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A unique event is coming to Americus on Saturday, April 9. What makes it remarkable is not that it will be at the historic Rylander Theatre, in downtown Americus, not that it will feature the 1942 movie Casablanca, not that antique cars from the 1930s and ‘40s will be lining the street in front of the theater and not even that its participants are encouraged to wear themed period attire. No! What makes it truly special is that the event is not a fundraiser. It’s a “friendraiser.”

“‘Casablanca: a friendraiser’ has been specifically designed to promote child abuse awareness, while expressing gratitude to our friends in the community for all the support given to our program,” said Michelle Willis, board vice chair of SOWEGA CASA, a nonprofit organization advocating for abused and neglected children throughout the region. “And we’re also hoping to make some new friends by encouraging volunteerism to the program.”

The event, which takes place Saturday, April 9, will begin at 6 p.m. with a themed reception. As people approach the historic 1920s theater, they will be reminded of what it might have been like to attend the opening of the movie in 1942. Lining Lamar Street will be cars from the period, including a 1930 deluxe coupe with rumble seat; 1933, 1934 and 1939 Fords; a 1931 Chevy roadster; and 1929 and 1925 Model T’s.

In addition to the movie, the highlight of the evening will be the raffling of the artwork donated by Jeff Williams. Valued at $3,800, raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each, with the winning ticket to be drawn at the movie’s end. One hundred limited, numbered and originally signed prints will also be sold at the event. The 16x20 mixed-media painting on canvas depicts the two leading characters, played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, embracing in front of the Rylander’s marquee.

“I wanted to create a piece that had a smoky, vintage, hand-painted photo feel, so mixed media was my choice for capturing the romance that was Casablanca," said Jeff Williams, the Kentucky Derby/Oaks 2009 official artist who recently opened a studio in Americus. “My vision was a scene outside Rick’s Cafe with the Rylander Theatre in the background — Rick and Ilsa locked arms like it was their last time together and all they had was their love for each other,” Williams said.

Brad Ray, executive director of SOWEGA CASA, said the event has three main purposes. The first two are to help advance the promotion of National Child Abuse Prevention month (which is April) and encourage volunteerism for the program. The other is to bring the community together.

“This is about the nostalgic feel of the Rylander Theatre, the celebrity of the movie and the history pulsing through Americus all coming together, “ said Ray. “It will be a magical night and all for a wonderful cause — advocating for our most vulnerable children.”

The mission of SOWEGA CASA (which is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization) is to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children throughout the region. The purpose of the organization is to ensure each of these children receives safety and permanency as quickly and appropriately as possible.

For tickets or more information, call SOWEGA CASA at 931-4488 or the Rylander Theatre at 931-0001.

You are Invited !

Friday   February 11, 2011  

7-10pm

 

"Tres Chic: An Evening of Art Couture"

Featured Artist - Jeff Williams   

 Serenity

Emerging Art Scene

321 Nelson St.    Atlanta,  Ga.  30313

Castleberry Hill Art District

404-890-0532

www.emergingartscene.com


Please join us for an evening of Art and Fashion ~ 20th Century Style.

Featured artist, Jeff Williams, will be exhibiting a collection of both Original Paintings, as well as Limited Edition Giclee Prints on Canvas,  all of which will be available for sale.  His Art Deco inspired paintings capture the Style and Elegance of the Great Gatsby Era.

In 2007, Jeff was chosen as one of twelve American artists to participate in the prestigious, “Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts Show” at the Carrousal De Louvre in Paris.  In the over 100 year existence of this show, this was the first time American artists had ever been invited to  participate.  In 2009, he was commissioned as the “Official Artist of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.”

In honor of  Valentine’s Day, special treasures from our artisans: Vintage Fashion from Vintage Vessels, Vagabond Arts Jewelry Design & Divine Clementine’s Soap.  New works from artists, Julie Ross, Vickie Martin and Emmy Dudley.  An Exhibition of Vintage Purses from the Capitol de Beaute Collection will also be on display.

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Sunday February 27, 2011

Jeff will be inducted in to “The Walk of Fame” in front of the Historic Rylander Theatre.  Built in 1921 and completely renovated in 1997, The Rylander Theatre is an historic landmark in Downtown Americus.  A ceremony honoring Jeff will be held at The Rylander at 2:00 Sunday afternoon.  There will be a reception inside the theatre after the ceremony.  Along with friends, family members and collectors of Jeff’s Art, the public is welcome to attend.

The Walk of Fame recognizes citizens, past and present, who have made a significant contribution to the City of Americus and Sumter County in the State of Georgia, USA.

The sidewalk in front of the theatre is laden with bronze plaques bearing the name of the Honoree, accompanied by their hand prints and signature in concrete, which becomes a permanent part of the sidewalk.

Perhaps the most recognizable name on The Walk of Fame, is former Georgia State Governor, Former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Jimmy Carter, Jr.   Also well know names are Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Charles Frederick Crisp, Georgia Supreme Court Justice and Philanthropist Thomas O. Marshall Jr., Civil Rights Leader Reverend Joseph R. Campbell and Olympic Gold Medalist Angel Myers-Martino.

In 2007, when Jeff was invited to exhibit his Art in The Louvre in Paris, he couldn’t imagine a greater honor.  Two years later he was selected to be The Official Artist of the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  Again he couldn’t imagine anything topping that. However, being recognized and honored by his Hometown of Americus, Georgia has touched him far more!


www.rylander.org/phoca-gallery/walk-of-fame

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