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Chamber of Commerce planning local art event

The wine and cheese is ready. Now all that's missing are the artists.

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce would like to see a local artists' guild, or at least an art show, bring some color to downtown Thomson.

"We were just brainstorming, and we thought that we probably have more artists in town than we know about," said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert.

The Chamber will host an art show to bring local artists, their works and possible buyers together in one place. The show is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Depot. Mrs. Gilbert said she is trying to make arrangements for wine and she has money set aside for cheese.

"But the first order of business is to see if we have any interest from artists," she said.

The Chamber is hoping to model the concept after the Point of Art Gallery and Studio in Union Point, between Thomson and Atlanta. The gallery, owned by artist Anne Jenkins, is located in the historic district of the town and displays an array of paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics of more than a dozen artists. Workshops also are held regularly at the gallery, according to its website.

Any local artist who is interested in showing their art in Thomson and meeting people may call the Chamber at 706-597-1000. Mrs. Gilbert said there will be no fee for the artists to display and sell their art and admission to the event will be free.

Web posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007

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