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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 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

Unleash your greatness with the world’s leading motivational speaker Les Brown on April 6

Posted: Thursday February 26, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – Les Brown, the world’s foremost motivational speaker and personal development expert, will be live at The Classic Center Theatre on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
“An Evening with Les Brown: Unleash Your Greatness” is designed to inspire entrepreneurs, industry leaders, educators and students to expand their internal abilities and strengths and live their lives to their greatest potential.
Tickets range from $10-$50, and are on sale now. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Sparrow’s Nest, a local Christian ministry center located on Prince Avenue that provides laundry and shower facilities, food and other necessities to those in need.
For more than 40 years, Brown has mentored, coached, and trained millions of business professionals and government officials throughout the globe. He has earned international acclaim through his best-selling books, audio programs and his series of television and radio shows that he produced and hosted.
Several local college students will have the opportunity to display their artworkduring a press and sponsor reception with Brown that will take place before the show at 5:45 p.m.
Student tickets and group rates are available. Student tickets are targeted to high school juniors and seniors and all college students. The press and sponsor reception is open to the public with an upgraded ticket purchase.
Click here to buy tickets, call 706-357-4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in downtown Athens.
For more information on Les Brown, visit

2015 Success Summit returns for third year to provide powerful resources for local businesses

Posted: Tuesday February 24, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – Local businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to learn, connect and be inspired are invited to register for the 2015 Success Summit taking place on Wednesday,
April 29 at The Classic Center.
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 $109 for businesses, $79 for nonprofits and $39 for students. Visit to register online, learn how to become an exhibitor or for more information.

Applications for The Classic Center Cultural Foundation performing arts scholarships due March 6

Posted: Tuesday February 24, 2015 • Category: General

Athens, GA – The deadline to apply for The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s performing arts scholarships is Friday, March 6.
The Foundation awards three separate scholarships to local high school students in the performing arts.

One scholarship will be awarded in each of the following areas: vocal performance, musical instrument and performance art in drama/dance. The Foundation will award each scholarship recipient $1,000, as well as $500 to the school arts department of each recipient.

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More than $13,500 raised for local organizations during ice skating at The Classic Center

Posted: Tuesday February 24, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. –Local organizations who signed up to volunteer at The Classic Center’s ice skating public sessions in the last few months received a total of $13,700.
Two dozen nonprofits and other groups signed up to volunteer at the ice skating rental counter during public sessions held from September to early January. In return for their time working the ice skating counter, the groups got to keep part of the ticket revenue from each skater.
Bethel Baptist Church Youth Ministry in Watkinsville, Ga., volunteered for several days. Youth Director Phyllis Sheats said they will use the money they received to help pay for Vacation Bible School, Easter and Christmas baskets for their sick and shut-in members and a trip to The King Center.
“We had a great time at the ice skating rink,” she said. “It was a great fundraiser for our group and we can't wait until the next time.”
Jackie Minus with Nimno A.M.E. Church in Nicholson, Ga., said the money they raised from volunteering will help fund their church missions.
“It was delightful to watch the customers out on the ice,” she said. “We will definitely sign up again next year!”
Among the groups that signed up were World Ambassadors UGA, CCI Greenheart and Bread for Life.
The Classic Center plans to offer public ice skating again in the fall.
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