Saturday, May 28, 2011

2011 - Art in the Garden

Three Shutterbugs (Brenda Fayard, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, and Sherry Kunde) participated in the 4th annual “Art in the Garden,” held at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden, located on West Ellis Road in Griffin. Although it was unseasonably cool and rather windy that day, the event was very enjoyable. The hostesses (UGA Griffin Campus Master Gardeners) served a delicious lunch and gave each participant a potted plant, as they’ve done each year. Following the luncheon, the artists headed back to the area where they had set up a display of their work. Throughout the afternoon, visitors stopped by each exhibit to chat, and artists had opportunity to meet and greet one another. All the while, the beautiful music performed by The Lonesome Road Folk Singers wafted through the air, inspiring visitors and artists to hum/sing along while strolling along garden paths and viewing the lovely plants, sculptures, structures, and water features. Admission was free.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Beau Gentry contributed photos to accompany an article Back in the Day: The Senoia Story featured in a recent issue of Kitchen Drawer magazine. Great job, Beau! For more info about the magazine, please log onto

Shutterbugs extend congratulations to Shakeira Trice upon her graduation from Gordon College and to Angelica Clayton upon her graduation from Upson-Lee High School. Both have plans to study photography. Shakeria will attend SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Angelica will attend North GA Technical College.

Fawne DeRosia was one of several area artists invited to exhibit work in the Celebrating Art: Juried Show Winners, Past and Present at Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main Street in Jonesboro.

The opening reception for the month-long exhibit was Friday, January 7, 2011, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Then during Arts Clayton’s 10th annual juried art competition, held in February, she received an Honorable Mention for one of her lithographs, entitled Pretty Morgan. Forty-eight Georgia artists of 2 and 3-dimensional disciplines submitted over 150 entries into the competition. Out of the more than 150 entries, 55 dimensional and 9 sculptural works were chosen to be exhibited. Therefore, just having a work juried in (i.e., chosen for the exhibit) is indeed an honor, but to receive an award is even more special. Her photography was also chosen to be exhibited at Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln during the month of May. The exhibit will then move to Barnes and Noble.

Periodically, some of Jan Price’s photos/captions are published in the newspapers. A recent one was on the front page of the March 1, 2011, issue of The Thomaston Times.

King Davis also has photos published in local papers. For example, he recently had a full-page of photos he’d taken at this year’s Distinguished Young Women pageant, formerly known as Junior Miss Pageant.

One of Marcia Fisher’s photos was published in the official 2011 Map of the State of Georgia!

Melba Brown and Harolyn Castleberry recently presented a program to the Kiwanis Club of Thomaston. Through the years, they have spoken to other groups as well.

WCGS Meeting, May 10, 2011

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs met on Tuesday, May 10th, at 6:30 p.m. at TUAC (Thomaston-Upson Arts Council) Gallery and Gift Shop.

Our speaker was Kathryn Kolb, Executive Director of the Serenbe Photography Center in Palmetto, GA. She explained what Serenbe has to offer photographers, including various workshops, as well as an upcoming photography competition on Saturday, June 11th. She also spoke about her recent personal work. As always, we were able to ask lots of questions!

For more information about Serenbe, please visit

For more info about Kathryn and to see samples of her beautiful images, visit

Bonny Shockley and Yvette Tolson listen as Kathryn Kolb answers questions after the meeting. (Photo by Dianne Kelly)

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 10 Shutterbugs meeting

Tuesday evening, May 10, at 6:30 at TUAC in downtown Thomaston GA, the Shutterbugs will have their regular monthly meeting with speaker Kathryn Kolb of Serenbe Photography. There will be time for questions. Please check their website for more information: