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Jefferson’s Opera House Theatre Players to reschedule annual Chocolate Sunday event | News

JEFFERSON — Jefferson’s Opera House Theatre Players announced last week the community theater organization will cancel its annual “Chocolate Sunday” event fundraiser set for Feb. 14 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The theater’s only fundraising event of the year, “Chocolate Sunday,” will now be rescheduled to some time in mid-April, OHTP Director Marcia Thomas said.

“The new and old board members met recently and discussed the idea of trying to go ahead with the previously scheduled and traditional date of Feb. 14, but ultimately decided it was better to be a bit more prudent at this time, due to rising cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county,” she said.

The organization is looking to reschedule the chocolate judging contest event until mid-April, when the number of local cases will hopefully decline due to the administration of vaccines and combined efforts of social distancing.

“Chocolate Sunday,” is an annual

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FMU photography professor wins art competition | News

FLORENCE, S.C. — Julie Mixon, a Francis Marion University professor of photography, won first place in the 2021 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition.

Mixon received the $1,000 prize for her image transfer work, “Envelop(e).”

Juror Margaret Curtis, an artist from Tryon, North Carolina, likened Mixon’s piece to an elegant mathematical theorem, calling it “a simple idea, beautifully realized.”

A second-place prize of $600 went to competition newcomer Jasmine Baetz of Hartsville. Baetz’s work has been exhibited all over the eastern United States, Colorado and British Columbia. She received her B.A. in religious studies from the University of Toronto, her B.F.A. in 3D fine arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Third place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn of Myrtle Beach for her 21-color screen print “X Marks the Spot.” MacAnn is a veteran of

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Chihuly: Creating in the Glass Bubble | Top News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leslie Chihuly, the wife and business driver behind glass artist Dale Chihuly, believes these are fighting times, especially for artists.

“If we don’t have our paintings and art and music and culture and civility, then what do we have?” said the president and chief executive of Chihuly, Inc, who chaired the board of the Seattle Symphony for nine years until 2018.

“What art does is create that thin veneer that separates us from our more base instincts. Without it, I don’t like how life looks.”

Chihuly, 59, had a chat with Reuters about her personal, professional and philanthropic choices.

Edited excerpts are below.

Q. What did your first job teach you?

A. My first job was probably when I around 14 or 15. I worked in a small boutique store on the Main Street in my hometown (Guymon, Oklahoma), and it was called The Vogue.

I

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