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Color paints wall at Helen Arts & Heritage Center
In Living Color exhibit on display until May 2
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Dona K. Burke will have her artwork displayed as part of the exhibit “In Living Color” at Helen Arts & Heritage Center. The exhibit will hang on the arts center’s walls until May 2 at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in Helen.

While spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, the Helen Arts & Heritage decided to celebrate the season of rebirth early with its newest exhibition.

The exhibit “In Living Color” features artists Dona K Burke and Susan MacGregor, both skilled in their fields with many years of experience.

Residing in Helen for most of her life, Burke’s interest in pottery began as a child. But it was not until 1999 that making pottery became a reality. She began reading books and researching the various techniques but soon realized the books were not creating anything. She had to get a hands-on experience and eventually mastered many techniques.

All of Burke’s creations are designed for practical use as well as a compliment to home decor. She is incorporating driftwood into her pieces and expects to have those included within the exhibit.

In addition to creating pottery in her studio, Burke has been the mayor of Helen since in 2009. She also has been a city council member for 12 years. In 2014, Burke opened Grandma’s House Gift Shop which is filled with unique gifts and local art.

A New Jersey native, MacGregor often refers to her training as “self-taught.” However she has studied extensively in art and music, forming careers in each.

She has a variety of media interests and works toward accuracy and realism in her work. Studies of human and animal anatomy have helped her build from the inside out, striving to achieve accuracy in native vegetation and wildlife. MacGregor paints plein air and still life as well as from her personal photo references.

In addition to music and painting, MacGregor is a skilled jewelry artist and uses sea glass in many of her pieces.

MacGregor’s artwork can be seen in several area galleries and shops and in the past was selected by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and featured in Craftworks for the Home, Traditional Quilter and others. She was also the artist selected by the Cat Fancier’s Association and other nature publications over the years.

A reception will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12.  Admission is free.

Free parking is available in the rear area of the arts center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, along with the municipal lot down from the center. The exhibit remains on display through May 2.

Contact Helen Arts & Heritage at helenartshc@gmail.com or 706-878-3933 for more information.