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2006 Display Gallery Exhibits Archive 

2006 Display Gallery Exhibits
Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Dolls Designed By
Iia Owens-Williamson

January 1 - February 28, 2006

Copyright © 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.

Her dolls 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.

Visit her website.

David Blackbeaver's Native American
Artifacts & Art

March 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.

Blackbeaver 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.

Dolls from Around the World
May 1 - June 30, 2006

Dolls From Around the World

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.

Of special 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.

The collection 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 attire.

Her collection 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.

All dolls are in native dress and are identified by their country of origin.

Handmade Baskets of Georgia
Antique, Reed & Pine Needle  Photo Gallery
July 1 - August 31, 2006

Handmade Baskets of Georgia - Antique, Reed & Pine Needle

The Greater Atlanta Basket Guild was organized in 1997 with 22 members, 9 of which are still active members. Presently, there are 25 members.

The purpose 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.

The Georgia 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 15 states.

The Greater Atlanta Basket Guild meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:30 at the Marietta Library on Lower Roswell Road.

The display at the Smyrna Public Library includes antique baskets, reed baskets and pine needle baskets.

For further information about the guild, contact Nancy Skinner @ 770-426-5599.

Origami Christmas Trees
September 1 - October 31, 2006

Origami Christmas Trees

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 her childhood.

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 of October.

Click here to enjoy Sachiko's Online Gallery

Wooden Toys by Les McEwing
November 1 - November 30, 2006

Wooden Toys by Les McEwing

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.

He 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.

As 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.

Collection of Christmas Crèches
by Lu Allgood

December 1, 2006 - January 2, 2007

Collection of Christmas Creches
(The pictured crèche is from Finland.)

Mrs. Lu Allgood began her collection of nativity scenes when her mother-in-law brought her one in ivory from Italy in the early 1960s.

Later as she and her husband, Pierce Allgood, began to travel they selected one from each country they visited.

Friends 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.

Although 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



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