Athens Then and Now: What a Difference 100 Years Can Make
A Photo History by Gary Doster 

 

Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343

Wednesday, August 30 • 7:00 pm

Photo archivist and Athens historian Gary Doster will draw from his sizable collection of Athens images on Wednesday, August 30 at the library to show houses, other structures, and scenes around town that no longer exist. Each will be followed by a photo of what the location looks like now, showing the vast changes that have taken place. It will be a trip by postcard through the distant and more recent past, accompanied by reminiscences and commentary. Audience participation is encouraged!

Gary L. Doster, a native of Athens, Georgia, is the author of From Abbeville to Zebulon, Early Post Card Views of Georgia, published by the University of Georgia Press, and A Post Card History of Athens, Georgia published by the Athens Historical Society. He is also the author of six other Georgia history books, Dear Sallie… The Letters of Confederate Private James Jewel, and he is a contributor to the mammoth anthology The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia.

 

We regret we have to cancel the July 27 program Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. We will try to reschedule at a later date.  

 

 

Metal Visions: The Work of Harold Rittenberry

 

Athens-Clarke County Library

The Quiet Gallery & The Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650

 

Slide Talk/Reception Sunday, July 16, 2:30 pm

Exhibition: July 16 - September 17

 

Join us at the Library for a celebration of the life and work of Athens folk artist Harold Rittenberry this July. By coincidence, he was born on what was to become the site of this very ACC Library, and has lived his life just a few blocks away.  His sculpture is widely collected and known around the world; he has done numerous commissioned sculptures, including those at the College Park Library and for the East Point Library of the Fulton County Arts Commission; for the Atlanta City Court Gate, for the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs; for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s Sculpture Garden; for Landmark Properties' various office parks, shopping malls, and residential developments throughout the Southeast;  and for the Georgia Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, to name a few. Rittenberry has made steel and stainless steel benches and commemorative benches for the Schwartz Library at Emory University; for the African-American Art Museum in Macon, Ga; and in Athens for the Sandy Creek Park’s Eve Carson Memorial, for the Greenway Trail Riverwalk, for Bob Hart’s 9/11 Memorial Garden, and sculptures and benches for the 1996 Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta’s Folk Art Park. Mr. Rittenberry, at 78 years of age, continues to prolifically create sculptures in his studio/home on nearby Colima Avenue. 

 

On Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 pm, Mr Rittenberry, introduced by his friend Robert Clements (UGA Professor of Art Emeritus), will give a slide talk about his work in the Appleton Auditorium in the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street. A reception with light refreshments will follow, and the Quiet Gallery on the second floor will open the exhibition, which will run through September 17.