The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Richie Havens Recent Art Now Exhibited at Lyndon House Arts Center

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:10

Most people know Richie Havens as a music legend.

But he was a visual artist first and until he died on April 22, 2013. Before he picked up his first guitar he painted portraits in the parks of New York.  He always continued as a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, finally putting things together in digital art.

"My artwork has always been a way to fill the space left in a room once the song has ended, when everything goes quiet and you're left with colors and images and feelings," Havens said about his art practice.

Come see his recent work, one-of-a-kind archival pigment print images created using digital media in the Ronnie Lukasiewicz Gallery at Lyndon House, 293 Hoyt St.

The Lyndon House is honored to present a collection of final works from his studio because Havens was a long time friend and supporter. By giving two benefit concerts at the Georgia Theater and later a concert at the Morton Theatre, donations made it possible to fund the schematic drawings for the proposed expansion.  Later after it was built, the donations funded a sound system in the galleries and Community Room.

Havens visited the Lyndon House many times, once exhibiting his Traveller show and teaching an art class for neighborhood children.  This photo was taken on one of his visits in front of a painting by Charles Warnock.

A reception will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2 - 4 p.m. Walter Parks who played with Richie for 10 years will provide musical entertainment. The reception is free and open to the public but reservations are required and space is limited.  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive an invitation to the reception.  Please include your name and full address.

Galleries are open Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

This exhibition is supported by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a leadership grant awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center.


Going to Chicago to Tell About Our Boomer Project

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:54

Librarians from all over the U. S. gather in Chicago from June 28 to July 2 to share ideas on how today's libraries remain the "go to" place for learning. The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning were invited to tell about its unique approach to life long learning--twice.

The first time will be in a poster session where the 8 foot by 4 foot poster tells the story in pictures. With the poster, above, are Kathryn Ames, project director and director of the Athens Regional Library System; Celia Brooks and Nancy Lukasiewicz, Lyndon House Arts Center exhibition curators; Claire Benson, project co-director and director of Lyndon House Arts Center; and Madeline Darnell, the project coordinator. Poster graphics are by Van Burns.

The second time will be in a presentation with two other librarians, one from California and one from New York. We'll show a video starring project advisory board members Milton Leathers and Gail Kowarski. The project's website archive offering local programs anytime day or night, and our Vietnam Veteran interviews by Mary Kay Mitchell will be among the successes we'll describe.

Boomers to Seniors: Library Models for Serving Older Adults will describe other successful programs from across the country and we'll bring back the best to Athens just as others will take our best back to their libraries.

For an interesting read from the Chicago Tribune on the importance of libraries in the digital age, CLICK HERE.


Lively Discussion on Researching for Athens Architectural Book on June 12

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Monday, 10 June 2013 09:44

Join three of the eleven authors of The Tangible Past of Athens, Georgia and Hargrett research librarian emeritus, Steven Brown on June 12, 12:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Libraries auditorium in the Richard B. Russell Building, 300 S. Hull St.

Charlotte Thomas Marshall, who calls herself editor-by-default of this ambitious book, has been soaking up Athens lore and history for the past 43 years.  She is the author of Historic Houses of Athens and Oconee Hill Cemetery of Athens, Georgia, Volume 1.  The new book includes three essays by Charlotte. Joining her on June 12, will be co-authors Milton Leathers and Gary Doster, and Steven Brown, a key to the success of the book as he mined the special collections library for hundreds of photos and documents not yet published and rarely seen.

Jean Cleveland is offering a free tour of the Special Collections Library following the program.

Please join us in the auditorium or online if you can't get there.  You'll see hundreds of rarely seen photos as you hear about the story of the making of this book by these very entertaining people. CLICK HERE for the link to the webcast.  The password is 123456.  If you think you'd like instruction on how to join ahead of time, WATCH THIS VIDEO (no sound) ahead of time.  It is really easy.  Not for tablets or other mobile devices, but that may be coming in the near future.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.  The program is free and open to the public.



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