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Column: Church’s artists market to benefit community centers
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
November 13, 2013 02:03 PM | 3002 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
This will mark the 11th year for the Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Starting with a $15 ticketed reception the evening of Nov. 21, the market will be open to the public free during the day Nov. 22 through 24. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first two days and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the final day.

The exceptional marketplace will feature more than 80 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art and crafts including paintings, glass, fabric and wood art, pottery, jewelry, sculptures and other handmade and original gifts in a variety of price ranges.

Work of Our Hands is a nonprofit founded in 2000 by the Right Rev. Frank K. Allan, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. He was a passionate believer in the spiritual benefits of rediscovering one’s imagination and creative gifts, and sought to build an organization to support art-oriented programs throughout the metro area.

He and his wife Elizabeth developed the market as a source of funding art programs and showcasing the creative spirit that crosses all boundaries and walks of life.

Proceeds from this year’s sales will support arts and crafts programs serving persons marginalized by socioeconomic, mental health and intellectual challenges. Recent grant recipients include Emmaus House serving underprivileged individuals and families in the Peoplestown community and Holy Comforter Friendship Center serving people with mental and physical disabilities in East Atlanta.

Information: (404) 525-5948, ext. 21 or

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The saga of Pacific operations with the U. S. Navy will be the subject of John W. “Jack” Hancock’s presentation at the Atlanta World War II Round Table luncheon Nov. 21 at the Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County.

Assigned as a pilot to the U.S.S. Yorktown out of Newport News, Va., in 1941, Hancock, a Georgia native, participated in multiple battles in the Pacific theater. He was injured and hospitalized in Pearl Harbor only to return to battle, even serving in fighter covert operations.

The nonprofit round table volunteer organization originated in Atlanta in 1986 and now numbers more than 250 veterans. Besides hosting 10 monthly patriotic luncheons, members partner with other nonprofits offering services to veterans such as: the Roswell Rotary Honor Air transporting ill veterans to the Washington veterans’ hospital and a unique Round Table Lending Library of books pertaining to history and patriotism. Lee Weinstein is the current commander.

Interested veterans and friends do not need a formal invitation. Just come to the restaurant for lunch at 11 a.m.

Information: (404) 843-0779 or

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Starting Nov. 25 Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead will devote a part of its retail space to create an art gallery as a preview market for the Trinity School’s annual monumental Spotlight on Art market presentation set for February on the Buckhead school’s campus.

The Saks partnership with Trinity has assembled a sampling to include hundreds of pieces from both established and emerging artists and will be showcased on the main level near handbags and jewelry through Jan. 28.

The wide range of holiday art will include contemporary, realism, whimsical, sculpture and folk art at modest price ranges for gift giving. New works will be added throughout the installation period. It’s just a sampling of the selection to come at the main 2014 Artists Market at Trinity. The school serves students age 3 through sixth grade.

During the Saks period, there will be two special happenings: A Holiday Sing-along Dec. 7 with carols and good cheer from Trinity students and a champagne Friday Saks Night Out Jan. 10 to meet the artists.

The Saks gallery will be open to the public and all items will be available for immediate sale.

Spotlight on Art is the 32nd signature fundraising event for Trinity, and will benefit the greater community by passing along proceeds from all facets of the 2014 benefit to the school’s continuing teacher education and scholarship funds as well as a charity chosen by the 2013 sixth-grade leadership class.

Founded in 1951, Trinity is an independent, coeducational school on Northside Parkway serving preschool and elementary children of diverse backgrounds and focuses on providing extraordinary educational experience for each young student.

Originated in 1982, the expansive Spotlight on Art fundraiser has introduced generations of art lovers to new works by some of the Southeast’s greatest established and emerging artists. Staged in the school gym and bringing artists and art enthusiasts together for a full season of events, it is a community experience unlike any other.

Co-chairs for the 2014 market are: Kimberly Lusink, overseeing volunteers for the overall program; with Melissa Favero, Courtenay Gabriel and Sarah Stollmack responsible for the artists and the 2014 selling market itself.

Information: (404) 231-8119 or

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The Atlanta Preservation Center is hosting its second A Toast to Atlanta in honor of Caroline and Harry Gilham Nov. 21 at the L.P. Grant Mansion on St. Paul Avenue in Grant Park.

“Whether chairing the Southeastern Flower Show, leading innovative Georgia Lighting or serving as APC’s board president, the couple is a shining example of what is best about Atlanta,” event Chairwoman Barbara Slick said.

The evening will include a cocktail supper, live music and a photography exhibit, “Lucinda Bunnen: Georgia Portraits.”

The center is Atlanta’s private nonprofit preservation organization with the mission to promote the protection of the city’s architectural, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.

Tickets and information: (404) 688-3353, ext. 11 or

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