Lots in store for arts and theatre in Bainbridge through next year

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mike Inlow, the new director of the Firehouse Arts Center, has given a preview of activities and events scheduled for the arts and theatre’s upcoming season. It promises to be a busy time with a large variety of offerings.

The first event will be the Arts and Wine Walk set for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is not a new concept, but an event that has been sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Participating downtown businesses host an artist and their works. Some may be actively creating on the scene while some of the finished artwork will be for sale.

Inlow said the walk will begin at the Firehouse in the Harrell Gallery, where participants will be offered wine and treats of cheese and crackers. From there the group will be able to go explore the new Gallery, then move on to the businesses that are hosting artists while offering more wine.

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So So Van Gogh classes have begun and will continue to be offered once a month. Participants must be 21 years of age to participate. The July class, taught by Ashley Long, was held July 24, when the subject painted was ducks.

August classes will be taught by Lynn Davis and the subject will be beachside scenes.

September’s subject matter is a still life painting of peaches in a bowl, taught by Rhonda Kendrick.

December takes on a different format, as attendees will learn how to make wreaths for the holidays.

Persons interested in signing up for any of the classes will find forms that can be downloaded by going to www.bainbridgeart.com. Cost is $45 per class, with hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese will be available.

A special exhibit of the works of the late John Bayides, who lived and worked in his Attapulgus studio, will begin Sept. 20, with a reception open to the public in the Harrell Gallery.

In mid-August, Bainbridge Little Theatre will be the scene of an original work by Henri Intili, called “A Comedy Evening…A rehearsal.” The production of this play will honor the memory of the late Basel Lucas, and proceeds will go to benefit the charity Supporting Hands of Decatur County.

Bainbridge Little Theatre has scheduled the plays for their upcoming 45th season.

The first production will be in September. Titled “A Few Good Men,” it will be directed by Ida Cooksey.

“Miracle on 34th Street” will be what is termed as the Christmas season show. It will run from Nov. 29 through the first week of December, and will be directed by ‘

Rachael Crager.

The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be produced the end of Feb. and beginning of March, with direction by Ida Cooksey and Mike Inlow as musical director.

May will see a relatively new play called “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” directed by Martha Mobley.

Inlow says it will be a busy time for the theatre, as some renovations and updating of painting and awnings are also planned for this fall.