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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Lyndon House Arts Center COLLECTIONS FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Lola Brooks’ Accessories

The Lyndon House Arts Center’s "Collections from our Community" features unique collections of objects found in the closets, cabinets, shelves of Athens-area citizens. Currently on view is from the collection of Lola Brooks. This display will remain open until February 29, 2020 during regular gallery hours of Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lola Brooks relocated to Athens from New York to be the UGA Dodd Chair in 2012 and ended up moving to town permanently. She currently lives in Farmington and makes fantastic, complicatedly layered, shimmering sculptural jewelry. This winter she shares her collection of rhinestone glasses, matching rainbow-colored wallet sets and gorgeous Vera Neumann vintage scarves.

A twenty-year-old Lola bought her first pair of vintage rhinestone glasses after being wow-ed by a woman walking down the street in New York wearing an outrageous pair. Not only did she start wearing glasses again for the first time since 4th grade (it was great to be able to see again!) it also sparked this obsession. Since then, thirty years in the making, her collection has grown to include over 150 dazzling frames and a colorful assortment of Pucci sunglasses.

Growing-up, Lola was a latch key kid and spent a lot of time on her own in a downstairs closet, digging through her mother’s purse collection. Later on, in the early days of Ebay, Lola was just perusing and recalled those times in the purse closet.

The scarves all designed by Vera Neumann are from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. The bold designs, heavily influenced by Japanese textiles are signed “Vera” with a little ladybug. Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly wore Vera scarves.

As a third Thursday event, a tour through this fabulous collection with Lola Brooks on January 16 at 6:00 p.m. is scheduled.

For more information, please visit or call 706-613-3623 ext. 7604.

Lyndon House Arts Center, located at 211 Hoyt St in Athens GA, is a facility the Arts Division of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.