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Hambidge Invitational Show of Pottery and Handmade Objects

In the beautiful mountains of North Georgia sits an artist haven.  It was established in 1934 by Mary Hambidge in memory of her husband Jay Hambidge who was an artist.  Mary Hambidge was a weaver so the center started out as a place for the application women to create exceptional weavings that have been featured in exhibits at the Smithsonian and MOMA to name but a few.  It has grown into an artist residency center that offers artists an extended stay in a peaceful and beautiful setting that should be very inspirational.  As a residency center they have to find ways of raising funds and selling artwork seems the most logical.  They hold a few shows each year in the Weave Shed Gallery and I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in this years Invitational Show of Pottery and Handmade Objects.

I got to go up there on Friday and preview the show and it is amazing.  I was concerned about how they were going to fit works from over 80 artists in the gallery.  It's a pretty good size space but it's not a huge hall.  Of course they are experts and know how to set up shelves and tables to make everything work seamlessly.  They also opened up a room that is near the front entrance that had previously been used for other things.  They are calling it the west wing.  It's got ample natural light from windows that surround the room and plenty of places for pottery and other art.  I was told they will be keeping that room open going forward.  I think it's a great idea.

Iron Chloride fumed vase by Future Relics
Fumed Vase

The show runs from September 28th through November 23, 2013 during the galleries regular hours of 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.  The show coincides with The Great Artdoors Festival which is a really fun event with open studio tours and artists talks, dance and music performances, raku firings that you can participate in, an old fashioned pig roast, native plant sale, and, of course, lots of art.

Location: Hambidge, 105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Gallery phone: 706-746-5718

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


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