Georgia Trust Preservation Awards

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Presents Preservation Awards

Macon, Ga. April 12, 2019— For more than 40 years, the Georgia Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently presented 29 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during its 42nd annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Thomasville, including two local awards for Mill Hill Community Arts Center and the Grand Opera House.

Excellence in Rehabilitation winners were: Kehoe Iron Works, Savannah; New Albany Hotel, Albany; Hotel Clermont, Atlanta; Sibley Mill Cotton Warehouse Building 4, Augusta; Zachariah Daniel House, Augusta; Sperry & Hutchinson Warehouse, East Point; Leesburg Train Depot, Leesburg; Mill Hill Community Arts Center, Macon; T.J. Ware House, Macon; Williams Manufacturing Company, Macon; Old Livery Stable, Madison; Empire Mills, Madison; Phi Gamma Hall at Oxford College at Emory, Oxford; Henry Ford Bakery, Richmond Hill; 12 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah; Historic Thomasville Post Office, Thomasville; H.H. Tift Building & Agricultural Research Building at the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia, Tifton; and the Coleman Talley Offices, Valdosta.

Excellence in Preservation winners were Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta; Sweetwater State Park Mill Ruins, Lithia Springs; Grand Opera House, Macon; and the McIntosh House at Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.

 “This year’s winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia’s historic buildings and communities,” said Mark C. McDonald, president of The Georgia Trust. “We are proud to honor such deserving projects and individuals.”

About Mill Hill Community Arts Center

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center was built in 1920 by the Bibb Manufacturing Company as a gathering and performance space for employees living in the mill village. The building enjoyed activity for 40 years until the closure of the mill in the 1970s. The property was in danger of demolition by neglect when the Macon Arts Alliance stepped up to save the building by raising the funds for rehabilitation. During the two-year project, interior features of the craftsman style auditorium were restored, including an original coffered ceiling uncovered during the project. The building now serves as a pillar of the arts community and serves as the centerpiece of the East Macon Arts Village.

2019 Award: Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center (MHCAC) is an historic 1920’s gathering space that has been transformed into a contemporary version of the original Bibb Mill Auditorium.  Serving as the centerpiece of the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village, the 7,000 sq.ft. facility has undergone a $1.6 million restoration highlighting original architectural elements and features state of the art sound, lighting, and video capabilities. The facility is managed by Macon Arts Alliance.

About Grand Opera House

Originally constructed in 1884 as the Academy of Music, the Grand Opera House was renovated into its present-day appearance in 1905. The most recent rehabilitation to the Grand Opera House was completed in three phases, which involved updating The Grand’s stage, new seating throughout the entire main level and second-floor balcony, relocating all main floor administrative offices to the unused basement, expansion of the lobby and restrooms, and new, period-appropriate carpet and floor finishes.  The third and final work phase, completed in 2018, was funded by a $5 million allocation of Macon-Bibb County SPLOST funds. Thanks to the support of Macon-Bibb County and the stewardship of Mercer University, this theatre remains a centerpiece for performing arts in Macon.

2019 Award: Awards for Excellence in Preservation recognize the appropriate preservation of historic resources and creative interpretations of historic sites.

About Georgia Trust

The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with academic scholarships, the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).


14th Annual Fired Works April 5-14, 2019


Immerse yourself in Macon’s famous muddy medium and get your hands dirty during Fired Works, Georgia’s largest event showcasing functional and sculptural pottery. Fortunately, it’s okay to play with fire, or at least kiln-fired pottery, during the 14th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. Macon Arts Alliance presents the nine-day public event scheduled for April 5-14 in Macon’s beautifully renovated Central City Park in the historic Round Building featuring 60 jury-selected potters from Georgia and the Southeast. Take a spin at creating your own custom piece of art in a Wheel-Turning Workshop or sip and sculpt your hand-crafted piece during a Corks and Clay class.

Meet 2019 featured artists, Laura Cooper and Janet McGregor Dunn, who will host intimate talks describing their creative journeys and the inspiration behind the sculptural and functional pieces. An exclusive Preview Party will be held Friday, April 5 with live music by Heather Kemp, complimentary wine, beer and a fajita bar. Attendees also get the first look and the first chance to purchase pottery before the exhibit opens to the public on Saturday.

Fired Works promotes the rich history of pottery in Georgia and its connection to the history of the Ocmulgee River Region. The oldest piece of stamped pottery ever found in North America was discovered at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon during America’s largest archeological dig conducted in 1933. Artisans have made pottery along the banks of the Ocmulgee River for thousands of years and local potters continue this tradition today. Fired Works honors this artistic tradition and supports Southeastern ceramic artists and potters who show and sell more than 6000 original works displayed among a group of their peers. Fired Works classes and workshops mold local Lizella Clay to create custom souvenirs during the authentic artistic experiences offered for adults and children.


FEATURED ARTISTS Laura Cooper and Janet McGregor Dunn

NEW ARTISTS Cindy Angliss, Glenn Dair, Lori Demosthenes, Kathryne Gould, Laranda Hutchins, Kathy King, Ayako Kurimoto, Will Langford, Moonhee Kim, Molly O’Shaughnessy, Kyle Osvog and Sarah Piper

RETURNING ARTISTS Lauren Bausch, Ginger Birdsey, Derek Belflower, Meredith Bradley, Ann Bray, Lori Buff, Meg Campbell, Jackie Chapman, Caitlin Chipps, Yen-Ting Chiu, Sheila Chzan, Martha Cook, Boyce Covert, Alicia Baily David, Karen Fincannon, Wade Franklin, Marise Fransolino, Jeni Hansen Gard & Forrest Sincoff Gard, Camren Gober, Barry Gregg, Kirby Gregory, Helen Helwig, Walter Hobbs, Charity Hofert, Nancy Hostetter, Roger Jamison, Emily Knapp, Christina Kosinski, Lapella Pottery, John Lowes, Marisa Mahathey, Nancy Mehrpad, David Morgan, Kathy Murphy, Mariella Owens, Geoff Picket, Holly Polich, Adrina Richard, Helen Rogers, Elizabeth Sabatino, Jim Sandefur, Bo Thompson, Keaton Wynn and Tripti Yoganathan

Fired Works is a program of Macon Arts Alliance (MAA) and is supported by numerous sponsors and community partners. The proceeds from Fired Works benefit the participating artists, stimulate the local economy and help fund important programs of MAA including the Macon Arts Roundtable, Mill Hill East Macon Art Village, Macon Arts Gallery and’s community calendar. Get your tickets at to have a great time while supporting vital community arts initiatives.

Cherry Blossom Tea Garden Party

Tea Garden Party at Macon Arts Gallery
Join us on March 22 from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery to celebrate the opening of Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival for for light refreshments and Meet & Greet with artists. Tea Garden Party features a compilation of original botanical-themed works created by regional artists and curated by Megan McNaught at Macon Arts Gallery on 486 First Street Macon, Georgia. The free reception is open to the public. Sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial.
Featured artists include:
Amy McCullogh, Ernestine Stofko-Dixon, Marian Zelinski, Carlynne Hershberger, Victoria Phillips, Mary-Frances Burt, Leslie Miller, Lauren Bausch, Karena Zaloudek and Alicia Baily David.

2019 Tea Garden

Join us on March 1 from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery for light refreshments and welcome our visiting guests. Free and open to the public.Tea Garden features a compilation of original botanical-themed works created by regional artists and curated by Megan McNaught. Meet featured artists on March 1st from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery. Free and open to the public.

Featured artists include:
Amy McCullogh, Ernestine Stofko Dixon, Marian Zelinski,
Carlynne Hershberger, Victoria Phillips, Mary-Frances
Burt, Leslie Miller, Lauren Bausch, Karena Zaloudek and
Alicia Baily David.

Reception sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial.

Drawn to Macon 2

Drawn to Macon 2 features a compilation of submitted original works guest curated by Frances de La Rosa. Meet featured artists Craig Coleman, Craig Hawkins, Kalina Winska, Luke Buffenmeyer, Laurel Robinson and William Avenel on February 1st from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery. An Opening Reception sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial will feature light refreshments and is free and open to the public. Exhibit on display February 1-22, 2019.

Ameliorate Reception and Artist Talk by Jeremy McCrary

Macon Arts Alliance presents a new exhibit by Jeremy McCrary installed in the Mill Hill Community Arts Gallery. An artist reception and talk is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th from 2-5pm. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit is available for viewing by appointment through January 25 by calling curator Megan McNaught at 478-743-6940.

About the Artist

“Originally from Macon, Georgia with a military background, my artwork takes an illustrative look at societal themes and cultural issues that impact the Black community. Frequently reflecting on social injustices, my work explores the varying relationships between culture and art created to provoke thought and discussion. Primarily using oil on canvas, I am influenced by the work of prolific artists like Jacob Lawrence who focus on the portrayal of African American life in their paintings.”

Dispatches from the Garden by Andrew Catanese

Macon Arts Alliance presents an opening reception for a new show by Andrew Catanese on Friday, January 4th from 5-8 PM at Macon Arts Gallery at 486 First Street.  Join us for an Artist Meet & Greet with light refreshments sponsored by Spa Medical, Vein Specialists of the South and Rosenberg Financial. The event is free and open to the public. The new exhibit will be on display through January 25, 2019.

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Artist Bio
Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained his BFA in Studio Art. He grew up near Richmond, Virginia and currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia from his studio at the Goat Farm.

Show Statement
The figurative, narrative paintings are characterized by a neo-gothic style and horror vacui aesthetic. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise, caught in moments of violence and intimacy, and surrounded by the thick, heavy native foliage of the South. The work critically addresses the rigid moral dogmas inherent in many of the appropriated narratives. Catanese’s work depicts qualities similar to Southern Gothic writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers. Simultaneously, the integration of myth with landscape in the paintings explores the idea that linking stories to places shapes our our collective identity and celebrates the way ties are strengthened to our homes and our values.

Monuments for Heroes Who Have None by Charvis Z. Harrell

Featured Artist: Charvis Z. Harrell
Exhibition title: Monuments for Heroes Which Have None.
Dates: November 28- December 28
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, from 3-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 3-8pm. Additional hours are welcome by appointment. Call 478-955-8914 to arrange an alternative time visit the gallery.

Artist Statement for Show:
It is important that we give children Heroes that given them a sense of belonging and an idea of the unimaginable price paid by the people called extreme, for asking for equality. The monuments to these Heroes are placed in the hearts of anyone willing to learn the story of these courageous people, that sacrificed everything to make the world a better place.

Artist Bioraphy:
To understand the artwork of Charvis Harrell, one must understand the driving force behind his art and life. A third generation mason, he had only enough time for art as a hobby until June of 2004. That summer, at twenty-eight, Harrell was diagnosis with sarcoidosis, a disease that produces polyps within various organs in the body. This diagnosis put him on very light duty in his occupation, but, more importantly, it gave him a newfound appreciation for living. His desire to make the most of his time by paying tribute to the people and things that impact his life impacts his work. Through art, Harrell shines light upon the unsightly realities that we live. Refusing to revolt, he continues his journey to examine the darkness.