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Local Artists Seek to Inspire Students at "Art, Song and Moon Shine"

Auburn students enjoyed a night of art, music
and fellowship at Perch Studio's fourth
"Art, Song and Moon
Shine" last Friday, November 20.  Featuring artists Po Weise, Mary Ann Casey and Barbara Birdsong and music by Adventure The Great, students were  invited to the exhibit in hopes of sparking artistic inspiration.

The event had a come-as-you-are feel; welcoming and warm. Inside the studio operated per usual as guests could make jewelry after wandering around the exhibit. Behind the studio, refreshments were provided in the ethereal courtyard that was lit by string lights and warmed by a fire.

"One of our friends made a beautiful necklace here so we wanted to check it out," said Candler Yeilding, a sophomore at Auburn. "It's a really cool place and on nights like this you can just hang out and meet some really interesting people."

Among those was artist Mary Ann Casey, an Alabama native who shows her love for the Deep South through her paintings, sculptures, and pottery.

"In college I was told that art is not a career," said Casey. "I hope the students that visit my shows will feel inspired to chase whatever their dream is and to not limit themselves."

Barbara Birdsong, the owner of the studio, gives students an opportunity express their creativity by making jewelry. Shealso sells pieces she has created if guests just want to shop around and enjoy the company of the others.

Throughout the night, music would fill the studio as guests would file into the showroom to listen and sing along. Adventure The Great is a band of Auburn University alumni that was started when they were students. They often come back to Auburn for performances and to share their story. Students have developed a close relationship with the band a
nd look forward to their arrival at each event.

"The music brings people together," said Virginia Birdsong, Auburn student, and daughter of studio owner, Barbara Birdsong. "It's also what makes these nights feel complete."

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