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Art of Recycling on Display

Nutrition Facts by Geri Forkner (Best of Show) (Photo courtesy:  Athens Art Council) Athens Arts Council Program Director Pat Armstrong shows Blackbird (painting on home movie screen) by Shelbi Cox (tied for Wesley L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Creativity Award) It’s entertaining, colorful and not necessarily easy to digest.  The tongue in cheek sculpture titled Nutrition […]

Continue Reading By on November 16, 2011 in art, education, frugal, green, recycling, sustainable

Folk Art to Inspire Your Christmas

If you’re interested in folk art infused with faith, there’s no better example than the humble nativity set crafted to fair trade standards.  The raw materials are everything from native stone to olive wood, from metal to recycled newspapers.  Here are a few we recently saw from around the world…some folk art to inspire your […]

Continue Reading By on November 15, 2011 in art, craft, fair trade, with our own hands

Gourd Art for Kids

Our entire family enjoyed our recent visit with the gourd art enthusiasts in Effington County, Georgia.  The girls ran off some energy in the wide open spaces at Turkey Branch Gourds farm.  C.L. and Willene Arnsdorff sent them home with one professonally painted apple motif gourd birdhouse, plus two cleanly scrubbed gourds ready for painting. […]

Continue Reading By on June 4, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, gourds, grow, Scrappy Sprouts, South

Gourd Growing & Precautions

Scrubbed gourd on left, moldy dried gourd on right If you’re thinking of trying a natural approach to arts and crafts like gourd art, you should know that natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe or simple. You should educate yourself, consider taking a class, and use safety precautions.  Here are tips on gourd growing and precautions. […]

Continue Reading By on June 3, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, gourds, grow, South

Gourd History & Utility

Arts and crafts don’t get much more homegrown than gourds, picked from a local farmer’s field, or grown in your own backyard garden. When I had the opportunity to visit gourd artist and instructor Charlotte Durrence, she told me that archaeological evidence shows gourds have been around for at least 5,000 years. Durrence notes that […]

Continue Reading By on June 2, 2011 in art, crafts, farm, garden, grow, South, sustainable

Gourds Go from Garden to Art Canvas

Charlotte Durrence, Gourd Artist Charlotte Durrence’s backyard in Springfield, Georgia looks much like that of any other caring grandmother.  There’s ample green space to run and play, shady trees and manicured landscaping. She’s hung pretty birdhouses and listens to the gurgle of a decorative fountain. After visiting with her and touring around the place a bit, […]

Continue Reading By on June 1, 2011 in art, crafts, garden, gourds, grow, sustainable

Georgia Farmer Converts Fields to Grow Gourds

C.L. Arnsdorff of Turkey Branch Gourds C.L. Arnsdorff and his wife, Willene, used to keep the typical sort of farm you might expect to see in rural Georgia.  They grew fields full of soybeans and corn.  They had plenty of acres for raising cattle, hogs and goats.  They lived in a tidy rancher surrounded by level acreage, with stands […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2011 in art, Big South Fork, crafts, farm, Georgia, green, sustainable