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Auburn's annual Harvest of Arts showcases local artists

AUBURN -- The Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, a local nonprofit art organization, is hosting the annual Harvest of Arts on Saturday on the front lawn of their Auburn art cottage.

IF YOU GO

• What: Harvest of Art Festival

• When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Where: On the lawn of the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, 1396 Third Ave., Auburn

• For more information: visit www.georgiapiedmo...

The outdoor tent event allows artists to showcase their works to the community and encourages the public to buy local art. There will be paintings, pottery, soaps, jewelry, textile art, candles and more ready for purchase.

This year, Michael Gibson will give demonstrations of his craft wood turning, which is shaping wood with tools at a very high speed. He hasn't quite decided what he will be creating for the crowd yet, but the idea of creating small spinning tops has been tossed around.

"I can't tell you how pleased we are that Michael and his wife Cynthia will be with us," said GPAC President Kathleen Gill. "His work is absolutely exquisite and he's been recognized all over the world."

There will be free mini art lessons for any adults interested which last 30 to 45 minutes in duration. The classes offered are in watercolor painting, pastels and cartooning. Savannah College of Art and Design student, Whitney Wheeler will be offering her expertise for cartooning in the mini lessons during the festival.

"The classes are short, but we want people to get a taste of what we offer here at GPAC," Gill said.

The free children's activity is creating bracelets from recycled items, which was suggested by Rebecca McCartt, one of the teachers at the nonprofit.

"Rebecca had just returned from a Girl Scouts camp where they did this activity and all of the girls loved it," Gill said.

Thom and Becky Tollerson of the 106 West School of Music from Winder have put together a performance for live entertainment throughout the day. The music will be played by students of the school.

While you're at the festival, help the GPAC as they work on a continuous public art project that was started in July. Purchase a ceramic tile at the event, paint it to your heart's desire and leave it behind. It will be incorporated into a tile mural designated for the children's park on Third Avenue in Auburn, directly across from the library.