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The Classic Center and Athens-Clarke County Introduce New Electric Car Charging Station

Posted: Tuesday April 14, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center, in partnership with Athens-Clarke County, will debut an electric car charging station located at the Thomas Street entrance of the facility on Wednesday, April 15 at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
The station is a Level 3 Fast Charger which has the ability to fully charge the average electric car in just 30 minutes. The next fastest charging station of its kind takes four hours to complete the same charge. With both CHAdeMO and SAE plugs included, the charging station will be able to serve the entire electric vehicle fast charging market. It is the first of its kind in downtown Athens and is the only fast charger currently in town besides the Nissan dealership near Bogart.
 
The charging equipment for the Classic Center was donated by Nissan Motor Corporation and funding for the installation was provided by the Charge Georgia Program administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. This installation is part of a recent Athens-Clarke County effort to install nearly $100,000 in publically-available electric vehicle charging equipment with a 3% local match.
 
“This is a really unique opportunity for Athens.” said Andrew Saunders, Athens-Clarke County Environmental Coordinator. “We now tap into the Atlanta electric vehicle market by allowing our visitors to come into town for an event, top off their cars during a break, and then return to their homes without any range anxiety. Atlanta has been identified as the fastest growing electric vehicle market and has the second largest number of registered electric vehicles in the nation. Until the deployment of the charger at The Classic Center, it has been very difficult to attract electric vehicle drivers from Atlanta.”
 
The charging station operates off of a system called Greenlots, allowing users to monitor when it is available, its operational status and how much it costs. The new downtown station will be free to users for the first six months and will be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
 
“This is an exciting sustainable opportunity for our customers, guests, local residents and the entire Northeast Georgia region,” said Philip Verrastro, Assistant Executive Director of The Classic Center. “We are proud to offer this unique service to the growing number of electric vehicles we see visiting our venue and the downtown business district.”
 
In March 2013, ConventionSouth Magazine presented The Classic Center with a Green Meetings certification. The certification program recognizes cities, hotels, and meeting facilities that provide eco-friendly and energy-wise options for meetings and events. Over the past few years, The Classic Center has expanded activities to include the Green Life Expo and the Alternative Vehicles Roadshow. The recent Classic Center expansion is currently under review to obtain LEED green building certification from the US Green Building Council.
 

Deadline to register for 2015 Success Summit extended to April 17

Posted: Thursday April 9, 2015 • Category: General

 ATHENS, Ga. – The deadline to register for the 2015 Success Summit, taking place on Wednesday, April 29 at The Classic Center, has been extended to Friday, April 17. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to learn, connect and be inspired are invited to register for the event.
 
Previously the Athens Small Business Summit, the newly rebranded Success Summit saw more than 300 attendees last year from local businesses and nonprofits. This event, organized by Athens-based business consulting firm StartStrategic, is a must-attend event for businesses of all sizes and ages.
 
This all-day event provides attendees with a variety of educational breakout sessions, valuable resources, experienced speakers and great networking opportunities.
 
A number of partner organizations, including the University of Georgia Terry College of
Business and Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, have worked alongside Success Summit organizers to produce a dynamic curriculum applicable to small businesses and nonprofit organizations alike. Session topics stay true to the Summit’s mission by promoting core business fundamentals.
 
A Resource Fair will take place again this year, allowing attendees to talk one-on-one with more than 50 local service-based industry representatives. Additionally, a free-to-attend Job Fair and Career Expo will be presented by the Georgia Department of Labor for all local job seekers. Vendor booths for each of these events are available for purchase.
 
The morning keynote will be led by Gena and Davis Knox, founders of Fire & Flavor, as well as Chris Collins, founder of Bone Dry Roofing. These two Athens success stories will detail their paths to success and provide insightful tips on how to advance businesses forward. A second keynote in the afternoon will feature a presentation by renowned entrepreneurial guru Chris Hanks. His presentation will highlight what it takes to build yourself as a brand, what it means to craft a value proposition and also give tips on how to leverage that value to make your business truly successful.
 
Registration for the Summit is now open and currently only $129 for businesses, $79 for nonprofits and $39 for students. Visit SuccessAthens.com to register online, learn how to become an exhibitor or for more information.
 

Free Third Thursday evening art tour scheduled for April 16

Posted: Tuesday April 7, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – The next Third Thursday­ – the monthly evening tour of art at seven public galleries – is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 6-9 p.m.
 
Third Thursday was established in 2012 to encourage attendance at Athens’ established art venues through cooperation and co-promotion by the organizing entities.
 
The April 16 Third Thursday will include the following exhibitions/galleries at these stops:
 
Lyndon House Arts Center – In celebration of 40 years of art in downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, “Forty of Something,” collections from our community. The April installment is 40 hats plus 40 jewels, from the collections of Beverly Bourgeois and Par Ramey. The new Lounge Gallery at the arts center is currently featuring its inaugural exhibition, a solo show by Katherine Dunlap. Dunlap uses drawing media to explore pattern, texture and color in fantastic landscapes. Her charming drawings are filled with imaginative marks, inventive perspective and color that shimmers and delights.
 
Ciné – An exhibition of paintings by local artist Sarah Lowing. Lowing has shown her work atgalleries and alternative spaces including a solo show at 1294 Sunset Gallery, and group shows at Tinlark Gallery, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Post Gallery in Los Angeles and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee.
 
Hotel Indigo – The opening reception of the Finders exhibition, which investigates works by artists who use found, discarded and re-discovered materials.  These are works of assemblage, collage and construction. The GlassCube, through June 2015, features an architectural installation of paintings by Carol John.
 
The Classic Center – NEW GALLERY OPENING: The Classic Center presents a new spring exhibition, “Peaceable Kingdom”, picturing an array of animals, those great and small, in the Classic Gallery I. Opening to coincide with 3Thurs festivities, this exhibition feels like exploring a zoological garden, featuring the work of local artists Will Eskridge, Lawson Grice, Jená A. Johnson, Susan Pelham and Cheryl Washburn. “Flight”, the new spring exhibition in Classic Gallery II, examines our feathered and flying friends and features the work of Margaret Agner, Will Eskridge, Jená A. Johnson, Maria Mueller and Susan Pelham
 
Georgia Museum of Art – Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition includes art by 19 graduate students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. “Pierre Daura (1896–1976): Picturing Attachments” examines the many works that Pierre Daura created throughout his career in response to his personal relationships. A companion show, “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision,” utilizes objects from the museum’s collection and the Pierre Daura Center. “Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda” presents a cross-section of the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927–2007). “Terra Verte” occupies the sculpture garden and is by Scottish artist Patricia.
 
ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) – "TEASE: Hair as Muse + Material,” ATHICA’s first group exhibit of the year, explores the significance of hair in art, fashion, ritual, sexuality, religion and culture, represented in a variety of media.
 
Lamar Dodd School of Art – Lamar Dodd School of Art will be closed for the April Third Thursday.
 
The Third Thursday shuttle, which is sponsored by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, will circulate through all of the art venues every 30 minutes, beginning at the Lyndon House at 6 p.m. Free parking is available at the Lyndon House Arts Center, the Georgia Museum of Art and ATHICA.
 
All exhibits are free and open to the public during Third Thursday.
 
Visit 3thurs.org for more information on Third Thursday. For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here.
 

"An Evening with Les Brown" Postponed

Posted: Sunday April 5, 2015 • Category: General

 An evening with Les Brown, originally scheduled for Monday, April 6, has been postponed. Please check www.ClassicCenter.com for information regarding a new possible date for the event. Patrons who have already purchased tickets will receive a full refund.

Free Third Thursday evening art tour scheduled for March 19

Posted: Tuesday March 10, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – The next Third Thursday­ – the monthly evening art tour of seven public art galleries – is scheduled for Thursday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m.
 
Third Thursday was established in 2012 to encourage attendance at Athens’ established art venues through cooperation and co-promotion by the organizing entities.
 
The March 19 tour will include the following exhibits/galleries at these stops:
  • Lyndon House Arts Center –An opening reception from 6–8 p.m. featuring drawings by Katherine Dunlap will be the main event. This is the first opening for a new exhibition program, the Lounge Gallery — a swanky space with windows overlooking a view of north Athens that will feature quarterly solo exhibitions by emerging artists. Additionally, the "40th Juried Exhibition” is open to the public highlighting original artwork created by local artists, judged by Carter Foster, Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. Also showing is “Forty of Something”, showcasing varied collections from the community, each consisting of 40 items, to commemorate the center’s 40th year of bringing art to downtown Athens. This month’s collection is Lauren Fancher’s Forty Found Photographs.
  • Ciné – An exhibit of paintings by local artist Sarah Lowing. Lowing has shown her work at galleries and alternative spaces including a solo show at 1294 Sunset Gallery, and group shows at Tinlark Gallery, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, and Post Gallery in Los Angeles and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee.
  • Hotel Indigo – “Ornament” includes artists interested in adornment and display. “BANG,” a new installation by Carol John is ready for viewing at the GlassCube at Hotel Indigo.
  • The Classic Center – “Nature Revealed” features five artists, all looking at the natural environment through the eye of an artistic microscope. “Then and Now: Celebrating 40 years of the Lyndon House Arts Center” represents five artists, Munroe d’ Antignac, John d’Azzo, Terri Jarrett, Leah Mantini and Erik Patten, their award winning artworks from previous Lyndon House Annual Juried Exhibits, as well as a selection of their current works.
  • Georgia Museum of Art – “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision” – The Pierre Daura Center was established at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2002 and contains a collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by the Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura. “Pierre Daura (1896–1976): Picturing Attachments” – This exhibition is the first one devoted to the many works that Pierre Daura created throughout his career in response to his personal relationships. “Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda” – This exhibition presents a cross-section of the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927–2007). “Terra Verte” – Scottish artist Patricia Leighton has been making art in the public realm for more than 25 years, creating large-scale permanent commissions that relate to the history of a given site and relevant environmental and ecological conditions.
  • ATHICA – ATHICA is closed for this Third Thursday but will open “TEASE: Hair as Muse + Material,” on March 28.
  • Lamar Dodd School of Art – “Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair Project Space: Zoe Strauss” – The 2014-2015 Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair, Zoe Strauss, presents an in-flux project space that will include a variety of exhibitions and events featuring the work of Strauss, Dodd graduate students and Dodd faculty. “Square One: First Year MFA Student Exhibition” – This exhibit brings together work from the first year MFA students at the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art. Also on exhibit will be the “Annual Student Juried Scientific Illustration Show,” “Annual Juried Student Printmaking Exhibition” and “Keith Wilson: The Dodd.”
 
The Third Thursday shuttle, which is sponsored by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, will circulate through all of the art venues every 30 minutes, beginning at the Lyndon House at 6 p.m. Free parking is available at the Lyndon House Arts Center, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art and ATHICA.
 
All exhibits are free and open to the public during Third Thursday.
 
Visit 3thurs.org for more information on Third Thursday. For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, please click here.
 

Free Athens Symphony Spring Concert tickets available March 16 at The Classic Center

Posted: Thursday March 5, 2015 • Category: General

 ATHENS, Ga. – Free tickets to the Athens Symphony Spring Concert on Sunday, March 29 will be distributed at The Classic Center Theatre box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16. 
 
The spring concert, which begins at 3 p.m. in The Classic Center Theatre, will feature violin soloist Rachael Fischer and musical selections from composers Mendelssohn, Bruch and Wagner. An avid chamber musician, Fischer has performed across the United States and in Europe. She maintains a full violin studio and assists in chamber music coaching at the University of Georgia Community Music School.
 
Tickets are required for entry, and are limited to four per person. Regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday.
 
For more information on the Athens Symphony, visit AthensSymphony.org.
 
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