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Pottery, paintings set to fill Helen Arts & Heritage Center
Local Inspiration features art by Pederson, Patchell
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"Local Inspiration"

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7
Where: 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen
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For Jami Pederson, pottery has two purposes: Function and beauty.

For Wayne Patchell, painting is his favorite pastime.

Now both will have their pottery and paintings on display during the upcoming exhibit, "Local Inspiration," at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center. The opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, in Helen.

The "Local Inspiration" exhibit will remain on display through June 20. The center’s hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free with parking available in the rear area of the arts center in downtown Helen. Free parking for White County residents is also available in the municipal parking lot located just down from the center.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Pederson earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Florida at Gainesville and her master of arts degree from the University of Georgia. She studied ceramics at Virginia Intermont College.

Pederson now lives with her family in Clarkesville and works from her home studio, Applewood Pottery. She hand-builds or throws, glazes and fires the pieces in her home studio. Each high-quality piece is lead-free, nontoxic and safe for microwave, dishwasher and food.

Wayne Patchell served in the U.S. Coast Guard and became a regional comptroller with A.B. Dick Co. in Roswell after his military service. When he retired, he and wife Nancy purchased a 52-acre farm in eastern Lumpkin County.

Now he spends time with his family and paints for personal enjoyment. Patchell works primarily on commission from photos of people, animals and landscapes. He regularly exhibits his work in the gallery at Helen Arts & Heritage as well as other local art galleries. Patchell often enters his exclusive 24x30 signature paintings in competitions and has won numerous prestigious awards over the years.

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