marie.arrington@gaflnews.com



TIFTON -- There's a message in Donna Hatcher's work and she's displaying it from 5:30-7:30 tonight at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage.

"I want to speak to people," she said. "I want people to question what they do with their daily lives. I want it to be beautiful, but I also want to give people something to think about."

Hatcher, an assistant art professor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, will discuss her work at tonight's opening, one of her first one-person showings in several years. While most of her display is glass, she is showing a few of her bronze pieces as well. Atlthough she does have paintings, she opted not to show them in this display.

A lot of time and effort went into selecting which pieces to show and how to arrange them. She intermingles early efforts with later, more skillful pieces.

"You want people to have something to look at all over, but without it being chaos," she said. "You want people to feel at ease, not overwhelmed."

Hatcher, originally from Baconton, became an artist almost accidentally. She was studying genetics at the University of Georgia, and took an art course to relieve stress. Never did she think she'd end up doing art full-time. However, since she enjoyed teaching, she did see herself eventually teaching.

Hatcher's work will displayed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. through November 1. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.



To contact reporter Marie Arrington, call 382-4321, ext. 206.



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