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Art Beat: Gwinnett Choral Guild and Art in the Square share the spotlight

The Gwinnett Choral Guild will present an Invitational Choir Concert at

7 p.m. Oct. 11 with the combined choirs of the Gwinnett Choral Guild, Smoke Rise Baptist Church and Snellville United Methodist Church. This special concert, performed at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, will feature a special guest conductor, Edgar T. Scruggs. The concert program includes an eclectic selection of spirituals, folk songs and the famous and beautiful Rutter Requiem.

Scruggs is the Associate Conductor in Residence of the Mid-America Productions in New York and is a former associate professor at the University of Georgia and Belmont University.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild, under the artistic direction of G. Phillip Shoultz III, is hosting the event, which involves two days of mass choir rehearsals, culminating in the Oct. 11 performance. The other two participating choirs, Snellville United Methodist, which is also under Shoultz's direction, and Smoke Rise Baptist Church, will complete the ensemble of choirs to bring the total of voices to approximately 120.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild is now in its 25th anniversary season and this event will be the first in a year filled with special concerts and events. The Gwinnett Choral Guild was formed in 1983 consisting of singers from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. Under Shoultz's leadership for the past eight years, the Gwinnett Choral Guild has become one of the fastest growing and most dynamic choral organizations in the Atlanta area. The group's goal is "Embracing Community Through Choral Artistry" through fine choral music as well as embracing community minded projects to help those less fortunate in the greater Gwinnett area.

For tickets or more information, call the Gwinnett Choral Guild at 404-223-9962 or

e-mail to info@gwinnettchoralguild.org.

Just north of Gwinnett, the 5th Annual Art on the Square in Gainesville promises to offer visitors a day full of family fun Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., approximately 50 local artists from Gainesville and Hall County will have work on display at the Historic Downtown Square. There will be a children's artist market plus arts and crafts for kids. Live music, performers, clowns, face painting and great food from area restaurants will abound.

Artwork will be judged by Delores Diaz of North Georgia College and State University, and a special "People's Choice Award" will also be given.

Many participating artists have donated a piece of artwork to be displayed at Frames You-Nique during a special art show and silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Challenged Child and Friends Inc.

Art on the Square is free to the public.