Opening Reception for "Local Inspiration" Art Show

Helen, GA

Date

07-May-2015

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07-May-2015

Time

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location

Helen Arts & Heritage Center
25 Chattahoochee St.
Helen, GA 30545
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Cost

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Helen Arts & Heritage is pleased to feature local ceramic artist, Jami Pederson in its upcoming exhibit, "Local Inspiration" opening reception on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Jami earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville and went on to obtain her Master of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. She studied ceramics at Virginia Intermont College and began making pottery in Bristol, Virginia where she lived with her husband, son and daughter for fourteen years.

Jami now resides with her family in Clarkesville, Georgia and works from her home studio, Applewood Pottery. She produces one-of-a-kind functional and beautifully designed pottery pieces. Her creations are all personally hand built or thrown and glazed and fired in her home studio. Each high quality piece made is lead free, non-toxic and microwave/dishwasher/food safe and makes for a unique addition to any home decor.
We welcome everyone to join us at the May 7th opening exhibit and reception and take advantage of an opportunity to meet Jami and other local exhibiting artists. Admission is free with free parking available in the rear area of the arts center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen. Free parking for White County residents is also available in the municipal parking lot located just down from the center. The "Local Inspiration" exhibit will remain on display through June 20, 2015 and can be seen during the hours of 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Sundays. 

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Wayne Patchell, a native of Bridgeton, NJ, honorably served our country through the U. S. Coast Guard which brought him to Norfolk, VA. It was there he met his wife, Nancy of 55 years, who is also an accomplished artist and an award-winning quilter. After his military service, Wayne's job as regional comptroller with A. B. Dick Company landed them in Roswell, GA. After 27 years, Wayne retired and he and Nancy purchased a 52 acre farm in the northeast Georgia community of eastern Lumpkin County. Wayne and Nancy enjoy their time together along with their family of three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Wayne first became interested in art at the age of eleven when he briefly took summer lessons in sketching, watercolor and pastels from a local art teacher. Later, as a teenager he was introduced to oil painting from his cousin, Winnie who was a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Art. Oils soon became Wayne's medium of choice. He provided artwork for a local tv station but found it to be too restrictive.
After painting for his personal enjoyment, he agreed to part with some of his work, selling over 100 paintings in the last eight years. Wayne works primarily upon commission from photos of people, animals, landscapes, etc. He regularly exhibits his work in the gallery at Helen Arts & Heritage as well as other local art galleries. Wayne often enters his exclusive 24x30 signature paintings in competitions and has won numerous prestigious awards over the years.

Painting has always been a favorite pastime for Wayne and he prefers to use subjects that tell a story...the viewer’s interpretation. Hearing how certain paintings strike a sentimental cord with people, and observing positive responses make his efforts all the more worthwhile. Wayne says “some are so heartwarming I’d almost do them for free.”
Wayne also enjoys HO Scale Model Railroading as a second equally rewarding passtime. He has a huge layout and loves the challenge of designing realistic landscapes and buildings from scratch. He is a skilled and patient worker with his hands and credits God’s guidance, provision and grace with his gifts and life blessings, including living in the north Georgia mountains, which never cease to amaze him!
We are thrilled for the opportunity to feature Wayne's incredible paintings in the upcoming show. We invite you to join us for a reception honoring this spectacular display, representing a lifetime of talent and acquired skills from a genuinely inspiring gentleman.

Admission is free with free parking available in the rear area of the arts center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen. Free parking for White County residents is also available in the municipal parking lot located just down from the center. The "Local Inspiration" exhibit will remain on display through June 20, 2015 and can be seen during the hours of 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Sundays.

Media Contact

Nancy Ackerman

706-878-3933 helenartshc@gmail.com
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