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3rd Saturday Nature Hikes at the Hambidge Center

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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3rd Saturday Nature Hikes at the Hambidge Center

Hambidge has a number of hiking trails among an incredible biodiversity of meadows, streams, waterfalls, native plants and wildflowers, and a cove forest. Nature Hikes take place most Third Saturdays, meeting at 10am at the Weave Shed Gallery.

Most of our hikes are led by Rita Rothmeier. Rita worked as a naturalist for 5 years at Black Rock Mountain State Park. She likes to think of herself as a guide, not an expert, facilitating and stimulating others to look closer at nature.

To reserve a space for a hike, contact Christine at center@hambidge.org. $5 minimum donation; free for members.

Remember to wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes for Summer hikes! Dress in layers, bring allergy meds/epi pen, water, a snack and a walking stick if desired. Most of our hikes are rain or shine,

The Hambidge Saturday Series invites the public to the campus on almost every Saturday for a series of rotating activities. Check the calendar for other Saturday events.

HISTORY

As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the Hambidge Center has a distinguished history of supporting individual artists in a residency program. The Center also continues to act as a steward of its extraordinary 600-acre setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Center was created in 1934 by Mary Hambidge, who established the artist enclave and sustainable farm in memory of her artist partner, Jay Hambidge (1867–1924). After a brief career as a performer on vaudeville stages (Mary was a world-class whistler who appeared with her pet mockingbird Jimmy), she discovered weaving and eventually found her home among Appalachian weavers in the North Georgia mountains.

In the early days of Hambidge, she employed local women to create exceptional weavings that would one day be featured in many exhibits including the Smithsonian and MOMA. Later she broadened the scope of the Center by inviting artists for extended stays. After her death in 1973, the Center evolved into a formal and competitive residency program open to creative individuals from all walks of life.

The Hambidge Center is a member of the Alliance of Artist’s Communities and was recognized with the 1996 Cultural Olympiad Regional Designation Award in the Arts.

Extended Historical Background

A lifelong pursuit of creativity along with a love of dynamic symmetry and natural beauty led Mary Hambidge to develop an artist’s community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She also possessed an entrepreneurial spirit to leave the artist community of New York City behind in the 1930s to become a fulltime weaver on her newly acquired farm in north Georgia. Creativity and entrepreneurialism are still the driving forces at Hambidge today.

Mary Crovatt was born in 1885 and grew up in the small coastal town of Brunswick, Ga. After spending her teenage years at a boarding school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she moved to New York City in 1905, where she pursued acting and artist’s modeling. Resourceful and vivacious, the diminutive redhead (4’9″ with flaming red hair) also took to the vaudeville stage as a professional whistler accompanied by Jimmy, her pet mockingbird. After nearly a decade of working as a model and singer, her life took a dramatic turn when she became involved with Jay Hambidge (1867–1924), an artist and writer who achieved fame with his books on design and “dynamic symmetry.” His theory of proportion, linking natural human and plant growth to the classical Greek design, became popular among other artists such as Maxwell Armfield, George Bellows, and Robert Henri, among others. Tiffany and Company based a collection of jewelry on his design theory and the Chrysler Corporation employed his tenets in designing a line of automobiles. In 1919, Jay Hambidge’s research took the couple to Greece where Mary was drawn to the ancient art of weaving and where she learned the fundamentals of the craft that would become her life’s work.

His ideas on design and their travels to Greece made a deep, lasting impact on Mary Hambidge, who took his last name although they never married. Ten years after his sudden death in 1924, she would apply what she learned – that creativity can best be nurtured through working closely with nature – by establishing the Hambidge retreat and a sustainable farm.

Details

Date:
May 20
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.hambidge.org

Organizer

Teka Earnhardt
Phone:
706-212-0241
Email:
teka@explorerabun.com
Website:
www.ExploreRabun.com

Venue

Hambidge Center
105 Hambidge Court
Rabun Gap, GA 30568 United States
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Phone:
706-746-5718
Website:
www.Hambidge.org
Rabun

Contact Info

Rabun Tourism Development Authority
Teka Earnhardt
184 South Main Street Suite 136
P.O. Box 788
Clayton GA 30525
(706) 212-0241

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