8th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit and Sale to be held April 13-21

Macon Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale April 13-21, 2012 in the Historic Round Building in Central City Park in downtown Macon. This year’s exhibit will feature 70 artists and over 6,000 pieces of handmade pottery.

Fired Works began as a local pottery show and has grown to become the largest exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in the state of Georgia. This year’s nine-day exhibit and sale features special events such as Clay Workshops for Children and Teens, Clay in the Classroom, Cocktails and Clay, Pickin’ & Pottery, artist talks and more. A Special Preview Party will be held Friday, April 12. See and buy smoking-hot pottery while enjoying fresh-grilled sausages, kicked- up chili, gourmet toppings, a smores buffet, complimentary beer and wine with an outdoor concert from Sterling Waite and the Cotton Avenue Hustlers.

New to this year’s schedule is Clay in the Classroom, a workshop for teachers to explore new ways to integrate clay into their curriculum. It’s great for homeschool parents too. Also new this year is “Pickin’ and Pottery,” a fun and exciting concert featuring music by Nathan Garrett to be held on Friday, April 19 in Central City Park. There’s something for everyone at the 8th Annual Fired Works.

Visit www.FiredWorksMacon.com to purchase tickets or more information.

About Macon Arts Alliance and Fired Works:
Fired Works is a program of the Macon Arts Alliance, whose mission is to create an environment where arts and culture thrives and central Georgia is recognized as an unparalleled cultural destination. This exhibit supports the artists and artisans that make Georgia and central Georgia a fun and creative place to live and visit.

New exhibit at Macon Arts Alliance features never-before-seen photographs of music icons

Albert Collins by Kirk West
Albert Collins by Kirk West

Macon, Ga. — Macon Arts Alliance will host a First Friday opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Kirk West’s Playlist” on March 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will showcase music photography by Kirk West, photographer and former tour manager for the Allman Brothers Band. For more than 25 years, West photographed musicians in the clubs of Chicago and on the road touring the country. After taking hundreds of photographs at an event, he’d sell two or three. The remaining images were put into storage and left for a later day.

In recent years, West began going through those old boxes of negatives. He spent countless hours scanning and cataloguing thousands of images that had never been seen by the public. From those many hours of work emerged a series of photographs featuring many of the legends of rock, pop, soul, and country.

Though he is best known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band, West photographed everyone from Bob Marley to Tom Waits, Waylon Jennings to Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash to Etta James. Looking through his collection is like taking at trip through time, to the concerts that spawned legendary careers. These are icons of modern music history, and the images created by West add new dimensions to the history of the music of the late twentieth century.

“Kirk West’s Playlist” will be on display March 1-30, 2013 at The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance, 486 First Street, Macon, Georgia. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, March 1 from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

About Macon Arts Alliance
The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. Since its founding as a non-profit in 1984, the Macon Arts Alliance has worked to support, promote and advocate for the $18 million arts and culture industry in Macon-Bibb County and throughout Central Georgia. The organization works to create an environment where arts and culture thrives and Central Georgia is recognized as an unparalleled cultural destination.