Sunday, July 31, 2011

Upcoming Events at the Holly Theater

Play It Again, Sam will be performed live on stage by the Holly Theater Company on August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. Allan Felix, a neurotic San Francisco movie critic has just broken up with his wife, Nancy. This devastating event has caused him to spiral into a deep depression and look for solace in the classic movies that he loves, particularly the romantic saga CASABLANCA. Allan begins to have conversations with the fantasy ghost of his film idol, Humphrey Bogart, who gives him advice on romance and masculinity. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Holly Theater at 706-864-3759 or on-line at

The von Grey Sisters Concert
von Grey is four classically trained sisters, exploring and creating music that transcends traditional genres, blending country, pop, rock and more to create a mesmerizing musical experience. Hear von Grey perform live at The Historic Holly Theater in Dahlonega, Georgia on Saturday, 27 August at 7.00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased on-line at or by calling 706.864.3759. Visit to hear their music and download a free song from their new CD, Make Some Noise.

The Shining starring Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall will be shown at the Holly Theater on Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00 p.m. Scream starring Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore and David Arquette will be shown on Tuesday, August 30th at 9:00 p.m. Suggested donation $5.00.

The Mountain Music and Medicine Show will be live on stage at the Holly Theater on Saturday, September 3. Pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the theater at 706-864-3759 or on-line at .

The Packway Handle Band will be live in concert on Friday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m. Packway Handle Band is one of the bright lights of bluegrass, taking everything you know about the genre and turning it on its head. The Athens-based band is already lauded for their tightly spun harmonies and extremely well-written songs. Reserved VIP: $22.50 General Reserved: $15. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or by calling 706-864-3759. Check out their music website at

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FAACE and The Veranda Promote Art in the Southern Crescent

The Summer heat rolls on, but you can enjoy a cool evening reception and enjoy beautiful art at the same time. The Veranda Historic B and B Inn opens it doors on Tuesday, July 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a reception honoring local artists who are members of Fine Arts and Crafts Entrepreneurs (FAACE).

Members displaying their art for the month of August are Katherine Cody Kicklighter, Debbie Frost and Victor Dallas. Katherine Kicklighter is a professional artist who has taught art for 12 years. She works predominantly in oils and currently has two art series on display, “Documentations of Clarity” and “Painting Senoia,” a charming, romantic view of the historic town. She is also co-owner of The Art Escape in Senoia, offering classes in painting.

Debbie Frost, owner of Wynsong Art and Design, uses oil paints to create beautiful, realistic portraits of dogs, horses and of wildlife in their natural settings. Frost’s love for her subjects shines through in her work, and her paintings have been honored in national and international art shows.

Victor Dallas is a professional artist who specializes in both painting and sculpture. His carved wooden sculptures function as furniture as well as art, and his expressive paintings have been featured in many local and regional art shows.

The reception at The Veranda is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The gallery also contains a shop, Verbena, displaying the work of many FAACE members. At the FAACE receptions, voluntary donations are accepted for Our Father’s House, an after-school mentoring program for at-risk youth.

Artists and art supporters are also invited to attend the next meeting of FAACE on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Towne Club Center on Crosstown Drive in Peachtree City. The speaker will be Fayette CPA Paul Oddo, Jr., who will present a program specifically geared toward tax concerns for Georgia artists. Mr. Oddo brings more than thirty years experience with his own accounting firm and a background of volunteerism in the community. A current Fayetteville City Councilman, Mr. Oddo is also an experienced speaker who can make even taxes entertaining.

For questions or more information, go to or contact Janet McGregor Dunn at 404-290-3638 or Claudia Wood at 770-599-0047.

Nationally Recognized Atlanta Arts Festival Returns this Autumn

Fifth Annual Art Show Paints Piedmont Park with Fine Art, Live Music, Demonstrations, Crafts and More!

Sketch it on the sidewalk, paint it in a planner or carve it in stone; no matter how art lovers and festival-goers choose to mark their calendar this year, everyone will want to save the date for the 5th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival this September 17-18 in picturesque Piedmont Park. Ranked among the top 200 art festivals in the country in sales for both fine art and fine craft by The Art Fair Sourcebook, the festival features 200 artists from 12 different mediums, artist demonstrations, live music, crafts for the kids, festival food and more!

Free to the public*, the Atlanta Arts Festival is a professionally-juried fine arts event featuring skilled artists from across the country who are carefully selected in mediums including jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, leather and metal, glassblowing and more. With a palette of artwork as diverse as the cultural city the festival calls home, Atlanta’s large art buying community will find unique pieces to add to their collection, shop for distinctive décor to complete any room in their home or office and discover one-of-a-kind jewelry to accentuate their individual style. Price ranges vary, so every patron can expect to find something special that fits their taste and budget.

“The number of artist applications we receive has continued to increase every year, which makes the selection process more competitive and results in a festival that continues to outdo itself. Set to showcase some of the best artists from coast to coast, we could not be more ecstatic to share our passion for fine art and culture through the Atlanta Arts Festival for the fifth year in a row,” says Tracy Tepp, Atlanta Arts Festival Co-Founder.

More than just a haven for art connoisseurs, casual festival-goers and entertainment seekers alike can enjoy an autumn weekend in the park with friends and relax with a glass of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly while perusing the artist market and taking in the musical sounds of Atlanta’s best talent at the Acoustic Café tent. Parents will find fun for the whole family with mouth-watering festival food favorites, art demonstrations, Canvas by U classes and crafts for the kids at Lil’ Artist Ally.

Share your opinions, join the conversation and stay up-to-date with the Atlanta Arts Festival by following @AtlantaArtsFest on Twitter and becoming a “fan” on Facebook at Get all the details by visiting or calling 770-941-9660.

*Admission to the festival is free to the public for all events except for some Lil’ Artist Ally activities and Canvas by U classes.

Special thanks to our sponsors who help make the festival possible: Coca-Cola, Subaru, Greyhound, Kroger, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Dixie Home Crafters, Cascadian Farm, Larabar, The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Encore Atlanta, News Talk 1160 AM, Atlanta INtown, AM1690 The Voice of the Arts, Where Atlanta, WSB Radio.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Georgia-Pacific Professional, CDC Foundation Select Artists for Upcoming Handwashing Exhibition

PRNewswire/ -- Georgia-Pacific Professional, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's David J. Sencer Museum and the CDC Foundation, has selected six diversely talented artists to be featured in the upcoming exhibition, Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well. Opening Sept. 24, 2011, at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum (formerly the Global Health Odyssey Museum) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, the exhibition will explore the importance of proper handwashing through a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, video projection and vinyl installation.

"Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of disease," said Bill Sleeper, president - Georgia-Pacific Professional. "We want to bolster awareness of the health benefits of hand hygiene. With the help of these artists, we believe this nontraditional and innovative approach to handwashing education will generate greater awareness, reach new audiences and help prevent the spread of infection."

The exhibition will feature all new works, ranging from humorous to spiritual themes, by the following six renowned artists:
  • John Bankston – The San Francisco-based artist uses drawing and painting to create imaginary narratives that link subjective memories of childhood to a broader American popular culture.
  • Didi Dunphy – Inspired by the intersection of art, performance and design, the Athens, Ga.-based artist engages audiences through fabricating objects and installations to facilitate playful, interactive experiences.
  • Joe Peragine – The Atlanta-based artist works in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, animation and filmmaking. In addition to the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where his award-winning public art installation of ants hangs over the baggage claim areas, Peragine's work has been featured through solo exhibitions around the country.
  • Katherine Ross – Currently serving as chair of the Ceramics Department at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Ross' expertise is in porcelain production for large installations that addresses biological technology, disease and prophylaxis, genetic engineering, hybridization and cloning.
  • Laura Splan – A New York-based mixed-media artist, Splan uses microbiological, anatomical and medical images to emphasize the connections between art and science. Splan recently taught two courses addressing the links between art and biology at Stanford University in California.
  • James Victore – Considered a cultural and political activist, Victore is one of the leading graphic designers in the United States. Utilizing deceptively simple and witty designs, Victore works in the realms of business, culture, education, editorial and politics, with clients ranging from TIME Magazine to Aveda to Moët & Chandon.
"The CDC Foundation often builds partnerships that bring CDC's health messages to new communities through innovative channels. This partnership with Georgia-Pacific Professional, and the contributions of these six talented artists, present a unique and exciting opportunity to help CDC educate new audiences about the importance of handwashing through art," said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.

Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well will be on display through January 13, 2012. The exhibition is curated by Louise E. Shaw, David J. Sencer CDC Museum.