Arts council relocates gift shop to Braselton Antique Mall

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The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council has relocated its gift shop, formerly located at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center is relocating to the Braselton Antique Mall.

“This will give the wonderful art we have for sale more exposure since the mall is open seven day a week and the arts center was open only two or three afternoons per week,” said HHAC president Robbie Bettis. “You can consign your artwork — paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry, knitting, crocheting, basketry, woodworking and more — with only a 30-percent commission for three months or longer.”

 A members’ show is on the calendar for April 13-14. Artist-members are welcome to participate. The show will be from 5-7 p.m. on April 13, when refreshments will be served, and from 2-5 p.m. on April 14.

Details will be announced. Refreshments will be served at the April 13 event. “We certainly hope each artist will be with their art to boost the sales appeal,” said Bettis of the judged show. Awards will be announced.

 The HHAC will host Saturday night Bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. on March 16 and April 19. Pay $1 for two cards and you can also purchase pizza slices and beverages.

Classes

Quilting, a truly historical art form, has started under the direction of Susan Rice. She teaches a class on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and then offers the opportunity for “old quilters” to get together and have fun quilting and yacking until 2 PM. This group may produce a quilt to auction for the HHAC! If you wish to join just come on over and help us with a small fee to pay for utilities of the arts center. This class and “Friends of the HHAC” Quilters will be offered again in the spring.

Three-year-olds are learning Spanish on Tuesdays and have a great time in their Music & Movement class on Thursdays. Sarah McGrath is offering these classes as well as a Mini Monet class for 3- and 4-year-olds again in the spring.

A summer kids arts & crafts camp is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8-12 for ages 8-12. The fee is $100 and includes supplies but the child must bring a sack lunch. This may be limited to 15 participants. Instructors who will receive a small stipend for their participation are needed.

 ’Redo’ is theme of June 8 gala

“Redo” is the name of the big June 8 gala event to raise money for the Arts Center. The “Redo” will be at the Arts Center and tickets are $35 each or $195 for a table for six. Redo your wardrobe and wear something old or make something out of recycled items. An award will be given for the best costume. A live and silent auction featuring repurposed and repainted items with a lot more items donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. The gala will also feature several competitions.

 Competitions

 In the Painted Furniture Competition, participants must paint a piece of furniture as a piece of furniture or a piece of art. The piece becomes the property of the HHAC to be sold at auction at the “Redo.” The top three winners receive monetary awards. Applications for this event are due May 10, and the art piece must be brought to the Arts Center by 5 p.m. on May 30.

The Repurpose Item Competition will find participants making something new out of another object such as an old trunk becoming a coffee table, a dresser with mirror becoming a bathroom sink, a musical instrument becoming a light fixture, etc. “You can find many ideas on the Internet,” says Bettis. The item becomes the property of the HHAC and will be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Applications are due on May 10, and the item must be submitted to the arts center no later than 5 p.m. on May 30. The top three winners will receive monetary awards.

 Arts Fest is June 15

“Arts Fest” is June 15, and the summer concert series will kick off that night at 8 p.m. on the Veranda.

“The HHAC will be asking the mayor and council to allow us to shut down the Town Square for this event,” said Bettis. “Some vendors will be inside the arts center and the entertainment will be on the veranda.”

Artists and artisans are invited to participate in Arts Fest, and quilters may enter a quilt show with judging in several categories.

“We will continue the Jackson County Shoot Out photography competition and have a new event called ‘Quick Draw’ for artists who will paint a specific area of downtown and the art will be judged and winners announced,” said Bettis.

Doug Thompson as Elvis, who kicked off the season last summer, will return to the stage all the way from Sevierville, Tenn. A different performer will be on the veranda the second Saturday night of July, August and September for the free concerts with refreshment for sale.

Brief recap the competitive events:

Painted Furniture – application due May 10 – Art piece delivered by 5 p.m. on May 30

Repurposed Item – application due May 10 – Item delivered by 5 p.m. on May 30

Quilt Show – quilts due on June 12 and will be judged on June 13-14 – displayed on June 15

Jackson County Shoot Out – application and entry fee due May 17 – photos delivered to the Arts Center on June 1

Quick Draw – application and entry fee due by June 10 – Site for painting/drawing announced on June 15 with competition beginning at noon with the completed art piece delivered to the arts center by 3 p.m. The winner will be announced by 4:30 p.m.

 Sponsors are being sought for each competitive event. “If you want to be a sponsor or have a suggestion, please let us know ASAP,” said Bettis.

“Our theme for the year is to Repurpose so remember to reuse and recycle and help save our community and planet,” says Bettis, who can be contacted at hhac55@yahoo.com or info@HoschtonHeritageArtsCouncil.com or by calling 706-654-2693. The HHAC website is not up-to-date due to a change in command, but information on events will be posted soon.