Monday, October 3, 2011

Please take the Snellville Arts Survey

The South Gwinnett Community and the City of Snellville would like to know the level of interest that you and your neighbors have in the arts in South Gwinnett. Please share this survey with your friends and neighbors.

For additional information, please contact Eric Van Otteren at

Click here to take the Snellville Arts survey

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun art classes for absolute beginners

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The classes are Tuesday at 7 PM (until 9-ish) at WineStyles and on alternating Saturdays (2nd and 4th Saturdays) from 4-6 PM. WineStyles is in The Avenue at Webb Gin in Snellville.

Costs are $25 per person, all materials included, and the students get to take their finished 16"x20" paintings home after class. Paintings are predetermined and taught step-by-step so that people who have never painted before can create a nice image in approximately 2 hours.

For more information about classes I can be reached at or please call me at
(404) 955-8203.

Examples of pictures from class can be found here:

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Support the Arts in Snellville

Last week, a few people gathered to talk about the possibility of creating a Snellville and/or South Gwinnett Arts Alliance.

From that meeting, the decision was made to engage a broader  representation from the community.

The idea was discussed to schedule a meeting and invite all interested individuals.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in art and/or supporting art of most genres is invited, including theater, performance art, poetry, literature,  painting, watercolor, painting, etc.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager for the City of Snellville, at

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Local artist's work on exhibit at Grayson Library

Local artist, Diana Thurmon has her artwork on exhibit at the Grayson branch of the Gwinnett Library through August 16th.

The exhibit features twenty-seven paintings in oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastels.

The library is at Grayson New Hope Road (Highway 84) and Bennett Road in Grayson.

Diana also teaches painting and the work of some of her students will be featured at this same location later this year.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gwinnett Artists Paint Mural in Wisconsin

Lilburn artists make their mark on Wis. town's wall
LILBURN — Four Gwinnett County residents recently joined an elite group of artists in Wisconsin to paint a picture of small town America. They were among 150 artists nationwide who visited Plymouth, Wis., at the end of June to paint 21 murals around ...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Article about Snellville Artist John Duke in Gwinnett Daily Post

This is a wonderful article about Snellville artist John Duke, written by Carole Townsend.

Second chance for artist — Snellville man pours heart into painting after ...
The Snellville artist talks about color and medium and light and canvas like a dad might talk about a favorite son, with pride and understanding. About five years ago, he might have sounded a little different. Duke was undergoing dialysis three days a ...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

House Bill 264 (HB264) will move Georgia Council for the Arts to the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Bill to Move GA Council for the Arts to Economic Development Up for Vote

Please contact your Representative to Support HB 264

House Bill 264 (HB264) will move Georgia Council for the Arts to the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development and protect GCA's dollar for dollar, multi-year matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is widely considered to be a positive move for GCA as it acknowledges the multi-million dollar arts & cultural industry of Georgia as an economic engine.
The Senate passed HB264 and now it's up for vote in the House. Please contact your House Representative immediately to urge him or her to support HB264. Then encourage your friends to do the same.

HB73 has been attached as an amendment to HB264. This year, the focus of the HB73 is as a flexible economic development tool for local communities, focused on local option and local control.  Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed expressed his support of the Bill in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as has the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the the Tourism Industry.  A coalition of cities, counties, and arts and cultural organizations, known as Georgia Communities for Growth, is pushing for a bill that would give communities unprecedented flexibility for a new revenue stream to fund Arts and Culture as well as other economic drivers.

We need your help ASAP contacting your legislative representative.  Two Minutes. That’s all it takes to tell your representative to support HB 264 as amended.