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TIFTON — The healing power of art will be the theme of a series of workshops for children and an exhibit at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage July 9-22 during the Virginia Golden Memorial Children's Workshops and Exhibit.

The daughters of Virginia Golden, a local artist who died this year, have established a special memorial to their mother to fund the activities and materials during the exhibit and workshop, according to Jerry Walker and Marianna Keesee, organizers of the event for the museum.

More than 300 children from various daycare centers are pre-registered to participate in the workshops. Any child 8 years old or older can participate in the basket-making workshop to be held on July 19. To register for this day, call Jerry Walker at 229-382-8123. Children who participate will create original baskets from vines and natural materials to give to nursing home residents, according to Walker, who will also be the lead instructor.

Two Family Nights will provide the opportunity for kids and parents to create special cards to include with the baskets. These free activities are scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 19.

A display of art and creative objects made specifically to help others through an illness or other crisis will comprise an exhibit, which will be open to the public from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 22. A collection of Golden's paintings will be a special feature of the exhibit.

The 320 pictures painted by children at the 2007 Love Affair to send to soldiers in Iraq will be also be on display. These will be packaged and shipped to soldiers following the exhibit.

Several handmade quilts will be also be shown, including a humorous quilt made for Kaitlin Rowe by the Heart of Georgia Quilting Guild to comfort her during a long recovery. Also on display will be quilts made for the Methodist Children's Home by the Irwinville United Methodist Church ladies.

Hand painted ceiling tiles by Tifton Artist Holly Stripling for the Pediatric and Children's wings at Tift Regional Medical Center will be also be on display, along with scarves, dolls and other items to comfort the ill or grieving.

The Museum is located at 255 Love Avenue, adjacent to the public library. For more information, call Walker at 229-382-8123 or Keesee at 382-0627.

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