“Aisha: She Who Lives” opens at the Fitzgerald Carnegie Center

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Photographer Kamia McWilliams has developed a new body of work specifically for her show at Fitzgerald’s historic Carnegie Center titled, “Aisha: She Who Lives.” The exhibit opening reception is Saturday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The portrait series is a contemporary twist on traditional African style. There will be six poster sized dynamic and colorful portraits on display as well as smaller prints. The prints were created through a partnership between the library at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, McWilliams and the Fitzgerald Ben Hill Arts Council.

In the summer, McWilliams reached out to the Arts Council, interested in becoming a member. But when newly hired Arts Coordinator Shelby Evans saw her work, she knew she had to see if she wanted to exhibit her photography.

“When I saw Kamia’s work, I knew that she was an artist,” said Evans. “The arts council exists to provide opportunities for local artists of all mediums. We’re excited to host her work. This will be a wonderful exhibit for our community and region.”

McWilliams has actively used her art to draw attention to the struggles she and her loved ones face. In one series titled “I’m depressed, not defeated,” she photographed young women who battle depression and interviewed them about their experiences.

“Both women touched my heart and also gave me hope when it came to my personal experience with depression,” she wrote.

In another, she took portraits of her stepfather and his extensive scars. Milton Magwood experienced serious burns after an explosion at his job. His primary concern was his coworkers, and didn’t know how severe the burns were until he arrived at the hospital. He underwent nearly 40 surgeries. McWilliams photographed him shirtless, exposing the scars across his body. But Magwood did not look weak in the portraits, instead he flexed his arms, showing his strength.

In addition to six previously unseen portraits by McWilliams, she has also produced a poetry book in conjunction with her show.

“These pieces of poetry were influenced by African American culture, motherhood as a black woman and inner battles that African American women face,” wrote McWilliams in a recent blog post.

She will be signing copies of her book and selling them at the opening reception.

“I wrote poems pertaining to my own personal experiences as far as depression, dealing with the death of my father and my opinion on black lives matter. I strongly believe these poems stand out the most because of the emotions that were behind them as I wrote them,” she wrote.

In addition to running her photography business, which recently opened a studio in downtown Fitzgerald, McWilliams is also a 911 operator in Tifton, GA. Her husband, Sable McWilliams, has produced his own modern take on African music for the exhibit.

Her prints will be for sale at the exhibit opening as will her poetry book. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display for two months. The Carnegie Center is located 120 S Lee St in Fitzgerald, GA.


ABAC Horticulture Club holds hypertufa meeting

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November 5, 2018, ABAC Horticulture club had their first hypertufa meeting. Hypertufa is equal parts peat moss, Portland cement, perlite and water that when mixed together and molded create beautiful bowls for plants. During the molding process, Horticulture members had the chance to pick different shaped bowls and the choice to add seashells or rocks for decoration. After the molding process it takes about three to four weeks for hypertufa to cure (fully dry/settle).

After the long wait, the Horticulture club had another meeting on November 19, 2018, where they were able to pick out small succulents to put in their creations.

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ABAC Farm receives a donation at Ag Expo

TIFTON— Using modern technology with top of the line equipment in laboratory experiences prepares students at ABAC for real-world careers upon the completion of their bachelor’s degrees. Thanks to a recent donation to the J.G. Woodroof Farm at ABAC from the CDS-John Blue Company from Huntsville, Ala., and LMC Ag from Albany, that preparation for the future received a shot in the arm.

CDS-John Blue donated a gauge and wheel drive, a flow divider, a 6055 pump and a blockage monitoring system. LMC Ag donated a toolbar, 200-gallon tank, Clymer Coulter System and liquid plumbing.

ABAC Farm Manager Trey Davis said the four-row colter unit’s applicator is equipped with a liquid flow blockage monitoring system that wirelessly connects to a tablet and alerts the operator of blockage issues.

“Technology is moving at a fast pace, and our industry supporters are ensuring that the hands-on experience will continue to be what makes ABAC a great choice for students,” Davis said. “This equipment helps the nitrogen get into the ground where the plant needs it. We will be using it on cotton and corn at the Woodroof Farm.”

Jason Goodwin is a 2008 ABAC alumnus who is the LMC Ag Sales Manager.

“We work closely with Trey on exactly what they need at the farm,” Goodwin said. “Through this donation, LMC Ag reaffirms our commitment to agricultural education.”

Craig Mashburn, Director of Sales and Marketing for John Blue, said, “We appreciate what ABAC does for the ag industry by promoting sound agricultural practices through the education of students. We hope this equipment will help the faculty educate students for years to come.”

Dr. Mark Kistler, Dean of the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is well aware of the importance of industry partners.

“Industry partners such as LMC Ag and John Blue ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary in the latest agricultural technologies,” Kistler said. “Donations such as this strengthen our programs because they expose our students to farm technology equipment.”

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Classic Jazz Tunes at ABAC First Tuesday Concert October 2

TIFTON—Classic jazz tunes featuring the fabulous trumpet of Dr. Thomas Heflin will highlight the First Tuesday Concert on Oct. 2 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Back for its 17th season, the First Tuesday Concert Series features regional professional artists in five concerts on selected first Tuesdays in the Chapel of All Faiths on the ABAC campus.  All the concerts begin at 7 p.m.  There is no admission cost. 

Heflin is a former ABAC jazz studies professor who will perform with his band members from Atlanta.  They are sure to delight the audience with original arrangements of classic and contemporary jazz tunes. Mason Margut on piano, Tommy Sauter on bass, Dave Potter on drums, and Heflin on trumpet will provide a new definition for the term “jazz standard.”

Other performances in the First Tuesday Concert series include Music Teachers Rock on Nov. 6, Reed Eloquence on Feb. 5, A Clarinetist, a Pianist, and a Singer on March 5, and A Broadway Kind of Mood on April 2.

A Christmas to Treasure will be a special First Tuesday Concert on Dec. 4.  It will be held at the Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton.  Tickets are $10 a person.  All proceeds will benefit music scholarships at ABAC.

Dr. Susan Roe, Head of the Department of Fine Arts and a Professor of Voice, directs the First Tuesday series.  For more information, interested persons can contact Roe at