Arts Center’s classes are selling out - Sign up while you still can!

Faux finished table by Nancy MartindaleClasses and programs here at the Arts Center have seen more and more new and returning students lately! This Friday and Saturday’s Watercolor Weekend with Tennessee-based watercolorist Susan Wilhoit sold out early last week, our popular Wood-fired Pottery class starting next week with Jonas Hurley has now sold out three times, and weekly ballroom dance lessons with Wes Bratcher are seeing larger classes, too. Last Wednesday’s Lunch with the Arts program also saw near-record attendance last Wednesday with the Kentucky Chautauqua’s presentation of Trish Clark as Mary Todd Lincoln.

Spots are still available for the new Faux Finishing class, starting this Tuesday, which is open to beginning and intermediate painters and anyone with furniture in need of a new finish. Any surface that can be painted can be given a “faux finish,” or made to look like marble or wood grain, but this class will focus on wood surfaces. Students will

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The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak

Today was a somewhat rainy day. The type of weather that brings out that kind of particular melancholy that leads me to the thought, "Today is a great day to play some piano."

I'm not a good piano player by any stretch of the imagination. I'm more of a guitarist that happens to "strum" the ivories on occasion. Think of John Lennon's "Imagine" being the absolute farthest reach of my skills and you've got the picture.

I just "knew" I could sit down and write a song. Songwriting is one of my hobbies, and I'll admit the muse doesn't strike me often in that regard, but I felt like I had "one in the chamber" today. I quickly finished off my lunch and headed for the basement of the Community Arts Center, with a Post-It note pad in my hand and forty-five minutes left of lunch hour still ticking away - plenty of time.

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Short-n-Sweet Film Festival Winners!

Short-n-Sweet logoThanks to all who entered, judged, and turned out for the 1st Annual Short-n-Sweet Film festival! 

And the winners are...

“Personality Frames,” Ali Gautier

“Space Cops 4,” Walk Softly Films

“Five Seconds,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films

“A Day in the Life,” Ali Gautier

"Mission: Mattpossible Part 7," McCallum Morley

This film was chosen by our audience as the winner for the night!
"Lego Batman" by Nic Waterfill (also the youngest filmmaker who entered!)  Congratulations Nic!

Thanks also to the many Sweet vendors who helped make the night festive:
The Hub Coffee House and Cafe
Karamel Kreations
Orange Leaf

Get your cameras and phones busy for next year's festival!

Short-n-Sweet Film Festival Line-up

Short-n-Sweet Film Festival 2014Well, the entries are in and our judges have reviewed them all! We have a great selection of Vine, comedy, documentary, drama and challenge films to watch at the Short-n-Sweet Film Festival - all under 10 minutes. If you're waiting with bated breath to see whether your film made the cut, here's the list! (In no particular order...)

“I Can’t Help but Wonder,” Kyle Ayres 
“What Goes Up,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films
“Personality Frames,” Ali Gautier
“Summer 2014,” Sam Nelson

“Rainy Day Dogs,” Emily Amos and Ben Stansbury
“The Chronicles of Running: Danville Track and Cross Country,” McCallum Morley
“Horse Creek Peeper,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts
“Flyers,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts
“Space Cops 4,” Walk Softly Films
“The Babysitter,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts

“Lego Batman: Riddle and Fear,” Nic Waterfill
“Five Seconds,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films

“Congressional Roomates,” Laura Webb
“A Day in the Life,” Ali Gautier

"Mission: Mattpossible Part 7," McCallum Morley

Who won the top prize in each category? You'll have to come to the festival on Friday, Aug. 15 to find out.

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Does a horse fly?

Muybridge race horse animatedThis was a much-debated question in the late 19th century – does a horse at a gallop ever have all four feet off the ground? Scientists were fascinated with the idea that horses “briefly flew.” Some said that was impossible – a horse would collapse if he didn’t have at least one leg in contact with the ground!
In 1878, Leland Stanford, a prominent horse breeder (he later founded Stanford University) staked his reputation on the flying horse theory and hired Eadweard Muybridge, a gifted and inventive photographer, to prove it.
Stanford invited the public and press to his farm to watch Muybridge’s attempt. On one side of the track Muybridge lined up 12 cameras. On the other side, Muybridge placed a white canvas, marked with vertical lines 21 inches apart. Wires placed across the track were hit by the horse’s legs to trip the shutters at 1/1000th of a second. All 12 shots were fired in less than 30 seconds. (At the time, people were accustomed to daguerreotypes, where subjects had to be motionless for several minutes while the copper plate was exposed.) 
Amazingly, Muybridge produced the pictures within a few minutes. Suddenly the world knew that horses did indeed fly, momentarily, as part of their normal gait. The story spread quickly world-wide, in both the popular press and the scientific journals.  
It was impossible to imagine the ripples that would come from this historic demonstration.

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Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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