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Arts events
For the week of April 8-14
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This week

Garden Party Mandalas, Gainesville. Ceramic artwork by Marsha Richter. Through April 31, Inman Perk Coffee House, downtown Gainesville square.  

Colored Pencil Society Spring Exhibition, Gainesville. Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibit today-May 29, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

Bird's Nest Invitational, Gainesville. Benefits the Elachee Nature Science Center. Works related to bird's nests or the concept of security and first flights. Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibit today-May 29, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

Two to Tango: Analogues Works in Clay, Gainesville. Ceramic works by Jennifer Graff. Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibit today-May 29, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

"The Fabric of Women," Gainesville. Atlanta artist Nancy Dusenberry. Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibit today-May 29, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

Maggie McMahon, Demorest. Paintings. "An exploration of forgiveness through the lens of Byzantine iconography." Through Sunday, The Piedmont College Art Gallery, Georgia Street, downtown Demorest. Free. 706-778-3000, ext. 1152.

"The 2010 Brenau Collaborative: Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibits," Gainesville. Exhibit Tuesday-April 23; reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 17, all gallery spaces. Simmons Visual Arts Center's Sellars Gallery, Presidents Gallery and John S. Burd Center's Leo Castelli Art Gallery, Brenau Univerisity, 500 Washington St., Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263.

Upcoming

"Rain or Shine," Sautee. More than 150 artists. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m.; exhibit, April 16-May 23, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Free.

Historic Buford Plein Air Festival, Buford. Reception, 7 p.m. April 17; event, April 16-17, Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St., Buford. 404-729-1203.

Brenau Student Fashion Show, Gainesville. 4:30 p.m. April 17, Rotunda, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville.   

Athens Indie Craftsravaganza, Athens. Fine artists and crafters. May 1, corner of Pulaski and Clayton Streets, Athens. 

12 Rivers Art Festival, Sautee. Fine artists and crafters. June 12, Sautee Nacoochee Center campus, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $150 per booth. 706-878-3300.

Ongoing

Georgia Art League Spring Exhibition, Gainesville. Through May 17, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-2575.

Hal B. Rhodes III Annual Student Exhibition: The Future Before Us, Dahlonega. NGCSU visual arts students. Through April 22, Bob Owens Art Gallery, 315 Hoag Student Center, North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free. 706-867-2746 or apozzi@northgeorgia.edu.

Moonshine Mile, Clarkesville. Galleries, restaurants, studios and antique stores will give out "distillery dollars" with a purchase of $10 or more during the month of April, culminating in a Revenuer's Auction at LaPrade's Marina on May 1. Along Ga. 197, Clarkesville. Go to the Scenic 197 website for more details.

Fowl Art Art Show, Gainesville. Art featuring chickens. Through April 24, Frames You-Nique, 104 Main St., Gainesville; Gem Jewelry, 111 Bradford St., Gainesville and other downtown Gainesville square shops. Free. 770-532-7074.

Lake Lanier at Gallerie 110, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through April 30, Gallerie 110, 110 Washington St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 678-936-5153.

Nona Stephens, Gainesville. Paintings of the Okefenokee Swamp and coastal Georgia. Through April 30, Hall County Library Main Branch, 127 Main St., Gainesville. Free.  

Joy of 6 art show, Buford. Presented by Tannery Row Artist Colony. Through May 15. Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 Main St., Buford. Free. 404-729-1203 or 404-432-1501.

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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