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‘Old Time Religion’ exhibit in northeast Georgia elevates the spirtual

By Howard Pousner

“Give Me That Old Time Religion,” a exhibition that explores faith as a subject in Southern folk art, has opened at the Mason-ScharfensteinCQ Museum of Art in Demorest, a half hour northeast of Gainevile. A public reception at the museum that opened on the Piedmont College campus last fall will be held at 6 p.m. June 7.

Curated by Robin Blan and Tracey Burnette, owners of Around Back at Rocky’s Place, a Dawsonville folk art gallery, the exhibit includes works by the late Howard Finster, B.F. Perkins, W.C. Rice, R.A. Miller and Mose Tolliver and living makers including Billy Roper and Rik Long.

“Let it be noted that not all religious-themed pieces feature baptisms and tent revivals,” the curators wryly said. “The devil, as they say, ‘has his day,’ and is well represent in the folk art world.”

The show continues at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum, part of Piedmont’s growing arts footprint in downtown Demorest, through July 20.

The museum opened last September and houses a collection of 117 paintings and sculptures donated by Piedmont alum Dr. Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein, both of Birmingham. With the support of more than 40 donors, the college renovated two brick buildings that dated from 1916, following an architectural design for the museum by Armentrout Matheny Thurmond of Athens.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free. 567 Georgia St., Demorest. 706-778-8500,

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