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Jewelry and art on display in 'Sparkle and Shine' show in Sautee
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Art by Verle Mickish will be on display in the Sautee Nacoochee Center galleries. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 16. - photo by For Get Out

As the dreary and drab months of winter settle in, the Sautee Nacoochee Center galleries are brightening up their space with sparkling, dazzling jewelry.

Opening Friday, Jan. 16, and extending through March 1, the twin galleries will feature one-of-a-kind jewelry creations crafted by the talented juried gallery artists in a show called “Sparkle and Shine.”

On display will be jewelry created in glass, ceramic, porcelain, silver, fiber, copper, wood, shell, paper and combinations of materials. Visitors are sure to find something made just for them or a loved one.

The galleries will also showcase other art forms such as paintings, fine photography, pottery, wood-turned bowls, urns and vessels, fiber art treasures, stained glass and natural wood lamps, gourd art, baskets, sculpture, prints and notecards.

The hallway invitational artist during this time will be Verle Mickish of Stone Mountain and Sautee.

Mickish retired in 1996 from Georgia State University after 25 years of service as an art professor. He had a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences teaching art education and studio courses and the College of Education teaching early childhood art education. He was named the Outstanding National Art Educator in the USA in 1983 and Outstanding National Retired Art Educator of the Year in 2006.

After retiring, Mickish continued painting, exhibiting, mentoring and creating a monthly cartoon for the Emory Eye Center. Although his eyesight has been diminishing due to severe macular degeneration, Mickish continues to have a positive attitude and enjoys painting to this day.

A reception to honor Mickish and the jewelry artists will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. The reception will be inside the center at 283 Ga. 255 N in Sautee Nacoochee.

Galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

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

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