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    Amplify your creative business with Macon Arts Alliance

    Dec. 8, 2014, 12:35 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Stephanie Fritz, Macon Arts Alliance Amplify, a professional development program of Macon Arts Alliance, a Knight Arts grantee, held its first workshop at the Terminal Station on Tuesday, November 11. The mission of Amplify is to build and support a community of creative entrepreneurs in central Georgia with resources,...

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    C.H.O.I.C.E. International hosts a holiday concert

    Dec. 8, 2014, 11:48 a.m., Posted by ylatimore

    C.H.O.I.C.E. International hosts a holiday concert. C.H.O.I.C.E. International is the acronym for Cultivating Healthier Options in Communities Everywhere. This nonprofit organization was founded in 2012 by Veronda Ford to help people maintain a sound mental, physical and spiritual state of being. If individuals in society can...

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    Charles Ladson is a painter who rediscovered his home in Macon

    Dec. 8, 2014, 11:22 a.m., Posted by Nicole Rupersburg


    Photo of Charles Ladson by Matthew Odom.

    This article is cross-posted with permission from Creative Exchange.

    Like so many other artists, Charles Ladson had an interest in art and painting at an early age but didn't think it was something he could pursue as a career.
     
    Ladson's granddad and mom were both interested in the arts: he was a hobby painter, and she was an art history major. Through that she encouraged me, and dad as well," Ladson says. "From a young age there were art books around, and the smell of oil paint and turpentine from granddad's paintings. The smell oil paints hooked me from a young age! I didn't really start painting until later in high school, maybe a little bit at Wesleyan College."  He would sign up for art classes taught by Wesleyan faculty and artists around town, but "traditional" college wasn't really for him.
     
    "I failed miserably at college and it dawned on me that I needed to do something more with the arts than I could [where I was]," Ladson says. At the time the School of Visual Arts had a satellite school in Savannah, so he enrolled there. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – for him, a lawsuit between the School of Visual Arts and theSavannah College of Art and Design shut the satellite school down after a few short years and all of the remaining students, roughly 30 total, were sent to New York to finish their BFA degrees.

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