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Aurora Theatre is rapidly gaining recognition

Aurora Theatre is rapidly gaining recognition

Apr 9, 2014

Lawrenceville, GA From Mary Poppins to a Pulitzer Prize® Winner, Aurora Theatre Announces a Most Ambitious 19th Season Presented by Peach State Federal Credit Union. Aurora Theatre is rapidly gaining recognition as one of Metro Atlanta’s most successful arts organizations. With over 62,000 in ticket sales to 556 theatrical events and with 3,600 annual subscribers, audiences are flocking way off Peachtree Street to be entertained by Aurora’s robust offerings. This week, Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez announced that Peach State Federal Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for the company’s 19th and most ambitious season yet. The 2014-2015 Peach State Signature Series will feature four musicals and two plays and will kick off this summer with the high-flying spectacle Mary Poppins. It will also include a remount of the all-time biggest Aurora hit, Les Miserables, which was staged last year to smashing success, as well as the Pulitzer Prize®-winning Clybourne Park. “Peach State Federal Credit Union has been a long-time supporter of Aurora Theatre,” said Rodriguez. “They have continuously increased their commitment, and to have them now as the presenting sponsor is a testament to our strength as a regional arts organization.” In 2007, Peach State FCU was one of the leading contributors to the capital campaign, which allowed Aurora to expand to its current location on the square in downtown Lawrenceville. “As an education-based credit union, we believe that the arts go hand-in-glove to help create the quality of life that Georgians value,” said Marshall Boutwell, CEO of Peach State FCU. “The impressive work Aurora Theatre puts out every year has put Gwinnett County on the map as an arts center, making our community more attractive for businesses and future residents.” The Peach State Signature Series will be rounded out with the wild and wacky The Explorers Club and new musical Hands On A Hardbody, inspired by the acclaimed 1997 documentary film of the same name. The season will also include Gwinnett’s longest running theatrical holiday tradition, Aurora’s Christmas Canteen. Season tickets start as low as $84.00. Rodriguez also announced that the company will continue to present its highly popular Harvel Lab Series sponsored by Georgia Gwinnett College. Three contemporary plays will be performed in...

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Oct 22, 2013

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Official Photographer, Richard Calmes, has been selected by the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY to have a solo exhibition of his work from April, 2014 to April, 2015. Titled “Art in the Foyer,” the Museum has hosted many prominent dance photographers such as Lois Greenfield and Jordan Matter with this opportunuity. We are proud that Richard is receiving this honor, and proud for GBT, where he first started taking dance photos!...

Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Aug 28, 2013

By Nancy Alhabashi I was always a dreamer since I was a little girl. Far East by river Jordan I grew older loving to write and paint. By age 15 I moved to the United States. It was nothing but a hobby. Not till 2007 when I had to watch my dear father die from stomach cancer, I started painting more and more. I could not grief him enough because I had to put a smile on my face for my two 6 months old twin girls and 18-month-old son. So every night when I put them to sleep I would paint for hours. Only 3 months later I was myself diagnosed with 6 cm mass in my right lung. (Choriocarsinoma) .  . I spent almost 2 years partially watching my kids grow older. Between three surgeries and four long Chemo sessions I would go to my basement and paint. I poured on canvas all kind feelings. (Hope, sad, love, grief…Etc. I finally won the battle. Although cancer is never good news but in my case it was I knew what I wanted to do with. I have contacted Aurora Theatre and did my first solo exhibit there. It was a very successful solo exhibit with an outcome of seven pieces sold which was the first in the Theatre history. I am very blessed to be given another chance to stay round for my wonderful children (Hisham, Razanne, and Rowanne), and loving husband (Hashem Abuaisheh). Artist Statement: I believe in the power of colors. Yes you can stir feelings with only colors. I use several layers to create texture and depth. I am very daring with putting colors together. I  mix impressionism with abstract. Good art is what stirs feelings and touches your heart. I am still learning each day about myself through painting and writing. Art in all of its forms is a way of healing physically and mentally. Love is the most powerful feeling that can change lives. I paint and write about love in a very soft yet strong way. Most of my work is dreamy and somewhere else out of this world. About My Book  Soul Whispers : As much...

Chloe Pink. Who is she?

Chloe Pink. Who is she?

May 29, 2012

“Who is Chloe Pink? Why is she in my diary? And where is the key to this diary?” Whoa! Hold on! That’s a lot of questions, you curious girl! First of all, Chloe Pink is a little cartoon girl with an extra large message.” Follow your dreams, girl!” Secondly, she’s in your diary to help you discover the secrets and stuff that make you so special and one-of-a-kind. As for your third question wondering where the key to your diary is…Well, who needs a key when you’ve got Chloe Pink to help you unlock so, so many of your secrets such as: The top 10 reasons you love being a girl: Who are your friends? How are you alike? How are you different? What is a near perfect ‘Pink Scarf’ day to you? What stresses you out? What makes things all better? What goes on your “to do” list and your “not to do” list? What are your favorite hobbies, sports and activities? What is most challenging? Most fun? What are you best at? Who supports you? Who do you support? And much, much more! Plus — Chloe Pink has also added a FREE bonus section where you’ll learn the secret to making your dreams come true. (Let’s just say that here in this diary, you get to find out all the cool stuff that makes you so incredibly wonderful.) And, come to think of it…that is something you should never keep a secret! Sharna Fulton is a cartoonist, writer, teaching artist and “Chief Encourager of Girls” (CEG) at the Chloe Pink Cartoon Studio HQ in lovely Decatur, GA.  She takes her job quite seriously as she draws Chloe Pink, a funny little cartoon girl who just wants girls to follow their dreams. Want more encouragement? Check out Sharna’s first book, “The Chloe Pink Doodle & Dream Coloring Book.” I asked Sharna: Why Chloe Pink? This is what she told me: “Inspired by Charles Shultz, Dr. Seuss and Hallmark Greeting Cards, I’ve wanted to create a cartoon character and be a commercial artist since I was seven years old. So I finally started working on that dream about 6 years ago and created Chloe Pink. Chloe pink is a little girl with a big message. She encourages girls to believe...

ARTini’s – New Studio/Gallery/Lounge in Athens

ARTini’s – New Studio/Gallery/Lounge in  Athens

Nov 3, 2011

Art Studio, Gallery and Lounge ART is Blooming in April at new studio/gallery opening in Athens ATHENS, GA (April 2011) – ARTini’s, the sassy & chic art studio, gallery and lounge located in downtown Athens is the hottest place in Athens to explore your inner artist and experience local artists while enjoying friends, family and fun. ARTini’s art studio hosts nightly hands-on painting sessions starting at 7pm for individuals or groups, led by local artists where people can sign up to paint original works or art, copies of famous works or well-known images while enjoying an array of beverage options offered in the lounge. “DowntownAthensis the perfect setting for a chic yet comfortable studio where locals can come to have fun and broaden their artistic style,” said owner/operator and artist Kate Cook. “Right away, I have fallen in love with downtownAthensand the people who make it come alive everyday, and I look forward to supporting and showcasing the local talent and creativity that lives in this community.” For budding young artists, ages 6-12, there is an ARTeenies class weekly. These are children’s painting sessions offered on Saturdays 1pm – 3pm. ARTini’s is also Athens’ newest showplace for local and guest artists to showcase their works in the gallery with regular openings every few months ARTini’s is open week days from noon to 5pm Tues – Fri for freestyle painting sessions and the lounge also offers a relaxing atmosphere and free WI-FI for visitors. Private Parties, both on and off-site can be reserved with ARTini’s to make special events such as bridal showers, birthdays, baby showers even more memorable and unique, with a themed, self-created memento for each guest to take home commemorating the event. Whether you have dreams of creating your own work of art, dreams of decorating your home in authentic works of art or just want a fun way to express yourself and get together with friends – ARTini’s in Athens is the place to go to fulfill your artistic dreams and your downtime. ARTini’s is located in downtown Athens, at the corner of Broad & Pulaski in the Sweet Peppers building, at 296 W. Broad Street, Suite 3. ARTini’s is artist...

April 2nd at Cobble Creek Studios – A Burst of Color

April 2nd at Cobble Creek Studios – A Burst of Color

Mar 31, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011
from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Science, Nature and Art come together in our 3rd exhibition highlighting the work of
John R. Duke and Dr. David Babulski.