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Arts events
For the week of Jan. 7-13
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This week

Bird's Nest Invitational, Gainesville. Artists are invited to submit up to two drawings, paintings, photography or sculpture pieces relating to the theme of bird's nests, a symbol of security and comfort but also of first flights. Works must be no larger than 22 inches by 24 inches. Benefits Elachee Nature and Science Center. Submissions must be sent via e-mail, with two images and entry form. Entries due March 15. Mail to info@quinlanartscenter.org.

"Sapelo Sojourns: Works by Majett Schille and Jeannine Cook," Dahlonega. Exhibit today-Feb. 4, with a reception 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Bob Owens Art Gallery, 315 Hoag Student Center, North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2746. 

"Moments in Time: Paintings by Terry Rowlett," Oakwood. Friday-Feb. 11, with a reception at noon Jan. 14, Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. 678-717-3707.

Virginia Avery Memorial Art Exhibition, Marietta. Featuring "Rollin' on the Chattahoochee" by Helen painter Judy Bynum George. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Saturday; exhibit through March 16. Marietta/Cobb Museum, 3 Atlanta St., Marietta. $8. 770-528-1444.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta. Theaters will feature films that explore Jewish life, culture and history. Wednesday-Jan. 24, Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16, 261 19th St. NW, Atlanta; Lefont Sandy Springs Theater, 100-152 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atlanta; and Regal Cinemas Medlock Crossing Stadium 18, 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. $10, $9 age 65 and older and students with valid ID, $8 matinee shows (4 p.m. Monday-Thursday). 404-806-9913.

Upcoming

"Branching Out," Sautee. Artwork by Larry Compton, Patty Workman and Patrice Lynne Young. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16; exhibit Jan. 15-Feb. 28, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. Free. 706-878-3300.

Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Becky Threlkeld, Sautee. Three-day workshop. Learn to use loose washes and progress to details using Threlkeld's technique, "realism with a soul." 1-4 p.m. Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. $115 SNCA members, $125 nonmembers. 706-878-3300.

Branching Out with Oils with Judy Bynum George, Sautee. Painting landscapes with oils using Bynum's direct painting technique. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. $115 SNCA members, $125 nonmembers. 706-878-3300.

"Whirl," Atlanta. Minimalist oil paintings by William Steiger. Feb. 18-March 20, with reception 7-9 p.m. Feb. 18. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Friday and Sunday and Monday by appointment. Marcia Wood Gallery, 263 Walker St. SW, Atlanta. Free. 404-827-0030.

Larger Than Life with Judy Bynum George, Sautee. One-day workshop painting the trees in Sautee. 1-6 p.m. Feb. 19, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. $60 SNCA members, $70 nonmembers.  

Ongoing

Kids Mixers, Braselton. Learn a variety of art techniques. Masterpiece Mixers, 7435 Spout Springs Road, Braselton. $20. 678-409-9053 or masterpiecemixers@gmail.com.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius," Atlanta. Sketches and sculpture. Through Feb. 21, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. $18 adults, $15 seniors and college students with ID, $11 children age 6-17, free for kids age 5 and younger and members. 404-733-5000. 

Landscape paintings exhibit, Gainesville. By Ann Alexander. Through Jan. 31, Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St., Gainesville. 770-522-3311, ext. 132.

Elegance and Strength: Couture Designs by Yukinari Yao, Gainesville. Evening, daywear and kimono designs. Through Jan. 17, 2010, John S. Burd Performing Arts Center, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263.

Art exhibits, Gainesville. "Collage at the Q," "Back to the Earth," "Soulful Expressions" and "Nature. History. Art." Through Feb. 20, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

Cleveland Arts Instruction Series, Cleveland. Yonah Art Guild. Various dates and media. For more information, contact Donna at 706-969-1446 or donnareadfeather@hotmail.com.

Yonah Art Guild meeting, Cleveland. 6:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Hallco Credit Union, 379 E. Kytle St., Cleveland. 706-994-7801 or yonahartguild@yahoo.com.  

Art and Antique Festival, Commerce. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. first Saturdays and Sundays. Commerce Crossing, Pottery Factory Drive, Commerce. 706-335-6352.

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