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Renowned Fantasy Artist to Sign Middle-Earth Calendars During 'The Hobbit' at Lionheart

Jef Murray will unveil his 2013 calendar during the showing of "The Hobbit" at Lionheart Theatre in Norcross.

World-famous fantasy artist Jef Murray will be on hand at Lionheart Theatre Company’s live Sunday performance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy adventure "The Hobbit" to sign his new 2013 Jef Murray Middle-Earth Calendar and show posters.

Murray will be available before the Sunday show from 1p.m. to 2 p.m. and immediately following the show at 3:45 p.m. Fans can purchase calendars without attending the show and can also purchase autographed calendars at other shows. The calendars are $17 each and the posters are $5.  Murray is generously sharing proceeds of the calendar sales with the non-profit community theatre. He also donated the artwork for the poster.

Decatur-based Murray is an internationally known artist, author, and illustrator. His paintings, sketches, and writings sprout sporadically from the leaves of fantasy publications and calendars worldwide. His artwork has been featured in video courses and television specials on J.R.R. Tolkien.

Murray’s illustrations can be found in his book, "Seer: A Wizard’s Journal" (Oloris Publishing, 2012). They also appear in "The Magic Ring: Deluxe Illustrated Edition" by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, "Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien" by Hilary A.R. Tolkien, and "Divining Divinity" by Joseph Pearce.

The live play of "The Hobbit" runs Dec. 13-16 and all shows are sold out. For information about Lionheart’s 2013 season, Christmas break drama camps and the theatre's talent show Dec. 29, log on to ww.lionhearttheatre.org  or call 678-938-8518.

Lionheart is located in the College Street Playhouse at 10 College Street in Historic Norcross at the College Street Playhouse. The award‐winning community theater welcomes diverse audiences through the same doors that once greeted church parishioners over 100 years ago. The playhouse is set alongside Norcross’ newly renovated Lillian Webb Park and is a short walk to the heart of the downtown area, the perfect place to have dinner, cocktails or shop before or after enjoying a performance.

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