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Local artists to participate in Junction Jamboree in Union Point

There'll be concrete chickens and fine art and Happy Dogs and pottery galore at the Union Junction Jamboree in downtown Union Point Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists in a variety of interesting mediums from folk art and fine art to wood work will demonstrate, and sell their wares, in a row of booths on Sibley Avenue throughout the day.

Among them are well-known folk-artists Willie and Mae Tarver of Wadley in Jefferson County. Together, they are known for their creative and ever inspiring folk art. They were commissioned to create 35 sculptures for the "Folk Art Park" in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Hourglass Studio from Thomson will display and sell beautiful stained glass hangings, suncatchers and gifts. Also from Thomson, Lawrence and Ann Cheely will bring their large display of folk art painted on wood and small wooden items such as rocking chairs.

Morgan County's well-known folk artist, Eugene Swain, will also exhibit his delightful landscapes and still life paintings.

Potter Katglass from Watkinsville in Oconee County will have a large variety of work from garden globes and oil lamps to paper weights.

Don Schenk's dream of a craft school, First Hand, will open its doors to teach clay, wood, glass and metal and more within the next few months. Schenk will have a display of the school he is building on the "Lazy O" tack store on Hwy. 44 in Greensboro. There once was a similar craft school in Union Point, so it's a fitting place to show what his school can offer artists in the future.

"It's all about helping artists, putting artists in touch with other artists," Mr. Schenck said. "It's about artists working together."

Books and literature will also have a strong showing. Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and Georgia Review will both have stands. And Lisa Grubb, internationally recognized New York pop artist and author of the Happy Dog children's books, will also be there with her bright, cheerful prints and books.

Rocky Hill Honey Farm bring their range of honey products from candles to soaps. Aromatic candles from Joy of Soy will fill the air. Andrea's Decorated Vinegars and More tempt the adults with their flavored vinegars, chutneys, jams and butters. Children can explore building their own toys at Party Animals 2 Go's booth.

For more Jamboree information, call Sherley Selman (706) 486-4128.

Web posted on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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