In 1934, Georgia native Mary Hambidge settled in northern Rabun County where she founded the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. On a visit to Greece, Mary was drawn to the ancient art of weaving, a craft that would become her life’s work. She developed a retreat, a farm cooperative and an environment where local women could utilize their talents at spinning and weaving, a place where they relearned their craft and found a sense of pride in the goods they produced. She called this group the “Weavers of Rabun” and the looms began to hum. Today, as one of the three oldest artist residency programs in America, the Hambidge mission is to support the arts by providing artists the setting, the solitude and the time necessary for creativity.
Although most of the campus is reserved for the artist residents, the Hambidge Center features a Saturday Series in which the public is invited to participate in a rotating series of events, including artist talks, nature hikes, gristmill visits, and special workshops and demonstrations. The Weave Shed Gallery is open to the public during the Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. You can find more details in the Events section of the Hambidge website.