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Paint in a social setting in Helen
Participants invited to bring wine of choice and sip during lesson
Participants in the painting social session at Helen Arts & Heritage Center will create pieces such as this one painted during the previous class.

Deadline for art contest on Saturday

The Helen Arts & Heritage is asking artists to put their pieces up for critiquing as part of the 2015 Judged Competition.

The deadline for the annual contest is Saturday, Aug. 22, which is a two-day extension to accommodate artists who work full time during the week. No entries will be accepted after this date as the gallery prepares for the competition.

Artists may enter up to three pieces in a single category and may enter multiple categories. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries of each category.

The seven categories are: oil; acrylic; pottery; glass and jewelry; fine craft including fiber art, basketry, wood, etc.; watercolor, pen and ink, drawing, pastel, colored pencil; and mixed media. Each category must have at least five participating artists to qualify for the competition.

Guidelines and entry forms may be obtained by stopping at the arts center between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday. Or artists may email

Awards and a reception honoring the artists and top prize winners will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the gallery at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen.

For more information, visit

While painting a canvas may seem like a singular activity, the Helen Arts & Heritage Center couldn’t disagree more.

To prove its point, the arts center is hosting a painting social from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, in the new art education building at the center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse in downtown Helen.

White County artist Flynn Gentry Taylor will coordinate the August event. He is an experienced artist and teacher who uses acrylic paints in her demonstrations and encourages everyone to experience the popular social painting scene.

Group painting events have grown in popularity mainly because of the relaxed environment in which the classes are conducted. No experience or formal training is required, and most participants leave with a finished painting.

Participants are invited to bring their own wine of choice to the session as well as a friend to paint.

The class costs $40, payable in advance at the time of registration. It includes all supplies necessary to complete an entire 16-by-20 painting.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Aug. 19. Register at or the arts center from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays.

Free parking is available in the rear area of the arts center.

For more information, visit or call 706-878-3933.