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McDuffie Arts Council continues to work on promoting local arts

The McDuffie Arts Council will hold it's third monthly meeting next Thursday and everyone is invited to attend.

"Everybody is invited, patrons, artists, hobbyists, whatever their case may be," said Marion Ivey, the president of the group. "There are a lot of artists in the community that I don't think anybody realizes are here."

This will be the third meeting for the group, whose goal is to promote the artistic resources of the McDuffie County area, providing venues that encourage and promote education, public awareness, participation and appreciation of the visual arts.

The group originally was called the Thomson Arts Council, but decided during their second meeting to change their name to include more artists from all over the county.

The council's website features information about the council, their planned activities and bios and works of participating artists. Mr. Ivey said there are currently eight artists featured on the site, but he already has 10 more that he is working on to include, and is continuing to look for more.

"I think just the excitement of the people that have been showing up and the enthusiasm has convinced us to keep going. Of course, once the ball is rolling, you can push it with one finger," he said. "The more people get involved, the more people are getting interested."

The council has procured a portion of a Grassroots Art grant that will be used to put on an exhibition after the first of the year. Mr. Ivey said they are still working out the details, "but it definitely will happen."

"And we plan on getting more involved in the school systems, working closer with the art classes," he said. "Just bringing an awareness of the arts."

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library.

For more information, visit http://mcduffieartscouncil.club.officelive.com.



Web posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008













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