'Harvest' art entries sought

AUBURN -- Awash in the sweltering humidity of July, the word "harvest" can pang as a distant -- and unattainable -- promise associated with foreign concepts like chilly breezes and crisp leaves.

Artisans in Auburn are bent on speeding up the autumnal process.

The Georgia Piedmont Arts Center is preparing to once again present the "Harvest of Art" festival on the lawn at the GPAC art cottage in downtown Auburn on Sept. 10.

Harvest of Art will showcase fine art and fine craft artisans. Patrons can also expect free mini art lessons as well as musical entertainment and food offerings, said GPAC president Kathleen Gill.

Artisans are invited to apply. Applications are available at the GPAC website, or by calling Gill at 404-202-3044.

The not-for-profit center recently relocated from Winder to a historic house in downtown Auburn. Its mission is to "cultivate, facilitate and promote a community in which all art forms can thrive cooperatively," according to the center's website.

Officials declared their inaugural gallery show at the art cottage -- the winter-themed "Shades of White" -- a success earlier this year.

For more information, visit www.georgiapiedmontartscenter.com.