Festival promotes unity through art

Telegraph correspondentOctober 4, 2013 

Works by Daly Smith will be on display at Macon Arts Alliance as part of the One City Art Festival.

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One City Art Festival organizers are hoping the new event will bring Middle Georgians together the way music often does.

“Macon has a rich artistic community with the symphony, Crossroad Writers’ Conference and the many music festivals, and I was interested in doing something locally to promote the visual arts,” said Jeff Bruce, director of exhibitions at the Tubman African American Museum.

The resulting festival is a collaboration between the Tubman, the Macon Arts Alliance, the Middle Georgia Art Association, the Contemporary Arts Exchange, the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the 567 Center for Renewal.

A First Friday Art Crawl kicks off the weekend from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the downtown galleries. A trolley will run a circuit of the participating venues, Bruce said. A painting in the round event will be hosted from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Middle Georgia Art Association in Ingleside Village, with a 6 p.m. opening reception for an exhibit of the work created. From 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the Museum of Arts and Sciences will be open to showcase three new art exhibits.

“What we basically have are exhibits and free programming throughout the weekend at all of the participating institutions,” Bruce said. “We will also be holding a special invitational exhibit at the old Karsten-Denson Hardware Store” located at 536 Third St.

All of the events are free. For more information, visit www.onecityartfestival.com.

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