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Holley Calmes

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's Youth Performance Division presents "Dreams" at the GBT studios Oct. 26

Young dancers follow their dreams. It is the motivation behind all of the hard work, time, tears and joy that go into the serious pursuit of a professional career, or the “dream” of one.

ART BEAT: OTC Comedy Troupe Presents an inter-Atlanta triad of comedy on October 17

Consider kicking off the spooky season with comedy instead of candy! Gwinnett’s OTC Comedy Troupe has invited fellow comedians from Dad’s Garage and Laughing Matters in Atlanta for an evening of chuckles on Friday, October 17 at Lionheart Theatre.

ART BEAT: Lionheart Theatre brings 'The Perfect Halloween Show' to their stage

Two young producers are bringing something spooky to the Lionheart Theatre stage on October 9th through the 12th.

ART BEAT: North Gwinnett Arts Association and The City of Suwanee Offer 'Plein Air,' Classic Car Show

The City of Suwanee is always bustling with arts events, and this fall the burg has two special offerings for artists and those who appreciate beauty.

ART BEAT: Floral artists create and teach through the language of flowers

Catherine Vecchio and fellow designer Linda Whitten make the world a more beautiful place and reach out to others at the same time. The two floral artistsare using their talents to give back to the community in unique and beautiful ways.

ART BEAT: 'Around the World Visits Snellville' brings international cultures to Gwinnett

A few years ago, as Gwinnett’s population grew increasingly diverse, the city of Snellville felt that it was time to celebrate all of the wonderful arts, crafts, food and friendliness of these cultures.

ART BEAT: Artworks Gwinnett director has skills on stage as well as boardroom

Artworks Gwinnett Executive Director Raye Varney has fond memories of growing up participating in community theatre with her sister and her father. It is no wonder that she wanted to pass along the experience to her daughters by finding a theatrical experience they could share.

ART BEAT: Lionheart’s “Moon Over Buffalo” Offers Laughs and Dessert Beginning Sept. 12

Lionheart Theatre’s upcoming play “Moon Over Buffalo” serves up situation comedy, shtick, screwball farce, sexual innuendo, mistaken identity, swordplay and slapstick. And if that’s not enough, the admission price includes dessert!

ART BEAT: Hudgens Center’s ‘Illuminated Letters’ puts artistic handwriting in the spotlight

Beautiful handwriting is as much of an art form as it is a means of communication. The Hudgens Center will prove this by featuring calligraphy in an event on Thursday, September 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Museum.

ART BEAT: New London Theatre announces 2014-2015 season with nine productions

New London Theatre in Snellville has chosen 9 very special plays to make up their 2014-2015 season.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett Choral Guild invites singers ages 16 and up to take part in new season

The Gwinnett Choral Guild has been active in Gwinnett since 1983, making it one of the oldest non-profit arts groups in the community. Now led by Artistic Director Renee Wilson-Wicker, the organization is looking to expand as it prepares for an exciting season.

ART BEAT: Eddie Owen to work with Gwinnett School of Music

Owen and Gwinnett School of Music’s Kelly Bowlin will officially open the doors of an expanded music education facility at Red Clay Theatre as soon as Aug. 1.

Musical artist Norwood wins Atlanta’s Next Legend competition

Norwood wins Atlanta’s Next Legend competition

Columnist Holley Calmes follows up on the career of Lawrenceville native and musical artist Norwood.

ART BEAT: New London Theater's production of 'Grease' fills month of July with 1950s vibe

“Grease” is the final show for New London Theatre’s 2013-14 season.

ART BEAT: Snellville Arts Commission gathering momentum with calendar of intriguing activities

The Snellville Arts Commission came into being in 2012 with the first meeting in August of that year and is continuing its commitment to foster participation in the arts.

ART BEAT: Acting Up Theatre brings "Treasure Island" to stage

“Treasure Island” will be performed July 11, 12 and 13 at Central Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.

ART BEAT: Student artist Lee Varnerin awarded first prize at Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival

Varnerin is a graduate of Duluth High School.

'Hooray for Hollywood' theme has Duluth Fine Arts League fundraiser shootings for stars

Guests are invited to come as their favorite movie stars or just to doll up like one. The night will be filled with stars of all kinds, including famous look-alike celebrities.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet summer intensive reunites teacher, student

Bennyroyce Royon, a nationally known choreographer, dancer and teacher, will be teaching summer intensive at GBT, whose artistic director, Wade Walthall, was Royon’s first teacher.

ART BEAT: Atlanta Harmony Celebration! wins awards in clean sweep at convention

A women’s barbershop chorus recently won its area competition.

ART BEAT: Two Gwinnett ballet companies shine at annual festival

Southern Ballet Theatre and Gwinnett Ballet Theatre attended the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association’s spring festival.

ART BEAT: Peace, love, chalk art featured at Suwanee’s Arts in the Park on May 17

Everyone who visits Suwanee on May 17 and partakes in the pleasures of “Peace, Love and Arts in the Park” will leave “feelin’ groovy.”

ART BEAT: Fifth Row Center brings "Fiddler on the Roof" to Buford stage

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented May 1 through 4 and 8 through 11 by Fifth Row Center Theatre at the Buford Community Center.

ART BEAT: Ludwig Symphony to feature world premieres, international soloists during concert

The Ludwig Symphony will perform its season finale, “A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” on April 26 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

ART BEAT: Musician Adam Crane and students make ‘quest’ of playing with heart, soul

The Crane Classical Music Society is located at 834 Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn, and within its doors string students are flourishing.

ART BEAT: Duluth Fine Arts League to award scholarships to young artists

Auditions for the scholarships are April 23 and are free and open to the public, making this event a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the young talent in the Gwinnett community.

Lionheart Theatre's spring break camp features two special instructors

A Norcross theater company is gearing up for its summer offerings.

ART BEAT: Hudgens Center offers educational classes, workshops and camps

The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth has announced its summer offerings.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre unveils new production of ‘Cinderella’

The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will present the fairy tale “Cinderella” on March 29 and 30 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

ART BEAT: Suwanee's Independent Film Series to present 'Perfect Strangers' on March 18

Suwanee’s Independent Film Series consists of six films shown in September, October and November and continuing in February, March and April, with one film per month. April’s film will be “The Retrieval,” a film set in the American Civil War era.

ART BEAT: Atlanta Harmony Celebration! to present 'epic' event

A women’s nonprofit organization of female barbershop singers will present its annual anniversary show March 22.

ART BEAT: Southern Ballet Theatre to present 'Rapunzel' at Performing Arts Center

Four performances will be held. Evening shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, and matinees will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9.

ART BEAT: Local theater presents Pulitzer Prize-winning play

The play “Wit” is opening on the New London Theatre stage in Snellville.

ART BEAT: Prestigious dance competition returns to Gwinnett

The Youth America Grand Prix will hold its Southeastern Semi-Finals at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center February 21 through 23.

ART BEAT: Barefoot in the Park celebrating tenth anniversary this spring

The festival is one of the most popular spring events in Gwinnett.

ART BEAT: Suwanee's Dick Goodman combines own artistry with arts activism

The Suwanee City Council member is a photographer and painter.

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet celebrates decade of concert dance

Originally, the showcase was designed as a special training exercise to provide motivation and choreography experience to aspiring young dancers and choreographers. Now, the event has expanded into a full length production.

ART BEAT: Kudzu members’ art show to be held at historic courthouse

Kudzu Art Zone artists are taking their work outside of their Norcross location.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra invites local musicians to perform

Non-musicians can enjoy several upcoming performances.

ART BEAT: Lionheart opens 2014 with classic, original works

The Norcross theater has several plays lined up for the new year.

ART BEAT: Leaders share personal stories about holiday art

Art effects people differently through the holidays

Art beat writer Holley Calmes asked local leaders about how art effects their lives during the season of giving.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett galleries offer visual arts for Christmas

Two exhibits are open through the new year

Kudzu Art Zone and The Gallery at St. Edwards Episcopal Church are offering the free exhibits, featuring several local artists.

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet to present 'Nativity Ballet'

It is free and open to the public

Sugarloaf Ballet will be offering this vision of Jesus’ birth to audiences at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center for free.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet to present holiday classic, ‘The Nutcracker’

The show returns to Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

The ballet’s annual holiday performance kicks off Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 22.

ART BEAT: Creative Enterprise to sell holiday creations

The Lawrenceville nonprofit to host open house Dec. 5

During the open house, attendees have a chance to buy hand crafted holiday pieces made by the clients at Creative Enterprise.

ART BEAT: 'Of People and Places' shown in Snellville

It is the work of local artist Mikki Root Dillon

The exhibit is on display in Snellville’s City Hall through Dec. 31.

ART BEAT: Southern Ballet to offer non-traditional holiday performances

The Lawrenceville troop to present a “Grinchy” show

For the past four years, the company has presented “A Very Grinchy Christmas” based on the popular characters of Dr. Seuss’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

ART BEAT: New London Theatre to present 'Death of a Salesman'

The classic tale of Willy Loman comes to Snellville

Audiences have a chance to see the performans on Fridays through Sundays until Nov. 17, when the play closes.

Stone Mountain Chorus to perform in Duluth

The chorus performs its fall program at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16. All performances will be held at the Duluth First United Methodist Church located at 3208 Duluth Highway in Duluth.

ART BEAT: 'Hudgens pARTy' to celebrate fusion of art, culture

The backdrop for this fling is the exhibition “Hispanoamericanos – Traveling Souls,” based on Felix Berroa’s Hispanic American Visual Arts Project on Oct. 26.