Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Athens in Our Lifetimes
Recalling the Evolution of Our Town Over The Last Six Decades
Kathy Prescott, Grady Thrasher, Matt DeGennaro

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

Saturday, September 28 • 2:30 pm

Athens in Our Lifetimes is a documentary about the lives and times of Athenians during the last six decades, detailing the twists and turns our town has taken over the years, and providing an oral history of Athens from the 1960s until now. Athens residents, producers and directors Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher, along with photographer and digital editor Matt DeGennaro, trace the evolution of Athens as a community, told by ninety Athenians from different walks of life interviewed about their experiences living here.

Prescott, Thrasher & DeGennaro first worked together on The World’s Smallest Airport, a film about Grady’s family who developed an aerial circus at Athens-Ben Epps Airport in 1945, and became nationally known as they toured up and down the east coast. Prescott and Thrasher’s company is Sunnybank Films, and they later hatched the idea for Athens in Our Lifetimes, which was released in 2017. It is having its premiere ACC Library screening on September 28 at 2:30 pm, and Grady and Kathy will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience.

Bridge to the Second Century:
The Athens Art Association, 1919–2019

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium/Quiet Gallery
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Artists’ Talk/Reception Sunday, August 11 • 2:30 pm
Exhibition August 10 - October 5, 2019

Athens-Clarke County Library is pleased to welcome an exhibition of the current membership of the Athens Art Association during its centennial year. The show will be in the Quiet Gallery from August 10 through October 5, and several of the artists will gather in the Appleton Auditorium on August 11 at 2:30 to talk about their work, and about the history of the Art Association. A reception will follow.

The Athens Art Association is a non-profit organization established in 1919 for the advancement of visual arts in Athens, Georgia. Athens Art Association supports local artists by creating opportunities to exhibit their art and network with other artists and everyone that loves art and volunteering in festivals, demonstrations, and special events.   Early members include founder Laura Blackshear, Millie Dearing, Sally Goodwin, and Lucy Stanton. Lamar Dodd joined the group in 1937, and was a frequent contributors to events and lectures.

The Athens Art Association volunteers at art festivals, sponsors awards at juried shows, and donates to local educational institutions. The Athens Art Association supports local artists by creating opportunities for exhibitions and networking with other artists and everyone that loves art, no matter where they are in their artistic journey.

The exhibit will feature work of 45 current members such as Alice Pruitt, Connee Flynn, Margaret Agner, Yvonne Studevan, Bob Clements, Hildegard Timberlake, and Harold Rittenberry who have both ended the organization’s first century and represent the beginning of the second century. The show is organized and curated by Christine Langone, an Emerita Professor in Leadership Education at UGA. This is part of a year long series of exhibitions by the Art Association at the Georgia Museum of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, State Botanical Garden, and at other locations.

 

 

Word Magic: A Poetry Workshop
David Oates, Host of "Wordland" on WUGA FM

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

August 17 (Multipurpose Room C)
August 24 (Multipurpose Room B)
August 31 (Multipurpose Room A)

3 Saturdays, 3–5 pm

Always wanted to try your hand at poetry?

David Oates will lead this workshop with examples from his own and others’ work and exercises to help you get into the flow of writing poems.

Mr. Oates has 30 years experience teaching writing, has had three books published, and his work has appeared in many magazines He is the host and producer of “Wordland” on WUGA FM. Oates received his master’s in creative writing from the University of Illinois—Chicago.

The classes are free and open to the public, however seating is limited so please call (706) 613-3650, extension 343, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Aikido Workshop: The Way of Harmony
The World’s Only Non-Violent Self-Defense Art
John Smartt

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

Monday, July 15 • 2:00 pm Multipurpose Room C
Monday, July 29 • 6:00 pm Multipurpose Room B

John Smartt of Aikido Center of Athens will teach a workshop on the art of Aikido in the library’s Multipurpose Room C on Monday, July 15, at 2:00 pm and again in Multipurpose Room B at 6:00 pm on Monday, July 29. He will go over the three pillars of basic aikido training: mind-set, vitality, physical technique; he will also go through some basic vitality exercises and demonstrate some light physical techniques that illustrate the mind-set of aikido: non-resistance, right relationship, engagement, balance, letting go, and win/win follow through. These programs are for all ages!

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido is often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the way of harmonious spirit".

John Smartt spent time in Tokyo while he was in the Army, and he began studying Aikido in late 1968. After leaving the Army, John continued studying Aikido along with Zen and Katsugen Undo. In 1975, John was awarded a teacherʼs certification by Sensei Michio Hikitsuchi, Aikido Master and close personal disciple of Aikidoʼs Founder, Osensei Morihei Ueshiba. Back in the USA, John founded and operated New School Aikido in California for almost three decades, maintaining the spirit of Aikido while devising a curriculum suited for the USA's more violent society. Mr. Smartt also taught Women's Self-defense at The University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca. for 10 years. He holds black belts in three different Aikido systems. Here in Athens, John has been teaching at OLLI and the Winterville Community Center as well as doing private lessons.

Micropoetry:

A Reading and Signing for the Publication The Deer’s Bandanna, a New Poetry Book by
David Oates, Host of “Wordland” on WUOG FM

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650 x343

Saturday, June 29 • 2:30 pm

Please join us in the Appleton Auditorium on Saturday afternoon, June 29 at 2:30 for a reading by Athens poet and author David Oates from his new book The Deer’s Bandanna. A signing will take place immediately afterwards.

Oates works mainly in the Haiku mode, but he will also read some of his non-Haiku verse, and talk about the traditions of Japanese poetry.

Mr Oates has 30 years experience teaching writing. He hosts the “Wordland” radio show on WUGA in Athens GA. He is the author of two other collections, Drunken Robins and Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, and over 100 of his poems have been published in magazines. He is the emcee of Athens Word of Mouth Poetry. Oates received his master’s in creative writing from the University of Illinois—Chicago.

 

 

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