Georgia Piedmont Art Center off on right foot

AUBURN -- Officials report Georgia Piedmont Arts Center's first shebang of 2012 went off without a hitch.

The first of three winter gallery shows at Auburn's GPAC hosted a "great diversity of work and all skill levels were represented" on Jan. 21 and 22, said president Kathleen Gill.

The guest Judge was award-winning watercolorist, Henry M. Wood Jr.

Best of Show honors went to Patricia Schumacher of Lawrenceville for her fiber-art piece titled "Sunflower I."

Two-dimensional awards went to Bobbie Austin of Social Circle (first place) and Jacqueline Stadler of Dacula (second place).

Three-dimensional awards went to Patricia Schumacher of Lawrenceville (first place) and Jo Cooper of Hoschton (second place).

Honorable mention awards were received by Renee Hewitt of Winder, Myrna Trapp of Monroe, Mia Rodriguez of Braselton and Karey Russell of Winder. The Mayor's Choice Award was presented to Jacqueline Stadler of Dacula.

Featured at this show was a recent work of Henry M. Wood Jr. -- a watercolor titled "Taken a Break." Wood has donated this painting to GPAC for fund-raising purposes. The painting was offered for silent auction at the Barrow Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Saturday.

Relocated from Winder, the not-for-profit center occupies 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.

The next gallery show at GPAC will be Feb. 18 and 19, called "The Seasons."

For more information, call the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center at 404-202-3044 or visit www.GeorgiaPiedmontArtsCenter.com