The Home Show: Artist Inspired Birdhouses

Part of Celebrating 40 Years of Art.
A selection of the artistic birdhouses created over the years to benefit previous Athens Area Habitat for Humanity building projects. This show of fantastical birdhouses, a “Chinese pagoda”, an “air steam trailor”, sculpture for the birds, will delight all.

Guest Curators: Ann Hester & Alex Murawski
Ages: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Dates: Saturday, May 30 - Saturday, August 1, 2015
Times: Tuesday and Thursday: Noon - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: Lyndon House Arts Center, 706-613-3623
*Please note - Birdhouse Workshop to be held during the summer!

In the beginning... Ann Hester and Alex Murawski envisioned an art show that would feature one-of-a-kind, wildly creative birdhouses. The result was the first HOME SHOW, a week long exhibition and auction at The State Botanical of Georgia. Held in the spring of 1990, this event raised $19,000 for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Georgia artists, architects, designers, and builders created more than 70 birdhouses, each a unique and often palatial example of housing for our avian friends. Steven Hollis’s contribution “The Hut of Baba Yaga” sold for $1600. The show also included a humorous birdhouse design from renowned cartoonist, Jack Davis; a spooky night vision by ceramic sculptor Andy Nasisse, and an intricately styled mahogany and copper pagoda entitled “Spirit Cache” from Dan Rodriguez and Mary Francis Ellison. The event was an eye opener by any standard.
HOME SHOW 2, THE NEXT GENERATION, followed in 1991 and proved to be even more successful
for our feathered friends and Habitat for Humanity. This second birdhouse exhibit and auction raised $23,000 and built another new home for an Athens area family. Local businesses joined in the fun by sponsoring over $2500 in awards for the artists. Noted Elvis artist Joni Mabe struck a different note with her star inspired home constructed from a Celebrity Ham can. “The King” was also remembered by Celia Brooks and Jean Rarrick with their Graceland martin house titled “Heartbreak Hotel.” Visitors to the exhibit broke all attendance records at The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. Once again, Georgia artists and generous volunteers supplied the energy that helped HOME SHOW TWO take flight.
HOME SHOW 3, ANOTHER WORLD, spread its wings in the spring of 1992 with the promise of presenting some of the finest art in the region. This HOME SHOW 3 took a humorous look at the American Soap Opera tradition by offering twenty irreverent honors such as the “All My Children” award for the best multi-family design, “One Life to Live” for best use of recycled materials, “Twin Peaks” for most bizarre design and the “Santa Barbara” award for West Coast chic! And for the first time there was also a “People’s Choice Award.” Once again this year’s event raised enough to build a home for a hard working Athens family, over $22,000.
So now, 25 years later, The Lyndon House Art Center is presenting HOME SHOW REUNION. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the art that made a difference for Athens families and Habitat for Humanity.
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