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Holley Calmes

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ART BEAT: Kathy Thomas and En Pointe School of Dance celebrate a year of significant milestones

In celebration of its 20 year history, Praise in Motion will present their anniversary concert on Saturday at Southern Polytechnic University.

ART BEAT: Mikki Dillon's "Forays into Photography" on display at St. Edwards gallery

"Forays into Photography" consists of 26 pieces, depicting scenes from Italy, Japan and from South Carolina to New Mexico.

ART BEAT: Duluth Fine Arts League offers scholarships to Duluth High School seniors

Six Duluth High School seniors will be vying for three scholarships at a public audition taking place in the New Dawn Theater on April 15.

ART BEAT: Barbara Mock creates costumes to help children with challenges

Mock's "Tu Turiffik Kidz" is a grass roots organization that makes and distributes tutus, fairy headpieces, masks and superhero capes for children with long term illnesses and disabilities.

ART BEAT: Suwanee hosts Plein Air Event this weekend

Artists scatter throughout Suwanee for art competition.

ART BEAT: Northeast Atlanta Ballet present 'Sleeping Beauty' with the Gwinnett Symphony

The ballet will be performed at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center March 16 to 18.

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ART BEAT: Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival prepares for an exciting event

The annual event returns to Duluth's Town Greene on May 4 to 6.

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ART BEAT: 'Duluth Reads' returns featuring author Jack Riggs

In 2012, "Duluth Reads" will include two separate events, a Book Talk on March 13 and a Meet the Author event on March 16.

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ART BEAT: The Actor's Edge shines a spotlight on bullying through a time-traveling fairy tale play

There is a lot of activity buzzing about The Actor's Edge with two performances, "Reading, Writing and Little Red Riding Hood" and "Mirror Image," premiering in the next few weeks.

ART BEAT: GSO and Stone Mountain Chorus celebrate Valentine's Day; Onionman announces festival plays

Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Stone Mountain Chorus celebrate Valentine's Day, while the Onionman announces festival plays.

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ART BEAT: Suwanee's 'SculpTour' wraps a first year of audience-gathering art

Suwanee's first "SculpTour" concludes in March with 15 pieces of sculpture displayed throughout the city's Town Center Park and environs.

ART BEAT: ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards ceremony creates a 'fusion' themed event

The ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards ceremony on Jan. 23 will fill the Hudgens Center for the Arts with representatives of many arts organizations and community leaders.

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ART BEAT: Ukrainian singing star visits Atlanta for the first time presenting 'Christmas with Ruslana'

For everyone who mourns the end of the holidays, perk up. They aren't over until the beautiful Ukrainian lady sings. Ruslana, Ukrainian singer, recording star and multi-awarded artist will be gracing the stage of the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center on Jan. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. with her show

ART BEAT: Lionheart Theatre announces 2012 season and Flex Pass

Holley Calmes gives a preview to Lionheart Theater's 2012 season.

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ART BEAT: Gift giving made easy at the Hudgens Center for the Arts

The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth has a bounty of gift ideas for anyone on your shopping list.

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ART BEAT: 'Santaland Diaries' allow Lionheart actors a chance to improvise

The Lionheart Theatre performs "Santaland Diaries" in the beginning of December.

ART BEAT: New London Theatre hosts 'Arts in Snellville Extravaganza -- Holiday Edition'

New London Theatre is hosting "The Arts in Snellville Extravaganza -- Holiday Edition," which will take place on Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 as a fundraiser for the theater.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett teen creates unique fashions from paper

A Gwinnett teen was included in "Papers, Fashion for a Cause" at Morris Brown College on Oct. 23 for her hand-crafted tutus.

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ART BEAT: Music and mystery dinner theater events offer a variety of weekend fun

For the next few weekends, Gwinnett County residents with have a chance to support two nonprofit arts organizations: the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and the Community Art Players of Suwanee, who will have several performances for residents to attend.

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

The Sugarloaf Ballet presents "The Sleeping Beauty" for three performances at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center on Oct. 22 and 23.

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

A new pre-professional ballet company was added to Gwinnett's impressive list of nonprofit arts organizations last year. Sugarloaf Ballet was launched in 2010 and consists of 65 dancers from the combined Sugarloaf Ballet and Sugarloaf Performing Arts dance companies.

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ART BEAT: Suwanee's Plein Air Festival offers artists 'Fresh Air' inspiration

Artists work in the outdoors at Suwanee's Plein Air Arts Event Oct. 22 and 23.

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ART BEAT: Suwanee's Plein Air Festival offers artists 'Fresh Air' inspiration

The city of Suwanee will be buzzing yet again with artistic activity over the weekend of Oct. 22 and 23. The annual "Plein Air Arts Festival" will be in full swing, with artists choosing whatever outdoor subject suits their fancy about this picturesque town. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and culminates with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant, an event which is open to the public.This year's event has been expanded to invite photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists as well as painters, pastel and pencil artists.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett teen dances her way to Scotland and back

Gwinnett dancer Mary Avis Burnam performed in the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer in Scotland.

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ART BEAT: 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' heats up Lionheart Theatre

One of the 20th century's most passionate plays will be heating up the stage of the Lionheart Theatre beginning Friday and running weekends through Sept. 25.

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Art Beat: 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' Heats Up Lionheart Theatre

One of the 20th century's most passionate plays will be heating up the stage of the Lionheart Theatre beginning Friday and running weekends through Sept. 25.

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ART BEAT: Peach State Opera's 'Elixir of Love' to be toasted with a wine event

Wine can certainly be an "elixir," and it has many romantic connotations. So it seems only fitting to create a wine tasting event in celebration of Peach State Opera's production of "Elixir of Love."

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Art Beat: Peach State Opera's 'Elixir Of Love' To Be Toasted With A Wine Event

Wine can certainly be an "elixir," and it has many romantic connotations. So it seems only fitting to create a wine tasting event in celebration of Peach State Opera's production of "Elixir of Love."

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ART BEAT: Art classes for all ages abound at the Hudgens Center

Painting, drawing, clay, photography, printmaking and more are all being offered at the Hudgens Center for the Arts during their fall session which begins the week of Aug. 23.

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ART BEAT: Aurora caters to younger crowd with Children's Playhouse season

It isn't just the grownups who get to enjoy Aurora Theatre's stellar lineup of theatrical offerings. Gwinnett's professional theater has quite a schedule of shows for the younger crowd, and it all starts Aug. 20 with "The Ron J Show -- Juggling and Unicycle Duo," featuring the dynamic Ron Anglin.

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ART BEAT: A new season starts for The Actor's Edge

The Actor's Edge just ended the most successful Summer Performing Arts Camp in the organization's four-year history, and this fall it will launch a new series of classes with great preparation and anticipation.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre announces its new staff

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is Gwinnett County's oldest nonprofit performing arts organization, formed in 1977 by Lynne Snipes. For the past 14 years, Lisa Sheppard Robson has been at the helm as artistic director, steering the company to achieve many honors and produce many wonderful dancers.

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ART BEAT: Lionheart ends summer with camps, 'Velveteen Rabbit'

Lionheart Theatre has been active this summer with drama camps for kids of all ages, but it's not too late to get in on the action. Two more weeks of camp will be held the week of July 25-29 at Lionheart's facility at 10 College St. in Downtown Historic Norcross.

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Author Karin Slaughter's appearance to help libraries

The Norcross Barnes and Noble store will be the site of best-selling author Karin Slaughter's highly anticipated annual appearance at 7 p.m. July 1. The event will also be a benefit for Gwinnett Public Libraries.

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The 'WOW Factor': Tannery Row artisits to open new exhibits

The artists at Tannery Row are hosting five visual arts exhibitions beginning June 18 and continuing through Oct. 8.

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ART BEAT: Actor's Edge provides fun-filled summer camps

Summer camps at The Actor's Edge in Duluth will offer youngsters ages 4-17 the promise of honing their theatrical skills as they have lots of fun in the process. The camps will be held over seven weeks from June 6 to July 29, and campers can sign up for one week or all seven.

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Gwinnett artists are at the helm of opera company

When the Peach State Opera opens its third season at 8 p.m. Thursday with a performance of Mozart's beloved masterpiece, "The Magic Flute," audiences will have many Gwinnett artists to thank for the experience. This performance will be held at Georgia Perimeter College's Cole Auditorium Fine Arts Building in Clarkston.

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ART BEAT: New London Theatre to take audiences to Oz again

Audiences will have an opportunity to revisit a favorite musical as New London Theatre presents "The Wizard of Oz (Junior)" on Saturdays and Sundays from May 14-22 and again on June 4. The performances will take place at the New London Theatre facility located at 2485 W. Main St. in Snellville, Georgia.

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North Atlanta Dance Co. to present the ballet 'Carmen'

"Carmen" is one of the most popular and familiar operas ever written, with its high drama and memorable melodies. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett audiences can thoroughly enjoy this colorful and tragic tale in ballet form. North Atlanta Dance Company will present "Carmen" plus two other works at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

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ART BEAT: Barefoot in the Park to feature famous sidewalk artist

Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival will once again be filling the Duluth Town Green with beautiful art of all types on May 7-8. However, the festivities will begin earlier this year, with a very special "Art Walk" happening the evening before the event, featuring two unique arts events.

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ART BEAT: Performances of 'Scheherazade' end this weekend

Beautiful music, witty dialogue, and a strong female role model made “Scheherazade” the perfect choice for the Actor’s Edge spring performances at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, according to Artistic Director and Founder Pat Padrick.

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ART BEAT: Fine Arts League to bring Terry Kay to Duluth

"To Dance with the White Dog" is a much lauded book, and its author, Terry Kay, is one of Georgia's most recognized and popular authors. What better choice to be the first book and first author selected for the Duluth Fine Arts League's first Duluth Reads event?

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Southern Ballet Theatre brings 'Aladdin' to stage

All sorts of magic will be created onstage as Southern Ballet Theatre presents “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” today through Sunday at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

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ART BEAT: Treat your sweetheart to a 'Musical Valentine'

Chocolates are a lovely gift to bestow upon your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but if you want to be original, how about choosing a “Musical Valentine” instead? Whether your taste is in classical music, barbershop or rock and roll, you’ll have fun surprising your honey with something more than candy this year.

ART BEAT: Artists highlight triumphs of 2010, hopes for new year

Gwinnett arts organizations have made plenty of news in 2010, but 2011 could be a lot better. A quick series of interviews with several visual and theater artists active in Gwinnett show a great deal of pride, energy and hope for the future. They also offer some very good suggestions for how to better support the arts and create awareness for them.

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ART BEAT: LSB Arts Academy starts 2011 with 'La Intensive'

LSB Arts Academy is offering its dancers a way to start the new year off with a special opportunity. “LA Intensive,” a dance instruction program with prominent teachers and guest dancers, will be given on Jan. 8 and 9 at the LSB Arts Academy studios on Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

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Exhibition highlights artists at Pinckneyville

Can you paint with a needle? Sculpt with fabric? The talented members of the Tangled Threads Doll Club can, and their artwork is on view in an exhibition titled “Frost and Fantasy in Fibers” at Pinckneyville Community Arts and Recreations Center in Norcross. The exhibition is on view and will end Jan. 28.

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ART BEAT: Aurora Theatre takes home 3 'Suzi Awards' for excellence

The best of metro Atlanta’s theatre productions were honored at the 6th annual SUZI Awards on Nov. 8 in a gala evening presentation which glittered with the region’s theatrical royalty. Among those in attendance were representatives of Gwinnett’s own Aurora Theatre, which took home three SUZI Awards.

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ART BEAT: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra to present multi-faceted concert

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will offer concert-goers a roster of guest artists and a variety of classical selections when this professional orchestra takes the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. No less than five featured performers or performing groups will be highlighted, performing on piano, violin and clarinet.