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Column: Art auction, gala to benefit Hambidge Center
by Sally F. White
May 21, 2014 04:29 PM | 5763 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
Art, food and performance will be woven together in the Hambidge 2014 Art Auction and Performance Gala at the Goat Farm Arts Center in west Midtown May 31 to celebrate 80 years of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences’ residency programs in Rabun Gap.

The benefit evening will combine themes of days gone past and reveal today’s digital age of art in heralding the role Hambidge has played in inspiring and supporting artists of all disciplines at their north Georgia mountain facilities.

The Goat Farm site, a former factory and historic area on Foster Street, will provide diverse areas for performers and food along with a silent auction featuring nearly 200 superb art works. Featured performers will be Around the Globe Sea Chantey Singers and Dust-to-Digital House Band. A variety of serious food and beverages will be available for sale in food trucks catered by nine notable metro Atlanta restaurants and caterers.

The main fundraising auction offers an exceptional variety of paintings, pottery, photography, sculpture, $50 works on paper and more.

Central to the anniversary celebration will be the announcement of the Lucinda W. Bunnen Leadership Prize. The new annual award is named for the Atlanta artist/photographer whose legendary devotion to the arts includes more than 20 years of leadership at Hambidge as a trustee, advocate and patron.

The honorary co-chairs are April and Lance Ledbetter, founders of Dust-to-Digital, a Grammy Award-winning company responsible for more than 40 rare, essential and new albums, books and films.

The co-chairs are Cyndae Arrendale, Liz Lapidus, Kirk Rich and Suzanne Shaw.

Atlantans have been long-time supporters of the residency programs at the Hambidge facility that provides Southeastern artists of all disciplines a setting of solitude and time for creative genius to flourish. Weaver artist Mary Lee Crovatt Hambidge donated the land in 1934 in memory of her husband, scholar/artist/author Jay Hambidge, to create a retreat for artists to work close to nature. Over its 80-year existence, the 600-acre bucolic facility has evolved into a respected research center for creative thinkers in all art disciplines. It is funded in part by the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the LUBO Fund.

Tickets and information: (706) 745-5718 or

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The annual “Summer Swan Invitational” exhibit of contemporary Southern pottery and handmade objects opens June 5 and closes Aug. 8 at the Swan Coach House Gallery on Slaton Drive in Buckhead. An evening reception June 5 will introduce the artists.

This is the fourth year for the nonprofit gallery to spotlight the craft of pottery as an art form featuring functional pottery alongside imaginative handmade objects in a variety of materials that have been created purely for the enjoyment of the viewer.

Curator Marianne Lambert has chosen notable potters from several metro Atlanta pottery studios. They include the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Mudfire, which each have classes on the art of pottery making. Both teachers and gifted students are included in the 40 artisans featured in the exhibit of both large-scale outdoor pieces and small collectables.

This summer exhibition is sponsored by Forward Arts Foundation member Sarah Kennedy.

The gallery will become a shop during the pottery show and daily purchases may be taken home with new pieces added for the next wave of art shopping.

The nonprofit foundation supports the visual arts in Atlanta with sales from the gallery and the Swan Coach House Gift Shop and Restaurant, all on the Atlanta History Center campus.

Information: (404) 266-2636 or

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The lively Spellabration will celebrate literacy volunteers June 5 at the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom on Peachtree Street in Midtown.

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta will rally supporters from metro Atlanta corporations, businesses, law firms and other groups to join in spelling bee and Scrabble competitions.

With a participatory series of speed Scrabble and spelling bee events, guests will rally teams for two extra entertaining trials and taxing finals where true competitors will show their stuff as the word rivalry goes into the night.

Delicious food and a silent auction will carry the social evening into extra support for meaningful Atlanta literacy programs.

Meredith Gifford of Buckhead is serving as manager of the event for the fifth year in a row. Linda Mote, resident of Lenbrook retirement community in Buckhead, is the board president and the active Literacy Volunteers director. Betsy Wallace of Dunwoody is coordinating both the Scrabble and spelling bee tournaments.

The fun, one-of-a-kind event is an excellent introduction to the nonprofit Literacy Volunteers and an opportunity for participants and guests to reach a diverse audience of community-engaged professionals with tutor-training opportunities. At the same time, the generated funds provide materials for adults with low literacy skills as they learn and create better opportunities for themselves and their families.

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta hosts the annual benefit to salute dedicated volunteers who serve more than 400 students in 38 classes in metro Atlanta. They also conduct one-on-one tutoring sessions for English as a second language and conversation classes in DeKalb County libraries.

Tickets and information: (404) 377-7323 or

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A sassy young runway presentation of fab’rik boutique’s Asher collection the evening of June 5 at the AmericasMart on Spring Street in downtown Atlanta will generate support and funds for free fab’rik, a new nonprofit Atlanta thrift store that helps rejuvenate, train and employ young women in need.

The catwalk models will include young teens who have been helped by the entrepreneurial spirit of Dana Spinola, founding president of the nationwide thriving high fashion-at-a-low-price franchised fab’rik stores.

Attendees will meet the young women enrolled in free fab’rik’s six-month mentorship program and watch them walk down the runway, symbolizing their graduation to a better life.

In addition, the audience can shop fab’rik’s new private-label Asher collection, purchase jewelry and participate in a raffle for prizes ranging in value from a $2,000 shopping spree to a yacht trip.

The free fab’rik concept was created in 2009 when Spinola and her TV anchor friend, Kim Fettig Bartlett, sought to help girls in need experience the thrill of shopping without the pressure of price tags. They gathered bags of donated clothing and volunteers and found teens they could help and inspire. Spinola and Bartlett invited them to a free shopping spree at fab’rik.

In 2013 the program grew to a separate nonprofit thrift store on West Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, offering gently used clothing priced from $3 to $30.

The AmericasMart show tickets for Building 3 offer entrée to the Atlanta market and the benefit runway presentation.

Proceeds will go to the free fab’rik retail store to restore dignity, confidence and hope to young ladies.

Tickets and information: (404) 881-8223 or

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Businesswomen interested in advancement and creating a beautiful career and a beautiful life are invited to the fifth annual Cooking Up Success inspirational half-day luncheon and seminar June 5 at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter in the Villa Christina ballroom on Summit Boulevard in Brookhaven.

The affair is sponsored by LittlePINKBook, an online resource that inspires and informs career women. Attendees will be inspired, informed and empowered to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit by keynote speaker Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon Inc., who will share her amazing recipe for success.

The informal breakout meetings will cover a variety of avenues to business success: What to Wear at Work, Business Solutions and Health and Wellness sessions.

A noontime Taste of Success luncheon will be hosted by an all-star-panel of successful Atlanta women owners in the foodservice industry who will not only present exceptional cuisine, but also share their success stories over lunch.

Coordinating the event are two remarkable entrepreneurs: Anne Quatrano, owner of Bacchanalia, Floataway Café and Star Provisions, and Andra Hall, owner of CamiCakes.

The LittlePINKBook will contribute a raffle prize to support the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Aspire-Hire Scholarship designed to develop leadership opportunities through education for women in the foodservice industry.

Information: (404) 574-5353 or

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