LY N D O N Vol 5 #2
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A FACILITY OF ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LEISURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Childrens’ Exhibition Didn’t “Just Happen”
Art Association Completes 90th Year
By W. Robert Nix
By Madeline Darnell The purpose of the Athens Art Association, since its beginning in 1919 and is today, the cultivation of fine arts through lectures, art classes, and art exhibitions. What has changed are the arts institutions in Athens and technology, changing the way the Art Association meets its objectives. In its earliest years before the Georgia Museum of Art and Lyndon House Arts Center came into being, the Art Association served the function of the museum and LHAC by hosting fine arts exhibits from local and regional artists as well as collections borrowed from artists and collectors throughout the US. The venues were scattered through Athens to try to interest wide audiences. Many were in various schools of the University of Georgia, but other venues included the clubhouse of the Athens Women’s Club, the Georgia State Teacher’s College, Civic Hall, YMCA, and Athens Chamber of Commerce.
Photo: Shannon Williams
Through Our Eyes : Portraits and Self-Portraits by the Students of the Clarke County School District was a fantastic art exhibition but it did not “just happen”. For the Clarke County School District it began in the fall of 1956 when the newly combined school system began a professional program of art education in the schools. In the beginning, art specialists worked with the elementary classroom teachers to present a unified sequential curriculum for all students. The high schools already had certified art programs and as the middle school programs were developed, art was included in the curriculum. In time, the success of the program lead to employing professionally certified art teachers to implement the art curriculum at all levels. With the development of an outstanding art program which produced exemplary works of art, there became a need to showcase the results of an art curriculum which was designed to meet the developing needs of students from pre-k through high school. The exhibition of student work in each school is an integral component of the art curriculum and served as the foundation for a broader and more selective level of exhibition for the general public in an art facility which also had to be developed. (continued on page 11)
When the Chancellor House was opened at the University in the 1930s, it served as an arts center for meetings and exhibitions. Currently the AAA exhibits artwork of members throughout the community at the State Botanical Garden, Athens Regional Library, and several businesses.They also exhibit at the Lyndon House during the biennial Full House Exhibition. During its first few decades the AAA took the role of community arts educator as the Museum and Arts Center do today. They gave informative tours of (continued on page 6)
Photo: William Winburn
ArtiFacts Staff Editor Madeline Darnell Graphic Designer Van Burns Writers Celia Brooks Madeline Darnell Carissa DiCindio Nancy Lukasiewicz W. Robert Nix Mary Padgelek Caroline Self Dale Wechsler Jenny Williams Photography Shannon Williams William Winburn
Left: Members of the Athens Art Association display work to be exhibited in the Athens Regional Library in April of 1984. L-R: Hildegarde Timberlake, Tom Early, Eda Ellis, Betty Secrist, Flo Gross and Bill Cartey.
Lyndon House Arts Foundation Board of Directors Madeline Darnell Acting President Irene Dodge Secretary Mary Beth Justus Treasurer Tim Brown Dana Downs
Celia Prasanna Brooks By Dale Wechsler As we continue to celebrate 35 years of Community Arts at the Lyndon House Arts Center, it’s inevitable that the spotlight land on yet another familiar face – both then and now. Celia Brooks has been with the Lyndon House twenty years and has a long history with the Foundation. She was with the Foundation from its beginning, has served as president and has “seen it through all its growth and stages,” as she puts it. We talked at length about her position at the Lyndon House as Arts Preparator, about her long association with the Lyndon House and other interesting facets of Celia’s life in general.
Celia says that the building often dictates what else needs to be done, but she is the one to answer that call as well. Another aspect of her job at the Lyndon House that is evident upon arrival at any special event is the decorations and seasonal displays. When asked what she likes best about her job she says that she enjoys all aspects of the job and appreciates that they are all inter-related. “I like that I have such a creative job. It’s a wonderful thing! Sometimes it leaves me a little dry when I go home to do my own creation,” she adds laughing. “But I enjoy working with the artists – it’s fun, challenging and rewarding.” During the time Celia has been with the Lyndon House, there have been some award-winning exhibits, but the ones she has particularly enjoyed have been the impromptu exhibits that came about to fill a space of time or other opportunities to display something a bit unusual. For example, not long after the expansion a
Jessica Magnarella Matthew McKinney Ken McLeskey Amy Miller Montu Miller Erika Perry Justin Pettigrew Lanora Pierce Sam Pittard Dan Smith Dale Wechsler Don Williamson Jenny Williams
Celia assisted Toni and Caroline in a special holiday workshop at Pinewoods Library and Learning Center. Here she is helping children make gingerbread houses.
Photo: Shannon Williams
As Arts Preparator, Celia assists the Curator of Exhibitions, Nancy Lukasiewicz, with the staging and mounting of exhibits and is solely responsible for the three dimensional displays. She works as liaison with the Visual Arts Guild which operates the Gallery Shop in partnership with the Lyndon House, so she oversees the day-to-day running of the shop and works with a committee that manages the displays of merchandise and is the “go to” person on the staff for all shop matters. 2
call came to host an exhibit of contemporary Columbian Art that was traveling around the country. For this exhibit she worked with the Columbian Consulate. Since most of the exhibit was three dimensional she staged most of the exhibit herself. “It was such an interesting exhibit – baskets, little wooden insects, fabrics – it was wonderful. The exhibit arrived in crates and it was exciting to open and unpack the crates. It wasn’t here long, but it was great having it here and unexpected.”
Another fun exhibit to stage was the Kitchen exhibit, Cookin’ Up More Than a Century. It involved local collectors and covered a ‘range’ of period kitchens from the open hearths of the 1800s to the streamlined 1950s. No details were spared. “We had aprons of the different periods and I went through and found recipes from each era to mount with the exhibits. We had a lot of help with that – and it’s kind of fun when you have a date it’s got to be up and this mammoth thing – to get it done by that date.”
We continue this issue with more reminiscences of peoples’ favorite memories of Lyndon House.
Staging A Million Memories was another favorite for Celia. “It was like playing dress-up for three weeks. This exhibit featured vintage clothes from Beverly Bourgeois’ collection and we displayed clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s. We had to stylize little racks to hold the shoes and the purses. We had pieces hanging from the ceiling to the floor. We begged and borrowed every mannequin we could get, but clothing can be difficult to display and make it look good.” Celia is an artist herself, working primarily with watercolor and mixed media, and has done some work with stained glass. She studied at the Atlanta College of Art and has been working in watercolor since she was eight years old. “I’ve been at it a long time. It’s a medium that stays exciting for me every time I come to the paper.” She was part of an exhibit at the Lyndon House a couple of years ago with three other watercolor artists called Immersion. Celia grew up in Atlanta but took a detour to Thailand for a little while. Upon returning she didn’t want to stay in Atlanta and she ended up in Fernandina, a city on Amelia Island, FL. where she and her husband married and had their son and lived for ten years. She “reluctantly” came to Athens when her husband got a job here. She admits it took awhile to warm up to Athens. Though quickly immersing herself in the arts community, she longed for (and still does) the sounds and smells of coastal island living that is so infused in her. She recalls that when they moved here it was in the midst of a terrible drought. “We left green and blue for brown and red clay and it was not appealing – at first.” Celia’s husband, Tom Popps, is a deputy director with Oconee Parks and Recreation. Celia says he’s an artist, too – though he won’t admit it. Celia is convinced of his artistic talent and relates that after five years she got a piece in the juried exhibit. Her husband, however, got a piece in the very first year he tried. Also, a curator from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Museum picked out his piece and asked about other work from that artist. Their son, Lenny, designs skateboards and tee shirts in Sacramento and is a snowboarding enthusiast. Along with her art, another very important part of Celia’s life is her yoga practice. After ten years of practicing she studied at Yogaville, the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, and became a certified Hatha yoga instructor and now teaches yoga twice a week in Watkinsville. “Yoga has brought an amazing amount of focus into my life, in all aspects. When I’m here at work I can give it one hundred percent and I’m more productive – which is an amazing benefit. It’s a passion of mine – the art and the yoga – they kind of mesh.”
Margaret Agner My earliest contact with Lyndon House was on a visit to Athens when our family was considering a move here. I located as much art as possible during that short visit, to make sure this was a good town for artists before we made the big decision for my husband Dwight to take the typesetting job here. What I found at Lyndon house has been a thirty-year continuum of wonderful art events, where I focused much of my art attention. Fond memories of the earliest days were of Nancy Lukasiewicz in her weavingroom/office, and my teaching children’s art classes upstairs in the old building. I recall knocking myself out trying to get juried into the annual show and succeeding every three or four years. I remember so many meetings with art groups, the oldest for me being the Athens Fibercraft Guild. When the new addition was being designed, Bonnie Montgomery and I were asked for input on the fiber room. Some of the things on my list were the electric outlets over tables, the drains in the floor, and the light table. I’ve been awed over and over by the exhibits installed there over the years, like the Juried Watercolor Society show and recent Juried Pastel Show. I’ve watched so many artists develop and change over the years. The glorious culmination may be when I met my Michael Spronck, presiding in the Art Association, shortly after we both became single. He had recently taken up art in retirement and was spending a lot of time at Lyndon House, well known to all the staff…and they get credit for encouraging us. 3
@ Lyndon House LHAC Staff Claire Benson LHAC Supervisor Nancy Lukasiewicz Art Exhibition Specialist Caroline Self Art Education Specialist Celia Brooks Arts Preparator Shannon Williams Program Leader
Exhibitions & Events By Nancy Lukasiewicz Lyndon House Arts Center presents continually changing art exhibitions which feature the broad range of works by practicing local and area artists in a variety of media, styles and concepts. From traditional to avantgarde, works by professional, novice, young or elder artists can be seen in Lyndon House Arts Center galleries. Some exhibitions are theme presentations, some are competitions, and some are targeted to a specific media or a local patron’s collection. Children visiting the galleries must be accompanied and supervised by an adult for the safety of the artwork and for artwork content. Lyndon House Arts Center welcomes proposals for future exhibitions - call 613-3623 (ext.226) with ideas.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12 noon - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 30 – September18, 2010 An invitational exhibition including over a hundred art works in a variety of media by local artist members of twelve art organizations which meet regularly at Lyndon House Arts Center: Athens Area Arts Council, Athens Area Porcelain Artists, Athens Art Association, Athens Fibercraft Guild, Athens Lacers, Athens Photography Guild, Casa de la Cultura, Cotton Patch Quilters, Ladies’ Garden Club, Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Classic City Woodturners and Visual Arts Guild of Athens.
Ongoing Attractions Ware-Lyndon House (c. 1856), Period Decorative Arts Collection (1840 – 1890) & Athens History Museum
35th Juried Exhibition
Ongoing during LHAC operating hours
February 21 – May 8, 2010
The Ware-Lyndon House (c. 1850s) is a Late Greek Revival home with Italianate influence listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior has been restored and arranged with decorative arts and furnishings of the period. The historic display room features artifacts related to the historic house and to the history of Athens.
Gala Reception & Awards Announcement: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. A professionally oriented art competition open to Athens area artists working in all visual media. This exhibition, judged by Ron Platt, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, promises to be a wide range of high quality artworks in a variety of media, styles and concepts – something for everyone to love. Over 740 pieces were submitted to the competition by 191 artists, of which 143 were selected to be shown in the Exhibition.
Anniversary Scrapbook: Then & Now 10/35 March 9 – June 30, 2010 Lyndon House Arts Center is celebrating a dual anniversary this year: 35 years since the arts program was founded in 1974 and 10 years since the grand opening for the arts center renovation and expansion project in 1999. This display presents clippings, printed material and photographs from past years on individual panels representing each decade.
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Full House 2010
L H A C Li b r a r y R e s o u r c e R o o m Ongoing during LHAC operating hours A part of SPLOST IV and a joint partnership between the Athens-Clarke County Library and Lyndon House Arts Center, the Library Resource Room at LHAC provides an arts related research collection of publications, including art history and artist biographies, business, and law for artists, art education curriculum & methods and studio art techniques. Resources are available during LHAC operating hours on a reference room basis. Book donations are welcome – call 706-613-3623 ext. 226.
L H A C Ga l le r y Sh op Ongoing, Tuesday - Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. Honey pots and pottery… paintings and photography… stained glass, blown glass and glass that is fused… carved wood and turned wood… jewelry made from silver, beads, or paper… hand-painted silk scarves and hand-knit ones too… books for all ages, written and/or illustrated by local artists and CDs by area musicians. These and more are the offerings that await the shopper with a discerning eye. LHAC Gallery Shop offers works by more than 85 area artists, many with national reputations. BUY LOCAL !
Monthly Art Meetings at Lyndon House Arts Center The Lyndon House Arts Center serves as meeting place and hub for many local arts organizations. Below is a list of organizations with contact information. Visitors and artists are invited to attend programs at meetings of these art organizations. Free for visitors, but membership dues are required for monthly attendance. For more information call LHAC at 706-613-3623. Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Inc. The Lyndon House Arts Foundation was created to advance the arts and to support the development and operation of the Lyndon House Arts Center. The Foundation is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. Contact Lyndon House Arts Foundation at P.O. Box 187 Athens, GA 30603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. For information call 706-850-1585 or visit their website www.athensphotographyguild.com. Casa de la Cultura - A program for Spanish speakers to explore and develop artistic interest, the group meets weekly at LHAC on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 706-202-0782 or www.casacultura.info/. Cotton Patch Quilt Guild - Monthly meetings are held at LHAC on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Several quilting bee groups meet at additional times as scheduled. For more information on the Quilt Guild visit their website www.cpquilters.org.
Athens Area Arts Council - The Arts Council is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers working to integrate our community’s vast cultural resources into area schools and the economy. Board meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at LHAC. The Arts Council’s website is www.athensarts.org. Athens Area Porcelain Artists - Membership is Photo: Shannon Williams open to anyone interested in hand-painted china. Meetings are held at LHAC on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. For further information call 706-743-8436. Athens Art Association - Founded in 1919, the Athens Art Association is the oldest of the Classic City’s many artistic groups. Monthly meetings are held at LHAC on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact the Athens Art Association at 293 Hoyt Street., Athens, GA 30601 or visit their website www.athensart.org. Athens Fibercraft Guild - Meetings are held at LHAC on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to instructor. For additional information call 706-769-8573. Athens Lacers - Lace enthusiasts meet monthly at LHAC. Contact 706-769-4058 or email@example.com. Athens Photography Guild - A gathering of photographers who want to expand their creative talents and skills. Meetings are held at LHAC on the
Ladies’ Garden Club - Founded in 1891, it is the first Garden Club in America. Monthly meetings are held at LHAC on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. For more information call 706-546-5246 or www.gardencentral.org/georgia/ladiesgardenclub. Printmakers Cooperative - Meet every Friday at 10 a.m. Printmakers bring their own supplies and work on individual intaglio and relief works, share knowledge and techniques among members. 706-613-1948 or 706-549-9923.
Lyndon House received the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Summer Camp Award for It’s My Planet: The Rain Forest in Summer 2009.
Teen Cartoon Illustrators’ Club - Teenagers interested in comic book illustration, animation, and pop culture meet at LHAC on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information call 706-613-3623 ext.225. Visual Arts Guild of Athens - The Visual Arts Guild of Athens is a non-profit organization offering artist services to the community. The Guild partners with Lyndon House Arts Center to manage the LHAC Gallery Shop. For information call 706-613-3623 ext. 224. 5
GMOA and LHAC Create Lively Opportunities for R.A. Miller Exhibition By Jenny Williams and Carissa DiCindio This past fall, the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) partnered with the Lyndon House Arts Center (LHAC) for the exhibition Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection. The two arts organizations were able to offer many educational programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including many of the museum’s regular events such as fifth-grade tours, funded by a private donor. Staff and volunteers from both the GMOA and the LHAC worked together to create a three-hour program that included tours and a related hands-on activity. We reached almost 900 students through these tours, many of whom had never before visited a museum. Athens-Clarke County fifthgraders ask questions about the Lord Love You exhibition.
Gallery Shop News By Celia Brooks The Visual Arts Guild of Athens welcomes new members and fused glass artists Kathleen & Craig Gill, and sculptor Gary Grossman. They work as volunteers in the shop each month. Fran Korda and Pat Winston are also some new faces that volunteer in the shop. Thanks to all our volunteers who have seen us through the busy holiday season. The Guild recently made a donation to the Lyndon House Arts Center to help support an outreach program at Pinewoods. The donation was used to purchase supplies to make gingerbread houses with the 64 children that are in the after-school program there. The Guild also renewed the Gallery Shop’s membership to the Museum Store Association. This association provides support and networking opportunities on an international level. Recent ACC budget cuts have eliminated outreach programs and membership association dues. The Guild is sponsoring a Patron’s Awart for the 35th Juried Exhibition as well. We are grateful that the Visual Arts Guild was able to support these worthy causes. Stop into the shop next time you are here, introduce yourself to one of our local artists, browse the diverse selection of hand-crafted wares and maybe purchase something to add to your own collection.
Art Association (continued from page 1) exhibitions and took works of art to school children and community organizations for discussion. For several years, the organization had a program of putting original art into hospital rooms at the request of patients. AAA monthly meetings were also educational for members and open to the public. Local and regional artists spoke to members during most of their meetings as Right: Nancy Roberson is assisted by Alex Perrodin in positioning her painting, Pelican Grove. Early photos of the Athens Art Association are from the January 22, 1984 issue of the Athens Banner-Herald/ Daily News.
Photo: Shannon Williams
During the opening for the event, a joint LHAC and GMOA membership drive was held. Other events in the collaboration included a Lunch and Learn with art historian and Lamar Dodd School of Art professor Judy McWillie, a docent education session, a gallery talk by the exhibition’s curator (Paul Manoguerra, GMOA curator of American art) and Evening for Educators, where K-12 teachers enjoyed a reception while getting the opportunity to view the exhibition, network with other teachers, pick up the teaching packet for the exhibition and get ideas from GMOA and LHAC staff on teaching the exhibition to their students. Finally, two events were held specifically for families, GMOA’s Family Day: Whirligigs and LHAC’s Scarecrow Festival which replaced the Harvest Festival this year and consisted of two scarecrow workshops. Both LHAC and GMOA assisted in the planning and execution of these successful events.
Photo: William Winburn
they do now. In a conversation with Hildegard Timberlake, who was president of AAA in 1984, she discussed her book The Athens Art Association covering the first 65 years and her memories of influential AAA members. Hildegard noted that members of the academic community usually presented monthly programs, and today they are more frequently by local artists.
Membership today is open to the public, however, in the early years membership was voted upon, even though it was open to anyone sharing its goals. Members included professional artists, but also university professors and teachers as well as many non-artists who were art supporters and appreciators. “When Lamar Dodd came to Athens in 1937, the ties between the AAA and the University became even stronger,” Hildegard recalled. Dodd was program chair for several years and conducted programs about art appreciation among other things. When Bill Paul was director of the Georgia Museum of Art, his secretary, Millie Dearing, recruited artists for the AAA and connected artists and collectors. “She was a really nice, enthusiastic, outgoing person and did a lot to build the Art Association,” Hildegard explained. Internationally recognized artist Lucy Stanton, born in Atlanta, was an honorary member, and the archives show that the Art Association visited her studio in Athens. Stanton was among the organization’s first invited speakers and was elected to life membership at the January 1920 meeting. The archives are full of clippings from the Banner Herald. The newspaper published the business meeting contents, and photos and announcements of exhibitions for the group. Members wrote on various topics, such as the importance of art education. “Back then the Art Association was very visible.” Hildegard noted. Today, the Banner-Herald and the Flagpole magazine publish notices of meetings and events, but not with the same thoroughness and frequency. Now, news and programs of monthly meetings are diligently recorded and emailed to members and friends. One program that hasn’t survived the passage of time was the Art Cart at the hospital. The program allowed patients to have original works of art from Art Association members in their rooms. Edna Ellis, who has been a member of the Art Association “for decades,” recalled how members used to paint with Athens artist Jack Parr in his Athens Studio. At some point after the original Lyndon house opened, the Art Association began painting together one day a week there and became known as the “Thursday Painters”. Thursday Painters continued to meet after the expansion. Long time member Nancy Roberson remembers lots of good times with the faithful members of the association. “Thoughts of Millie Dearing, Clarabel Mims, Jan Flannigan, Alex Perrodin and Betty Hodge, who have all died, bring back fond memories of special times including the twice a year sidewalk sales at Beechwood Shopping Center. If the Art Association’s founder, Laura Blackshear, could peek into the Art Association’s functions today, she might be pleased that it is still encouraging art and artists after 90 years of change and growth in Athens and in the ways they communicate.
Harold Rittenberry Harold’s memories of the Lyndon House go back to the time when the Lyndon House was a house with people living in it. “It had a nice pretty yard, and a stone Bar-B-Q in front where lots of people cooked and congregated. From the Lyndon House you could see “the bottom,” a neighborhood he remembers where people would gather. He remembers the Foundry where the Foundry Park Inn and Thomas Lay Park now stand. When he was a boy, he went with his Dad to have things welded. As a child he often went to the Railroad Station on Hoyt Street. He went to see the Georgia Bulldogs come back into town as well as the yearly shipment of mules come in.
Madeline Darnell, who interviewed Harold Rittenberry for this remembrance, says “My favorite memory of Rittenberry was the time he came to give an art lesson to the Tuesday Art Club, elementary age boys and girls. He showed them his drawings, which were exhibited in the Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery at the time, then had them make their own drawings. The children liked Rittenberry very well, but one girl was particularly enamored. She invited him to her skating party soon after, and Rittenberry went. That’s no surprise because he is known for his interest in people and curiosity about the world as well as his art.”
Rittenberry has exhibited his sculptures and drawings several times at the Lyndon House as well as throughout the US and internationally including France and Germany. However, he remembers when his drawing was not accepted into the 2nd Lyndon House Juried Exhibition because it only had a makeshift frame. “I just couldn’t afford a frame back then,” he said. Harold Rittenberry achieved great stature as an artist since his early days. Sought after by collectors and artists, he recently spoke at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association conference last year and gave his audience an insight into his success: "Art gets in your system - it's something you have to do all the time, think about it all the time...it's a part of me."
Thinking Outside The Building By Dale Wechsler In December Ron Evans submitted a SPLOST proposal on behalf of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation and Lyndon House Arts Foundation for a formal garden for the front lawn of the Ware-Lyndon House. Prior to the submission Ron presented details of the concept and plans at the November meeting of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation board of directors. The board is writing a letter of support to the Citizen Advisory Committee who will review the proposal. At this writing, the proposal has not yet been scheduled for its review by the committee, but the candidate project list must be submitted to the Mayor and Commission no later than May 3, 2010.
Athens Mayor Heidi Davison and her husband Al on their wedding day.
Heidi Davison Of all the many hours spent at the Lyndon House over the last 34 years, the two most vivid memories are my early days of weaving classes beginning in January of 1975 and my wedding in June of 1980. Weaving classes, attended over several years, turned into a much-loved leisurely pursuit as well as an intense appreciation for the creation of design and fabric and design on fabric. But, it also began what are now lifetime friendships, most notably with dear friends Nancy (and Ronnie) Lukasiewicz, and many others through my membership in the Fibercraft Guild and Lyndon House Arts Foundation, that have brought their own rewards and remembrances. The only wedding held at the Lyndon House was June 26, 1980. Al and I married in the large downstairs parlor under a Chupah (wedding canopy) borrowed from the synagogue thanks to Rhetta Grey, and officiated by the late Judge Joseph Gaines. Upstairs, the weaving studio served as my dressing room; the downstairs hallway held the receiving line; and the small front parlor the reception area where punch from the UGA Creamery and wedding cake from A&A Bakery, now long gone, were served. No single building in all of Athens has provided so much joy or played such a significant role in my life. The house, and subsequently the Arts Center, has provided opportunities to learn a craft, build friendships, purchase art, attend art openings and assorted gatherings, work towards a community vision, build my leadership skills, meet interesting people, enjoy and marvel at other people’s creations, and start a marriage of now nearly 30 years. 8
The concept of the garden is a Southern Boxwood Garden that draws inspiration and historical attributes from the former Stevens-Thomas garden which had a comparable setting. The ultimate purpose of the garden is to further the mission of the Ware-Lyndon House as a historic house museum literally beyond its walls. The proposed garden is a history-based landscape that will complement the house and be actively interpreted to enrich the experience of visitors. The proposed garden would include a hedged rectangular perimeter with period-appropriate ornamental parterres depicting paisley shapes not unlike those found on oriental carpets and other decorative items and was “the new black” in the Victorian aesthetic that influenced architecture, decorative arts and landscape design. In his presentation to the board, Ron explained some of the benefits of building the garden. Not only would it enhance the appearance of the front of the WareLyndon House, it would be educational and extend the experience of the house museum. It would also provide an additional point of interest in the Museum Mile Tour. Not only would it make a unique space for outdoor events, but the project includes a green approach to irrigation. A cistern system would collect water from air conditioning and gutters for drip irrigation so that no city water is required. A Southern Boxwood Garden has been part of the Historic House Committee’s goal in the restoration of the Ware-Lyndon House since early planning days – to create a new garden based on appropriate historical attributes in order to complement the setting and enhance the mission of the house museum to teach, enrich and serve Athens-Clarke County and its visitors – a bargain at the proposed $215,000 budget, and a drop in the bucket of potential SPLOST dollars. We can’t wait to see if the Mayor and Commissioners agree.
Spring Class Schedule Classes for Adults Class Beginning to Intermediate Pottery Clay with Sheila Introduction to Printmaking Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing Watercolor Painting for Beginners and Intermediates No More Mud - Introduction to Watercolor Theory Painting with Charles I Painting with Charles II Face and Figure: Drawing & Painting Studio Imaginative Dynamic Painting Printmakersâ€™ Cooperative Jewelry/Metalsmithing Kitchen Design & Green Kitchen Design Concepts Spring Art Break - For Adults! I Spring Art Break - For Adults! II
By Caroline Self
CALL 706-613-3623 TO REGISTER!
Registration date: January 23 until class fills Dates Instructor Tuesdays, March 16 - April 20 Ahmed Rainmaker Thursdays, March 18 - April 22 Shelia Bradley Thursdays, March 18 - April 22 Jenn Manzella Wednesdays, March 17 - April 21 Toni Carlucci Thursdays, March 18 - April 22 Par Ramey
Cost $105 / $157.50** + $30 lab fee $105 / $157.50** + $30 lab fee $83 / $125** + $20 lab fee $83 / $125** $83 / $125**
Wednesdays, March 17 - April 21
$83 / $125**
Tuesdays, March 16 - May 4 Charles Warnock Tuesdays, March 16 - May 4 Charles Warnock 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Thursdays, March 18 - April 22 Fridays Tuesdays, March 16 - April 20 Tuesdays, February 16 - March 23 Saturday, March 20 Saturday, April 17
Celia Brooks Courtnie Poole Brecklyn M. Alexander & Leed Ap Staff Staff
$111 / $167** $111 / $167** Students share expenses and in setup $83 / $125** Students share expenses $83 / $125** + $10 lab fee $83 / $125** $21 / $32** $21 / $32**
** Non - Athens / Clarke County residents
Children & Teen Classes and Workshops Class Young Artist I & II Art Time for 4 - 6 Year Olds I Art Time for 4 - 6 Year Olds II Explorations in Drawing & Printmaking for 6 - 9 Year Olds I Explorations in Drawing & Printmaking for 6 - 9 Year Olds II Art & Artists for Homeschool Students Spring Break Art Break I
Dates March 17 - April 21 (6 Wednesdays) March 16 - April 20 (6 Tuesdays) March 18 - April 22 (6 Thursdays) March 16 - April 20 (6 Tuesdays)
Registration date: Instructor Madeline Darnell Caroline Self Caroline Self Toni Carlucci
January Age 4-6 4-6 4-6 6-9
March 18 - April 22 (6 Thursdays)
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March 17 - April 21 (6 Wednesdays March 9 (Tuesday)
6-9 6 - 12
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Spring Break Art Break II
March 11 (Thursday)
Toni Carlucci Caroline Self & Toni Carlucci Caroline Self & Toni Carlucci Juana Gnecco Jim StipeMaas Robert Brown
6 - 12
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$0 - $47* / $71** + $10 lab fee $0 - $47* / $71** $5.00 for pizza and soft drinks each time
Clay for 9 - 12 Year Olds Teens On Canvas Teen Cartoon Illustratorsâ€™ Club
March 16 - April 20 (6 Tuesdays) March 16 - April 20 (6 Tuesdays) March 11 & 24, April 15 & 29, April 13 & 27 *Dependent on Scholarship eligibility ** Non - Athens / Clarke County residents
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Please note: Teens may take adult classes with permission from the instructor. Teens wishing to enroll in an adult class should contact the Education Department at 706-613-3623, ext. 225 For more information, please go to www.accleisureservices.com/lyndon.shtml, call 706-613-3623 or look for the Leisure Services Spring Program Guide Lyndon House Arts Center is operated by the Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services as a center of excellence for the benefit and cultural enrichment of youth and adults. Festivals, art classes, workshops, gallery exhibitions, art meetings, special events and historic house museum aim to provide area citizens with a positive experience in the visual arts, encouraging them to appreciate the arts and to develop their creative talents.
Art Bytes By Celia Brooks Claire Clements will exhibit her paintings at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia during March and April. The exhibition is called Bottlebrush Buckeye and Beyond. Claire's process, cut paintings, involves cutting mixed media painting on paper. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Visitors Center. Toni Carlucci & Juana Gnecco received a GCA Grassroots grant Art for Athens Kids. At Pinewoods Library and Learning Center, they will be teaching drawing and ceramics to17 fourth graders. The children will create a large, beautiful, ceramic tile mural depicting their stories. Also part of the grant, Natalie Wright from the Regional Library and Toni, inspired by an Escher display, will be creating Escher-inspired art with middle school students.
LHAC’s Toni Carlucci and Juana Gnecco, recipients of a GCA Grassroots grant, examining tiles made by fourth graders at the Pinewoods Library and Learning Center.
Fiber artists Diane Barret and Jenifer Borg will direct two intergenerational art programs in Athens and in Greensboro this spring. Entitled Beyond the Fig Leaf: Clothing As Wearable Art, the project incorporates dying silk scarves, creating small felt bags, and printing colorful bandanas for the older adults. Fifth grade classes at Chase Street Elementary will learn a screen-printing technique as they make bandanas and then write poems or essays about their favorite clothing. A party for both groups will be held at the school where old and young will share artwork and stories. There will be an exhibition of their work at the Lyndon House Art Center in April. Funding for the project comes from the Turner Family Foundation and the Grassroots Arts Program. The Grassroots Arts Program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, as administered by the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, the Georgia Council for the Arts-designated Grassroots Agency. Georgia Museum of Art Lecture -Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 4:00 p.m., Sanford Hall, Rm. 314, UGA campus. Franco-Mexican Artist Jean Charlot (1898–1979), His French Connections and His Mexican-Inspired Murals on the UGA Campus. Nina Hellerstein, professor of French and head of the Department of Romance Languages, UGA. Charlot's murals may be viewed in the lobby of Brooks Hall, next door to Sanford Hall.
Family Day: Spring Festival Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Lamar Dodd School of Art. Visit the art education classrooms of the Lamar Dodd School of Art to learn about animals in art. Look at images of works of art from the museum's collection and then create your own real or imaginary animal to take home. Snacks will be provided.
Film and Panel Discussion, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 4:00 p.m., Lamar Dodd School of Art, Rm. 151. Who Does She Think She Is? This film by Pamela Tanner Boll focuses on five bold female artists from a variety of racial, religious, and artistic backgrounds. Pulled in different directions by motherhood and work, they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, family, and economic survival. This program is held in conjunction with Women's History Month. ATHICA presents Deluge - An exhibition of large-scale paintings from March 27 - May 30, 2010. Artist Market at AthFest 2010 Friday, June 25 - Sunday, June 27, 2010. AthFest is putting out the call to all visual artists. We are accepting submissions to our juried Artist Market for 2010 now through April 2. Download the application at www.athfest.com The Point of Art Gallery in historic Union Point presents a 1-man show of Madison artist: Peter Muzyka's Vision of America. March 4 - April 3, 2010. www.ThePointofArt.net 706-486-6808 Southworks - Art Exhibition: April 1st through May 8th. Artist Market: May 1st & 2nd, 10 AM to 5 PM each day.
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Aurum Studios -Youth Art from Whitehead Road Elementary & Oglethorpe Road Elementary Students. March 1 through March 31, 2005. Mary Padgelek has been selected as an Artist in Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., for the 2010 school year. She will teach art classes and be given a studio space where she will work. Wesley Theological Seminary gives students hands on experience to better understand the expressive potential of the arts, and to empathize with artists within their congregations. Congratulations to Foundation member Jenny Williams and her husband Ben on the birth of Albert Flintom Williams on December 28, 2009!
Craighead helps Lyndon House MAP Its Future By Mary Padgelek The Lyndon House staff invited Ms Linda Craighead, the Director of the Division of Arts and Sciences at the Palo Alto Art Center, in Palo Alto, CA to make an on-site visit to Lyndon House Arts Center last year in regard to the Museum Assessment Program Institutional Assessment. This is an assessment that brings in an outside expert to evaluate and counsel on strong and weak points in the running of and programs offered by Lyndon House.
people regardless of age and culture because it reflects the universal experiences of human beings – that which challenges the mind and spirit and reflects the responses of creative living – of being alive. The nature of man is that his history and development is one of creative discovery. In our quest to reach our creative potential we must begin with our children who are the most open to the fulfillment of their creative abilities. Out of this process we have become aware that we have specific needs and therefore we create things to fulfill them.
She represented The American Association of Museums, with headquarters in Washington D.C. This process is not only a step towards museum accreditation, but also a useful experience for evaluating Lyndon House as compared to other arts centers nationwide.
Active participation in any event, action or performance leads to a proclamation of valuing. We support that which we really value and we value that with which we have a sense of successful and meaningful interaction and identity. Our level of proficiency in performance does not necessarily determine how we value our association with the subject. In many instances individuals participate by becoming strong supporters of the arts by attending exhibitions and performances of those who have attained the status for which we continue to strive.
Ms. Craighead evaluated a lengthy self-study questionnaire, a box of LHAC policies and documents and three focus group projects prior to her visit. These focus groups pertained to Mission Activity, Public Experience Activity, and Competitive Environment Activity. The Mission Activity is to demonstrate the staff’s and the governing authority’s awareness and understanding of Lyndon House’s mission, and provide an opportunity to compare Lyndon House’s mission to the best practices nationwide regarding mission content.
One of the basic roles of art is to communicate visually that which has been perceived and evaluated as being personally significant. To complete the creative process, the artist’s work must be seen in terms of the viewer’s experiences and needs which lead to making value judgments and completes the aesthetic experience.
The Public Experience Activity is to raise the staff and governing authority’s awareness of the quality of the public experience of Lyndon House, and help identify areas for improvement. The Competitive Environment Activity is to increase awareness of Lyndon House’s competitive environment, and examine how Lyndon House compares to others that compete for audiences.
The key factor in exhibiting children’s work in an art gallery or museum is to insure that the work meets the highest standards of aesthetic quality, clearly demonPhoto: Shannon Williams strates personal involvement and honestly reflects the integrity of a child’s vision. It is the responsibility of the adult society to provide opportunities for experiences that stimulate and enrich children’s visual/tactile environment in ways that lead to meaningful and creative self – expression which requires that it, as with all art work, be exhibited in a professional setting.
Ms. Craighead spent several days in Athens for the onsite evaluation. She worked long hours with staff, volunteers, patrons and partners. Ms. Craighead ‘s warmth and enthusiasm for Lyndon House Arts Center and its staff and programs was a positive and informative experience for all. Her written assessment will arrive later this year.
Childrens’ Exhibition (continued from page 1) The Lyndon House Arts Center grew out of the need to provide a venue for adult and children’s art that would reflect the level of involvement, commitment, scope and quality of the art being produced and available within the greater community. To help meet this need, fostering the creation and exhibition of art have been the driving forces behind the development of the Lyndon House Arts Center and its extensive programs. The exhibition of children’s art has also been a key component of the educational program for the Lyndon House from its beginning. Children create art that is relevant, and a vital means of communicating to all
Founding LHAF President Dan Hope views the exhibition Through Our Eyes: Portraits and SelfPortraits by the Students of the Clarke County School District.
The Clarke County Schools have now had over two generations of students that have grown up with an excellent education in the arts. That does not imply that all students will become artists but it does ensure that they have had experiences and gained knowledge that allow them to make informed aesthetic judgments that significantly contribute to their quality of life and that of the community as a vital part of our culture in a civilized society. It is therefore through the sharing of our experiences that we re-enforce and value our own existence as creative individuals. The School Art Program and the Lyndon House Exhibition continue to provide the quality art experience that has come to be expected in our community and is clearly reflected in the exhibition and in the beautiful full color hard bound exhibition catalogue.
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Each year, Athens area artists of all ages and walks of life submit works in a variety of media for inclusion in the annual Juried Exhibition. Seen here are just a few of the many thousands of entries that have been judged since the first Juried Exhibition in 1974.
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Lyndon House Arts Center is a facility of Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts