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Aspiring artist to host charity art show

Proceeds to benefit family in need

POSTED: December 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Photo/Elizabeth Hamilton/

Clayton Brannon gives a sneak-peek of one of his favorite photographs that will be for sale in the charity art show Friday.

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Dawson County native Clayton Brannon will host a charity art show from 4-8 p.m. Friday, at the Harter family home, 454 Summit Overlook Drive, Dawsonville.


Artwork will range from $45-250 and all proceeds will be donated to a Dawson County family in need. The money raised from the show will be given to Bethel United Methodist Church, and the church will determine a family to receive the donation.


“I know that some people are facing some hard times and difficult situations these days, and I want to be able to help,” said Brannon.


The show will feature about 20 pieces of Brannon’s work, a majority of photography pieces and a few paintings.


A 2005 Dawson County High School graduate, and former student of Abraham Baldwin Agricultual College in Tifton, Brannon had originally planned to major in agriculture.


“After my first year of college, I changed my major to art and that is when I really got into photography,” said Brannon. “There really wasn’t a reason, it was just something that seemed interesting. So, I gave it a try.”


“I think he was just trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life,” said LeeAnn Harter, homeowner of the show’s location and close friend to Brannon.


Brannon has applied to the Art Institute of Atlanta, and is currently working to build a portfolio and sharpen his ‘raw talent’ to advance his career as an artist and photographer.


Also an artist, Harter described Brannon as “quiet, a thinker and someone with raw talent.”


After seeing several photos and paintings done by Brannon, Harter suggested that he have an art show as a way of introducing himself to society as an aspiring artist and photographer.


“Clayton accepted my offer to host a show for him, but he wanted to donate all of the proceeds from it,” said Harter. “He has such a passion for this county, and I am so proud of him for wanting to do this.”


“I want to thank my parents and LeeAnn for supporting me,” said Brannon.  “I could not, and probably would not, have done this show if it weren’t for LeeAnn.”


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