Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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March 23, 2011

Georgia artists to teach classes for Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

MONTEZUMA — Need fun? Got chalk? The Montezuma Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest and Festival brings both to Charlie Jackson Park on April 30.

The contest will encourage an interest in design and historic preservation. Contestants will be asked to choose from several themes related to historic preservation: historic architecture, historic events or historic persons, and local flora or fauna. Examples could be drawings of stores, churches, schools, homes, the old fountain, Samuel Rumph, Timpoochee Barnard, farming or hunting scenes, railroad scenes, civil war scenes, camellias, trillium, deer, wild turkeys and native birds.

The Montezuma DDA received a grant award from the Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) to host the festival and free pre-festival drawing classes. The classes will be taught by notable Georgia artists in the White Columns Building on the weekends before the festival. Each class will include a demonstration and lecture followed by a practice drawing session in the courtyard of the White Columns veranda.

The Historic Event and Historic Person Workshop will be taught by Linda Adams at 10 a.m. April 2. Adams is a painter specializing in murals, signs, furniture, interior design, wall treatments and portraits of homes and pets. She lives in Ellaville and is a two-time Grassroots Arts Program recipient. She painted a marquee and a screen for Amelia's Sidewalk Cinema in Ellaville. She also painted the series of four murals celebrating three historic personalities of the Schley County on buildings in downtown Ellaville. Visit her website to enjoy samples of her work.  www.lindaadamsdesigns.com/murals.html

The Historic Architecture Workshop will be taught by Huey J. Theus at 2 p.m. April 9. Theus is famous for having captured most of Georgia’s beautiful and historic landmarks on canvas and in pen and ink while working for the State of Georgia. His paintings of all of the known lighthouses in Georgia, rustic rural scenes and coastal panoramas are sought after by collectors. Prints of his art work are sold throughout the nation in select stores and his original paintings sell for thousands of dollars. Theus has bought and restored his grandfather’s old homestead in Oglethorpe, making it a showplace and a studio for his art.

The Flora/Fauna Workshop will be taught by Sherry Evans at 9 a.m. April 16. Evans is from Vienna and specializes in community development and non-profit management. She currently works for the Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity in Cordele. Her art is a heart-felt passion. While Evans’ work ranges from graphite drawing, watercolor painting and glass painting, she favors acrylic painting. But most importantly, she shares, "I look for ways to serve and love others through art. A simple ‘prayer painting’ for a friend or loved one reminds me that creativity is a gift from God. I am desperate for Him to use me for His glory." Visit Sherry Evans Art on Facebook to see her heart warming portraits.

On April 30, squares of sidewalk around the Charlie Jackson Park will become canvases for the contest from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Entrants may compete in the following categories: school groups (elementary, middle and high school), youth civic groups (including church, Scouts, etc ...) , youth individuals (Ages 6-14), teen individuals (15-20), adult civic group, adult commercial group and adult individual (21 +). A special musical guest will play for the event and the City of Montezuma will be grilling hotdogs and demonstrating the services of the public works, water, roads, library, police and fire departments. To register for a free art workshop, to register for the contest or to sponsor a prize, call Camille Bielby at 478-472-4777.

A central element of Montezuma’s community revitalization strategy is to host special events and entertainment opportunities in downtown’s public spaces. The Sidewalk Chalk Festival project will fill a cultural void and bring diverse groups of people together to share a common experience. The GAP grant helps the Montezuma DDA demonstrate the merit of using the arts and culture to strengthen the bonds between different segments of the community.

The Chalk Art Festival will emphasize similarities while celebrating the community’s differences. This is the Montezuma DDA’s third consecutive GAP award. The GAP is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.

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