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Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 9, 11 - 3 pm

Free and open to the public. There will be music and art and sweets, OH, MY! And don't forget SANTA!  Free and open to the public.

Pictures with Santa- 12:30 - 2:30 pm. First come, first served.

Here's a schedule of the musical and theatrical performances for the day... 
11 am -  Georgia Children’s Chorus
12 pm - Athens Creative Theater -
“Excerpts from a Christmas Story the Musical”
1 pm - The Athens Drake School of Irish Dance
2 pm - Gifted Performing Ensemble of East Athens Educational Dance Center

Enjoy seasonal hands-on art projects in the studios.

Shopping in Deck the Walls: Handmade for the Holidays, featuring works by local artists 

See CONNECT: Artworks by Students in the Clarke County School District

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Deck the Walls: Handmade for the Holidays

Open through December 30
Open Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

Support the arts. Shop local. Original creations by members of the Visual Arts Guild of Athens are featured in the expanded Gallery Shop. Items include ornament, cards, wreaths, soaps, jewelry, scarves, hats, mittens, purses, paintings, pottery, glass and more.

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Artworks by Students of
the Clarke County School District 

On view through January 13, 2018 

The Arts Center has hundreds of wonderful works by students grades Pre-K through 12.

Full-color catalogs picturing every work in the exhibit are for sale in the Gallery Shop. These make great gifts! 

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Resonating Destinations

Lounge Gallery:
Resonating Destinations
December 9 - March 3

Mixed media works by Jim Wilson

Lounge Gallery features quarterly solo exhibits by emerging artists. 

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Lyndon House Juried Show

Announcing the 43rd Juried Exhibition:
Juror, Wassan Al-Khudhairi,
Chief Curator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Submission Days: Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26, 2018

Al-Khudhairi received her BA in Art History from Georgia State University and M.A. with distinction in Islamic Art and Architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Al-Khudhairi is of Iraqi origin and has lived in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.K. and the U.S., where she worked at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York.  Before her position in St. Louis, Wassan Al-Khudhairi most recently was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. This fall, she curated the 2017 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan.

“She has extraordinary breadth of experience and global knowledge of the contemporary art world, which is seamlessly balanced with her attention to local and regional communities and audiences. We are grateful to have her vision and abilities at CAM and in St. Louis.” - Lisa Melandri, executive director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Please watch for further information regarding entering your artworksPlease save these dates and look out for more information!

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Call for Artists- Visions of MLK

Pick-up panels: Saturday, December 9, 11 - 3 pm
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 5

The Arts Center invites artists and writers to design original works for our annual “Visions of MLK Art Exhibition.” Collaborations between artists and writers are encouraged but not required. This year’s theme, "Do What’s Right," is curated by Montu Miller.
Click HERE for guidelines and more info

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Mark Your Calendars:
Visions of MLK Reception & Celebration

Community Event and Exhibits: January 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Youth hands-on art project: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Organized by Montu Miller, the celebration is entering its 11th year as a supporting event associated with the public initiative, “Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off Day of Service.” Featuring a collaborative project by the youth of the Pinewoods neighborhood inspired by Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts in addition to works by artists and writers who combine poetic words and visual works to interpret and communicate powerful ideas. The performances will include step teams, poetry reading,
song and dance.

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Time to register NOW for winter classes beginning January 9! We have so many new offerings. Check it out...

Click HERE for adult and kids' class listings and online account registration.

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NEW! Digital Photography in the Age of Instagram

January 11 – February 15 (6 weeks), Thursdays, 6 – 8 PM

Students will use their smartphone cameras to explore street 
photography, portraiture and landscape studies. For ages 11 to 111. Perfect for family enrollment, teens and multigenerational groups.
No experience required.

Instructor: Clay Jordan is an exhibition professional photographer and musician in the local Athens band Pacific UV

HERE for more info and to register

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Printmaking & Book Arts

Jan 9 - Feb 13
(6 weeks)
Tues, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Instructed by artist Katherine Miller, students will learn to combine printmaking and bookbinding processes into unique works of art.

No experience required!

Click HERE for more info and to register

front view of the Ware-Lyndon House

January 16 - February 27 (7 weeks), Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm 

Taking cues from the rooms of the historic Ware-Lyndon House, instructor Edward Stephens will lead students in crafting poetry and short fiction that reanimates its preserved atmosphere with new life. In addition to writing and work-shopping, class time will be devoted to exploring the house and considering relevant examples of work by other authors. All experience levels welcome. 

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Makers Gotta Make

ive a gift of an Open Studios Membership to the artist in your life. Buy one now, Dec 1 - Jan 1 for a  creative space for gift and art making. Gift a membership for Jan 1 – Feb 1 to get the New Year off to a creative start. To give the gift of an Open Studio Membership please call the front desk
706-613-3623 and we will send a festive notification card to the recipient. 

$65 monthly membership will give you access to all 7 studio spaces- Printmaking, painting, fiber, clay, jewelry, sculpture, photography and you are invited to participate in all Open Studio Presents experiences (listed below). 

Click HERE to register online or call 706-613-3623

Open Studios Presents
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NEW! Art experiences for New & Renewing Members

Open Studios Presents provides studio art experiences for our 

Open Studio Members. Need to become a member?
Sign-up the day of at the front desk and it lasts for a month!
Or register online

A monthly membership costs $65, will give you access to all 7 studio spaces and you can attend all our current Open Studio Presents experiences

Currently, we are offering...

Life Drawing Sessions. Thursdays,  6:30 - 8:30pm and Saturdays, 10 - 12pm. Please bring $5 to contribute to the model. 

In the Studios with
Charles, a weekly meeting of painters begins Jan 2. Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30

A Day with Barbara Mann- Keum Boo & Roller Printing in the Jewelry Studio Jan 20, 10 - 4 pm – membership plus $50 supply fee. 

Please note, the Arts Center will be open for last minute shopping on Saturday, Dec 23. We will be closed Dec 25 & 26. We will be open Saturday, Nov 30. Closed Monday, Jan 1. Open regular hours Jan 2.

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