‘Helen: Past, Present & Future’ Art Exhibit to open May 11

A special exhibit titled “Helen: Past, Present & Future” will open with a reception honoring exhibiting artists from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Helen Arts & Heritage Center.
“This exhibit reflects so much of what we are about, says HAHC President Nancy Ackerman. “The artwork exhibited is among the best of the best in the area and Helen’s history is not only important but is popular among tourists, so within the upcoming exhibit we cleverly recognize both local art and history.”
There is no charge for the opening event and the public is always
invited. Free parking is available in the rear area of the center which is designated for guests attending events and activities at the center.

Featured artists include professional photographers Larry and Joanne Andrews, local painter Anna Wilkins and local pottery artist Terry Buffington.
Ackerman adds, “This is a perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists in a relaxed setting where we have an opportunity to look through the eyes of the artist. Approximately 12-15 local artist exhibitors are expected to attend the opening reception.

Anna Wilkins teamed with the Andrews’ to form a rather creative union. Anna’s paintings will be those rendered from photo images taken by the couple, providing viewers with a side-by-side comparison of two media perspectives of the same subject. Anna is a talented impressionist painter with years of experience in painting the local landscapes in Helen and White County. Her historic covered bridge painting was recently selected as the cover image of the 2017 Scoop Magazine, a publication of more than 7,000 by the White County News. Anna is a registered nurse and enjoys living the quiet life with family and friends in Alpine Helen. She is a longtime member of Helen Arts & Heritage as well as an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Northeast Georgia, Helen.

Larry and Joanne Andrews, both with busy careers in the medical profession, found time for creative relaxation through nature and photography. Their time spent camping and backpacking on Cumberland Island National Seashore only intensified their love of nature and drove them to create a book of photographic memories, “Cumberland Island, A Treasure of Memories,” still selling after 30 years.

Terry Buffington, the exhibit’s featured pottery artist is the new Director of the HAHC Pottery Studio and creates beautiful images of Helen on her pottery pieces using the transfer technique. Terry comes with an extensive background in art and her pieces reflect a consistent effort of proficiency in everything she produces. Although she has experience in painting and photography, her passion remains in pottery making and discovering new methods and techniques which she gladly shares with her students.

Terry creates both practical use and decorative pottery pieces along with everything “Pugs” which is her specialty. A varied selection of her work can be seen at www.pugaboo.com as well as Helen Arts & Heritage and several other local shops and galleries in Northeast Georgia.

Artists desiring to exhibit their work in this particular show should bring their art between the hours of 1- 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 or Monday, from noon until 4 p.m. May 8 . First-time exhibitors must have their work juried prior to exhibiting and those interested should bring at least three pieces of the same medium and similar technique and style to the arts center located at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen no later than Saturday, May 6. A panel will review the work and if accepted, the artist should then complete an annual membership application paying the $10 jury fee along with $40 annual membership fee. If accepted by the review panel, members may then participate by exhibiting their artwork in all future exhibits within the Helen gallery.

“We invite all artists, beginner to professional to visit us, get to know us and if you like what we do, join with us to continue growing the Arts through exposure and engagement. There’s something for everyone here, whether it’s pottery making, painting, jewelry making, teaching, or taking an art class or participating in our free veteran’s art workshop. If you’ve never taken an art class , I encourage you to do so because it is when we are challenged that we discover our strengths.” adds Ackerman.

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