There's never a bad time to immerse yourself in the art and talents of Athens, a place many creative people call home. Lucky for us some of Athens' own creatives and other visiting artist's work is on display this fall! 

Lyndon House Arts Center 

Lantern Parade 

A stream of luminous lights coming from lanterns made by participants will soon flow for miles from Hoyt Street to Pulaski Street. For two hours, friends, children, artists and loved ones will carry glowing, homemade lanterns of all shapes and sizes to showcase Athens' creativity. All are invited to light up the town at the Lantern Parade!

This Is It!: Service Industry Artists

Lyndon House Arts Center

Ever wondered what it's like to be an artist in Athens? Well, when they're not hard at work in their studios, many Athens artists earn wages working in the service industry. This exhibit showcases the work of a few of these artists, focusing on those working in the food and service industry. 

For more information about this exhibit click here.

Georgia Museum of Art 

Mary Lee Bendolph: Quilted Memories 

A vibrant display of 17 rainbow-colored quilts stitched with care by renowned Alabama artist, Mary Lee Bendolph, will be on display until Dec.29. Bendolph comes from a family with generations of talented quilt-makers and her works are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

The exhibition includes works from the past four decades of her career as well as events focused on the significance of quilting in Bendolph's community including: a quilting demonstration, family day, tour at two, film screening and panel discussion, art cart and faculty perspectives lecture. 

Before the War: Photographs of Syria by Peter Aaron 

Georgia Museum of Art

A few precious photographs taken by Peter Aaron are all that's left of several Syrian monuments that were destroyed by the civil war in Syria (on display through Dec. 1). The photos were taken in 2009 when Aaron photographed the city's sights and streets on a family trip to Syria. Take a tour of the exhibit when you visit the museum to see the film: "The Road to Palmyra." Click here to learn more about both of these art experiences.

Holbrook Lecture: Alvia Wardlaw

UGA's signature Holbrook Lecture will be delivered by Alvia Wardlaw, director/curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University and professor of art history. Wardlaw has mentored countless students of color to pursue careers in the museum field. Her lecture "All of One Piece: The Life and Art of Mary Lee Bendolph" will focus on the artistic career of Mary Lee Bendolph. 

Music Performance: "Color and Contrast: Music of the Roman School of Composers"

What did the music of Caravaggio's Rome sound like? "Color and Contrast: Music of the Roman School of Composers" will take you back to 17th century Italy: a time of rich musical ideas and brazen experimentation. The production will be put on by music students at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 

University of Georgia

Spotlight on the Arts Festival 

Witness first-hand the creativity and dedication of UGA faculty and students as well as visiting artists from around the world at the week-long Spotlight on the Arts Festival. The festival runs from Nov. 6 - 17 and features dozens of exhibitions and performances in the visual, literary and performing arts.

To keep up with all the art happenings in Athens, visit our Arts and Culture page.