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April 20, 2021 - June 26, 2021
All Day
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Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.
Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt Street

Athens, GA 30601
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"Collections from our Community Arthur Johnson’s Shark Collection" Exhibition at Lyndon House Arts Center

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Collections from our Community
Arthur Johnson’s Shark Collection
On view April 20 – June 26, 2021

The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to present another installment of Collections from our Community featuring a large collection of sharks from Arthur Johnson.

“My shark collection began inadvertently when I was a student at UGA in the early/mid-eighties. My friend Greg Germani decided he wanted to give someone a nickname, and he decided it would be me, and he decided the nickname would be Shark, for no particular reason that he can recall now. The nickname stuck and was used often by my small circle of friends, who would occasionally give me a shark item, such as a plastic toy shark or candy dispenser or a Hot Wheels Sharkruiser. Some years later when I started touring with a band in Boston, I decided it would be a good use of my time and per diems to shop for sharks while I was on the road, and then my collection really took off. I’ve bought a lot of sharks over the years, but I’ve also been given many sharks; I think people enjoy the challenge of finding a shark I don’t own or haven’t even seen before. It’s difficult to say exactly how many shark objects and images I have, because they kind of permeate our household—besides the sharks displayed around our office, there’s shark art displayed around our house and in our backyard, and many shark-shaped kitchen utensils (bottle openers, pizza cutters), plus I’ve got storage tubs full of sharks that I don’t have room to display—but a thousand and one sharks seems like a good estimate. 

Arthur Johnson was born and raised in Atlanta. He first visited Athens in the fall of 1978 at the age of 14, when he rode the Greyhound bus here to attend a midnight showing of Eraserhead at the South PJ on the UGA campus and then a UGA football game the next day (He stayed at the late, lamented Downtowner in Five Points). Johnson graduated from UGA in 1986.

“I then spent a few more years having fun with my band, the Bar-B-Q Killers, before my then-girlfriend, now-wife Donna Ashley and I decided to move to Boston, where we stayed for seventeen wonderful years before moving back to Atlanta at the end of 2005. Since returning to Georgia, I’ve worked as a freelance editor/copyeditor/proofreader/permissions editor while also occasionally playing drums hither and thither with my old Boston band, Come, and with friends in Atlanta and Athens, including Ted Hafer and David Barbe.”  —Arthur Johnson

This exhibition is free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Gallery hours are Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m.  - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 706-613-3623.  

Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt Street, is a facility of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department.