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Paying homage to John Kollock with holiday art show
Nancy Kollock, right, plans to open up her home galleries for a holiday show “A Christmas of Blessings.” The show will honor her husband, John, who died this year.

The galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at 450 Bybrook Trail in Clarkesville.

The show, “A Christmas of Blessings,” will feature the art, writing and music of eight artists. It will also include an educational display about the life and work of Kollock’s late husband John, a popular watercolor artist. The display will showcase rarely seen artwork such as a drawing John Kollock did when designing the look for the city of Helen, quotes from people who worked with him on various community projects and old photos.

“It makes me sad to be doing our first holiday show without Mr. Kollock,” said artist Sarah Samsel, whose gallery, Sarah’s Lavender Cottage, is on the Kollock’s property. “But we want to have a show that will honor Mr. Kollock by focusing on our gratitude for all that he gave to his family and friends, the community and future generations.”

Samsel will be in her cottage with pressed-flower art and cornhusk dolls throughout “A Christmas of Blessings.”

At the same time historic novelist Heidi Peaster, author of “The McKenna Chronicles,” will sell and sign her books.

Other artists’ work featured will include the scratchboard art of Rosie Clark; individually designed holiday décor made in natural plants and materials by Charlé Statler; handwoven baskets, stepstools and ornaments by Liesel Potthast; and impressionist watercolor paintings by Kathleen Kollock.

Nathaniel Samsel, 16, will play his mountain dulcimer music throughout the free event, which will include refreshments and door prizes.

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