Issue 12.53 | Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
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DULUTH, Ga., Oct. 19, 2012 The Hudgens Center for the Arts, administrator for the Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition, has announced the jury panel formed for the competition. It includes curators from three top art institutions in the nation.
Hudgens Prize is open only to Georgia residents. It has a $50,000 cash
award plus hosts a solo exhibition for winning artist. The Hudgens Prize
is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation. The
competition is intended to elevate and promote the arts in Georgia, as
well as to offer a transformational opportunity for the winning artist.
Kamps has curated special shows at the Menil, such as the current Silence, which he coordinated with the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He was previously senior curator at Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He has also served as senior curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art and assistant professor at Maine College of Art. Earlier in his career, Kamps served as curator of exhibitions with Madison Art Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Pesanti has organized several curatorial projects at the Albright-Knox, including Bad Habits (2009); Artists in Depth: Picasso, Braque, Leger, and Delaunay (2011), and, most recently, Surveyor (2011). She is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo, where she teaches in the Visual Studies Department. Prior to her position in Buffalo, she was the assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Penn. Pesanti holds Masters degrees in cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford, England, and in modern/contemporary art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Nichols, director of Programming and Exhibits at the Hudgens, states,
having such highly esteemed curators for the panel gives our Georgia
artists the chance to have their work in front of some of the most important
decision-makers in the contemporary arts world, and helps promote Georgia
art and artists in general.
OCT. 19, 2012 By the time you read this, the New York Yankees may be eliminated from baseballs 2012 playoffs. We surely hope so, no matter who the Yankees are playing. Yep, were no Yankee fan.
people, you are either a Yankee fan or not, and most tell you where they
stand about the Yankees. Many support them, but a whole lot are pleased
to see them stumble. So we say, Go-Go Tigers, if you havent disposed
of them yet!
THOUGH THE WEATHER is moving cooler, havent the last few days been magnificent? Most people enjoy the long springs and falls we have in Metro Atlanta, and the last few days have been just wonderful. And the slow rains we have had over the last week have been most enjoyable, too.
Shhhh. Dont tell too many more people about our mostly great weather, throughout the year. The worst part of our winter is when it even threatens snow, and then the panic engulfs many people, and especially the vehicle drivers, if even a little snow falls. Newcomers need to know: thats not a good time to be out on the roads, for its not the precipitation that will get you, but the unprepared drivers!
throughout the year, we have wonderful weather, a benefit from living
At least in Georgia we now have a helmet law to give some protection to head injuries. But when people are astride a motorcycle, they have very little protection from flying debris, heavy sunlight, wind and rain .and most of all, other drivers.
owners will hear nothing of talk like this. They figure its not
against the law, they are proficient at riding their bike, and theres
no law against it. But for the rest of us, look out for them. They can
cause reasonable drivers to have accidents, too.
PEEVE: people who go through the buffet line and select their food,
and then dont clean their plate! They picked the food out, then
wasted it. Not fair! Or logical! Or smart!
ANOTHER PEEVE: this isnt just a peeve, its against the law. Have you seen the many, many political signs that are breaking the law by placement of campaign signs on the county and city rights-of-ways. Thatre illegal there.
It can happen overnight, where a particular candidate may install many signs all over an area. It looks like many homeowners are supporting him, when they may know nothing about the placement of the sign in front of their homes, but on the right-of-way. These homeowners should feel free to remove any right-of-way sign they did not approve placing.
If you want to place a sign for a particular candidate in your yard, be sure to place it back from the right-of-way line near the road of the city or county. Be sure its actually on your property, and then you are legal.www.gsc.edu.
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how cramped it can be in coach on a long overseas flight and the high
cost of a roundtrip in business class, I read with interest. Last year
my husband and I split the difference on a visit to Italy. We flew to
Paris overnight in business class but flew back in coach. We spent a third
more in airfare, rather than double, and arrived at our destination much
more refreshed than we were the year before when we flew to London in
Remembers the joys of being upgraded to first-class seats
commissioners are hearing details of a new master plan for water and wastewater
facilities that looks ahead to 2030. The document, required by the Metropolitan
North Georgia Water Planning District, focuses on capital investments
to comply with regional plans and aligns with the countys 2030 Unified
View Point Health to build 30-unit facility on Lawrenceville site
County this week declared just over eight acres of land near Lawrenceville
as surplus and sold it to a public agency, View Point Health. The agency,
formerly known as GRN Community Service Board, provides behavioral health
services, including outpatient, day rehabilitation, crisis stabilization
and residential services. The group plans to build a residential facility
on the site. The land is located on the southeastern side of Lakes Parkway
at Riverside Drive in Lawrenceville.
A new localized Chamber of Commerce is attempting to be formed in southwest Gwinnett. The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce was officially established as a 501c6 non-profit in September to focus on Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners.
Steve Dorough, CEO of First Community Development, has been elected the Southwest Gwinnett Chambers first chairman of the board. The group named Dave Gleim of the Hilton at Northeast Atlanta, as chair-elect.
The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber area will represent a geographic area that includes approximately 7,500 businesses and 50,000 citizens.
The Chambers mission statement says it will be focused: To advance the economic, educational and cultural growth of Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners; to enhance the quality of life in the community; and to foster continuous improvements of the tri-city area as a place to live, work and enjoy a healthy quality of life.
The Southwest Gwinnett Chambers Program of Work will focus on six areas during its first year:
Other officers selected include Skip Nau, Scott Lee, Charlie Riehm and Kim Dorough, vice chairs; Gordon Tomlinson, secretary; and Ranae Heaven, treasurer. Other members of the board include Don Allen, Rachel Cook, Rodney Hammond, Mike McLaughlin, Nancy Minor, Dorothy Jarrett, Chuck Paul; Mark Thornell; Luke Snider, and Tracy Williams.
Dorough told the Norcross Progressive Development Committee Wednesday morning that it was anticipated that the budget of this Chamber would be at least $150,000. That compares with the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce annual budget of $6.3 million.
Hospital hires director of graduate medical education program
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced the hiring of Dr. Mark D. Darrow as director of the organizations new graduate medical education program. By July of 2014, GMC will offer graduate medical education (GME) through the establishment of residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine.
Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC, says: Through his vast experience as a geriatrician, internist, family doctor and a medical educator, Dr. Darrow possesses an insightful vision regarding improved healthcare for Georgians through education. So far, the community has thoroughly embraced this idea of a new graduate medical training program and we are confident Dr. Darrow will meet expectations.
Dr. Darrow joined GMC from South East Area Health Education Center, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, N.C., that provides medical training and education. Servicing in this role, he was also the Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Wolfe adds: Dr. Darrows deep passion for primary care medicine will help develop a foundation for this new program at GMC that will emphasize the value of patients of all ages and their families. GMC will provide rotations at both hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville and at a local family health center.
According to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, national studies show when a young person graduates from high school, college, medical school and completes a residency in the same region/state, his or her chances of practicing medicine within 75 miles of where the residency training was completed is more than 70 percent.
The addition of these two primary care training programs will help alleviate the shortage of resident physicians in Georgia and produce more primary care physicians for the state of Georgia, which currently ranks 45th in the nation for the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population.
As a young newspaper reporter, William Lobdell became a born-again Christian and deeply immersed himself in his faith. He started writing a column about Christianity, believing religious people were more loving and kind than those who were not. However, he began to see a disturbing gap between the beliefs of various religions and the actual behavior of the people who said they believed. Eventually he concluded there were very few differences in the morals of the people who were religious and those who were not. Then he began to fear God didnt exist at all. After extensive exploration, grieving and heartbreak, Lobdells faith collapsed. This is a thought-provoking book for people who are religious and also for those who are not. The full title is Losing My Religion, How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace.
During the summer of 1946, Atlantans witnessed the rise of the Columbians, the nation's first neo-Nazi political organization. The group pursued a campaign of intimidation against the city's minorities, patrolling those neighborhoods most vulnerable to racial transition, and threatening with violence those residents who dared cross the city's "color line."
Although they attracted some support from Atlanta's working-class whites, the Columbians were uniformly condemned by the city's press and targeted for arrest by its political establishment. By the following summer the group had dissolved, following the conviction of its leaders, Homer Loomis and Emory Burke, on charges of usurping police power and inciting to riot.
Homer Loomis arrived in Atlanta in 1946 amid escalating racial tensions. Across the South, incidents of racial violence and civil unrest were on the rise; lynching had become more frequent, and such hate organizations as the Ku Klux Klan had increased in both number and activity.
Such an environment appealed to Loomis, a 32-year-old New Yorker. Although his personal history read like a litany of failureexpulsion from Princeton University for drunkenness, two failed marriages, and an unsuccessful stint farmingLoomis fancied himself a leader among men, and he came to the South in order to start a white supremacist movement. "Atlanta is the logical place to start something," he explained. "The South comes by its racial convictions instinctively."
Loomis met Alabama native Emory Burke, who at 31 was already a veteran
of numerous white supremacist and fascist groups. According to Dan Duke,
Georgia's assistant attorney general, Burke's name had appeared on the
letterhead of "nearly every fascist organization in the country prior
to World War II." Loomis and Burke forged a close personal relationship
and, along with a third member, John H. Zimmerlee, of whom little is known,
formed the Columbians Incorporated. Describing themselves as a "patriotic
and political" group, the three men applied for a charter as a nonprofit
organization from the state, which they received in August 1946.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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Creatures of the Night Festival: 6 p.m., Oct. 19, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Experience the wonders of nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations, and meet real, live examples that might inhabit your backyard, including an owl and an opossum! Other activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts and information sessions and green pumpkin carving contest. For info, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Quite a Catch, a juggling and stunt show for a contemporary audience: 10 a.m., Oct. 20, Aurora Theatre's Children's Playhouse. Ron Anglin performs in a show that incorporates science, geography, charter traits and reading illustrated by juggling balls, clubs, dice and other items.
Fort Daniel Frontier Faire, at Hog Mountain: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 21, at 2505 Braselton Highway. The former site of Fort Daniel (circa 1812) is currently located on privately owned property. Faire parking on site is limited to handicapped only and parking for the public is available across the street at Northview Church, corner of Georgia Highways 124-324.
Historical Talk at Snellville City Hall: 3 p.m., Oct. 21, Speaking will be Dr. James W. Cofer Jr., principal research engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is also the managing editor of the Georgia History Quarterly, and host of Today in Georgia History on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
(NEW) JDRF Fund Walk: 1 p.m. (registration) and 2:30 (start), Oct. 21, Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville. This is the first year this Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has extended the walk to Gwinnett. John Kampfe, CFO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Jack Womack, senior vice president of CNN NewsGroup, will serve as co-chairs of the Walk.
Candidate Forum: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. Area candidates for Congress, the statehouse and school board have been invited. Judge Warren Davis is the moderator. Sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.
ONGOING AND COMING SOON
Terror on the Trail: Friday and Saturday nights, through Oct. 27, Sims Lake Park in Suwanee. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m., with the last tour at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at www.terroronthetrail.com or by calling the Aurora Theatre Box Office at 678-226-6222. The park's 1.2-mile looping trail will be transformed into a haunting backdrop for zombies and tales of terror.
Wink Art Exhibit: Through Nov. 24, Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Show reception is 6 p.m., Oct. 20. Shown will be resident art with a hint of humor, a turn of the phrase or visual twist to make you smile. Details: 678-428-4877, or visit www.TanneryRowArtistColony.com.
Photo Exhibit: Through Nov. 28, George Pierce Park Community Room, Suwanee, during Community Center hours, Monday through Saturday. Frank L. Sharp presents "Israel, the Holy Land," while Wendell Tudor features "Images of the Sea," coastline and landscape images, including photographs from Canada.
Halloween-for-Haiti Carnival: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 27, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. Music, food, kids' activities throughout the event. Costume parade with prizes at 5 p.m. Haunted trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the children of Jasmin, Haiti.
(NEW) Gruesome Greenway and Halloween Hayride: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 27, Lilburn City Park. This is a free, family event with activities to entertain younger children, while older children and adults take a hair-raising hike on the Camp Creek Greenway. Sponsored by the City of Lilburn. Children under age 8 will not be permitted without an accompanying adult, since it is so scary! Wear your Halloween costume!
(NEW) Gullah Tales: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 28, Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. Speaker will be Film Director and Writer Gary Moss, speaking of aspects of the Gullah culture of the Georgia and South Carolina sea islands, rich in storytelling, basket making, cuisine and language, through excerpts from his films.
(NEW) Halloween at Gwinnett Place Mall: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. Treats will be handed out at entrances of stores only. Only children 12 years and younger allowed to trick or-treat. Masks may be work by those 12 and under only. All children must have supervision. Tricksters must leave their toy weapons at home.
Euro in Crisis: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 31, 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a talk by the Consul General of Germany to Atlanta, Christoph Sander. Sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Info: 770 232-3000.
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