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Yesterday, as I was walking down the Hall Gallery to the main office, I passed a lady who was carefully exploring one of our recent acquisitions. It was a portrait montage done in pencil, called “Family of Frank & Susie Clark McCall.” Gary Pound is the artist, and it is one of two of his works in our collection. I took a moment to study the sketches with her, and agreed when she said how wonderful the work was, how detailed, how expressive. And we got to talking.
I asked if she was from Moultrie. She said “yes” — for the last five years. But she had never been in the Arts Center before that day. “Had always meant to; but never got around to it.” But, she was in the neighborhood and had a couple of minutes to spare that day, so decided it was time. And she was amazed at the treasure we have right here in Moultrie.
We got to talking a little more. We talked about the pleasure of spending a few spare minutes soaking in a piece of art. That it’s like a ten-minute vacation for the mind and spirit, to pick a painting, or sculpture, or drawing, and really look: To see what’s there, and then to take it out for a spin.
In the case of the Pound portraits, there were the seven subjects — for starters: two parents, and five kids, drawn in different poses, at different ages. One marvels at the artist’s ability to capture expression on the faces using a simple pencil. And at the depth he creates using that same humble tool, with just lines and shades and smears. We can look hard at the faces and try to figure out which of the two little girls is which of their older versions sitting on the couch. And who takes after Mom, and who takes after Dad. And chuckle at that little boy; clearly he’d rather be anywhere else than posing for a portrait! These are the sorts of pleasant ramblings a piece of art can inspire.
Wander down the hall to the McCall Gallery, and there is Josh Rosen’s “My Frankenstein (Jay 13),” a work that is part of our current exhibit “The Misfits: A Selection of Extraordinary Sculptures.” Is that part of an old typewriter he’s used for the bed frame? Is that a monocle hanging from the IV stand? Why is the poor guy in bed? Is he sick? Why is there an on-off switch in his chest? Look, there’s an old transistor among the stuff on his mattress; I remember the first transistor radio my Dad bought for me…
As I left her in the McCall Gallery, the lady said she’d be back again soon. Her parting words were “thank you” for having the Arts Center in Moultrie. She made my day.
Josh Rosen’s “Misfits” will be on display at the Arts Center through Friday, Feb. 24, as will the extraordinary paintings of Jim Touchton in the Vereen Gallery. If you need a ten-minute vacation between now and then, c’mon over and take one of their works out for a mental spin.
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Christmas rose is a true Christmas flower
December is here and the songs of Christmas can be heard at home, in the car and in the shopping centers. December is a cheerful month that brings out smiles and excitement from everyone. There are certain plants that are associated with Christmas and the Christmas rose is no exception.
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Moultrians among ABAC music majors to perform next week
The music majors at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present recitals on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4-5 at 4 p.m. each day in the Chapel of All Faiths. The performances are open to the public at no charge.
Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti provide awesome color!
Popular house plants which gain notoriety beginning this time of the year are the Thanksgiving, Christmas, crab and holiday cacti. These are all Schlumbergera cultivars and are available in white, cream, red, rose, purple, lavender, peach, orange, and yellow flowers. Another holiday cactus, the Easter or Whitsun cactus has intense pink or scarlet flowers and is in a different genus (Hatiora).
ACT continues its holiday tradition
Families have many holiday traditions — when they put up the tree, the holiday meal, attending the lights celebration on the square Thanksgiving night and so many more.
The Colquitt County Arts Center began a holiday tradition three years ago that they hope will also become an annual family tradition. I am of course talking about the performances of “A Christmas Carol.”
- New officers for Kiwanis Club
Commit to water conservation and sustainability
Since fall is for planting in the landscape, it is good practice to better understand environmental awareness and proper planning for such. One approach involves xeriscape landscaping (xeriscaping) which is a form of sustainable landscaping that is attracting the attention of many people.
Playing in the dirt is fun!
November is another month for playing in the dirt while completing effective plantings in the landscape. Frost came early this year and the landscape is showing signs of the winter approaching. The weather outside is comfortable, yet cool enough to encourage plants to transition well into their new landscape homes.
Author donates profits to Vashti Center in Thomasville
Moultrie author Gloria Smith is dedicating profits from her Annie Elf series of children’s books to the Vashti Center in Thomasville.
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