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2005 Display Gallery Exhibits Archive 

2005 Display Gallery Exhibits
Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Japanese Rice Paper Jewelry
January 3 to February 28

Japanese Rice Paper Jewelry
Copyright © Shelia Giddens

 Shelia Giddens began her art in earnest by studying the Yamazaki Technique of Japanese Rice Paper Collage under Mr. Yamazaki 's daughter Ruriko during the early 1980s. She moved to Atlanta in 1989,continuing to perfect her rice paper collages.

In 1992, she expanded upon this form with another Japanese technique of art called "Raku" for making hand built pottery and jewelry. She has studied the Raku art form and clay sculpture with several teachers, and has extended her artwork into colored pencils. Most of her art involve some
form of wildlife which was introduced early in her life by her father.

Giddens has been a member of the South Cobb Arts Alliance since 1989, holding several offices including president from 1994 to l996. She was selected Volunteer of the Year in 1999, and has more awards than we have space to list.

Visit her website.

Coins of the World
March 1 - April 30, 2005

Coins of the World

Enjoy an extensive collection of coins and coin sets from around the world for the next few months courtesy of a private local collector. This unique collection includes both uncirculated historic coins from around the world dating from 1799 and mint condition proof sets.

A large display of hard-to-find American commemorative silver dollars and silver half dollars dates from the 1920s. Also in the exhibit are unique silver proof sets from Europe, India, Latin America, Asia and the South Pacific that mark some of the most important events of the past 50 years.

Lunch Box Collection
May 1 - June 30, 2005

Lunch Box Collection

Josephine Westerman has been collecting for 25 years. First pottery, then art glass and carnival glass caught her interest. Occasionally she bought a lunchbox and one day she realized she had a lunch box collection.

Ms. Westerman enjoys sharing her various collections in Metro Atlanta libraries. She and her husband frequent yard sales, ever on the look out for another treasure,

Relive the Glory of the
1996 Atlanta Olympics

September 1 - October 31, 2006

Relive the Glory of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

See a large collection of items dating from Atlanta's Olympic Bid in the early 1990s - when hosting the games was only a dream - to items that celebrate the lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games.

History of the Taylor-Brawner House
November 1 - December 31, 2005

History of the Taylor Brawner House


The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation was formed to save and restore one of Smyrna's oldest residences. The historic 1880's Taylor-Brawner house is located on the Brawner Hospital campus, and was home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Taylor. The home was later purchased by Dr. James N. Brawner. The Taylors retired to Smyrna after years of service as directors of the Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, and they are responsible for introducing the first jonquil bulbs to Smyrna.

The display contains artifacts and memorabilia from the era, as well as current information about the on-going restoration and fund raising activities.



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