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Column: High devotes weekend to ‘Art in Bloom’ exhibit
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
December 30, 2013 09:28 PM | 2387 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
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The High Museum of Art in Midtown is spotlighting a weekend of activities Jan. 10 through 12 around a special “Art in Bloom” exhibition in collaboration with metro Atlanta floral designers and garden club members.

“’Art in Bloom’ is a program the High created back in 1991,” said Kris Delancy, director of marketing and advancement at the High. “The occasion of hosting our current exhibition, ‘The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden,’ inspired our team to bring back the popular program to celebrate the museum’s permanent collections with a live garden theme.”

Fifty participating florists will create exotic and imaginative floral interpretations of select works from the High’s permanent collections and present them to visitors at regular museum admission along with additional ticketed themed activities.

Four special ticketed events will provide visitors with a new botanic way to experience the art collection.

First is Evening in Bloom, an opening night Jan. 10 with drinks and hors d’oeuvres to meet the floral designers in the Hill Auditorium.

Jan. 11 will offer the Dining by Design lunch and lectures series: a morning talk by notable Decatur visionary gardener and artist Ryan Gainey and afternoon lectures by South Carolina topiary designer Peal Fryar and Dan Nadenicek, landscape historian and dean of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

Jan. 12, two programs will span gardening generations. An afternoon family participation program in the Robinson Atrium will present flower arranging for all ages with storytelling, tussie mussie activities, and more. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

The same afternoon a High Tea will be hosted by the Peachtree and Cherokee garden clubs in the museum’s Table 1280 restaurant. At the event themed after the popular British TV series “Downton Abbey,” guests will enjoy traditional fare and fun floral activities.

With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading nonprofit art museum in the Southeast. The museum, with more than 13,000 works in its permanent collections, has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art, significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art, a growing collection of African-American art and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art.

The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art.

Tickets and information: (404) 733-4422 or www.high.org/art-in-bloom.

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Stephen M. “Sam” Hood, author and descendant of famed Civil War Gen. John Bell Hood, will be the keynote speaker for the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta’s Jan. 14 meeting at the Capital City Club downtown.

Hood will discuss his recent book, “John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General,” as he defends the actions of his famous relative. John Hood won fame as a division commander under Robert E. Lee in Virginia, but was criticized for his leadership as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and his 1864 invasion of Tennessee. Sam Hood has spent 20 years researching family papers and other Civil War documents to present his analysis in defense of the general’s actions.

A championship high school soccer coach with an abiding interest in the Civil War, Sam Hood is the past board president of the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans and a past board member of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham, Va. He is a graduate of the Kentucky Military Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing form Marshal University, is a former Marine reservist and now is a retired industrial construction company owner living in Huntington, W.Va.

The round table was organized in 1949 with the purpose to further the serious discussion and study of the American Civil War. The monthly dinner events start with a social hour and include programs featuring a who’s who of Civil War authorities and academics.

Art Carey is its current president.

Reservations and information: (770) 473-1390 or www.civilwarroundtableofatlanta.org.

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Starting Jan. 14 the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum on Spring Street in Midtown will celebrate its ongoing exhibit, “Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store,” chronicling the iconic Atlanta-based department store with a series of Reunion Nights.

The evenings are designed to create a meeting place for past Rich’s employees, shoppers and friends to reconnect and share stories about their favorite store experiences. Each event will feature a docent-led tour and refreshments. The extensive exhibit not only features a picture and text story with artifacts, but includes interactive touch recordings by friends, staff and devotees.

Rich’s was a revered department store retail chain, headquartered in Atlanta that operated in the South from 1867 until 2005, when it was absorbed into Macy’s. The founding Rich family reached out to connect with the larger community and statewide customers to become a legend in retail.

The calendar of the reunion nights at Breman will target employees and friends connected to specific Rich’s store locations in metro Atlanta, though open to the general public: Rich’s downtown, Jan 14; Rich’s Lenox Square and Rich’s South DeKalb Mall, Feb. 4; Rich’s Southlake Mall, Feb. 11; Rich’s Belvedere Plaza, Feb. 18; Rich’s Cobb Center, March 4; Rich’s Greenbriar Mall, March 11; Rich’s Cumberland Mall, March 18; Rich’s Perimeter Mall, April 1; and Rich’s North DeKalb Mall, April 29.

“We are excited to tell the story of one of Atlanta’s favorite stores,” museum Executive Director Aaron Berger said. “Rich’s was a part of our city and the South for nearly 138 years. Most customers and employees didn’t think of it as a Jewish company but an Atlanta institution that shaped their lives.

However, there is an important Jewish story and the Breman is proud to open Rich’s doors once again.”

The Rich’s exhibit runs through May 27 and is open daytime hours to the general public Sunday through Friday with the special reunion evenings extended to 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and free to museum members.

Information and tickets: (678) 222-3700 or www.thebreman.org or www.returntorichs.org.
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