The 2018 Great ARTdoors Festival will be held
Saturday, October 13,
10am - 5pm,

at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia

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At this year’s Great ARTdoors Festival, we are highlighting our beloved tradition of U-Do-Raku (glaze your own pottery to keep) with our Honorary Co-Chairs Rick Berman and Jennie Ashcraft by celebrating their years of work and dedication to Hambidge. Check out this great new video featuring Rick and others who've participated in our U-Do-Raku for years.

Combining world-class art and the great outdoors, the Great ARTdoors Festival presents tours of the artist-in-residence studios, art installations and demonstrations, visits to our farm with sheep and chickens and historic gristmill, an invitational show & sale of pottery and hand-made wares, U-Do-Raku, native plant sale and activities for children of all ages. As usual, we’ll have plenty of live music, and we'll serving up fresh local food, featuring an old-fashioned pig roast plus food from our brand-new outdoor KNR Grill!

Join us for a fun day of art and autumn scenery while helping to support the Center’s residency program and nature preserve.

Tickets
General - $12 in advance; $15 at the door; kids 12 & under get in free
VIP - $85 (includes access to Mary's Cabin, lunch and drinks)



This is the only time during the year when full access is granted to our protected creative sanctuary and artist studios. The 600-acre property, lovingly cared for by Hambidge since 1934, is home to seven miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, wildflowers, a swimming hole, and a number of historic structures including a working 67 year-old water-powered gristmill. All proceeds go towards the creative residency program and nature preserve.

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Festival Highlights

Open Studio Tour & Talks with our distinguished artists-in-residence from across the South - Orlando, Knoxville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Atlanta

Art Hike – Hambidge Fellow and Board Member, Gregor Turk, will lead a hike to visit our growing collection of on-site art installations, the most recent by Rachel K. Garceau.

U-Do-Raku
– choose a pot, glaze it yourself and have it fired to take home 

Live Music featuring the folk, blues, and cosmic laments of Jake Xerxes Fussell, the New Orleans-inspired second line music of Groovemasters Brass Band, and traditional mountain bluegrass by Oliver Rice and the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys

An Old-Fashioned Pig Roast serving up our own Bar-B-Q alongside homemade veggie chili and local tasty provisions

Native Plant Sale and Kids’ Activities by Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm

Invitational Pottery & Handmade Objects Show & Sale
featuring Hambidge Fellows and artists from across the region

Snake Handling
and reptile & amphibian education by the Orianne Society

Spinning Demonstration
by Rita Rothmeier

Activities for All Ages
with grits grinding, sheep meeting, a bouncy house, face painting, and art-making for everyone!

 

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Artists

Lisa Alembik (Spring House installation)
Jake Xerxes Fussell (musician)
Rachel K. Garceau (on-site trail installations)
Scott Hocking (on-site trail installation)
John Kelley (in residence)
Gracelee Lawrence (in residence)
Quoctrung “Kenny” Nguyen (in residence)
Corrina Sephora Mensoff (Silo installation)
Megan Mosholder (in residence)
LeAnn Siefferman (in residence)
Gregor Turk (on-site trail installation)


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Honorary Co-Chairs

Rick Berman and Jennie Ashcroft

Sponsors

The Lake Team + Imagers 

                  


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The Hambidge Center is funded in part by the LUBO Fund, the Antinori Foundation, MailChimp, the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts & Culture, the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Directions & Parking

Parking:
Park on the side of Betty's Creek Road - please make sure all four car tires are off the pavement to avoid getting a ticket.

Location:
105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568 (on Betty's Creek Road, 3.5 miles off Hwy 441)

Hambidge is approximately 100 miles from Atlanta and Asheville, 20 miles from Lake Rabun,
Lake Burton and Highlands, and 30 miles from Cashiers.



Directions:
From Atlanta:
I-85 N then slight Left at I-985 N/Lanier Pkwy (signs for Gainesville). Continue onto US-23 N for 58.5 miles then turn Left at Betty's Creek Rd. Destination parking will be on your Right 2.9 miles.

From Lake Rabun/Lake Burton:
Take Lake Rabun Rd toward Old 441, then turn Left onto US-23 N and go 12.9 miles. Take a Left at Betty's Creek Rd. Destination parking will be on your Right 2.9 miles.

From Highlands:
Take Dillard Rd 10.4 miles and continue onto GA-246 E. Turn Left at Main St/ US-23 and go 1.0 mile. Turn Right at Betty's Creek Rd. Destination parking will be on your Right 2.9 miles.

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