Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Read a Book / Create Some Art” Deadline Extended to August 31

Calling all artists who love to read … The deadline for entries in the “Read A Book / Create Some Art” juried visual arts competition has been extended to Monday, August 31. “Read A Book / Create Some Art” is part of the second annual “Fayette on the Page” project.

“Fayette on the Page” is a “One Book, One Community” program comprising a variety of activities centered on the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. The countywide initiative is a partnership of Fayette County Public Library with the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, Barnes & Noble of Fayetteville, Clayton State University, and Kimbo’s Frame & Design of Fayetteville.

For “Read A Book / Create Some Art,” visual artists from Fayette and surrounding counties have been invited to create works inspired by their reading of any of Ernest Gaines’s novels or short stories (not limited to A Lesson Before Dying), and enter them in a juried competition. The competition is open to all artists, whether student, professional, or amateur. Interested artists can pick up an information sheet with entry form at the Fayette County Public Library, or download a copy from the library website. Artwork may be submitted to library staff during library hours between now and Monday, August 31 at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville. Works entered in the “Read A Book / Create Some Art” competition will be on public exhibit at the Fayette County Public Library for two weeks in September.

The “Fayette on the Page” reading celebration will have a grand finale on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m., when Ernest J. Gaines will “visit” the library via live two-way videoconference from his home in Point Coupee, Louisiana. Mr. Gaines will talk about “A Lesson Before Dying” and answer questions from the audience. Winners of the “Read a Book / Create Some Art” competition will be announced during this free public event.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information about “Fayette on the Page” and “Read A Book / Create Some Art,” please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library.
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