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One of the greatest things about the Colquitt County Arts Center is the opportunity to introduce new artists to the community.
Angela Tillman is the featured artist currently on display in the hall gallery. Angela was born and raised on a farm near the Berlin community. And, she has loved art and created art all of her life. So it may seem a little strange to think of her as a new artist in this area. But for the most part Angela has never exhibited her beautiful mosaics that are now hanging at the Arts Center.
Angela remembers always being especially attracted to the colors of bottles and glass marbles with different swirls of colors embedded inside. She has tried her hand at many hobbies, including painting, knitting, and basket weaving. None of these activities kept her attention until one day in 2009 when she came across a book on mosaics. She flipped though the book, liked what she saw, and ended up buying several books on the subject.
She then bought a few tools and materials and made a mosaic stepping stone the next weekend. She quickly realized that she really enjoyed the process of working with glass and that she was hooked.
Angela decided that she wanted to focus her artistic energy to becoming a mosaic artist. So she cut back on her hours of work to devote more time to her new found love. Her goal was to create a body of work that she could take to several arts festivals. It was about this time that she received a call from the Arts Center to exhibit her art alongside the Western Art exhibit in the Vereen Gallery.
When viewing Angela’s mosaics you quickly see that she draws much of her inspiration from animals, nature and music. It is also clear that she has a true passion for her art. She told me that “It lives in my heart.” We are truly lucky to have Angela as a featured artist here for the next couple months. Please take the time to come and see for yourself what an amazing artist she is.
Now onto a totally different subject that is very equally intriguing. Next Friday, Feb. 1, will be the Annual Hunt Dinner at the Colquitt County Arts Center. I know that hundreds of people in our community and even from out of town look forward to this festive event. The evening will start with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:30 p.m. Dress for the evening is described as “hunt casual.” Denim jeans or khaki trousers with your favorite camouflage vest will do just fine. Tickets are $50 each and they can be purchased at the Arts Center or from any Volunteer Arts Alliance Member.
Wild game, donated by local hunters, such as venison, quail, dove, duck and pheasant will be on the menu. An array of side dishes and desserts will be served along with chicken for anyone that is not wild about wild game.
This popular event is made possible by hundreds of volunteer hours performed by the Volunteer Arts Alliance and it is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Arts Center. The live auction will include hunts, trips, art, furniture and other great items. The silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates, art, hand crafted furniture and decorative home items.
Raffle tickets are available this year for $10 each or eleven tickets for $100. The three raffle prizes include $1,000 in cash, $500 in cash and $250 in cash. You just can’t go wrong with cash! The drawing will take place at the dinner but you do not have to be present to win. Tickets for the raffle are also available at the Arts Center or from any Volunteer Arts Alliance Member.
The Hunt Dinner is the best annual event that I can think of in Colquitt County, and I highly recommend it. If you are new to the community it is a great way to meet people and make friends. If you are a long-time resident of this area, it is a great time to spend time with old friends while enjoying a great meal at a fun event.
I plan on having the galleries open during the hunt dinner to give everyone the opportunity to see the amazing “Spirit of the West” exhibit in the Vereen Gallery and the mosaic works of art by Angela Tillman. With all of this unique art and the festivities of the Hunt Dinner, it would seem almost impossible to stay home next Friday evening.
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