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Mary Pratt to host winter painting worshop in Helen
Class scheduled for Jan. 21-23 at Helen Arts & Heritage Center
Mary Pratt of Buford will teach a three-day workshop Jan. 21-23 at Helen Arts & Heritage Center in Helen. The lessons will focus on still life similar to the painting pictured.

Mary Pratt workshop

When: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 21-23

Where: Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen

Cost: $120

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Atlanta-based artist Mary Pratt knows how to live large, through her work that is.

Known for her use of colors and perspective, her work reaches around the city of Atlanta in murals, restaurant motifs and large canvas pieces on display in various galleries.

With her unique style growing in popularity, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center in Helen is hosting Pratt for a three-day workshop.

The workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 21-23, at the arts center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, in Helen. Pratt, who received a degree in fine arts from Brenau University, will teach her artistic process as well as technique.

“We invite our painters to join us as Mary shares how easy it can be to create a magnificent painting using her technique and style,” said Nancy Ackerman, the center’s president.

Her process can be described as a journey from the mind’s eye to the soul’s window.

Along with this, painters attending the workshop can learn to mimic Pratt’s inclusion of new edges and perspective in her pieces. She paints from creative angles to give those viewing the pieces an opportunity to think about the world around them — something she will convey at the workshop.

“My students have taught me far more that I have taught them,” Pratt said, regarding her past experience teaching. “I bring to the table the courage to see and to implement new ideas, experience and excellence in art application, and a desire to share and encourage the student.”

Workshop participants can register and pay for the $120 class at Upon registering, a list of necessary supplies will be made available to workshop participants.

Pratt will instruct the workshop with a focus on painting still life items. Students will learn her technique and thought process, including her choices in bold brush stroke, and use of vibrant colors.

“I want to share my love of art and open a window where creativity enhances and balances a person’s painting experiences,” Pratt said.

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