Forty of Something: Collections From Our Community

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40 Baskets + 40 Circles

May 1- 31, 2015

In celebration of 40 years of art in Downtown Athens, the Lyndon House Arts Center will host a rotating exhibition, Forty of Something, collections from our community. The collections will greatly vary, featuring an array of items but there will always be a constant, 40, always 40 of them, 40 examples, 40 specimens, 40 treasures.

For May, The Lyndon House Arts Center presents 40 Baskets + 40 Circles, featuring Sandy Loose-Schrantz’s forty baskets and Chris Taylor’s forty land art circles with accompanying haikus, two collections, both employing materials harvested from nature and similarly spherical in shape.

For children’s book author and retired school teacher Sandy Loose-Schrantz, baskets have always been present, reminding her of her childhood home and then later, the collection in the home of her future husband, Peter Loose. When they married Sandy’s basket collection doubled to include examples ranging from antique to contemporary. She has baskets from all over the world, made from an array of materials with varying weaving techniques. For example, the Native American made baskets woven from cane, honeysuckle, grass and wood splint are the focus of her collection. Other examples are made from straw and sweet grass, one tiny basket is woven from a single needle of a longleaf pine and one, slightly larger, is hand carved from a walnut. Sandy is drawn to all things handmade and is fascinated by the intricate handwork required in building these vessels.

Chris Taylor is a local land artist and educator. In this series of work, he creates circles from found natural materials in the landscape, documents them in photographs and then writes haikus inspired by his experience. After seeing Andy Goldsworthy’s documentary, Rivers and Tides, Chris was extremely inspired and started building his own original works in the local environment. His self-described “Appalachia Mountain aesthetic of rustic, jagged, damp, dark and inviting places full of stones, dead limbs, moss, creeks, salamanders, rhododendron, fog, wind and rain” are realized and brought to life through a collection of forty documentary photos of circular assemblages.  His forty accompanying haikus further our understanding of his experience in the forest, his deep observation of the natural world and his desire to open our eyes and encourage us to appreciate nature’s wonder.

On view from May 1 – 31, the baskets and circles will be on display in the Lyndon House Art Center’s Lobby glass collection cases.

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