Write Space

As we look forward on to a new year, I see programs and services planned that are both exciting and fun coming up in the future. Some are new, some are ongoing. Let us explore some of the upcoming possibilities.

Our first exhibit of the new year is by local artist Cheryl Raber and is titled “Wild Prism.” Raber is an abstract artist living with her son and husband in Sparta. She started painting by making cards for her mother who had dementia. The cards often included poems to her mother, and she made them every day. Raber has moved on to paint on larger size paper and canvases. Her works often include mixed media. Raber says that the time when she is painting is often a time of meditation for her, “a diversion from my day job at City Hall.” 

Community members can view the exhibit and purchase artworks by making appointments to visit between Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 in the Marlor House. There will be paintings and dreamcatchers on display. There will also be a virtual gallery available on our website: milledgevillealliedarts.com. Masks are required and physical distancing is recommended. As always, the Marlor House is free to visit.

We’ve also started our Write Space” community writing workshops from 12:30 to 2 p.m. These workshops are led by Dr. Kerry Neville, a celebrated author and Fulbright Scholar. There is no cost to attend these workshops, but registration is required so we know how many participants to expect. Bring your lunch, snack or coffee and the writing platform of your choice (Wi-Fi is available for laptops/tablets). We also offer the class live, virtually for those who cannot attend in person. It is OK to arrive late and or leave early in order to make this work for your schedule. It’s not too late to join these workshops, to register call: 478-452-3950 or email: alliedarts@milledgevillealliedarts.com

Tuesdays will also see the return of our legendary Milledgeville ACT for Youth program starting at 3 to 4 p.m. for our younger children, ages 6 to 9, and then from 4:15 until 5:30 p.m. for our older children 10 and up in the historic Allen’s Market. Our youth acting classes are led by retired educator Mrs. Ruby Wertz. Mrs. Wertz leads our children in fun theater games and lessons that teach them about all aspects of live performances from sound to movement. The ACT for Youth classes are $15 per person for the six-week session. We will release a full schedule of dates very soon, so keep an eye out here in The Union-Recorder and on our website: www.milledgevillealliedarts.com.

In partnership with Milledgeville Mainstreet, Allied Arts will host the February First Friday, “Food Truck Frenzy” from 5 until 8 p.m. This event will feature food trucks in the parking lot across from City Hall on Hancock Street in downtown Milledgeville as well as a parade of champions with Baldwin High School, John Milledge Academy and Georgia Military College. Plans are also being made for a bingo game with prizes from downtown businesses to be given out to the winners.

This same evening of the February First Friday, we will have a meet the artist reception inside the Marlor House with Cheryl Raber where the public will have a chance to hear about how she creates her paintings and her inspirations behind them. The public will also be able to purchase artworks at the reception. The reception will be from 5 until 7 p.m. 

The arts connect us; let us connect. Arts and culture define a civilization.  Please join me in celebrating the rich cultural heritage Milledgeville offers by going to a performance, art exhibit or an architecture and history tour.

—Brian Renko is executive director of Milledgeville Allied Arts. He can be reached at brian.renko@milledgevillealliedarts.com . Allied Arts is a 501(c)3 organization whose goal is to make quality arts opportunities available and accessible to those in Milledgeville and Baldwin County through a variety of art experiences.

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