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McArthur Freeman exhibit opens Jan. 13 at Moon Gallery

McArthur Freeman exhibit opens Jan. 13 at Moon Gallery

ROME, Ga. -- Sculptor McArthur Freeman will host an exhibit at Berry College's Moon Gallery early next year.

His exhibit will begin Monday, Jan. 13 and will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, Feb. 7. Freeman will give a talk on opening day at 7 p.m.

Freeman teaches animation and digital modeling at the University of South Florida. His work explores race, identity and double consciousness.

Learn more about the artist at macfreeman.com.

Shorter to host Feaste of Caroles next week

Shorter to host Feaste of Caroles next week

ROME, Ga. -- Shorter University will kick off the holiday season next week with its annual Feaste of Caroles.

The concert will be held Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Garden Lakes Baptist Church in Rome. Shorter music education director Dr. Stefanie Cash said the university's men's and women's choruses will participate, as will choirs from Pepperell High School and Garden Lakes Elementary School.

"Feaste of Caroles is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season and is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas," Cash said.

Admission is free with one donation to the Garden Lakes Baptist Food Pantry.

Garden Lakes Baptist Church is located at 2200 Redmond Circle.

Trail of Tears expert to speak at Berry

Trail of Tears expert to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- A nationally renowned author and expert on the Trail of Tears will appear at Berry College this week.

Brain Hicks will speak in the school's Krannert Center on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public.

Hicks is the author of five books, including Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears. He has been featured on National Public Radio and on a number of television channels, including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

In addition to studying the Trail of Tears, Hicks writes for South Carolina's Charleston Post and Courier. He was named the best humor columnist in the Southeast in 2008 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Slapdash & Sacred to open Wednesday at Shorter

Slapdash & Sacred to open Wednesday at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- Artist Stephen Watson's new exhibit, "Slapdash & Sacred," opens Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Shorter University's Arnold Art Gallery.

The exhibit reflects both Watson's love for contemporary art and his devotion to Christ, according to the gallery.

"The idea does change through maturation, but I do not alter it beyond recognition of its inception," Watson said of his art. "This is the reason many of my objects are so simple -- my physical processes are subordinate to my mental processes."

Watson earned an MFA from the University of Alabama. The Northport, Ala., resident said he is excited to have his work shown at a school with Christian values.

"The sincerity of my work and message depends upon my continued commitment to serve and be accountable to two communities to which I belong: the Christian community and the visual arts community," he said.

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

ROME, Ga. -- The first of this year's One Book Many Voices community-wide book discussions will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Coosa Room at Rome's Sara Hightower Regional Library.

One Book Many Voices is a program designed to foster literacy and build dialogue in the community. This year's selection is The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton.

"The book focuses on the characters' personal transformation and evolving attitudes toward race, but in the process it sheds light on the impact of the civil rights movement on a national and local level," said Katherine Powell, who serves on the program's committee.

"We hope (the book) will encourage people who lived through that time to share their stories with each other and with those too young to remember," Powell added.

Berry College associate professor of English Christina Bucher will lead next Tuesday's discussion.

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Acclaimed musician Grant-Lee Phillips will perform at Berry College next week.

Phillips will visit the Rome college in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears. He is a registered member of the Creek tribe and a direct descendant of Cherokee National Principal Chief John Ross.

The show will be Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Berry's Ford Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 23.

Learn more at grantleephillips.com.

Berry students win national journalism award

Berry students win national journalism award

ROME, Ga. -- Seven communications majors at Berry College placed third in this year's Association for Editors in Journalism and Mass Communication's Newspaper Project Award.

This annual award goes to college students and professors who produce special publications and projects connected to their courses.

Berry's winners received their award for "The Jews of Florence," a multimedia project they created during a study abroad trip to Italy in summer 2012. The students developed more than a dozen stories of minority groups living in Florence as far back as the mid-15th century.

LEARN MORE | The Jews of Florence