The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Hosts “Growing Through Art”, A Centennial Art Exhibition,
For its 2019 finale exhibition “Growing Through Art”, the Athens Art Association of Athens Georgia presents a variety of art media by 30 artists in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Gardenside Room for two and a half months with a festive reception Sunday Nov 3, 2019. The exhibition opened Sunday Oct 13 and closes Dec 22.
Laura Blackshear along with 19 additional charter members, mostly professional artists, founded the Athens Art Association in 1919 in Athens to share their love of painting and drawing with their community, while presenting small art exhibits through the years to come. Additionally, they sponsored lectures and contributed to the newspaper with diverse and educational articles.
The Athens Art Association is the oldest art association in Georgia. Early members included local artists Millie Dearing, Lucy Mae Stanton, and Sally Goodwyn. Additionally, Lamar Dodd, for whom the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art is named, joined the Athens Art Association in 1937. He subsequently taught art at UGA, lectured frequently, while fully supporting the Art Association.
Through the founders’ standards of excellence, the Athens Art Association continues their mission: “… encourages artistic growth among its members by means of collaborative learning of art styles and techniques, providing outlets for members to showcase art publicly and educating the public about the symbiotic relationship of art and the community.”
This “Growing through Art” exhibition presents an expanded variety of media in oil, watercolor, acrylic, etching, silk painting, oil-charcoal, ink, stained glass, jewelry, photography as well as digital art. The art genres include floral, insects, children at play, UGA Botanical Garden concert visitors, private and public gardens, including close-ups and scenics.
Artist Viviane Van Giesen describes the Athens Art Association as: “…a place where you get encouragement and support to be an artist. We make lasting friends, we learn from others, we share our knowledge and we feel inspired to make more art!”
For More exhibition information, contact the State Botanical Garden of Georgia contact 706-542-1244
For more information; images and Art Association history, Media Contacts may contact C. Olivia Carlisle at email@example.com