The Union Recorder

April 2, 2013

Arts center presents cultural celebrations


Special to The U-R

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House will host cultural events during April to celebrate Southern culture and historic preservation.

The cultural arts center is partnering with local artists to provide two engaging workshops that will illustrate southern culture. The Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center is also a part of the Historic Preservation conference and the Georgia Trust annual Ramble in Milledgeville this year

“We are highlighting arts that are quintessentially southern this month. Ceramics were used by Native Americans, European settlers, Africans and all of those traditions together made our southern tradition of ceramics. Today ceramics are utilitarian and/or art forms and Josh Green will highlight those traditions and give participants the opportunity to make something to admire or use. In addition to ceramics, we are also featuring a class about the artistic and utilitarian purposes of gourds taught by Carol Babb of the FolksArt gallery. Gourds are southern staples, and have been referenced in song and used for bird houses and other projects,” said Deitrah Taylor, program assistant of the Sallie Ellis Davis House. 

The Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center will be joining the museums and historic homes of Milledgeville in participating in the 2013 Georgia Historic Preservation Conference & Statewide Historic Preservation Commission Training and Georgia Trust Ramble. The Georgia Trust listed the Sallie Ellis Davis house as part of its 2009 Places in Peril list. The Georgia Trust was a key partner in research, restoration and awareness of the house at a critical moment in its history.

• Through April 6

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Ceramics With Josh Green

The course is $15 for participants ages 10 - adult. The fee includes a full week of class.

• April 4 - 6 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Gourd Art with Carol

The class is $25 a session  for participants ages 10- adult. 

Both courses have a limit of 20 participants.

n April 25

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2013 Georgia Historic Preservation Conference & Statewide Historic Preservation Commission Training

Welcome Reception

To register for the conference go to www.GeorgiaTrust.org.

“I strongly encourage the campus and local community to attend these events to learn more about southern culture and celebrate Milledgeville’s heritage of historic preservation,” said Taylor. 

The Sallie Ellis Davis House served as residence to local educator Sallie Ellis Davis from 1912 until her death in 1950.

Located on South Clarke Street, the historic home now is a modern-day cultural center, including classroom accommodations, a meeting/banquet room, the latest technology and a small kitchen.

The house opens for regular tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment.

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