Originally created 07/25/99

Arts notebook: Exhibit showcases wide talent spectrum



ARTS FOR ALL -- Hephzibah native Carl Ross' multimedia artwork will be featured at Atlanta's Arts for All Gallery, which is dedicated to disabled Georgia artists.

The exhibit includes paintings and watercolors, quilted wall-hangings, wearable art such as painted vests, crocheted hats and headbands and hand-made straw baskets.

Mr. Ross, who now lives in Augusta, earned a degree in fashion design from the Atlanta College of Art. He enjoys incorporating Afrocentric motifs into his artwork.

The opening reception for his exhibit, Spectrum: Art by Carl Ross, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. The exhibit runs through Sept. 10.

The gallery is in the rotunda of the Healey Building, 57 Forsyth St. N.W., in downtown Atlanta's Fairlie-Poplar District.

For more information, call (404) 221-1270, Ext. 15.

YOU SHALL PLAY CARNEGIE HALL -- Augusta native Diedre Bacco, a 1969 Richmond Academy graduate, will perform April 1 with the Nashville Symphony at the pinnacle of concert venues, Carnegie Hall.

"I am curious about the sounds and feelings of playing in Carnegie Hall," said Mrs. Bacco. "I've played and sat in concert halls around the world, but Carnegie Hall has a very prominent reputation that will be very exciting to experience from a performing perspective."

Mrs. Bacco, who began playing violin at age 5, credits her musical success to her father Dr. Eloy Fominaya, who is also a violinist. "Since my father is a violin professor, music was always around the house," said Ms. Bacco. "I have a love for music and orchestra playing."

She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in violin performance. She played in various symphonies in Alabama, California, and Mexico before joining the Nashville Symphony in 1982.

SAY AH-PERA -- Augusta Opera is auditioning chorus singers today for the upcoming season's productions of La Boheme, Augusta Opera at St. Paul's, The Mikado and Regina.

All voices, especially men, are needed, according to Edward Bradberry, general director of the Augusta Opera.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing a selection of their choice. Accompaniment will be provided.

Auditions are from 4 to 6 p.m. in the music room at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road.

For more information call 826-4710, Ext. 25.

Kent Kimes covers arts and entertainment for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.