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Chamber Concert Series
Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has announced its 2012-2013 Chamber Concert Series: April 8 – Sima Trio. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted. Tickets available and can be purchased at the door. For information or tickets, call 931-2204.
Music and Art
Chris Driggers and Brandon Stubbs play mandolin, violin and guitar. Pakistan-born Yasmin Hasnain displays her artwork here. Her work is inspired by her time spent in the U.S., as well as Pakistan, and her artwork depicts a variety of subjects including still-life, natural settings and cultural scenes from Pakistan. She will also be at the event if you have any questions or are interested in purchasing her work. There will be a sampling some of looseleaf tead favorites throughout the evening. In addition, the coffee bar will be open for drinks throughout the evening.
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Friday
COST: Free to attend, but Chris & Brandon will be accepting tips.
The Macon County Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. Call the Montezuma Downtown Development Authority at 478-472-4777 for more information.
The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Although many people became familiar with the Reverend Howard Finster through his 40,000 late-20th century paintings, the centerpiece of his work was Paradise Garden. This outdoor museum was built to celebrate all the inventions of mankind, but dedicated to the glory of God. His oeuvre is best considered as an installation and performance piece, of which the paintings are the extant artifacts.
In the early 1960s, Finster bought a parcel of swampy land, which he cleared and drained by hand. For the enjoyment of visitors, he planted edible and ornamental plants and began to construct concrete walkways, walls, and miniature mountains encrusted with thousands of found objects–everything from glass marbles to a jar containing a neighbor's tonsils.
Beside the walkways, he modeled figurative concrete sculptures; over the years, he built many structures, including a tall tower of bicycle parts and a chapel, the World's Folk Art Church. Through the 1980s, Paradise Garden flourished, bringing visitors from around the world to Pennville, Georgia, and international fame to its creator, who would preach to visitors and perform his own songs, accompanying himself on his banjo.
Today the High Museum owns the largest public collection of objects from Paradise Garden, many of which remain on permanent display in the Folk Art galleries. Among them are sidewalk slabs; concrete sculptures, including The Calf and the Young Lion and The Weaned Child on the Cockatrice's Den; Finster's Gospel Bike; and many signs and paintings that once adorned the garden.