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Earthen pieces adorn Sautee’s art gallery

High-schoolers and adults display paintings and pottery

POSTED: August 14, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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The contemporary face jug called "The Mid-Wife" is a portrait of Mary Elizabeth Postel Stover Wheeler, who delivered more than 1,000 children near her home in Suches.

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Clay creations from juired gallery artists along with pieces from White County students adorn the walls in the Sautee Nacoochee Center until Sept. 7.

“Out of the Earth and Through the Fire” is the new exhibit featured in The Center Gallery and Gallery Too at 283 Ga. 255 North in Sautee Nacoochee, one-quarter mile north of Ga. 17. It includes a large variety of functional and aesthetic clay creations ranging from dishes, plates, carafes, pitchers, teapots, trays and mugs to the more decorative items of vases, picture frames and vessels.

One large clay piece not to be missed is a contemporary face jug, “The Mid-Wife,” created by Linda Stowe Woody of Tiger. It functions as a portrait of Mary Elizabeth Postel Stover Wheeler, aka “Granny Wheeler,” who was born in Suches in 1863. She delivered, or “ketched,” more than 1,000 babies in her career. She often accepted a slab of meat or a bushel of corn for payment. She died at age 92, and a monument in Suches honors her.

In addition to the featured clay work, many gallery artists have brought other forms of art such as paintings, jewelry, wood items, stained glass lamps, fiber art, prints and notecards.

Sautee Nacoochee’s invitational hallway group features the works of White County High School students under the direction of art teacher Brad Abernathy. The student art was such a popular exhibit last year the students were asked to return.

This exhibition includes drawings and paintings with pottery pieces to be added shortly. The student art will be on exhibit through Sept. 7. A gallery reception in their honor will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

SNC gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit or call 706-878-3300.


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