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Author, artist to sign Gainesville High football book, print
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Joint signing event

What: Author of the Gainesville High School football history book “Tracks of the Red Elephant” and artist of the “100 Years” painting will sign copies of their works

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Times, 345 Green St., Gainesville

How much: Each item costs $25. The event itself is free.

The author of a new book about the history of Gainesville High School football and the artist whose painting commemorating last year’s state championship now adorns the school trophy case will be signing their creations Wednesday at The Times.

“Tracks of the Red Elephant,” compiled and written by Alvin Richardson, provides an in-depth look at 100 years of the GHS football program. The 308-page book includes names and photos of former players and coaches, statistics compiled through the years and team records from the rich legacy of a century of Red Elephant football.

The painting titled “100 Years,” by Mark Sundermeyer, is filled with symbolic images and serves as both a commemoration of last year’s championship season and a look back at the history of the program.

Both pieces were commissioned by The Times. The book and prints of the painting are available for $25 each. All proceeds will go to The Times Newspaper in Education program, which provides newspapers for classroom use for the Gainesville and Hall County school systems.

Richardson and Sundermeyer will hold the joint signing event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of The Times, 345 Green St., Gainesville. They will be available to sign and personalize either item.

Books and prints can be purchased at The Times in advance or on the day of the event.

“This is a great opportunity for someone to have a book or print personalized, with the name and number of a player from this year or years past, or with a personal inscription that might make these a special gift,” Times publisher Dennis Stockton said.

“We are really proud of both the book and the print, and think that anyone with a connection to the high school’s historic football program will enjoy them. Alvin and Mark have done a great job for us and we’re glad to be able to host them for those who would like to have their purchases signed,” Stockton said.

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