Internationally recognized Athens artist Margaret Agner gives a talk on the art of silk painting, accompanied by a live demonstration of her technique, and illustrated by over 80 images of Agner’s work. This program was followed by a reception for an exhibition of her work, including several new pieces.

This exhibition may be seen in the upstairs Quiet Gallery and Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library. It focuses on her beautiful and delicate images of flowers and butterflies, and will remain on view through May 24.

Margaret's hand-painted hangings can be used to cover walls or to hang, waving in the air currents, in mid-air, suspended from two points in the ceiling. The long ones are great for stair wells or tall rooms. They are very lightweight. Margaret's subject matter leans heavily to the natural in the floral and butterfly/moth topics. These lend themselves to the unpredictable veining that occurs in the underpainting. From this beginning, the work develops in detail and contrast as the artist uses resists and thickened dyes to refine the image. The final touches are applied with calligraphic strokes and thickened dye.

 

Did you miss Jordan Shoemaker's slide talk Mulling It Over: Thoughts on Chicken Mull, Preservation, and Saving Athens One Bite at a Time? Now you can see the video:

Ms Shoemaker is working on her Master of Historic Preservation Degree at the College of Environment and Design at UGA, while working as a Preservation Intern at the North East Georgia Regional Commission. Jordan is a native Athenian, and loves Athens and the Georgia Bulldogs as much as anyone you will meet, and is already well known in historic preservation circles here in town - she was a Watson-Brown Junior Board member and worked closely with the TRR Cobb House, and she was an intern at the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, working at at the Athens Welcome Center. She has also been involved in the Beech Haven restoration project. The theme of her program is intangible preservation: the practices, expressions, knowledge, & skills – as well as the associated objects – that communities recognize as part of their cultural heritage.

We want to thank the Butt Hutt and Iris Place for graciously providing the chicken mull refreshments!

 

We present for your enjoyment five videos of interviews with well-known Athenians about their childhoods, conducted in 2014 by Mary Kay Mitchell, retired News Director of WUGA, and Reflecting, Sharing, Learning Advisory Board member. Interviewed are Lee Epting of Epting Events; Barbara Dooley, radio talk show host and wife of legendary Georgia Bulldogs coach Vince Dooley; Victor Wilson, Vice president for Student Affairs at UGA; Charlie Upchurch of Upchurch Realty; and Jane Kidd, former Georgia State Representative.

The interviews were recorded at the Athens campus of Piedmont College, and were sponsored by Children First, a not-for-profit organization based in Athens dedicated to promoting safe homes for children in times of family crisis.