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Summer kicks off at Helen Arts center
Works by painter, potter on display; opening reception tonight
Looking Toward Sky Lake
“Looking Toward Sky Lake” by Annette Rougeou.

‘Summer Sublime’

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday May 31

Where: Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen

More info: 706-878-3933, online

Painter Annette Rougeou and potter Susan Holmes will be featured at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center gallery show “Summer Sublime.” Both artists are inspired by nature, but in very different ways.

Many of Rougeou’s paintings are lush colorful landscapes, filled with flowers and foliage. Rougeou began to paint after retiring from her career as a teacher and moving to the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Her paintings have appeared in several shows and venues throughout the area and she is an active member of the local art scene.

Holmes’ pottery also reflects a deep love of nature. She primarily uses slab construction techniques and often takes her colors and textures from mountain plant life.

Holmes, who is relatively new as a potter, credits her quickly developed skill to her friend and mentor, Patti Petit.

Holmes is a studio member at HAHC and serves on its board of directors. In addition to the featured artists, several HAHC members’ work will also be on display at “Summer Sublime.”

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center’s Gallery located at 25 Chattahoochee St. in Helen.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 706-878-3933 or visit