Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
1 - February 28, 2006
© Iia Owens-Williamson
Iia Owens-Williamson has been involved in the arts since she
was a child growing up in Columbus, GA. While other kids were
outside playing she could be found drawing, singing, writing,
illustrating her own books or designing dolls. She began making
armature dolls at the age of seven. Since then she has designed
and copyrighted two lines of cloth dolls, completing her third
design in the summer of 2005. Her love and knowledge of knitting,
crocheting and beading are incorporated into this latest line.
have been displayed and sold at the 2002 Delta Sigma Theta
National Convention and the Atlanta Black Arts Festival. They
have been purchased by numerous art doll collectors from Georgia
to California. She hopes to have this latest line, "Virtuous
Woman", displayed in galleries across the country. Owens-Williamson
has a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and is currently working
on a second degree in Art Education.
Blackbeaver's Native American
Artifacts & Art
1 - April 30, 2006
Native American artist, David Blackbeaver was separated from
his family when he was four. He lived on a work farm until
he was adopted but left home at age 16. His search for his
mother led him to discover his Native American heritage. Blackbeaver
said, "I began to learn and live my native heritage."
A set of eagle talons, handed down through family, helped
begin his career as an artist.
dreamed he was to make a necklace of the talons so he could
wear them and be proud. This he did. Becoming more aware of
his heritage and more creative in his art, Blackbeaver now
makes candelas, dream catchers, pipes, talking sticks, walking
sticks, necklaces and earrings from boar's teeth, deer teeth,
bone, elk antler, turquoise and silver.
from Around the World
1 - June 30, 2006
Jane Lamkin of Smyrna and her late husband, Bill Lamkin, were
active in the Friendship Force International for 20 years
from 1977 to 1997. Bill as editor of Friendship,
the magazine he founded for this organization, traveled the
world making over 30 exchanges to other countries. Jane began
to ask Bill to collect a doll to represent each country he
visited, and when she accompanied him she chose the doll.
interest is an Eskimo doll from Alaska with carved wooden
head, a dress of fur and leather boots, a Japanese festival
doll and a Welsh doll in a hand knitted costume.
includes 3 male dolls, which are a rarity in doll collecting.
There is an Israeli male doll holding his torah, a Turkish
male doll in head dress and a Slovakian male doll in dance
of over 30 dolls reminds her of the many places they visited
and also the many foreign exchange visitors that stayed in
their home, often bringing a doll as their gift.
are in native dress and are identified by their country of
Handmade Baskets of Georgia:
Antique, Reed & Pine Needle Photo
July 1 - August 31, 2006
Greater Atlanta Basket Guild was organized in 1997 with 22
members, 9 of which are still active members. Presently, there
are 25 members.
of the guild is to create an interest in basket weaving. The
members share ideas and skills of weaving while working on
a different project each month. From time to time the guild
has guest teachers.
Basketry Association (GBA) was formed from the Greater Atlanta
Basket Guild. The GBA hosts a convention in the Atlanta area
in February each year with members attending from more than
Atlanta Basket Guild meets the third Wednesday of each month
from 6:00 to 8:30 at the Marietta Library on Lower Roswell
at the Smyrna Public Library includes antique baskets, reed
baskets and pine needle baskets.
information about the guild, contact Nancy Skinner @ 770-426-5599.
September 1 - October 31, 2006
Sachiko Kogure is a creator of the Origami Christmas Tree.
She is from Japan where Origami paper-folding art has its
origin. Just as all Japanese children in Japan enjoy Origami,
she also loved making Origami animals and other things in
After living and working around the world as a Japanese-French
interpreter and foreign-service officer stationed in Tokyo,
Paris, Dakar and Boston, she has settled in Roswell, GA. In
2005, she started selling her signature trees and they have
become a great success.
Stop in to enjoy LA CREATION SACHIKO through the end
here to enjoy Sachiko's Online Gallery
Toys by Les McEwing
November 1 - November 30, 2006
Les is a 78 year old grandfather from Acworth. He began
making toys sometime during the 1970s. In 1992 he began
making toys in earnest for his family, the neighbors' kids
and eventually the community. He also volunteers at Northside
Hospital several days a week.
donates toys each year to the NAACP and MUST Industries
and other organizations and individuals that he comes in
contact with. He makes trains, tractors, truck, and cradles
and decorates them with smiley faces and stickers.
a child in Long Island, NY. Les never received toys at Christmas
or any other day. It was during the Depression and an orange
and a walnut were the only available presents.
of Christmas Crèches
by Lu Allgood
December 1, 2006 - January 2, 2007
pictured crèche is from Finland.)
Lu Allgood began her collection of nativity scenes when her
mother-in-law brought her one in ivory from Italy in the early
as she and her husband, Pierce Allgood, began to travel they
selected one from each country they visited.
began to see these scenes she displayed at Christmas and added
to the collection in their travels. As the Allgood children
grew up and began to have the wanderlust of travel they delighted
in bringing home nativity scenes to their parents.
there are duplicates from some countries, there are no two
of the same materials. They are over forty in number and range
in media from ivory to corn husk. Lu is happy to be sharing
her collection publicly for the first time at the Smyrna Library