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 FĂȘte, 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.

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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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