Forty of Something: Collections from Our Community

In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

Just in time for Halloween, The Lyndon House Arts Center presents Forty Faces in Clay, face jugs from the collection of Peter and Sandy Loose-Schrantz. The couple got their first face jug in 1999 at the North Georgia Folk Festival and have been hunting for them ever since.

These face or “ugly” jugs were made by forty individual male and female potters. From the earliest days, potters have used the human face as decoration on their wares. There are many roads and reasons leading to their creation. The earliest American effigy jugs were created in the African tradition by slaves working in the South Carolina potteries. This collection is made up of the later southern tradition of making moonshine jugs look so scary that they would keep the kids out.

Peter Loose-Schrantz is a local self-taught painter. Known for one of a kind birdhouses and animal shaped dulcimers, he has also done illustrations for posters and his book, Bongo is a Happy Dog, has traveled across the world. Sandy Loose- Schrantz is also a children’s book written and a retired school teacher.

On view from October 24 - November 14, the face jugs will be on display in the Lyndon House Art Center’s Lobby glass collection cases.

Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Date: October 24 - November 14, 2015
Time: Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623



Face jug
FORTY OF SOMETHING: COLLECTIONS FROM OUR COMMUNITY

In celebration of 40 years of Art in Downtown Athens the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

W.O.W. – 40 Treasures from a Timeless Generation
A visual postcard from the “Greatest Generation”, this exhibit is from the collection of Caroline Self, and features cherished items from her grandmother, Winona Odell Whitehead.
Born Winona Ruth Odell on May 8, 1910, in Chicago, she was a first generation American born to a German mother and Irish father. She started her journey at a time when automobiles and airplanes were making their first appearance and women’s rights were nonexistent.
Her life continued through the Roaring Twenties, two World Wars, and The Great Depression. Along the way, she married William B. Whitehead on January 1, 1933, becoming Winona Odell Whitehead, or W.O.W for short.
Most items from the collection are from the early 1900’s and include lace, silver, books, ornaments, handkerchiefs, photographs, a fur muff, a wedding dress, and a fur stole. It also includes a hand cross-stitched tablecloth and napkin set and several vintage baking items. The most prized being the family holiday roll recipe.

Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Date: September 29 - October 17, 2015
Time: During regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623
Hatppins
Forty of Something: Collections from Our Community
Deadly Dames: A Collection of Victorian Hatpins from the Collection of Tatiana Veneruso
and Paperweights from the Collection of Claire Clements


In celebration of 40 years of Art in Downtown Athens the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

Tatiana Veneruso’s Deadly Dames, is a collection of functional and often decorative hatpins made popular in the 1880’s. During their popularity, legislation was passed limiting the length of the hat pins as it was thought they could be used as weapons. While no longer in fashion, they are coveted by collectors.

Claire Clement’s collection of 40 paperweights began at a visit to a glass blowing factory in Indiana, a stop on the way to her first teaching job. The collection includes paperweights crafted from telephone wire insulators, a submarine periscope lens, all highly crafted.

Both collections are on view from August 22 – September 24, 2015

For more information, please call 706613-3623 or visit Lyndon House Arts Center

WOW 40 of Something
In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens,
the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition,
Forty of Something, collections from our community.
The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items
but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them,
40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

40 HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STILLS
from the collection of Mike Landers


"Collecting movie memorabilia has been one of my enduring hobbies. It's satisfying and fun to own some advertising material from a movie that I really like, although I do own posters and stills from movies that I've never seen. Movie stills are a great thing to collect because they're small, easy to store, and easy to display. Most of the time, movie stills are just recreations of specific scenes from a movie. But the most interesting ones are usually the promotional stills of stars or candid shots of the stars, director, and crew. I like them all.

I've loved movies my entire life. I remember my first trip to the movie theatre when I was very young. I saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with my Mom at the Palace Theatre in downtown Athens. The theatre seemed enormous, and was packed with kids and their parents. That spectacle of seeing a movie with a large crowd in a packed theatre left an impression on me. It's that same moviegoing experience that I still crave today. The smell of popcorn. The buzz of the crowd. The lights go down and the curtains part and the excitement builds. Previews, cartoons, and then the music swells as the studio logo and titles are displayed. It's magic and a magical experience. " - Mike Landers

Mike Landers is a photographer and lifelong resident of Athens. He's also a lifelong collector. His collecting interests have included furniture and decorative arts, old phonograph records (78s, LPs, 45s), art glass, cookie jars, toy rayguns, modern porcelain vases, ties, pocket squares, shoes, and movie memorabilia.

40 HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STILLS:
Mothra (1962)
Rodan, the Flying Monster! (1957)
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
King Kong (1933)
Superman: the Movie (1978)
Raging Bull (1980)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
The Godfather (1972)
Chinatown (1974)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980)
The Road Warrior (1980)
Rumblefish (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
Touch of Evil (1958) publiciy shot of Janet Leigh
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) publicity shot of Ginger Rogers
Some Like it Hot (1959) publiciy shot of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon at the studio.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) publicity shot of Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbot, and the monstter.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) publicity shot of Paul Williams with other orangutans.
Marnie (1964) Alfred Hitchcock gives Tippi Hedren some instructions.
Goldfinger (1964) publicity shot of Pussy Galor (Honor Balckman) with her Flying Circus.
Psycho (1960)
North By Northwest (1959) 1 - publiciy shot of Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason at Mount Rushmore
North By Northwest (1959) 2 - Cary Grant is fleeing for his life.
North By Northwest (1959) 3 - Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the monument.
The Birds (1963) publicity shot of Tippi Hedron menaced by a bird.
The Graduate (1968)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
West Side Story (1961)
Singin' In the Rain (1952)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Cabaret (1972)
Annie Hall (1977)
Suddenly Last Summer (1960)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Cleopatra (1963)

Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Date: July 7 - August 15, 2015
Time: During regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623
wss-postcard
In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens,
the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition,
Forty of Something, collections from our community.
The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items
but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them,
40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

Hilton Bik's
40 Finds from Zimbabwe

Born and raised in Rodesia (now Zimbabwe), Hilton Bik,
 has a very personal affection for the place and its inhabitants. 
On his many visits over the years, he has amassed a small
collection of artwork which reminds him of the life,
culture and indomitable spirit of he native peoples.

On view till July 1, 2015

Ages:  All (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Date: March 5-27, 2015
Time:  During regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee:  Free
Location:  Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623
40 of something
In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

For May, The Lyndon House Arts Center presents 40 Baskets + 40 Circles, featuring Sandy Loose-Schrantz’s forty baskets and Chris Taylor’s forty land art circles with accompanying haikus, two collections, both employing materials harvested from nature and similarly spherical in shape.

For children’s book author and retired school teacher Sandy Loose-Schrantz, baskets have always been present, reminding her of her childhood home and then later, the collection in the home of her future husband, Peter Loose. When they married Sandy’s basket collection doubled to include examples ranging from antique to contemporary. She has baskets from all over the world, made from an array of materials with varying weaving techniques. For example, the Native American made baskets woven from cane, honeysuckle, grass and wood splint are the focus of her collection. Other examples are made from straw and sweet grass, one tiny basket is woven from a single needle of a longleaf pine and one, slightly larger, is hand carved from a walnut. Sandy is drawn to all things handmade and is fascinated by the intricate handwork required in building these vessels.

Chris Taylor is a local land artist and educator. In this series of work, he creates circles from found natural materials in the landscape, documents them in photographs and then writes haikus inspired by his experience. After seeing Andy Goldsworthy’s documentary, Rivers and Tides, Chris was extremely inspired and started building his own original works in the local environment. His self-described “Appalachia Mountain aesthetic of rustic, jagged, damp, dark and inviting places full of stones, dead limbs, moss, creeks, salamanders, rhododendron, fog, wind and rain” are realized and brought to life through a collection of forty documentary photos of circular assemblages. His forty accompanying haikus further our understanding of his experience in the forest, his deep observation of the natural world and his desire to open our eyes and encourage us to appreciate nature’s wonder.

On view from May 1 - June 1, the baskets and circles will be on display in the Lyndon House Art Center’s Lobby glass collection cases.

Chris Taylor 1
May 2015

In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

For May, The Lyndon House Arts Center presents 40 Baskets + 40 Circles, featuring Sandy Loose-Schrantz’s forty baskets and Chris Taylor’s forty land art circles with accompanying haikus, two collections, both employing materials harvested from nature and similarly spherical in shape.

For children’s book author and retired school teacher Sandy Loose-Schrantz, baskets have always been present, reminding her of her childhood home and then later, the collection in the home of her future husband, Peter Loose. When they married Sandy’s basket collection doubled to include examples ranging from antique to contemporary. She has baskets from all over the world, made from an array of materials with varying weaving techniques. For example, the Native American made baskets woven from cane, honeysuckle, grass and wood splint are the focus of her collection. Other examples are made from straw and sweet grass, one tiny basket is woven from a single needle of a longleaf pine and one, slightly larger, is hand carved from a walnut. Sandy is drawn to all things handmade and is fascinated by the intricate handwork required in building these vessels.




April, 2015
In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.
Spring is here and what better way to start the season than with accessories. The April installment of Forty of Something is 40 hats + 40 jewels, from the collections of Beverly Bourgeois and Par Ramey.
Vintage fashion connoisseur, Beverly Bourgeois, has been collecting hats for almost sixty years. Ranging from handmade to couture, pill-box to Panama, for many, exploring this collection will be like traveling down memory lane. Bourgeois has costumed UGA theater performers, Boybutante participants, local party-goers and has lent pieces to costume designers for movies.
Par Ramey inherited her jewelry collection from her late sister who traveled the world and bought pieces of all sorts, from handmade African beads to Dutch Delft. Much like her diverse collection, Ramey, a local artist and writer, boasts a rich and varied past, including working as an undercover detective, teacher, newspaper reporter, radio-show host and model. She uses these diverse experience as fodder for her many creative endeavors.
On view from April 1 - May 1, the hats and jewelry will be on display in the Lyndon House Art Center’s Lobby glass collection cases.

For more information, please call 706 613-3623
Hats
March, 2015
In celebration of 40 years of Art in Downtown Athens the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, "Forty of Something, Collections from our Community" The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

The first collection on view is Lauren Fancher’s Forty Found Photographs. She has amassed photos from thrift shops and antique junk stores, from trash bins, from abandoned houses, from the side of the road and off the ground. 40 highlights from her ever-evolving collection will be on display this month as well as interactive QR scans linking to video and audio interpretations inspired by the Forty Found Photographs.

Lauren’s photos will be on display in the Lyndon House Art Center’s Lobby glass collection cases.

Lauren Fancher has an educational background in studio art (BFA, UGA) and instructional technology (MEd, UGA). Her work focuses on interactive design and digital media, including video, sound, music, and performance. She is active in the instructional technology, library, and digital arts communities as a writer, presenter, and artist.

Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Date: March 5-27, 2015
Time: During regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623

Forty Found Photo

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