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The Classic Center Galleries to open two new art exhibitions this Thursday

Posted: Tuesday May 19, 2015 • Category: General

 ATHENS, GA – The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of The Classic Center’s latest art exhibits on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00p.m. coinciding with the 3Thurs festivities. The opening exhibits, Peaceable Kingdom and Flight, will highlight the works of Cheryl Washburn, Margaret Agner, Lawson Grice, Will Eskridge, Jená A. Johnson, Maria Mueller and Susan Pelham. These artists will be in attendance to discuss their works.
Peaceable Kingdom pictures an array of animals, those great and small, in Classic Gallery I. The five artists featured in Peaceable Kingdom work in different styles and materials to create a colorful menagerie of paintings, prints, and photography. Cheryl Washburn’s highly rendered paintings of the local farmland with grazing horses and cattle are like looking through a little window into the pasture, where Jená A. Johnson shines a magnifying glass on her tiny subjects presenting them in bold, detailed, large photographs. Lawson Grice explores landscape with a video game aesthetic in his candy-colored digital prints, populated by koala bears and narwhals. Susan Pelham creates collages that are a cacophony of animals and activity whereas Will Eskridge does the complete opposite, isolating his majestic figures of animals in a geometrically painted world, letting their forms stand in sharp contrast to one another.
The artists featured in Flight in Classic Gallery II all inventively picture insects and birds with unique approaches creating an exhibition filled with quite a diverse brood. Margaret Agner’s kaleidoscope of silk butterflies delicately flutters in the breeze while entomologist and photographer Jená A. Johnson captures close-up real-life images of insects that shimmer like polished gems. On the ornithological end, Maria Mueller’s Pennsylvania Dutch inspired birds fly in happy flocks of greens and blues while Will Eskridge paints delicately rendered birds of prey. Susan Pelham’s storybook collages illustrate roosters crowing, waddling geese and skillfully balanced cranes.
These exhibits will be on display until October 2015. The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to entertain and educate our community by providing and supporting diverse performing, visual, and culinary arts programs.
For information regarding the exhibits, contact Didi Dunphy at ClassicCenterArt@gmail.comFor information on  The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here, or call 706.208.0900.

The Classic Center to host Pavilion Grand Opening Arts Festival on May 17 along Foundry Street

Posted: Monday May 11, 2015 • Category: General

 ATHENS, GA – The Classic Center will celebrate the opening of its new 440 Foundry Street Pavilion on Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a community arts festival. This free and family friendly event will feature the Sunday Center Market, the Classic City Chalk Fest, food trucks, live music, ice skating, kids’ activities and more. Foundry Street will be closed for this event.
The Classic Center has partnered with the Athens Area Arts Council and Colors of Connection to host the Classic City Chalk Fest, which will take place along Foundry Street. Participants may sign up for $20 per space or $10 for a spot on the community mural. Each Chalk Fest participant or team will be given one box of artist pastels and a 10-foot by 10-foot square on the sidewalk or asphalt, depending on space needed. Participants will have three hours to create a masterpiece, whether it is a reproduction of a work of art, or an original composition.
At the end of the drawing time, a panel of judges from the Athens Area Arts Council will award overall prizes, as well as additional categories reflective of the overall entrants. As participants work, onlookers will be allowed to watch the artists in action and cheer on their favorites.
“Beyond the Walls,” a documentary on the story of Colors of Connection, will be shown at 2 p.m. in The Classic Center’s Foundry Building.
Featured food trucks include Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles, Yoli’s Street Food, Tex’s Tacos, Holy Crepe, Kona Ice and King of Pops.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day on the main band stage by local acts Weekend Getaway and Will White.
The kids’ area will feature Chess and Community, a local organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth in the areas of academic achievement, community engagement, and critical thinking using chess as a learning tool. Face painting by Rockin Robbin Painted Designs will also be available, as well as balloon animals by Jeff Wilkes with Up and Away Balloons.
Kids can also enjoy a bouncy house and a family entertainment stage, featuring dancers from East Athens Technical Center, story time provided by Avid Bookshop and a puppet show by the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.
The Sunday Center Market began May 3 and will continue at the Pavilion every Sunday through October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding UGA football weekends. Each week, vendors will sell a wide variety of goods from handmade jewelry to fresh produce.
Artist vendors featured at the Market include Jaime Calkin, Matthew Perdoni, Blue Bell Gallery, Dana Johns and many more. Visit for a complete list of vendors.
For more information, visit or call 706.357.4444. For more details on the Classic City Chalk Fest, visit

Robert Randolph and the Family Band coming The Classic Center Theatre

Posted: Monday April 27, 2015 • Category: General

 ATHENS, Ga. – Robert Randolph and the Family Band will perform live at The Classic Center Theatre on Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m. in conjunction with the 3rd annual Classic City BBQ Festival. 
Tickets range from $25-$32, plus applicable fees, and go on sale this Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to add a BBQ plate and a soft drink for $10 to their order to be used at the pre-show barbecue that will be held in front of the Theatre. A Music & BBQ VIP Experience Package, including all Classic City BBQ Festival activities, the Friday night concert and pre-show barbecue, will also be available for $75.
The band is led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, who credits Stevie Ray Vaughan as the primary influence of his musical style. The latest Robert Randolph and the Family Band album, “Lickety Split,” was released in 2013.
Most recently, the band’s “Take the Party” was selected as the theme song for SEC Nation, the college football pre-show program featuring Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears that airs on the SEC Network.
Visit 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 Robert Randolph and the Family Band, visit 

Athens job fair connects employers and job seekers

Posted: Monday April 27, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. - Job seekers from all educational and professional backgrounds are invited to attend the Athens Job Fair and Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, April 29 at The Classic Center.  This event is free for the public and will host a number of employers seeking part-time and full-time help. A large turnout is expected, as the 2014 job fair saw over 1,000 job seekers.
The Athens Job Fair and Career Expo is hosted by the 2015 Success Summit in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor.  This event promises valuable resources for both employers and job seekers.  Professional dress is required and interview space will be available on-site for employers to meet with their most qualified candidates. 
Exhibitor tables are still available for any businesses looking to hire new candidates in the near future.  Over 30 organizations are currently registered to exhibit including Caterpillar, Lowe’s, BOS Staffing and Power Partners.
No registration is required for job seekers.  Visit to learn how to become an exhibitor or find more information.

Vendor applications now being accepted for Sunday Center Market

Posted: Thursday April 23, 2015 • Category: General

ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center is now accepting vendor applications for the Sunday Center Market, beginning May 3 in its new 440 Foundry Pavilion.
The Sunday Center Market will run each Sunday from May through October, with the exception of home UGA football game weekends, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The family friendly Market is free to attendees and will feature artists, farmers, crafters, food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more.
Vendor booths are $25 per week. All vendors will receive a free booth at the Grand Opening of the new pavilion on May 17.
For more information on becoming a vendor, please contact Danny Bryant, Pavilion Services Manager, at 706.357.4554 or
To learn more about the Sunday Center Market, please visit

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.
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