The Athens Artists Association’s “Growing Through Art” exhibit at the State Botanical Gardens highlights the talent of many Oconee County artists. 

From now until Dec. 22, art lovers can enjoy botanical-themed work, from paintings to drawings to photographs. Viviane Van Giesen, Jack Burke and Olivia Carlisle organized the showcase. 

This art exhibition was the culmination of a centennial exhibition series that the association had previously hosted at the Georgia Museum of Art, The Lyndon House Art Center and the Athens Clarke County Regional Library. 

The Athens Artists Association was founded in 1919 by Laura Blackshear, making it the oldest artists’ association in Georgia. 

The efforts of the initial group of professional artists and art educators were boosted when University of Georgia professor and internationally recognized artist Lamar Dodd joined the association. Dodd helped foster a close working relationship between the association, the university and the Georgia Museum of Art. 

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