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Thomson Arts Council to meet for the first time on Sept. 8

A new idea that was formed last year is taking shape this year to create an art guild in the Thomson area. The Thomson Arts Council is pulling together to bring artists and their works into the public arena.

"We have a council that is active, but no artists," said Deana Anderson, who is heading up the council. "We are looking to pull local artists into the council."

Ms. Anderson created a website for artists to upload their work onto, along with their information. Visit to view the website.

Although she is an artist herself - a sculptor, Ms. Anderson said she is not putting her art onto the site until some other artists also participate.

"I'm not doing this for me, I'm doing this for Thomson," she said.

The council is seeking to imitate the Greater Augusta Arts Council and has the opportunity to join the Grassroots Arts Program. The idea began last year with the Chamber of Commerce attempting a wine and cheese art show. When Chamber Executive Director Carolyn Gilbert was unable to secure the artists, the idea was picked up by the annual Taste of Thomson to benefit the American Heart Association. The combination event was a big success.

"It made our Taste of Thomson so much better with all the artists in there," Ms. Gilbert said. "Without Kathy Bennett, we would not have been able to have that. She worked hard to get all those artists."

And it is that success that Ms. Anderson and Ms. Gilbert hope to build on.

"I want to wake this area up in an artful manner. I've got a lot of faith in this council," Ms. Anderson said.

The first meeting of the T.A.C. will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 in the Depot. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008

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