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small, beautifully MOVING PARTS


SOUTHERN CIRCUIT OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SERIES kicks off in Gainesville, Ga this Thursday, September 20, at The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW. This is one of six movies and will be accompanied by dinner! Dinner will start at 6pm followed by the movie small, beautifully MOVING PARTS After the movie, we will have a MEET THE DIRECTOR reception for audience Q&A. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. Movie trailer is available on our website. For tickets call The Arts Council at 770.534.2787 or visit our website.


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The Arts Council, Gainesville State College and South Arts proudly present the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This tour is a unique interactive program that will bring six (6) award-winning independent films and their filmmakers into Gainesville City and Hall County.
The films in this series are small, beautifully MOVING PARTS directed and produced by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson; OTIS UNDER SKY directed by Anlo Sepulveda; SMOKIN’ FISH directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis ; girl model directed and produced by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon; FREE CHINA directed and produced by Michael Perlman; and STRONG! directed by Julie Wyman. Each film will include a ‘Meet the Filmmaker Question and Answer Session’. Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films. Individual film tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and seniors (65+) and include a reception, after the screening, with the filmmaker for questions and answers.

Opening the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series will be the screening of small, beautifully MOVING PARTS on September 20, 2012 at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. To kick off the independent film series, we invite you to join us for a dinner before the film, catered by Ed and Melody Entriken. Dinner will start at 6PM and the movie will follow at 7PM. small, beautifully MOVING PARTS: When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. Tickets include dinner: $15 Adults; $13 Student/Seniors

The second film in this series OTIS UNDER SKY will be screened October 18, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. OTIS UNDER SKY is the story of Otis (Anis Mojgani), a socially inept web artist recluse, who ventures into the world outside of the web and falls into unrequited love with Ursula (Roberta Colindrez), a kleptomaniac womanizer. Otis’ experience with love and loss inspires his greatest creation, an internet art concept that connects people spiritually. Directed By Anlo Sepulveda and produced by Mandi Sepulveda. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The third film in this series SMOKIN’ FISH will be screened November 8, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. SMOKIN’ FISH: Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture. Directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis; Jed Riffe is Executive Producer. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fourth film in this series girl model will be screened February 14, 2013 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. girl model is the haunting documentary that follows 13-year-old modeling hopeful Nadya Vall and jaded modeling veteran and scout Ashley Arbaugh, poses many questions. In taking a look at the working conditions of children and the insatiable demand for girls as young as 11 or 12, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin distilled a true vulgarity to a business that truly makes no apologies. In an exclusive interview with Mommyish, Ashley shares why she and her partner tackled this industry in the first place and responds to allegations that the film “humiliates” young Nadya. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fifth film in this series FREE CHINA will screen on March 28, 2013 at 7PM at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. FREE CHINA is the film the Chinese Communist Party does not want you to see. The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction… From the award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear”, Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The sixth and final film in this series STRONG! will screen on April 18, 2013 at 7PM at Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. STRONG!: Cheryl Haworth is an Olympic weightlifter, from Savannah, GA who has competed in three Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in Sydney in 2000. She held the title of National Champion for 11 consecutive years. Weighing close to 300 pounds, Cheryl uses her size to her competitive advantage in a sport that has traditionally been the province of men. This is the story of Cheryl’s weightlifting career, the rigors of training for competition, and her personal experience of being big in a culture that values women who are small. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors.

Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at the Arts Council’s website Series and individual tickets may be ordered on line at or by calling the Arts Council at 770-534-2787. For artist information call Gladys Wyant at 770-534-2787.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.

From Atlanta on I-85N: Take I-85 N / GA-403 N via EXIT 251 toward GA-400 / Greenville (go 28.3 miles); Merge onto I-985 N / GA-365 N via EXIT 113 on the left toward Gainesville (go 15.7 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 16, toward Oakwood / Dawsonville (go .3 miles); Turn left onto Mundy Mill Rd / GA-53 W (go .6 miles); Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

From Gainesville on I-985S: Merge onto I-985 S/US-23 S/GA-365 S toward Atlanta (go 4.4 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 17, toward Oakwood/Dawsonville (go 1.2 miles); Keep right at the fork to go on Mundy Mill Rd/GA-53 W; Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

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16 LOVE starring Georgia’s own CHANDLER MASSEY


The Arts Council, Inc. is proud to present 16 LOVE as part of its annual summer MOVIES ON THE GREEN Series. This silver-screen flick is for kids and family and will screen on Friday, July 13, 2012 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center and is RATED- PG. The movie will start at dusk. Our gates will open at 7:30 with pre-movie activities for children. Tickets are $3 Members and Students; $5 Non-Member. For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit

Local heart-throb Chandler Massey will display his acting talents on screen in a starring role in 16 LOVE! Gates will open at 7:30PM and the movie will start at dusk.Yes, kids, teens and adults, it is time to get seriously excited. Tennis lovers, your summer tennis season just got a new boost! Ally “Smash” Mash (Lindsey Shaw from Ned’s De-Classified School Survival Guide, 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty Little Liars) dominates all comers on the tennis court. She has no time for lazy heartthrob Farrell Gambles (Emmy-winning Chandler Massey from Days of Our Lives and One Tree Hill). Ally Mash may be 16 years old, but in tennis she’s, like, 50. She puts in more hours on the court than she does off it — her world exists between the carefully painted white lines of Junior Tennis. Farrell Gambles would rather play tennis on the Wii than in real life. But they don’t give out college scholarships for Wii tennis (at least not yet). Farrell lives in the real world – the one where some day you have to put down the remote and get a job. As cute as he may be, Farrell barely registers on tennis champion Ally’s radar gun. He’s too slow, too lazy, too… unpredictable. She has tournaments to win. She’s going pro soon. She doesn’t have time to mess around with boys and their teenage friends in their teenage world. But in a twist of fate, or rather a twist of ankle, Ally finds herself with plenty of time; time to worry about Katina Upranova, the Russian tennis star who was beating Ally when she hurt her ankle. Time to go through her hard-driving former tennis champion Dad’s rehab schedule of physical therapy and psychotherapy and aromatherapy or whatever it is he wants her to do. And time, lots of time, to coach none other than goof-off Farrell Gambles in his quest to qualify for the upcoming Open and secure a college scholarship.16 Love, released in January 2012, topped iTunes’ Sports Movies chart for several weeks.

Chandler Massey is an Emmy-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of Will Horton on the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives. Chandler received the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with his two younger siblings. He is the son of Lewis (former Secretary of State of Georgia) and Amy Massey and Grandson of Gainesville’s own Abit and Kayanne Massey. Chandler graduated from Norcross High School in May, 2009. While there, he was active in the Drama Club and took part in many of the school productions including playing a lead role in Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and pursue his dream of acting. In December 2009, after completing his first quarter at UCLA, Chandler auditioned for the role of “Will Horton” on NBC’s top-rated daytime drama, Days of Our Lives and won the role. Previously, he has appeared in episodes of One Tree Hill, Eastbound & Down and Army Wives. In 2010, Chandler landed a starring a role in his first feature film entitled 16-Love. The film released in January 2012. Chandler currently resides in Los Angeles. And where might Chandler keep his first Emmy? “I’m going to put it right on my pillow next to mine where I sleep so I can wake up in the morning and see it,” he said. Reminded that the pointy wings on the statue might not be something he’ll want to roll over on while sleeping, the actor replied, “Maybe I’ll drill a hole in it and wear it around on my neck like a chain.”

Mark this date on your calendar and book your tickets NOW!!! We assure you this will be a summer to remember. Bring your blankets/lawn chairs and picnics and soak in some summer fun. Rick’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ will be available for your convenience. Other movies in our MOVIES ON THE GREEN series include THE LORAX (August 24th) and TOP GUN (with Vertigo Band – date TBD). For a complete listing of our summer concerts, movies and events please call 770.534.2787 or visit Member discounts are available so make sure you ask about them! As always, the Arts Council, Inc. serving Northeast Georgia is bringing the best of entertainment to you!

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.




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The Arts Council Salutes Strong & Diverse Women

You Don’t Know What I Got, the debut feature from Linda Duvoisin, is a sprightly, candid portrait that examines the thoughts, ideas, convictions and passions of five diverse American women. Her technique shifts our attention at irregular intervals, abruptly changing time and place, mirroring the actual conversation patterns and highlighting the universal aspects of their experiences. She cuts from Tennessee to Minnesota to New Mexico, or joins Ani DiFranco onstage and off. Each of these master storytellers adds her voice to a tapestry of home spun tales, fables, confessions, advice, music, poetry, thoughts and actions. The richly textured portrayal is filled with the unforgettable stories of determined women who share an extraordinary passion for Life. Their wit and wisdom form the foundation of an immensely satisfying film. Features singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, Linda Finney, a police officer activist/poet, fellow police officer Julie Brunzell who shares her dream of becoming a social worker, Myrtle Stedman, born in 1908, a feisty artist and adobe-architect, and she revisits Jimmie Woodruff, the charming housekeeper who worked for the Duvoisin family.

A must watch for all women (18+ for some language and thematic content) and those who love women!


The Arts Council in conjunction with Gainesville State College and South Arts is proud to screen You Don’t Know What I’ve Got and two shorts, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins and We Shall Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-Ins on April 12, 2012 at Gainesville State College, Academic Building IV, Mathis Road, Oakwood Ga at 7:30pm. Post screening the audience will have an opportunity to meet the director at a Q&A reception. Tickets $7 adults; $5 students and seniors (65+). To purchase tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit

For other recent news about women…


From The Daily Beast…

Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

People Ashley Judd

Photo by Richard Drew

As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.

However, the recent speculation and accusations in March feel different, and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.

A brief analysis demonstrates that the following “conclusions” were all made on the exact same day, March 20, about the exact same woman (me), looking the exact same way, based on the exact same television appearance. The following examples are real, and come from a variety of (so-called!) legitimate news outlets (such as HuffPo, MSNBC, etc.), tabloid press, and social media:

One: When I am sick for more than a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have “clearly had work done,” with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo “identifying” precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done.

Two: When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had “work done,” with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)

Three: When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having “messed up” my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that “Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.”

Four: When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)

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Thoughts from Livingston Taylor

The Arts Council is proud to bring Livingston Taylor to Gainesville as the second performer in The Arts Council Pearce Series:

Anecdotes from Livingston Taylor’s soon to be released book titled, Stage Performance

Livingston conveys the lessons he had learned with a piercing insight and natural humor!

Can you tell who’s who?

Tell us which brother is James and which is Livingston in the comments box at the end of the blog. Leave your email address to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win tickets to the concert, March 15 at Pearce Auditorium!

Introduction (excerpt from Stage Performance)

“I’ve always been curious. Why is water wet? What keeps a plane in the air? Why does glass shatter? Why is stone hard? Why does gold shine and iron rust? I’ve spent countless gentle hours thinking about gravity and how it might be controlled. And I’m at my best when I’m straining to observe it all-squishy earthworms, gray green moss, light bulbs, bacteria, doorknobs, paramecium, firebrick, mushrooms, faded wood, indelible ink and bamboo. Born a camera, I am always photographing my instant of consciousness. That curiosity brings us to this book.

I teach a performance class at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a school that’s been in existence for sixty years and that is well known as one of the foremost jazz and contemporary music schools in the world.

The random nature of my class (not to mention my life) convinced me that the only way to organize this book was to collect a semester of tapes of lectures to an actual class. It has been something of a distillation process to get those into print. I have left it in the order in which I found it, which is to say, it is the unfolding of a semester’s classes. Although there is a vague outline, I’m content to let each class follow its own course. Rather than force the book into some rigid framework, the chapters spring from the moment. Reading from front to back is fine, but feel free to let it fall open where it may and dig in.

I love being around my students at Berklee. Twenty-something is a great age-just aware enough to have the entire mountain range in view, and energetic and innocent enough to believe it can, in fact, be crossed.”

To see Livingston perform live on March 15 at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium, contact The Arts Council today! 

(770) 534-2787 or

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The Arts Council Oscar Review

We hope you all enjoyed the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night as much as we did! We have a lot of opinions on dresses, poses, winners, and performances from last nights show.

Let’s start with The Arts Council’s Executive Director Gladys Wyants picks for best and worst dressed of the evening:

Worst Dressed: Melissa McCarthy

Gladys thought it was just too much fabric for Melissa and the color was all wrong for her complexion.

Best Dressed: Glenn Close

Glenn, in Zac Posen, looked fabulous. She was dressed age appropriately, and the color was fantastic on her!

Nairika’s Picks:

Worst Dressed: Sandra Bullock

It pains me to write this because I am such a huge fan of hers, but last night was definitely a miss. Not only was the dress wrong, but her hair was pulled back so tightly she looked like the female version of Bruce Jenner…Ouch!

Best Dressed: Milla Jovovich

Milla was perfection. Her hair, make-up, the white dress on the red carpet-absolutely stunning!

Ginna’s Picks:

Worst Dressed: Jennifer Lopez

We get it, you’re hot. This dress was not an Oscar dress. J. Lo has pulled out some glamorous looks before and I was disappointed last night when she showed up in this cheap looking number. Also, I hated the hair it was pulled way too tightly. My award for best up-do would definitely go to Tina Fey!

Best Dressed: I have a tie between The Help girls Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone.

First of all I am a huge fan of The Help’s Jessica Chastain and of Alexander McQueen, so putting the two together was a no brainer! I thought the print was too die for, so flattering, her hair was simple and lovely-loved it all!

Could Emma Stone be any cuter? I would wear this dress tomorrow! A lot of people have been critical saying it is too similar to Nicole Kidman’s 2009 Oscar gown, but I think Emma looks young, fresh, and age appropriate!

Before we go any further, has anyone else been “Jolegging” around the office all morning? WE HAVE!



Whether spontaneously striking a pose down the hallway or while in the middle of an important call, we CAN’T stop JOLEGGING!

Did you know…

Last summer as a part of The Arts Council’s Movies on the Green Series we brought you RANGO, last night’s winner for Best Animated Feature!

You can always count on The Arts Council bringing you quality entertainment!

A shout out to the amazing, talented, gravity defying, perfection presented by Cirque du Soleil!

We at The Arts Council enjoyed an evening of haute couture, excellence in filmmaking, and visual artistry. Unfortunately, Angelina, your leg just seemed a little out of place, wouldn’t you say?

Check out our start-studded events coming in March! Livingston Taylor, March 15

 Wycliffe Gordon, March 24,

and indpendent film A Gift for the Village, March 23

 Click on the links to see videos and learn more about the performers!

Please share your best and worst dressed nominees, pictures of you Jolegging, and any other Oscar comments!


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Arts in Schools

We at The Arts Council believe in the importance of art in education and want to introduce and expend local students interest and benefits of art in academia. Recently, we have had the opportunity to present two very well known artists, Lynne Arriale and Evan Christopher into local schools. Lynne and Evan performed at The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz to standing ovations. The Arts Council sponsored two clinics at North Hall High School and Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development respectively. We were all thrilled to find young, talented students eager to learn from the best in their art.

Both artists were so complimentary of the jazz programs in both schools and look forward to more clinics of this nature in our area.

Lynne Arriale instructing the musicians in the North Hall High School Jazz Band.

The very enthusiastic, attentive, and talented musicians in the North Hall High School Jazz Band.

Lynne teaching them the importance of the rhythm section in a jazz band.

Lynne was very impressed by the students talent and eagerness to learn.

The North Hall High School Jazz Band with their talented teacher Kevin Carwile, Lynne Arriale, Principal Joe Gheesling, and  Chair of the Arts in Schools Committee for the Arts Council,Vicki Hough.

Evan Christopher presenting valuable instruction to the musicians of Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development.

An attentive group of Chestatee musicians!

Evan’s jazz style pays homage to the earliest creators of jazz. Armstrong and Bichet used to listen to opera for inspiration. They saw their instruments as the voice in opera. Here Evan demonstrates the clarinet singing an aria from La Traviata. The children were mesmerized!

 The jazz musicians of Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development.

Evan Christopher performing for Chestatee jazz musicians! We thank Terry Sleister, band director for Chestatee, for being such a wonderful leader to these future stars!

Thank you to both Lynne and Evan for giving such wonderful clinics! And thank you to the teachers, band directors, and students at both schools for allowing The Arts Council and these awesome musicians time in your classrooms! As always we strive to keep the arts vibrantly alive in Northeast Georgia.

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