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Deal recognizes individuals achievements in the Arts and Humanities


Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the recipients of the second annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Fifteen individuals and organizations have been recognized for their significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council. “The arts contribute to state and local economic growth by providing a diversified and sustainable means for creating jobs and attracting revenue,” said Deal. “These individuals and organizations contribute significantly to Georgia’s excellent quality of life that we are able to provide our citizens, relocating or expanding businesses, and visitors.” Fifteen members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities were chosen from a selection of nominations from around the state. These recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment. The recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities are: Kay Beck, Atlanta • Linda Crowe Chesnut, Athens • Dr. John Ferling, Carrollton • Melissa Fay Greene, Atlanta • Tim Howard, Chatsworth • Marianne Lambert, Atlanta • Chuck Leavell, Dry Branch • Frank Maloy, Tifton • Merryll Penson, Athens • Allan Vigil, Morrow • The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta • Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie • Fox Theatre Institute, Atlanta • Moving in the Spirit, Atlanta • United Shape Note Singers, Atlanta Detailed information about the recipients is available on

Our Mission Statement The Colquitt County Arts Center is a creative cultural resource that makes quality visual and performing art available to a diverse population. The arts center provides engaging arts education for children and adults, acts as a steward of permanent collections, and maintains a landmark facility that enriches the whole community.”

The Colquitt County Arts Center is the recipient of the 2013-14 Georgia Governor's Award for Arts & Humanities and has also been awarded by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries as the Institution of the Year!

Artist Statement The continuity and renewal of life is reflected in the changing scenes of nature that surround us. My artistic sensibilities are inspired by an appreciation for the Master Painters of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century and their focus on the colors of nature. The work of nature never ceases to amaze me and its excesses are a source of inspiration, especially the form of a tree. Some of the Masters who have influence on my art are George Inness and Albert Bierstadt of the Hudson River School, and Claude Monet the French impressionist. However, I see and paint the world around me as a world of shifting perspectives, a universe of energy sometimes quiet and reflective, sometimes more active and agitated, each seeking balance within the other. It gives me great pleasure to conceive something, to work with something, and see something come forth. Throughout my life, my desire for artistic expression has used a combination of varied media, with Life as my canvas. Of the earliest memories are the times my sisters and I spent as children designing fashions for our Betty Grable paper dolls. From there my artistic inclination moved to a life-long obsession for fabrics, leading me to create tailor-made clothing including heirloom sewing, home dÊcor items, and quilts using elaborate hand work. Other art forms I have explored are floral design, and the design and construction of architectural pieces and small pieces of furniture. Even for my vocation I chose a form of artistic expression through hair design for over half a century. The joy of an artist is to recognize what others cannot see and to set that vision free. As the grandmother of a beautiful autistic child who did not speak, I heard his words in my heart, and with God’s help created a program to encourage him to communicate. His success using this program that awakened his mind will always remain my most rewarding creative work. Diversity fascinates me, driving me to experiment in the realm of abstraction in more recent works, but never straying far from Nature for inspiration. I suppose as long as I’m alive I will continue to adjust some medium in a way to make it more interesting to me, and as a Maker I will keep busy as long as my fingers obey. I believe that if you are active in your life, achieving the most you can in your life, then you will be happy. Jean Eaton Gay October 27, 2013

The Most Elegant Events Happen at the Arts Center

The Solarium

The Sculpture Garden

Studio Time Now Available in Big Art Studio Tuesday nights/$25 per month Come out and enjoy everyone and be creative at the same time. Instructor Kathy Nelson on duty for one on one help. AdultTeen Drawing w/Shovar Mondays 6:30 - 7:30p.m $40/$10 supply

Adult Painting w/Shovar Thursdays 11:00am - 2:00pm $50

Senior Art Class w/Karen Sasine $25/month includes supplies and instruction Tuesdays from 10:30 - 12:00 Come out and enjoy learning how to paint with acrylics with a great group of adults. The artwork being turned out from this class is just fabulous!

Creative Health Workshop Series Join the FUN and let’s get healthy together!

Kids will create wonderful keepsake pieces of

3rd Thursday of every month artwork while7-8:30pm learning to draw, paint , sculpt using clay$20 andper other mediums. Thursday of every month 7-8:30pm class rd January 23 - Kick Start Your Healthy New Year

5:30 - 6:30 Have you been thinking about getting healthier, but didn’t know where to start? Join Karen Sasine, local artist, who has lost 60 lbs this year, in these informative fun and TASTY workshops focusing on making good health creative and fun! Lots of delicious organic samples, handouts, and recipes!

“Cooking is the only art form that goes into our

Kids Art Classes


ADVENTURES IN ART W/LIN Mondays 5:30-6:30 Cost: $50/month Supply fee $30 quarterly Ages: 5 to 12 ages Be inspired! Be creative! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of art and explore everything from painting to sculpting to drawing. You'll have fun developing your own unique artistic style and creating your own fantastic works of art. Something different each month.


Mixed Media Art Classes w/Kathy Nelson Kids will create wonderful keepsake pieces of artwork while learning to draw, paint, sculpt using clay and other mediums. Mondays $45.00 4:30 - 5:30 Grades K-2 5:30 - 6:30 Grades 3rd -5th Tuesdays $55.00 4:30 - 6:00 Middle School & up Plus $25 supply fee (quarterly)

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Auditions Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00pm Grades 6 thru 12 Performance May 2, 3, & 4

Frank Francese Workshop $360 for 4 days 9 am - 4 pm Experience a Francese Watercolor Workshop

The signature of a Francese watercolor is his use of big shapes, color, color and more color! No matter where a Francese watercolor is displayed, it will radiate a flash of color that literally jumps off the wall, immediately capturing the eye of the casual observer and art critic alike. Francese brings a new style to the time tested combination of color and interesting shapes. His style employs the use of large brushes and a wet-on-wet method where in much of the color mixing is accomplished on the paper. Frank's technique often produces brilliant, at other times subtle, and always unique shades of color. The only limits are the artist’s imagination and willingness to experiment with every combination of color on his palette. Color provides the stage for the artist’s performance; shapes provide the characters. Detail is only used after the color and big shapes, positive and negative, are in place. Francese states “One must not over do the detail in any painting. It should be using it sparingly and with great thought. I have seen many paintings where the artist used too much detail, thinking that is the key to a great painting.” The goal of a Francese workshop is to teach artists of all skill levels to combine color, shape and then detail into a unique work of art. Workshop Structure The Francese Watercolor Workshop consists of either three or five days of classroom instruction. That classroom may be inside of a building, at a streams edge or on a city street. Each day includes two demonstrations, the morning demonstration at 9 am and a second afternoon demonstration at 12:30 pm. The demonstration will be 40-60 minutes in length, leaving the student to have ample time to work on their painting using the subject matter of that day’s demonstration.

February 23, 2014 11:00 am until 2:00pm Call the Arts Center for reservations 229-985-1922

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2014 winter newsletter

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