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Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

Ga. Lottery wins Emmy

Ga. Lottery wins Emmy

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Lottery won a Emmy Award for its television special, "Georgia Lottery's All Access Music Search."

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Georgia Lottery president and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco claimed her award Saturday. The televised music competition won in the category Television Programming Excellence: Special Event Coverage -- Live.

"Georgia Lottery's All Access Music Search" was a statewide "American Idol"-style competition that featured local music superstars, including Monica and Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band, as judges.

Winners were determined through a combination of online voting and judges' opinions:

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

ATLANTA -- The 11 talented local students who participated in this year's Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute will give a special concert next month.

The institute, which is one of only a few programs of its kind in the U.S., puts high school students through a rigorous audition process and offers eight months of workshops, vocal coaching and other courses for young people who are interested in pursuing music careers.

In the three years the Atlanta Opera has offered the program, 11 of its graduates have gone on to study music at universities and conservatories across the country.

Registration open for summer musical theatre camp

Registration open for summer musical theatre camp

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Arts Association in Newton County is gearing up for its summer Musical Theatre Camp, which will be held in July at Newton High School.

According to the Arts Association:

Musical Theatre Camp is an intensive two-week day camp for rising 4th grade - graduated seniors. Participants learn choreography, acting, musical skills and various forms of dance from professional directors of the Covington Regional Ballet and Oxford Singing Children/Oxford Youth Singers. No previous experience is required! Performers will audition for lead roles in the final performance. While not everyone will be a featured soloist, everyone is guaranteed a great time!

The camp will be held July 9-20, with a special performance scheduled for 7 p.m. on the final day. It is split into two sessions -- Juniors (rising 4th-7th graders) and Seniors (rising 8th graders through graduated seniors).

Exclusive Interview: Yo-Yo Ma

Check it out as we go back stage with the greatest cello player ever, Yo-Yo Ma. Yo-Yo has come out with a new album that he says is his best yet. Join us as we discover why. 

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