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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Off the Beaten Path

[Photo by Courtney Barnes]

From a 25-foot-tall illuminated earth goddess to brilliantly lit allées, dramatic sights abound at the ABG's Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, but the installation that really wows me is a subtler display in the Fuqua Conservatory. Less expected, the lights dripping down enormous palms in the glass house might not initially stop visitors in their tracks as the colorful spheres on the adjacent Great Lawn do, yet the impact is equally magical. If you're looking for an escape from the holiday frenzy, visit during a non-peak evening and meander through the lush (and warm!) tropical forest. Garden Lights continues through January 4.

[Via Callanwolde]
Opening this weekend is the annual 12-day event, Christmas at Callanwolde. A fundraiser for Callanwolde (the 27-acre 1920s Druid Hills estate designed by architect Henry Hornbostel that today serves as a non-profit educational center for the visual, literary and performing arts), festivities center around the showhouse with rooms and halls decked out by interior and floral designers. Holiday Handmade, an Atlanta Etsy sellers market, and a host of children's activities are offered too. What you may not know is that the special event's calendar also includes seasonal workshops for grown-ups -- everything from iron work to felt-wreath-making to flower arranging. One in particular grabbed my attention: Marbleized Paper Ornaments. This one-day class is offered Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details here.

[Detail view, 19th-century marbled paper, Gold vein Overprinted on Spanish moiré pattern.

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