"Shades of the Mountains" Opening Art Exhibit & Reception

Helen, GA






5:00pm - 7:30pm


Helen Arts & Heritage Center
25 Chattahoochee St.
Helen, GA 30545
(GPS is not accurate for this address - call for directions)



The opening of the Spring art exhibit and reception, Shades of the Mountains, honoring featured photographer, Charles Holton and potter, Jo Ackerman will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the gallery at Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen. Cleveland photographer,

Charles Holton believes everyone should be passionate about something and for him, photography has become his passion. During his forty year accounting career, the great outdoors was his escape from the office. Whether it was hiking a trail above a glacier in Alaska with his son or camping in the Smokies, he admits being happier and more content with a camera in hand than sitting in front of a computer. There are rules as to what makes a great photograph, but Holton believes a great photograph is one that preserves that one of a kind visual image to be remembered forever . His hope is that the images he shares will serve as an inspiration to others to go out and enjoy the natural outdoors and discover what lies in the forest. Holton's work is on display in Helen Arts & Heritage Center and SNCA, Sautee.

Jo Ackerman grew up in the prairie state of Indiana, also possessing a love for the outdoors and its fields of wildflowers and forests. Growing up with an artistic mother and her father, a builder led Jo to be creative and hands-on. At an early age, she began to draw, paint and build 3D projects and as an art major in high school, she learned principles and techniques that advanced her skills. Plans for a formal education were interrupted during her first year of college, when she met and married her soulmate. During their first seven years of marriage, adventures included moving five times with her husband's job, years of raising their three children and searching for affordable ways to be an artist. After experimenting with relief wood carving and sawing out mirrors, building jewelry boxes and furniture with carvings, she ventured into ink drawing , portraits, watercolors and collage. Years later, she was able to fulfil a dream with the opportunity to work with clay. She soon discovered her past experience in carving, drawing and painting, aided her hand building skills. With practice, she developed her own unique style and design in pottery making. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and shows throughout Northeast Georgia. Jo gets her design inspiration now from the forests of the north Georgia mountains that she and her husband love so much. She encourages everyone with natural gifts to find ways to be creative throughout their lifetime.

"This is the first of four annual exhibits scheduled for the year and we invite artists to become actively involved by sharing their work with the community through the exhibit." says HAHC President, Nancy Ackerman. Exhibitors who have previously had their work juried for exhibit in the Helen gallery may bring their work on Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm or Monday, March 7 from noon until 4:00 pm. New exhibitors interested in displaying their work in the March 10 exhibit should bring three pieces of similar style and medium on the above dates for panel review. There is a $10 jury fee and if accepted, a $40 annual membership fee is required. Admission to the exhibit opening and reception is free and a cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend. "Many local artists will be on hand to greet guests and we invite the community to join us in support of our many talented artisans who are indeed passionate about their work," adds Nancy Ackerman. Free parking is available in the rear area of the arts center. 

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