Artists in Action: New JSU exhibit pays homage to beauty of fall
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Anniston’s landscape will soon be cloaked in the red, yellow and orange display of fall. Being outdoors will be refreshing. But to see an indoor display of similar hues, view the new Jacksonville State University art exhibit opening Thursday in the Hammond Hall Gallery.

Illustration and design are the art forms featured in the JSU art department’s exhibit featuring artist Margaret Poplin, a graphic design instructor.

Poplin will speak at the opening, which will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Hammond Hall Gallery. Everyone is welcome to come. The display will be up through Oct. 25.

Visit www.margaretpoplin.com to see a sample of Poplin’s work.

CAST Kidz rehearsing to entertain

The CAST Kidz calendar is filling up with exciting engagements for the fall and winter, and the acting troupe is inviting interested kids to come aboard.

The young performers will have a segment in “An Evening of Fine Arts” by Cheaha Creative Arts Oct. 19 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center, and will perform at the Museum Complex Christmas Walking Tour during weekends in November and December. The CAST Kidz have been part of the Christmas parade each year, as well as Martin Luther King Day at the City Meeting Center and programs at assisted living facilities, according to Sherry French, assistant to the CAST director Kim Dobbs.

Performers ages 4-19 meet Fridays at Anniston’s First Presbyterian Church in the Youth Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call French at 256-239-3069.

‘Om Sweet Home’

In Episode 5 of Meg Weidner’s Internet drama series, titled “Dear Me,” yoga teacher, therapist and writer Ashley Turner makes a cameo appearance.

In the process of writing a disgruntled letter to customer service, Ruth, played by Weidner, discovers a dark side of herself while watching a video blog by Turner. We also see a different side of Blair and a more vulnerable side of Vivian in this episode. Ruth, Blair and Vivian’s children are in kindergarten together. Vivian organizes the teaching of world religion for the kids (for an unknown reason to be disclosed) and Blair is a psychologist.

We have already met Ruth on her journey of self-discovery, but the venture of creating her best self is about to begin, Weidner said. The drama’s first season ends with Episode 5 and a second season script is in the works. Weidner is in the process of looking for investors to help bring the second season to fruition.

Locations for Episode 5 include Anniston Yoga Center, Classic on Noble Too and local homes. The music was composed by Annie Brunson. Cast includes Weidner, Turner, Erin Hunter, Roxana Conroy, Mariya Bullock, Will Addison and Alex Aaron.

The final episode of season one will be available online in the next couple of weeks. The other episodes can be viewed by searching “Om Sweet Home” on YouTube.com.
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