening of “Saint Augustine”

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Screening TBA
BronzeLens Youth Festival, presented by Kids With Strong Opinions Inc.

Sunday, November 14, 2010
(Free and Open to the Public)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Auditorium, located in downtown Atlanta 1 Margaret Mitchell Square NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Featured screening: "The Soloist,” a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright. Immediately following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the young actor Justin Martin III who played the part of Nathaniel Ayers as a child in the movie.

Joining Justin on the panel will be Mrs. Jennifer Ayers-Moore, the founder and chair of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation and sister to Nathaniel Ayers, the subject of the book and film The Soloist. Ayers-Moore is an outspoken advocate for the artistically gifted mentally ill.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

When Design Meets Dance - Museum of Design Atlanta and Atlanta Ballet Partner for Fundraising Event

The Museum of Design Atlanta presents When Design Meets Dance, a rare private tour of the Atlanta Ballet. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, meet the Ballet's costume and set designers and explore the new Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $125 or $100 for MODA members or $50 for students, and all proceeds benefit MODA. For tickets or more information, visit or call 404-979-6455.

Location: Atlanta Ballet, Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

About Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Located in Downtown Atlanta, MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA examines how design affects our daily lives through engaging exhibitions, K-12 educational outreach and exciting adult programming. MODA regularly features exhibitions of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, and more. For more information, visit:

MODA is currently located at 285 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis Two Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The museum will be moving to Midtown on Peachtree Street in early 2011.

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance: $10 adult, $5 student, $8 seniors/military, free to members, group rates available
MODA Memberships start at $35 (student memberships available) 

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Georgia Museum of Art at UGA Wins SEMC Exhibition Award of Excellence and Eight Publication Awards

This past Tuesday, the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) won an unprecedented nine awards at the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) annual meeting in Baton Rouge, La. Among the honors bestowed upon the museum was an Award of Excellence for the exhibition “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection” and a number of museum publications, some related to the exhibition.

The museum, which has been closed to the public since March 2009 for a $20 million expansion and renovation project, continued its programming offsite as part of its GMOA on the Move initiative. GMOA curator of American art Paul Manoguerra organized the exhibition “Lord Love You” from the private collection of folk-art enthusiast Carl Mullis. It was on display from August 8 to October 24, 2009, at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., and featured 83 paintings, drawings, sculptures and whirligigs created by Georgia self-taught artist Reuben Aaron “R.A.” Miller.

In conjunction with the exhibition, GMOA produced a hard-cover catalogue that received a Gold from SEMC in the Books and Catalogs category. The full-color book, edited by Hillary Brown and Mary Koon and designed by Scott Sosebee, includes more than 25 reproductions of Miller’s works, an essay by curator Paul Manoguerra and an interview with Mullis and Durwood Pepper, Miller’s friend and collaborator.

The SEMC publication judges also distributed awards for the “Lord Love You” publicity campaign items, including a Gold for the “Lord Love You” rack card, an Honorable Mention for the exhibition’s opening reception invitation, a Gold for the exhibition poster and a Best of Show for the entire exhibition campaign.

Darcie A. MacMahon, exhibits director at the Florida Museum of Natural History and coordinator of this year’s SEMC Publications Competition, stated in her award letter to the museum, “the judges were enamored by the work, particularly the ‘Lord Love You’ campaign.”

GMOA also received awards for other publications. In the Books and Catalogs category, the museum took a Silver for “The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939–1946” and an Honorable Mention for the “Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in the North American Public Collections: The South.” GMOA’s 2008–2009 Annual Report also received an Honorable Mention.
“We are thrilled at these commendations from our peers,” said Brown. “Each of these projects was a pleasure to work on in its own way, and we could not be prouder of them.”

The Southeastern Museums Conference is a networking organization that serves to foster professionalism, mutual support and communication. A nonprofit membership association, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information and cooperation. SEMC focuses on the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Georgia Museum of Art is scheduled to reopen its newly expanded facility with an official University of Georgia ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 28, 2011, and grand-opening activities running through February 5.

Visit our website at or call 706.542.GMOA (4662) for more information.

15th Annual Hambidge Art Auction & Performance Gala Nov 18

A New Twist of Yearly Fundraiser to Support of Georgia’s Artist Residency Program
This fall, the annual Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences fundraiser comes alive with brief, dynamic performances throughout an evening highlighting the variety of art communities the organization serves. With participants in theatre, dance, poetry and visual arts, the 15th Annual Hambidge Art Auction & Performance Gala offers a stellar showcase in celebration of 75 years of nurturing brilliant artistic exploration and expression. In addition to the ongoing bursts of short performances, the event will feature a silent auction with pieces from 125 emerging and established artists from throughout the country. Guests will also enjoy organic and locally-grown cuisine from the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View as well as signature cocktails and libations.

All proceeds go toward Hambidge residencies for today’s brightest artists and scientists at our 600 acre creative sanctuary in the Great Smokey Mountains.

TICKETS Thursday, November 18, 2009

VIP “Artini” Party 6 p.m.
General Admission Event 7 to 10 p.m.

VIP $150 includes access to “Artini” and entrance to event
General Admission $35 in advance or $50 at the door

To purchase tickets or for more information visit or call 706-746-7324.

Bradford Gallery (former Fay Gold Gallery space)
764 Miami Circle, Atlanta 30324

Dress: Casual chic

HOSTED BY AUCTION COMMITTEE- Jamie Badoud, Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke, Lucinda Bunnen, Carolyn Carr, Doug Foltz, Judy Higgins, Yolanda Head, Malissa Ladd, Chester Old, Suzanne Shaw and Barb Williams

The Hambidge Center is funded in part by the LUBO Fund, the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations for the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences welcomes artists to its pristine wildlife setting throughout the year. The Center is closed during the month of January for regular repairs and maintenance. Hambidge is located at 105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568. The mailing address is PO Box 399, Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568. Hambidge can be reached at 706-746-5718 or visited online at
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meet the Artists at Beyond the Door, Senoia

Three great artists at a fantastic store! Owner Ann Busey is an avid supporter of the arts and her store reflects that support! She has one of the coolest selections of art and "things" for your home, office, fun, holiday, whatever... It has to be one of the most tempting stores I've ever walked into! Ann works hard to promote "her" artists, other artists who may not be a good fit for the selection she offers., the community, and local businesses. She volunteers at and donates to many local arts events.

You won't regret making a trip to Senoia to visit her store. I'd bet you won't walk out empty-handed, either!

The Meet the Artists event noted below is an excellent excuse to enjoy the store and meet the three outstanding artists being showcased.

Meet The Artists
Fayette artists: Honey Corbin, Jan Fruit and Pam Green
Friday, Nov.5, 5-7:30 p.m.
Beyond The Door, Senoia
53 Main Street, Senoia, 30276 
Phone: 770-599-3331
Live jazz, wine & cheese reception
10% off everything in store for this event only

- jmd

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Savannah Film Festival announces 2010 panels and workshops

The 2010 Savannah Film Festival, which runs Oct. 30-Nov. 6, has announced its program of panels and workshops. A diverse group of film professionals–designers, cinematographers, writers, directors–from the industry’s top television and movie studios will participate in panel and question and answer discussions on a variety of topics about the film, television and digital media business.

Among the top professionals hosting the variety of panels are:
The dialog, sound and film editors behind ABC’s hit series, “Lost;”
Michael Lembeck, the Emmy Award-winning director of “Friends” and the feature films “The In-Laws” and “The Santa Clause 2;”
Denise Cramsey, the seven-time Emmy Award-nominated producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Trading Spaces;”
Carson Kressley, the fashion expert on Bravo's “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and the host of 'How to Look Good Naked' and “True Beauty;”
Barry Rosenbush, the Emmy Award-winning producer of the “High School Musical” series;
Lev Spiro, the director of “Weeds,” “Ugly Betty” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Panels and workshops will include:
“The Next Big Hit,” how to package and sell your idea;
“The Cable Documentary,” how the cable documentary goes from idea to the screen;
“Getting The Gig,” reality television hosts discuss how to create your brand;
“Young Director’s Forum,” advice on going from student director to professional;
“Casting Director, Actor Agent,” advice for aspiring casting directors, agents and actors;
“Kodak presents STOP BY. SHOOT FILM,” a fun learning opportunity – talk to a top cinematographer; learn how to use a 16mm camera; and film and shoot your own scene – all under two hours.

Panels are $5 for the general public; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID.

For more information, visit


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Decatur Artwalk to Kick Off Decatur Wine Festival Weekend

Decatur galleries, retailers and restaurants will kick off the Decatur Wine Festival with a Friday evening ArtWalk. This single-night art experience, which is free and open to the public, will feature citywide openings and receptions. Visit local businesses that have invited an artist or have displayed a collection of art and enjoy complimentary food and beverages on Friday, November 5 from 5-10 p.m. Please visit or for more information.
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Southern Poets Festival Hosted at Emory

Emory University Libraries and its Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) will host the Poetry Society of America’s (PSA) centennial events in the South on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The day’s events start with an afternoon panel and an evening of readings by Southern poets, both free and open to the public, then conclude with a ticketed benefit reception, sponsored by the PSA, MARBL and the Hightower Fund.

Emory is an ideal location for the Festival of Southern Poets because MARBL strives to be a center for Southern verse and poetry in general, with holdings from noteworthy poets like James Dickey to international bards such as Seamus Heaney, according to Kevin Young, curator of MARBL’s literary collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

“We chose Emory as the place to have our Southern Centennial event because we admire Kevin Young’s work with the Danowski Poetry Library,” says Alice Quinn, executive director of the PSA. “Emory is a hub for contemporary poetry with major collections of poets’ papers and a lively series of poetry events throughout the year, and Atlanta is one of America’s great literary hotbeds.”

The poets featured at the 6 p.m. readings include Pulitzer Prize winners Claudia Emerson and Natasha Trethewey, MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” winner C.D. Wright, and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Thomas Lux.

“These are some of the best poets around, and this is a great opportunity to see all of these poets at once,” Young says.

The panel of poets at 4 p.m. will talk about their views of Southern poetry and discuss the future of poetry in the South with the audience. “I am looking forward to hearing how these writers view being a Southern poet, how it affects them and what they think about. They are the future of Southern poetry,” Young says.

The schedule is as follows:

• 4 p.m.: “The Future of Southern Poetry,” panel with Beth Bachmann, Sean Hill, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Jake Adam York. Moderated by Kevin Young. Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. Free and open to the public. Information:, 404.727.6898,

• 6 p.m.: “Poets of the American South 1910-2010.” Poetry readings, with Claudia Emerson, Forrest Gander, Thomas Lux, Natasha Trethewey, C.D. Wright, and Kevin Young. Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322. Free and open to the public. Information:, 404.727.6898,

• 8 p.m.: Centennial Benefit Reception – cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, and informal conversation with the poets following the readings. Woodruff Room, Level 10 (MARBL), Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. Tickets $50; contact Aimee Walker at or 212.254.9628.

The Festival of Southern Poets is one of six PSA regional centennial celebrations across the country, each featuring a different lineup of poets, in various cities including Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York City.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Georgia Shakespeare One-Day Ticket Sale!

20% off tickets to the World Premiere of The Odyssey: a Journey Home
Based on the work of Homer, Directed by Richard Garner
Adapted by Richard Garner and Georgia Shakespeare’s Associate Artists


Georgia Shakespeare announces a special One-Day Sale Friday, October 1, 2010. Every seat at every performance of The Odyssey: a Journey Home (excluding student matinees) is available for 20% off! To get this awesome discount, tickets must be purchased on Friday either by phone (404-264-0020) or online ( NOTE: Discount applies to tickets to The Odyssey only, not applicable to subscriptions or other shows or events available for purchase on the website.

In this clever adaptation of Homer’s breathtaking epic, the physical, psychological and emotional challenges Odysseus overcomes in his return from fighting the Trojan wars mirror those of the modern warrior. Returning from war is a journey that only begins with arriving home. The Odyssey: a Journey Home examines the issues around re-entry and explores the actuality of “coming home”.

“Our veterans arrive home in a matter of hours, versus Odysseus’ 10-year trip, but their journey doesn’t end at home’s threshold. In many ways, it is just beginning,” says Garner. “And yet, the parallels between Odysseus and today’s soldiers are stunning. It’s been a real eye-opener to explore this concept of warriors and to realize how very little has changed over these hundreds of years.”

The cast features Joe Knezevich (in his 12th season at Georgia Shakespeare) as Odysseus, Chris Kayser (21st season) as Zeus, Carolyn Cook (16th season) as Athena and Neal A. Ghant (6th season) as Poseidon, among others.


Free and Open to the Public:


On Saturday, October 23, at 4:30pm, The ArtReach Foundation, Inc., will host a symposium to discuss issues facing veterans today. The panel will also discuss the play and how Odysseus’ journey, and the demons he faced along the way, represent issues veterans are facing upon returning home currently. The panel consists of The ArtReach Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Susan Anderson; Psychiatrist and Chair of the Board of Directors of The ArtReach Foundation Christina O’Hara; and Georgia Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director and The Odyssey: a Journey Home director and adapter, Richard Garner.

REMINDER: Free and Discounted Tickets for Military Guests

Georgia Shakespeare will give away 50 tickets per performance to military personnel with a valid ID, on a first-come, first-served basis. Each military guest with an ID will be given two tickets, and the opportunity to purchase up to two more at the discounted rate of $15 each.

Interviews with directors, company members and administration available upon request. Show imagery available upon request. Contact Jenny Costantino:

Georgia Shakespeare is grateful for its sponsors

Season Sponsors: AirTran Airways, Bank of America, The Georgia Council for the Arts, Oglethorpe University

Shake at the Lake Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, The Kendeda Fund, The Coca-Cola Company, The Charles Loridans Foundation, CornerCap Investment Counsel, Alston + Bird, LLP

Summer Festival Sponsor: CornerCap Investment Counsel

Shrew: the Musical Sponsor: Callner, Portnoy and Strawser PC, PBA:30, Reporter Newpapers

The Odyssey: a Journey Home Sponsors: DocAuto, Inc., Turner Broadcasting. Funding also provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

A Christmas Story: Publix Super Markets Charities

Georgia Shakespeare is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriation of the General Assembly. The Council is a Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Painting Alla Prima with Artist Judy Bynum George at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Gainesville, Georgia; 3 Fridays, Oct. 8, 15 & 22, 2-4 PM, $120, $100 Member $90 STS

Paint with renowned artist Judy Bynum George and get results with your paintings faster than ever before. Judy shares her passion for painting as she paints with the class. She provides a positive teaching environment that is encouraging and flexible and says of her alla prima approach, "I often hear from my students who are used to painting 'tight' and detailed that they enjoy learning to become more 'freed-up.'" If you want to get "loosened up," this class is for you! Oil and acrylic paint will be used. All levels welcome. Please call the Quinlan Visual Arts Center to register today, 770-536-2575.

Spivey Hall Hosts Clayton State Faculty Showcase, September 30

A remarkable collection of artistic talent, drawn from the Clayton State University Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department, will be on stage at Spivey Hall on Thursday, Sept. 30, as part of the celebration of the inauguration of Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., as the University’s fourth president.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., and running to approximately 12:30 p.m., the VPA Faculty Showcase is free and open to the public and will feature the musical, dramatic and artistic talents of nationally-known artists like Clayton State Theatre Director Phillip DePoy, Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Michiko Otaki, Director of Opera and Vocal Studies Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, and Assistant Professor of Studio Art Alan Xie.

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

"Persistence of Memory" to Join Dali Exhibition

New Addition to “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work” from The Museum of Modern Art, New York; One of Dalí’s Most Recognizable Works  

On November 16 Salvador Dalí’s iconic Surrealist painting “The Persistence of Memory” from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will join the highly successful exhibition “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work.” The exhibition brings together many works from Dalí’s later career as well as several works of art not seen in the United States since the 1950s. The exhibition will be on view through January 9, 2010.

“‘The Persistence of Memory’ represents Dalí in ways few paintings have for other artists,” said exhibition curator and Dalí scholar Elliott King. “It’s no exaggeration that this ‘10 x 14 inches of Dalí dynamite’ is the image that made him a celebrity, setting the stage for all the art and antics that followed.”

Painted in 1931, “The Persistence of Memory” is widely recognized as one of Salvador Dalí‘s most famous paintings. According to his autobiography “The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí,” the painting was done one evening after dinner while his wife Gala was out. Dalí was looking at a landscape that he had painted, trying to think of something memorable and fantastic to insert into the landscape. Nearby was a piece of Camembert cheese that had begun to melt. As he looked at the melting cheese, he got the idea to paint a soft clock. When Gala came home Dalí put his hands over her eyes, revealed the painting and asked what she thought. Her response was that once someone had seen it, they would never forget it, hence the title “The Persistence of Memory.”

Salvador Dalí: The Late Work

“Salvador Dalí: The Late Work” is the first exhibition to focus specifically on Dalí's art after 1940. The exhibition features 115 works, including 40 paintings and a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera. While Dalí is best known as a leading member of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work” reassesses his career from 1940 to his death in 1989. Dalí’s late work—which makes up more than half of his total artistic output—drew inspiration simultaneously from the Old Masters and the contemporary world, resulting in works that were markedly out of step with the prevailing styles of their day, but today appear strikingly contemporary. “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work” aims to reevaluate the last half of Dalí’s career, beginning in the late 1930s with the transition from his well-known Surrealist canvases to his self-reinvention as an artist in 1941, when he embraced Catholicism and declared himself a classicist. The exhibition also explores Dalí’s relevance to contemporary art by exploring his enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism, and his surprising connections to artists of the 1960s and 1970s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning. 

Exhibition Organization and Support
“Salvador Dalí: The Late Work” is organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, Spain. The High will be the sole venue for the exhibition, where it will be on view from August 7, 2010, through January 9, 2011. The exhibition is curated by Dalí scholar and independent curator Elliott King; David Brenneman, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art at the High, will serve as managing curator for the High. Support is provided by Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, Art Partners, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, The Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment and indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the High Museum of Art. 

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 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005 the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit

The Woodruff Arts Center 

The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. 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

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's FOUR Big Medals for the Diamond Anniversary Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Dogwood Festival Honored With Festival Association Awards

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival was thrilled at the recent 2010 International Festivals and Events Association’s Pinnacle Awards when the city’s oldest festival showed its youthful prowess by bringing home four awards. Winning in categories like sponsorship, eco-friendliness, community outreach and children’s programming, the 75th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival remains as relevant and vital to the city as it was when Walter Rich created it in 1936.

“We are ecstatic about these four wins,” said festival Executive Director Brian Hill. “Each year, we work hard to make sure the festival stays exciting and current to attendees from Atlanta and beyond. These awards are confirmation that we’ve been getting it right!”

The Dogwood Festival brought home the Gold for Best Sponsor Follow-up Report thanks to the efforts of sponsorship team MixIt Marketing. Having happy sponsors is key to keeping the Dogwood Festival entrance free as it has been for the past 74 years.

For the second year, the International Village won a Silver award in the category of Best Community Outreach. The International Village featured an International Stage with acts inspired by all parts of the globe that paid homage to the diversity of Atlanta’s populations. International organizations also hosted booths within the Village, providing edutainment about their individual countries and cultures. Back again as part of this area were the decorated golf carts, decorated by international consulates and organizations. For 2010, the golf carts were provided by Peachtree City and decorated to reflect different nations. Throughout the weekend, attendees had a chance to vote for their favorite golf cart, and 2010’s big winner was Mexico.

Two Bronze awards came home with the Dogwood team too - one for Best Environmental Program and the other for Best New Event. The environmental award came from the Green Initiative partnership the festival enacted with the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter. This Green Initiative included lots of recycling, the use of only compostable containers and supplies by all vendors, the turning over of used cooking oil for future bio-diesel and more. With the Green Initiative, the Dogwood Festival became a truly sustainable large-scale event. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition earned the Best Children’s Programming award. This showcase of some of the city’s best young creative talent welcomed more than 600 entries from 58 schools in 2010 and supplied winners with nearly $30,000 in prizes and scholarships.

The International Festival & Events Association is the premiere association supporting and enabling festival and event professionals worldwide. With the 75th annual festival coming to Atlanta in the spring of 2011, festival organizers are already looking for ways to enhance these and other aspects of this historic event.

The city’s longest-running festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing the annual springtime celebration of arts and entertainment. The 75th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will take place April 15 – 17, 2010. The festival offices are located at 887 West Marietta Street, Studio S-105, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival can be reached at 404-817-6642 or visited online at
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Announcing The Woodruff Arts Center’s Second Nights on the Piazza Outdoor Concert Series

Spend your Thursday nights at The Woodruff Arts Center, September 30 – October 28, for five free concerts featuring innovative local musicians. Enjoy food and drink specials by Legendary Partners of Atlanta, and relax under the stars!

Scheduled performers include:

• September 30 – Tealights (7:00) Sealions (8:00)
• October 7 – TBA (7:00) Hope For Agoldensummer (8:00)
• October 14 – Tin Cup Prophette (7:00) Venice is Sinking (8:00)
• October 21 – TBA (7:00) Evan McHugh (8:00)
• October 28 – TBA (7:00) TBA (8:00)

Whether you’re a Woodruff Arts Center regular or you’re coming for the first time, October is the perfect time to visit. The Woodruff is alive with exciting new seasons at the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with blockbuster exhibitions at the High Museum of Art. While you’re here on Thursdays, take advantage of one of these great events:

- Alliance Theatre: Sammy & Me – October 1 – 24. Part self portrait, part celebrity investigation, this insightful new show features 15 songs Sammy made famous, including “Where or When,” “Smile,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and “Candy Man.” With Sammy & Me, the Alliance welcomes the return of Eric Jordan Young, last seen as the show-stopping King Herod in the hit Alliance musical Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL.

- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Socials – October 15, 6:30 pm. Join the ASO for the first Symphony Socials event of the 2010/2011 season! Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the pre-concert party at Shout Restaurant, followed by a performance by the Grammy-award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Party and Concert, only $20!

- High Museum of Art: Dali: The Late Work – Through January 9, 2011. On Thursday nights, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, the High offers 50% off ticket admission. Pride at the High: Celebrity! – October 7, 8:30 – 11:00 pm. Dance, drink and delight in Dalí—take a special after-hours look at Dalí: The Late Work dressed as your favorite celebrity! Event will feature DJay McCracken, full bars with a special "Dalí-tini,", a celebrity look-alike contest, a surreal photo booth, and more!

Learn more about upcoming events at The Woodruff Arts Center at
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

9 to 5: The Musical Opens Sept 28 at the Fabluous Fox Theatre @theFoxTheatre

We shared this with you on our Backstage Georgia blog and it's been on Arts Across Georgia and the Georgia Front Page. However, it's opening Tuesday AND we have a cool new photo. Hope everyone who sees this goes out and buys tickets if you haven't already. It's going to be fantastic!

Diana DeGarmo as Doralee, Dee Hoty as Violet,
and Mamie Parris as Judy in the National
Touring Production of 9 to 5: The Musical.
Photo by Joan Marcus
“We are delighted to bring the new musical comedy, 9 to 5: The Musical to Atlanta,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “Not only does it feature songs by the one and only Dolly Parton, a cast of incredible actors including Dee Hoty, Mamie Parris, Joseph Mahowald and more...but the role of Doralee will be played by Georgia’s own Diana DeGarmo! Mark your calendar, stick a post-it on your dayrunner, or set an alert on your Android, but don’t miss this show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from September 28-October 3. Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster outlets, 800-982-2787, and the Fox Theatre Box Office.”

9 to 5: The Musical was nominated for four 2009 Tony Awards® including Original Score and received a record breaking 15 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® and Grammy-nominated score.

9 TO 5: The Musical had its world premiere engagement in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 and opened on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis Theatre on April 30, 2009.

9 to 5: The Musical marked the Broadway debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Dolly Parton as composer and lyricist. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on my first Broadway show,” said Dolly Parton. ‘I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people who have become like family to me. I can’t wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I’m so proud of everyone involved.”

9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even.

Dee Hoty will play the role of Violet. She has earned three Tony nominations for her starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. Dee starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Performing on and off-Broadway, she toured the country and has been involved in many pre-Broadway workshops. She has appeared in “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and numerous television and film appearances.

The role of Judy will be played by Mamie Parris whose Broadway credits include the Tony-Nominated revival of Ragtime, 110 In the Shade and the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. She turned the road pink in the First National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, has sung with the Radio City Rockettes, toured with country music icon Kenny Rogers, and participated in over a dozen readings with students of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Joseph Mahowald is the unsuspecting Franklin Hart, Jr. Joseph has appeared on Broadway in title roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Javert in Les Miz and Chiefton O’Flaherty in The Pirate Queen. He has performed off-Broadway and in several national tours, was a soloist with major symphonies around the world and has been on all the NY soaps. Some of his extensive regional credits include being a founding member of the artistic company of Tennessee Repertory and appeared in leading roles in numerous productions.

Comic, actress and cabaret performer Kristine Zbornik has been cast for the role of Roz. Kristine performed on Broadway in A Catered Affair and Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway, Mama Mia and Man of LaMancha.

“American Idol” finalist, Diana DeGarmo has been cast in the role of Doralee Rhodes, made famous by the queen of country music and iconic songwriter, musician, movie star and entrepreneur Dolly Parton. Diana gained overnight fame, at age 16, as a runner-up on the third season of television’s No. 1 series, “American Idol”. Broadway credits include Hair, Hairspray and Brooklyn: The Musical and starred in the off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger. DeGarmo was born in Birmingham, AL, raised in Snellville, GA, and currently has a home and resides in Nashville where she continues to co-write and perform in and around the area.

Rounding out the cast is Jane Blass, Patrick Boyd, Paul Castree, Holly Davis, Janet Dickinson Madeleine Doherty, Marjorie Failoni, Gregg Goodbrod, K.J. Hippensteel, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Michelle Marmolejo, April Nixon, Ryah Nixon, Rick Pessagno, Wayne Schroder, Micah Shepard and Travis Waldschmidt.

WOR Radio said ‘You will love this show! 9 to 5 is a real 10!” Other reviewers agree. The Associated Press calls it “A certified crowd pleaser!” and the Daily News sums it up by saying “it shines! Dolly Parton’s songs are bouncy, big hearted, fresh & original. If you’re looking for a diversion, 9 to 5 will do the trick from 8 to 10:15!”

9 to 5: The Musical’s book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). The touring production will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominated, Jeff Calhoun. "I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the film ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ only a few years after ‘9 to 5’ was already a hit movie. It was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and choreograph this exciting new tour of 9 to 5: The Musical” said Mr. Calhoun. The co–choreographer is Lisa Stevens, scenic design by Ken Foy, costume design by five time Tony Award® winner, William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winner, Ken Billington, music supervision by Stephen Oremus and casting by Telsey + Company. For more information visit

9 to 5: The Musical will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta from September 28-October 3. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sunday at 1:30 pm & 7 pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster outlets, 800-982-2787 and Ticket prices range from $25-$70. Special group rates are available through the Fox Theatre Group Sales Department at 404-881-2000.

Theater of the Stars celebrates its 58th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about our history of excellence, visit
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