Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friends Weekend in Atlanta to feature art and symphony!

The eighth annual Friends Weekend in Atlanta will take place January 30-31, 2010. The weekend includes:

. Special High Museum exhibit, Saturday, January 30, “Leonardo da Vinci, Hand of the Genius,” featuring approximately fifty works, including twenty which will be on view for the first time in the United States. Tickets are for 2:00 p.m. admission.

· Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, January 30, at 8:00 p.m. Robert Spano
conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Also on the program are Vaughn Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and the soundtrack score for Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth by acclaimed contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov.

· Lodging for one night at the Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown, 134 Peachtree Street N.W., located across from the High Museum and Symphony Hall. Arrive Saturday, January 30, depart Sunday, January 31. Free breakfast and parking included. (Participants who prefer to do so may arrange their own lodging.)

Participants will provide their own transportation to Atlanta. Directions to the hotel and information about restaurants within walking distance will be included with tickets.

Total cost is per person, double occupancy, and includes tickets, audio guide, hotel with breakfast and parking, all taxes, and a $25 per person tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Hunter Library. Contribution is waived for full-time college students. Youths ages 6 to 17 must be accompanied by adult.

Adults under 65: $127
Adults 65 and over: $125
Full-Time College Students: $100
Youths (ages 6-17): $96

October 21 is the last day to register for the Friends Weekend in Atlanta. If you are not on the Friends Weekend in Atlanta mailing list and wish to receive more information and a registration form, please call Dora Melton at 227-3406. Bill Kirwan is coordinator of the weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dream Time Flora: Photography by Tim Lewis

From August 24, 2009, through
October 30, 2009
Gallery 1, Hunter Library
(First floor, across from Music CD,
DVD, Video Collection)
Western Carolina University

Artist Tim Lewis has used photography as a creative tool for most of his life. Growing up in Kansas, he developed a sense of awe in even the most common things, encouraged by parents who loved to explore the natural world, including looking at rocks and investigating what was underneath them. Classes at the University of Kansas helped refine his skills and deepen his interests in photography, glass and drawing. He eventually chose glass as his primary medium, but returned to photography twenty years later. Discovering the digital process and the versatility of a flat-bed scanner, he pushed the limits and found new ways of working.

Dream Time Flora is a collection of black-and-white photographs of umbrella magnolia, dogwood, wild grape, horsetails and other plants. The photographs have a darkness about them that suggests first light, twilight or a stormy day. In the dark there is “something more---unseen, unknown, mysterious.”

Lewis’s work has been exhibited in North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, and Colorado. He is artist-in-residence at Gallery 1, Main Street, Sylva, N.C. More about his work is online at timlewis.blogspot.com.