Out & About

Meet the artists and fall in love with art in Macon this weekend

The 567 Center’s new location at 456 First St.
The 567 Center’s new location at 456 First St. wmarshall@macon.com

Not going to the Georgia National Fair this weekend? There are alternatives on this First Friday and first weekend of fall 2017.

Meet the artist

This month’s exhibit at The 567 Center for Renewal, called “Art, Mind & Soul,” features paintings by Beth Smith, a fine artist and private instructor who has studios in Macon and Kathleen.

“I love to create and want to create images in just such a way that no one else on the planet could have,” Smith shared in a released statement. “I always encourage the viewer to share with me how the work speaks to them.”

The accomplished artist has over 30 years experience working in various positions in the arts industry. She is a member of the Fine Art Society of Middle Georgia and has won numerous awards, including the Medal of Commendation for her composite drawing of notorious serial killer Aileen Wuornos while she worked as a forensic composite artist for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

You can meet Smith, and share with her how her works speak to you, while enjoying light refreshments Friday during her exhibit’s opening reception, beginning at 6 p.m.

Another opening reception

While you’re at The 567, take a stroll a couple of doors over to the Macon Arts Alliance Gallery for its opening reception of the “I Used You” exhibition. This installation of sculptures by Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman is on display through Oct. 27.

Meet another artist

The Jazz Association of Macon introduces its 2017 featured artist, Sarah Tinsley Parker, Friday at Travis Jean on Cherry Street. While you’re making plans to meet this artist, also make a note on your calendar about the annual Jazz & Arts on Riverdale event, which takes place Oct. 21.

On a different note …

Bands from all over the state of Georgia will soon convene in our area to compete for the title of grand champion at the 20th annual Heart of Georgia Marching Band Invitational. This event, hosted by the Warner Robins High School Band Boosters, is a fundraiser that helps to keep band programs fun, active and competitive.

The competition is on Oct. 21, but Friday is the deadline for making contributions to this worthy cause that supports our youth. Contact wrhsbandhogprogram@gmail.com for more information. All proceeds benefit the Warner Robins High School marching band program.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.