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The following events will

take place in the Gordon


County Arts community.
Regular Events
The Art Market, the
new Museum store at the
Harris Arts Center, fea-
tures forty artists who
produce a wide variety of
quality work paintings,
pottery, baskets, photog-
raphy, woodwork, textiles
and more. Open Monday
through Friday from 11
a.m. 2 p.m. 706-629-2599.
ShugART studio in
Resaca offers art lessons
for ages 18 and up for
$12 dollars a class, and
ages 5-17 for $11 a class.
Discount rates for home-
schooled children up to
age 18 and seniors 60 plus
for $10 per class. If two
children from the same
family, there is $1 dol-
lar deducted per child.
Private one on one les-
sons is $16. For more
information and registra-
tion, call Tammy Shugart
at 706-602-9333.
Terry Knight Visual
Arts Instructional Studio/
Gallery offers premium
art classes for children
(ages 6 and up) and for
adults in all mediums:
acrylics, oils, watercol-
ors, prismacolors (color
pencils), charcoal, graph-
ite, and pen& ink. Only
top quality art supplies
are used. Mr. Knight has
been an art instructor in
the Gordon County school
system for 28 years and has
been teaching children in
his studios how to create
works of art for 25 years.
In addition to painting
and drawing, the studio
is now in the process of
offering year-round pot-
tery classes for children
and adults. Please call
678-986-4046 or email for
complete details (terrylk-
night@bellsouth.net). The
studio is located at 208
S. Wall Street in the his-
toric district of Calhoun
across from Petes Music
City. Cost of all paint-
ing & drawing classes
is $20 per 90 min. class.
This includes all supplies
used. The stoneware pot-
tery classes are $26 each
due to the high cost of
glazes and firing. Check
out the studio windows
to see the many examples
of paintings, drawings,
and pottery created by
the studios students. All
pottery is functional and
can used for all cooking
needs, including baking.
Thank You for Supporting
the Arts.
Adult Clay Classes
Hand-building with
Johnnie Dobson at the
Harris Arts Center. On-
going, Tuesday evenings,
6:30 9 p.m. Slab, pinch,
coil and drape techniques
are utilized to produce
individual clay pieces.
Beginners - $140 HAC
Members, $160 Non-mem-
bers (Supplies included)
Studio time only without
instruction - $80.
Upcoming Events
For tickets and more
information to the GEM
Theatre call (706) 625-3132
or visit www.calhoungem.
org or the GEM box office
open Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
and Wednesday, Thursday,
Frida 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
July 20, 27 & Aug.
3
Calhouns Got Talent
will be held at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, July 20;
Saturday, July 27 and
Saturday, August 3 at the
Harris Art Center. Tickets
are $15.
July 22 Aug. 30
The Harris Arts Center
will host a regional art
show from Monday, July
22 until Friday, August
30.
July 26
Field of Dreams
will be playing at the
GEM Theatre at 8 p.m.
on Wednesday, July 26.
Tickets are $5.
July 28
Gone With The Wind
will play at the GEM at
2 p.m. for a one-time
engagement on July
28. After an absence of
almost 45 years, Calhouns
GEM Theatre is proud to
present Gone with the
Wind. Tickets are $5 and
available at the GEM box
office.
August
Aug. 3
Ferris Buellers Day
Off will be showing at
the GEM Theatre at 3 p.m.
on Saturday, August 3.
Tickets are $5
Aug. 10
Inaugural Pearl Awards
will be at 7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, August 10 at the
GEM Theatre. There will
be a pre-event reception
at the Harris Arts Center
at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35
for Platinum and $25 for
Standard, the reception
will cost $25. Tickets go
on sale June 4 and June
5 to GEM members, June
6 to the public. Help rec-
ognize these deserving
individuals and raise
money for the GEM.
Sponsorship ranges from
$100 to $1,000.
Aug. 16
Deadline to register for
the Shooting Stars Youth
Drama Camp at the Harris
Arts Center with instruc-
tor Kaytlyn Reese. The
cost of the class is $240
per term and includes 12,
one hour-long class ses-
sions, all learning mate-
rials (such as scripts and
music CDs), a T-shirt, and
four tickets to the end of
term performance. Pay-
ment may be made in
full or in three monthly
installments of $80. To
register, please contact
Kaytlyn Reese directly at
706.676.3522 or Kaytlyn_
reese@hotmail.com to
secure a spot.
Aug. 23 24
A.R.T. presents "Tokens
of Affection" by Topher
Payne on August 23 and
August 24. The stars of
December's hilarious "A
Christmas Carol" return
to the GEM stage, this
time in a romantic com-
edy. There are three
women and three men.
For more information
on the play and Topher
Payne visit www.topher-
payne.com.
Sept. 2 27
The Harris Art Center
will host Natures Eye
Photography Show.
Sept. 30 Oct. 22
The Harris Art Center
will host Scrappy Quilters
of Calhoun.
Nov. 4 - Dec. 8
The Harris Art Center
will host the ninth annu-
al Festival of Trees and
Mistletoe Market.
Nov. 21 24
Calhoun Little Theaters
Christmas production will
be at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
November 21 through
Saturday, November 23
and at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
November 24 at the
Harris Art Center.
Dec. 6, 7
The winter Community
Chorus concert will begin
at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8
Closing day of the
Festival of Trees will
be at 5 p.m. on Sunday,
December 8.
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7B Wednesday, JuIy 24, 2013 DQG*25'21&2817<1(:6
In the Arts
Elaine Drennon
Littles first published
novel A Southern Place
will be released by Wido
publishing on August 6
The public is invited
to attend Littles book
launch on August 15 at
7 p.m. at the Harris Arts
Center.
Please come to my
Book Launch there will
be readings, door prizes,
a dramatic vignette put
on by local actors, and
refreshments for all. You
can buy a book and Ill
sign it, but you dont have
to. My book is here---lets
have a party! said Little.
After purchasing her
first home computer in
1985, bought primarily to
type law school briefs for
her husband, Joe, Elaine
began to dabble with
writing fiction. She wrote
uplifting stories inspired
by her parents, redneck
humor about Joes beer
buddies and cute anec-
dotes thinly disguised
from her life as both a
teacher and a musician.
Only read by a few close
friends, she kept them
on big floppy disks, filed
away and forgotten until
long after such mediums
were considered dino-
saurs. Life happeneda
move across the state, a
second child, a job she
loved as an elementary
and then middle school
and then high school
music teacher.
As the Internet made
the whole world more
accessible, Elaine began
writing again, publishing
in a few online publica-
tions. The more she wrote,
the more she wanted to
write, finally choosing to
pursue an MFA through
Spalding Universitys
long term residency pro-
gram. After retiring from
teaching in 2010, Elaine
wrote A Southern Place.
An interview with
Elaine Little:
Q. Exactly what IS a
book launch?
A: My book launch at
the Harris Arts Center
is more of a celebration
than a traditional book
reading and signing. In
the long to-do list my
publisher has assigned to
me, Im well into setting
a schedule of guest blog-
ging, book signings, and
reading appearances, all
of which are totally new
to me. I chose Calhoun as
the site of my official
book launch for one rea-
son: this is where most of
my friends are! Living in
the area since 1986, I have
work friends and former
students from school sys-
tems, churches, civic and
social agendas. These are
the people whove known
me through it allas a
teacher, a mother, a co-
worker, a tree-hugger and
woman-next-door. Other
appearances may be for
networking and selling
books; this one is simply
to celebrate and share
with my friends!
Q. Can you briefly tell
us what your book is all
about?
A: A Southern Place
is a generational novel
about farming, families,
and human relationships.
It opens as Mary Jane
Mullinax, aka Mojo, has
been beaten badly. Now
lying in a South Georgia
hospital, she reveals her
story, following her family
through share-cropping,
factory jobs, late-night
bars, tragic love affairs,
and even a murder. From
childhood, Mojo has been
told that the past is just
water under the bridge.
A Southern Place chron-
icles her journeyand
helps Mojo finally learn
what this old adage
means.
Q. Is there any truth
in your fiction?
A: The fictional
town of Nolan in Dumas
County, Georgia doesnt
exist on any map, but my
south Georgia friends will
instantly recognize the
community of Newton,
county seat of Baker
County, below Albany
on the Flint River. Its
where I grew upwhere
the summers go weeks
in triple digits, the gnats
are as thick as fogand
home of some of the most
fertile farmland in the
world. The setting is as
real as my childhood, but
the people, and their sto-
ries, are composites at
best. This is real fiction;
I made it all up in my
head.
Q. What books and
authors have influenced
you most as a writer?
A: There are too
many to name, but Ill
try. Theres a book called
Liberating Paris
by Linda Bloodworth
Thompson (who also
wrote the TV series
Designing Women)
that has forever made
me want to write about
where I grew up. I wanted
to do for my part of South
Georgia what she did for
Paris, Louisiana, if thats
possible. There are other
books I read again every
few years, the ones I can
quote paragraphs from
The Great Santini by Pat
Conroy, Rainey by Clyde
Edgerton, Peachtree
Road by Anne Rivers
Siddons, and of course,
To Kill a Mockingbird. I
love the classic southern
authorsFaulkner, Larry
Brown, and more recent-
ly Ron Rash. I guess the
one author whos had the
most influence on me is
my friend and former col-
lege mentor, Silas House.
I love all his books, and
his advice and encour-
agement have been mon-
umental to me.
Q. Is this a one-time-
thing, or will there be
other books?
A: Definitely! Im a
little more than halfway
through my next book, cur-
rently called (Ive learned
that titles can ALWAYS
change) Songbird Divas.
Its the first in a trilogy
about three middle-aged
women all involved in
music as a career, and
its set in North Georgia!
I also have another com-
pleted draft set in South
Georgia that I may revise.
Q. Do you have any
advice for aspiring
authors?
A: Its never too late
to begin. I thought about
writing as a career choice
when I started college,
but at the time I thought
all writers should write
about heart-throbbing or
thrilling adventures in
Paris, France or some-
thing equally silly. I had no
interesting experiences, so
I thought I had nothing to
write about. Today I would
not go back and change
anything in my life; I dont
write about my life, but its
the experiences Ive had
that influence the world
that I write about. I got
busy living life, and the
experiences happened,
though Ive STILL never
been to Paris, France. And
I could live to be a hun-
dred and not run out of
things to write about
Fiction author Elaine Little announces book launch
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Author Elaine Little will host a book launch at 7 p.m. on August 15 at the Harris Arts
Center
Little's book, A Southern Place
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