Friday, January 29, 2010

Unforgettable Le'Rav at ArtWorks on the Square, Fayetteville

ArtWorks On The Square, invites you to experience "Unforgettably Le'Rav." The solo exhibit by celebrated artist, Le'Rav. Working in acrylic, fusing agile lines with bold color washes, Le’Rav utilizes every inch of the canvas to allure you to experience the truly unforgettable. All are invited to attend the Opening Reception, Sunday, March 7, 2010, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Art, live jazz and wine tasting. Free event. View exhibit, March 4-30, 2010, Tues. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at ArtWorks On The Square 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214 (Downtown on the Square). 678.545.0275. The Le'Rav exhibit is the kick off for ArtWorks' movable feast presented by local and national artists during the month of March. Please see website for more details. Come and experience ArtWorks On The Square, a uniquely trendy art gallery and village for artists on the square in Fayetteville, GA.

Turner Broadcasting Donates $100,000 of In-Kind Services to Young Audiences

Organization Celebrates the Web site Launch of 35 Promotional Artist Videos

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YAWAC) is announcing today the launch of 35 new promotional artist videos on the organization’s Web site, made possible through the generous donation of more than $100,000 of in-kind services from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

In support of Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center’s mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – Turner Broadcasting provided a camera crew during the organization’s Artspalooza event series in August 2009. While there, the crew filmed performances by the organization’s assembly artists and conducted interviews with each artist and ensemble about the educational work they do through the arts. This footage was edited into two-minute videos that will now be used on the organization’s Web site.

The project was spearheaded by Dennis Adamovich, Senior VP of Brand and Digital Activation at Turner Broadcasting. Adamovich also sits on the Board of Directors for Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center as Vice Chairman and Chairman Elect and continues to strengthen the partnership between the company and organization.

"At Turner Broadcasting, we understand the role of arts education in nurturing future generations of creative-thinkers, problem-solvers and arts-loving individuals. That said, we were delighted to partner with Young Audiences to help support and advance the organization's mission throughout Georgia," Adamovich said. "Our hope is that -- through these videos -- teachers, parents, school administrators and arts supporters will gain a better understanding of how Young Audiences and its artists combine both the arts and educational components to create an authentic arts experience where students of all ages can grow academically while stretching their creativity and imaginations."

“Turner Broadcasting has helped Young Audiences show the incredible impact that arts can have on the life and learning of a child. These inspiring videos prepared by Turner Broadcasting bring to life the incredible work of our Young Audiences division,” said Joseph R. Bankoff, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center.“We know the videos will create greater awareness and interest in the education programming offered by Young Audiences throughout Georgia. We are extremely grateful for Turner’s longstanding support of Young Audiences and the Woodruff Arts Center. Their contributions of leadership as well as their expertise and financial support make a big difference.”

“Turner Broadcasting’s generosity truly demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting the arts and improving education,” said Tony Kimbrell, Executive Director of Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center. “We are thrilled to now have the capability to showcase and promote our programs and artists through video. These videos will also allow the viewer to experience how a connection to other curriculum areas is always an integral part of what we do.”

The artist video gallery can be viewed at

About Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center
Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YAWAC) is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programming. Part of the prestigious 31 chapter national Young Audiences organization, YAWAC brings the power of live arts experiences to Georgia students from pre-school to high school. From a small organization of nine artists in 1983, YAWAC is celebrating 25 years of service and has grown into a force in arts education, comprising more than 65 professional artists and ensembles that reach nearly 700,000 students each year in over 50 counties statewide. We fulfill our mission – to improve and enrich the lives and learning of children through high quality arts experiences – by providing a dazzling and culturally diverse array of curriculum-based assemblies, workshops and residencies in music, dance, theatre, literary and visual arts. For more information, please visit

About Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts center in the Southeast as well as one of the four largest in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines five 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, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Color Combinations Electrify Georgia Quilt Show

/PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Quilt Show returns to Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia with aisles of color and more than $5,000 in awards. Opening October 14, Georgia Quilt Show 2010 brings together the "best of the best" in quiltmaking, with aisles of displays, retail exhibits and hundreds of hours of hands-on workshops.

"Seeking Color Harmony" is the competitive aspect of Explorations in Quilting, an initiative sponsored by GQS's sister event, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. Quilters who have attended the Expo will take pleasure in the expanded quantity, variety and depth of "all things quilt" at Georgia Quilt Show 2010.

Designed to expand color boundaries, "Seeking Color Harmony" will accept entries through September 1, 2010. "The quilts we're drawn to attract us because of the use of they play off each other," explains Gini Baldi, longtime quilter, driving force behind Georgia Quilt Show and Marketing Manager at MS. Productions, Inc., the company behind Georgia Quilt Show and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. Traditional or contemporary, folk or art quilt, color choice can make or break it. "Truly inspired use of color turns a quilt into a prize-winner," she continues. "As a quilter, having a color 'epiphany' changes everything!"

A juried competition, "Seeking Color Harmony" will become the feature display at Georgia Quilt Show 2010. Judges will award the $1,000 Prize for Best of Show in addition to First, Second and Third place in each of three categories. Winning quilts will become a focal point in the Display Galleries at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Fall 2010/Spring 2011 events.

Open the door to your own inner or outer color exploration, and see the quilting world expand around you. Rules and entry forms are available at

Georgia Quilt Show features classes and workshops with leading quilt educators and an evening Keynote event with Laura Wasilowski. Quiltmakers can shop with more than 100 vendors who surround the Quilt Display Gallery with beautiful quilts and all the supplies and inspiration needed to make them on your own.

An active partnership between Georgia Quilt Show and the non-profit Georgia Quilt Council continues, helping this organization and area guilds fund the Georgia Quilt Museum.

For more information, to receive a class brochure or to find out more about entering "Seeking Color Harmony", please visit, or call 1-800-699-6309. Registration and class information will be posted to the websites this summer.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

ART SHOW @ Justin's Restaurant -Benefit for Haitian Alliance

Sunday, January 24 at 4:00pm.
Cecil says, "Even if you don't live in the Atlanta call your friends and family that do and let them know about this great benefit! LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!! ".
Event: ART SHOW @ Justin's Restaurant -Benefit for Haitian Alliance
What: Fundraiser
Start Time: Sunday, January 24 at 4:00pm
End Time: Sunday, January 24 at 9:00pm
Where: 2200 Peachtree Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30309-1110

First Friday Night Open House Reception for Miles Davis and Student Photography Exhibit

Friday Night, Feb. 5th
7:00-9:00 pm
Live Music and Wine Tasting brought to you by the artists of ArtWorks

Miles Davis cultivated his deeply personal artistic perspective/style during his early years growing up in a divorced military family. Since Miles was introduced to several religions and a variety of churches via the military, his hallmark imagery is packed with a wide variety of symbolism that challenges the viewer to see religion, spirituality, and the human condition in a new light.

The subject matter of Mile's present work dives into contemporary spiritual depths and explores current cultural consumerism. His styles and subjects run the gamut from whimsical to complicated. "I am the product of my generation. We've been a vital part of the advent of the Internet and the dawn of the information age. We were raised on Saturday morning cartoons, video games, and comic books. I feel it is only natural that these brain altering contributions have filtered into not only modern American art but global art as well: I'm excited to be a part of it!" 'Gen X' is a label most galleries and magazines give this sort of work, but there are other names as well, like "Low Brow", "Street Art", and "Fusion Art".

Miles got his first big break while showing at the Fayette Art Center in Fayetteville. After holding his first solo exhibit there in 2005, he felt confident enough to approach galleries in Atlanta. He was well received and has become a collectable artist at the tender young age of 26. Since then he has shown in over 14 venues and galleries.

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Georgia Art Museums Collaborate to Share Resources and Collections Across the State

Participants Include the High Museum of Art, the Albany Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Telfair Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art, in collaboration with four Georgia museums, has established the Georgia Art Museum Partnership initiative—the first of its kind in the state that will allow for the sharing of resources and collections among museums in Georgia and the Southeast. The five partnering museums are the High Museum of Art, the Albany Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum, the Telfair Museum of Art (Savannah) and the Georgia Museum of Art (Athens). For this three-year pilot initiative, these partners will draw on each other’s resources for exhibitions and loans of individual objects, professional development workshops and consultations and collection storage.

“This new program will benefit the people of Georgia and will be mutually valuable to the High and its partners,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “Just as we’ve seen great success from our past partnerships with renowned museums including the Louvre and The Museum of Modern Art, we hope to create a full ecology of partnerships here in Georgia. Together, we will work to engage a wider audience with great art and educational programming, inspire collaboration and stronger relationships with partner institutions and enhance art museums and their communities across the region.”

During this initiative, the partnering museums will not only draw on each other’s resources for exhibitions and loans of individual objects, they will also participate in customized workshops. Workshop topics will include fundraising, public relations and marketing, exhibition design and collaboration between curators and educators. These meetings will create opportunities for colleagues to share ideas, receive feedback and relay successes. Directors and board members from participating museums will also convene annually to build relationships and foster collegiality among participating institutions. The Georgia Art Museum Partnership will provide staff members from each institution access to a statewide support system, which would include professional consultations and curatorial residencies.

Albany Museum of Art
The Albany Museum of Art began in the 1960s as the Southwest Georgia Art Association, obtaining its non-profit status in March of 1964. In 1980, at the beginning of a capital funds campaign for a new building, the SGAA officially changed its name to the Albany Museum of Art and in 1983 opened a new museum facility. Today the AMA offers as many as 20 art exhibitions annually, including traveling and temporary exhibitions of regional, national and international artists as well as exhibitions from its permanent collection. The AMA’s collection includes 19th- and 20th-century American and European art in a variety of media including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs. The AMA also houses a substantial collection of sub-Saharan African art including masks, sculpture, pottery, textiles and musical instruments. The Museum facility contains six galleries, an interactive children’s gallery, a 200-seat auditorium and a studio classroom. The Albany Museum of Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information about the AMA please visit

The Columbus Museum The Columbus Museum, founded as the Columbus Museum of Art and Crafts, opened in 1953 as a regional art museum. Today it is recognized as one of the prominent museums in the southeastern United States and one of the few art and history museums in the country. The museum holds more than 6,000 objects that span from the Colonial era to the present, and important historical and archaeological artifacts from the Chattahoochee River Valley. Of particular prominence is the American drawings collection, with more than 500 sheets chronicling the history of American art from 1750 to 2009. The Columbus Museum also has extensive holdings in fine and decorative American arts and regional history, including paintings, sculpture, folk art, furniture, metals, glass and ceramics. With nearly 90,000 square feet, the Museum sits on a 15-acre site that also encompasses an historic garden designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted and Sons Firm in the 1920s. The Columbus Museum, along with the Georgia Museum of Art, has been a major proponent of developing and sustaining the Southeastern Art Museum Directors Association, an informal annual gathering of directors of Southeastern art museums. The museum has participated in many collaborative projects since its onset, including the unusual partnership the Columbus Museum has always maintained as part of the Muscogee County School District since 1953. The Columbus Museum has always been committed to the lifelong education of the diverse community it serves. For more information about The Columbus Museum, please visit

Georgia Museum of Art
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602. The museum’s galleries and shop are currently closed for construction of the museum’s expansion. Events and programming are continuing while the museum is under construction as part of “GMOA on the Move,” a series of off-site events and exhibitions. For more information and event times and locations or to shop our Web shop, visit or call 706-542-GMOA.

Telfair Museum of Art
The oldest public art museum in the South, the Telfair Museum of Art was founded in 1883 through the bequest of local philanthropist Mary Telfair. Since opening its doors to the public, the Telfair has grown from a renovated family mansion into a distinguished cultural institution boasting three architecturally significant buildings; a permanent collection of approximately 4,000 works of art from America and Europe, dating primarily from the 18th through the 21st centuries; and a history of dynamic educational programming, community outreach and exciting exhibitions. The museum consists of two National Historic Landmark buildings—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House—as well as the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.

Each of the Telfair’s three buildings is an innovative expression of its time, housing a collection corresponding to the era in which it was built. Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art. The Owens-Thomas House, also designed by William Jay but notably different in style, is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. In addition to the historic house-museum, which features decorative art ranging from the late 18th to the early 19th century, the site includes rare intact urban slave quarters and a lovely parterre garden. Rounding out the Telfair’s trio of landmark buildings, the Jepson Center for the Arts—designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie—is devoted to the art of today. For more information about the Telfair Museum of Art, please visit

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.

In the past the High has partnered with some of the world’s foremost museums, including its groundbreaking three-year partnership with the Musée du Louvre in Paris and a multi-year partnership with The Museum of Modern Art that began last June. Additionally, the High has collaborated with institutions ranging from the Munch Museum in Oslo to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence on projects that not only enabled conservation and new scholarship, but connected audiences in the Southeast with some of the world’s great masterworks. 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. Opened 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, January 12, 2010

Fayette Photographer Featured in Three Exhibits

Local artist and photographer, Donna Rosser, will be featured in three exhibits during January and February.

On exhibit now through the end of the month is “Daisy Pop” and “Self” at the Odyssey 2010: A Digital Art Show at Arts Clayton Gallery. This is a new exhibit for Arts Clayton showcasing artwork produced with the computer. Rosser likes to take a photo and push the envelope to turn the common photograph into a piece of digital art. “Daisy Pop” is a large scale print of a macro daisy image that has been given a trip back in time to the 1960’s. Like the daisy piece, “Self” is a self portrait of the artist given the Warhol treatment.

Rosser has two photos in the upcoming exhibit and sale Puppy Love. Puppy Love is a juried photography exhibit/sale that benefits Pike County Friends of Animals. “Adopt a Shelter Dog” and “Walking the Dog” were selected by the jurors for this event. Rosser is very pleased that these are in the show; “As someone who shows work, you try to be objective about it and not show personal work.” She added, “These photos are very special to me and since they are my dog it gives the viewer a glimpse into my personal life.” Puppy Love is open February 1 through March 1 at A Novel Experience in Zebulon. The reception for the show is February 13 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Also in February, Rosser has a painting in the 2010 Juried Art Competition at the Arts Clayton Gallery. She has been painting as long as she has been taking photographs. Usually Rosser will only show photography, but one of her paintings has been in a juried show before. Her simple painting, “Nine Seeds” is a black and white depiction of an apple sliced in half. This show is on display from February 2 through 26 at the gallery in Jonesboro. “I was thrilled to have a painting juried into the show by Charles Walls,” she said.

April 2009, Donna directed Nature, Undisturbed at Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone. Nature Undisturbed is a juried photography exhibit and sale benefiting Southern Conservation Trust. The event was such a success; Donna is working now on Nature, Undisturbed 2010 with Dogwood Gallery. The call for entries for this year’s show closes January 30, 2010. Anyone interested in submitting an entry can visit the website to read about it and get entry information.

Rosser also teaches photography and photo editing at Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone and for Clayton State University’s continuing education program. Her popular blog about her photography is found at and she was recently added to the Fayette Woman website with her 365 Project blog.

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Sculpture Exhibit Opens in Carrollton

The Department of Art opened its first artist exhibit of the year in the Bruce Bobick Gallery featuring work by Atlanta resident Corrina Sephora Mensoff.

“Rescue Vehicles and the Souls of the South II” will run through February 11 and shows a mixed media installation inspired by Hurricane Katrina. Mensoff will present a talk and host a reception on Thursday, January 21, at 1 p.m. in Room 203 of the Humanities Building. The events are free and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibition features an installation of mixed media sculptural works that includes cast iron, organic materials, forged and fabricated steel, cloth, paper, string and printmaking.

Rescue Vehicles developed after Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. During that time, Mensoff began to wonder what she could do to bring aid to those affected by the disaster.

“Eventually, I decided to create an art exhibition that would function as an empowerment tool for the victims of the storm,” said Mensoff. “I wanted to produce a clean, comfortable space for the artists to exhibit their works, to lift their spirits and take the weight of the disaster from their shoulders. New Orleans Diaspora brought segments of a scattered arts community back together and created new bonds.”

Mensoff’s reflection of this experience and other times in her life produced the work currently on exhibit. The concept of floodwaters rising, the legend of Noah’s Ark and the architecture of the “Row house” inspired her work as well as a photograph of a boat tethered to a telephone pole taken just after the hurricane.

Her metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the King and Spaulding Contemporary Art Collection, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Temple Sinai, the Martin Luther King Natatorium and in many private collections internationally. Mensoff operates Phoenix Metalworks in Atlanta, a shop that specializes in sculpture, furniture and architectural works and is dedicated to bringing artists and community together to create social change.

The Bobick Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-6521 or contact Gallery Director Stephanie Smith at

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Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Reasons for Cinema, Savoring and Sophistication at Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX®

It was a long December without Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails, but Martinis & IMAX® is back in action Friday, January 8, 2010 with a new event time and a new, hipper attitude.

Beginning Friday, January 8, the experience of “IMAX® After Dark” will be offered every Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.—starting an hour later and ending an hour later. Also new in 2010, Fernbank has revved up the musical entertainment by providing both live music and a DJ to keep the beats flowing.

When it comes to movies, size does matter. So don’t forget to make IMAX® part of your evening and catch a flick on the biggest screen in town—Fernbank’s five-story silver screen. January Martinis & IMAX® films are Wild Ocean and a special double feature of Van Gogh: Brush with Genius and Academy Award-winning animation from The Old Man and the Sea.

Wild Ocean shows at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. through March 26, 2010. The film plunges audiences into an underwater feeding frenzy off the coast of South Africa to witness an epic struggle for survival. Whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide during one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles.

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius and The Old Man and the Sea combine for a special double-feature with shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. through March 31, 2010. Audiences will see some of the greatest works of art come to life on the big screen in Van Gogh. Then, they’ll experience Hemmingway’s classic story told through stunning animation of the Academy Award®‐winning film The Old Man and the Sea.

As always, cocktails and specialty martinis from the full, cash bar help quench your thirst after grooving on the dance floor or savoring the delicious cuisine of the Fernbank Café.

Martinis & IMAX® admission is included with the purchase of an IMAX® film ticket or is available with a $7 cover charge. IMAX tickets for Martinis & IMAX presentations are specially priced for a limited time only at $12—a $3 savings. Museum Members never pay a cover charge and pay only $7 for a Martinis & IMAX® film ticket.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets are available at or 404.929.6400.

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Central GA Shutterbugs Meeting Jan 12

Regular monthly meetings of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will resume on Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 p.m., at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop.

Guest speakers George Bradfield and Gail Stewart will present a program entitled “Up Close and Personal…with Nature.” George and Gail have been photographing and teaching together for over three years.

For more info about the speakers and to view their work, please visit their website:

As always, anyone interested in learning more about photography is invited to attend. There is no admission fee.

Shutterbugs have been invited to exhibit our photos in the DiscoveryCenter at Callaway Gardens from February 27 through April 11, 2010. We deeply appreciate this invitation and invite everyone to view the “Through Our Eyes” exhibit.

To join Shutterbugs, attend one of the above meetings and pay your dues to Dee Hinson, Treasurer. Dues are $12 per year. Please visit the WCG Shutterbugs blog for more information on previous activities and awards,
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