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These stories about local art, entertainment and cultural events within our community and the people behind them are made possible through the continued support of Bulloch Solutions as part of our Community Leaders Program.

Sidewalk Skills: Get to know Statesboro's "Chalk Guy"

Sidewalk Skills: Get to know Statesboro's "Chalk Guy"

Have you seen the impressive chalk drawings that pop up on the sidewalks around the Georgia Southern Statesboro campus? Get to know Daniel Wair, the man behind the art.
Woodworking Warrior: Retired veteran Phil Merriam finds new passion

Woodworking Warrior: Retired veteran Phil Merriam finds new passion

Phil Merriam, veteran and owner of Remington Way Woodworks, has found a renewed purpose in retirement with a custom woodworking business.
Beyond Words: The Kindess of the People in Paris

Beyond Words: The Kindess of the People in Paris

This article by Julianna Leverette tells the story of overcoming unexpected challenges while traveling abroad through the kindness of Parisians. Facing canceled flights and a lost phone, it highlights the warmth of strangers and the beauty of unplanned experiences, ending with a reflective moment at the Arc de Triomphe. The article celebrates the transformative power of kindness and the serendipitous triumphs that shape our lives.
The Mustard Seed Shoppe: Growing Art and Community in Brooklet

The Mustard Seed Shoppe: Growing Art and Community in Brooklet

Right outside of downtown Brooklet, a remarkable story of faith, art, and community unfolds at The Mustard Seed Shoppe.
Dr. Michael Braz's meaningful Moroccan adventure

Dr. Michael Braz's meaningful Moroccan adventure

Dr. Michael Braz spent the holidays in Morocco! His natural curiosity and penchant for learning plunged him into a whole new world of North African experiences. Zappalaforpa recently spoke with Dr. Braz to get a recap of his Moroccan experiences and a few meaningful highlights from his travels abroad.
Crafting Worlds: The Storytelling Art of Nancey B. Price in 'Black In Bloom'

Crafting Worlds: The Storytelling Art of Nancey B. Price in 'Black In Bloom'

Analog collage and installation artist Nancey B. Price's “Black In Bloom” is a unique opportunity for Price to invite people into her creative space and process, allowing them to better understand her creative identity as a whole. While best known for her work in collage art, Nancey prides herself on being a storyteller and world-builder.
Savoring Success: The career of Patrick White, Food Fire + Knives 2023 Chef of the Year

Savoring Success: The career of Patrick White, Food Fire + Knives 2023 Chef of the Year

Statesboro native Chef Patrick White began as "extra help" in the kitchen at the beloved Emma's restaurant. Through his natural talent, hard work, and dedication to his craft, he quickly worked his way up to chef in the restaurant. Today, he is a private chef who recently had the opportunity to showcase his culinary skills for none other than billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies: Nutcracker tradition returns to the Statesboro stage

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies: Nutcracker tradition returns to the Statesboro stage

This holiday season, Statesboro had the pleasure of welcoming a timeless favorite back to the Emma Kelly Theater stage—the enchanting Nutcracker Ballet! Check out all of the December events at the Averitt in this story.
A Wide World of Arts: Check out Georgia Southern's November highlights

A Wide World of Arts: Check out Georgia Southern's November highlights

While the Averitt Center for the Arts downtown serves as the cornerstone of artistic resources for Statesboro, it's worth noting that Georgia Southern University contributes to the local arts scene and offers a diverse array of cultural experiences and events open to the public, as well. In the following month, there are several exciting opportunities you won't want to miss! Explore the arts beyond the familiar, and let's dive into what Georgia Southern has in store for you.
Broken Into Beautiful: An interview with Statesboro artist Marcy Simmons

Broken Into Beautiful: An interview with Statesboro artist Marcy Simmons

Zappalaforpa reporter Julianna Leverette recently sat down with Marcy Simmons, a local artist who has turned her unimaginable pain into a source of artistic inspiration. Simmons, who tragically lost her oldest son to a traumatic gun incident, has emerged as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. This article delves deeper into the remarkable story of an artist whose work encapsulates the transformative power of art born from adversity.