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Helens latest mural gets under way
Artist Steve Burgess starts HAHC mural
Helen Arts & Heritage artist Steve Burgess paints in clusters of grapes to his design for the nonprofit’s mural, funded in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Fall visitors to Helen may spot a guy with a paintbrush in the vicinity the Helen Arts & Heritage Center.

Artist Steve Burgess has begun work on Helen’s newest mural for the Center, funded in part by a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Burgess will work on the mural as weather and scheduling permit. The mural is to be located on the Center’s west facing wall, and will depict an alpine artist painting the scenery around him, including Mount Yonah and the Indian mound and gazebo.

Balloons will dot the skies over the landscape, a tip of the hat to the annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Classic, an area event that will celebrate 40 years in 2013.

"Murals are in the air here at the Center," says Executive Director Theresa Rice. "We are celebrating our new mural in lots of ways."

HAHC’s November History of Helen event, set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, will feature the Murals of Helen, with guests John Kollock, Elizabeth Shepherd, Joseph Mahler and other artists whose works have become familiar and beloved parts of Helen’s landscape.

The artists will talk about their murals as the audience is treated to an array of slides.

The art and heritage center in Helen invites visitors to come inside to learn about the project and the organization.

"It’s an opportunity to get to know us and view the displays in the History Room and the Gallery, where we have artwork from fifty regional artists." Rice said.

The Helen Arts & Heritage Center is located at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse. For information call 706-878-3933 or visit