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Sautee Nacoochee Center displays rural landscapes
Abandoned Rural America on display
The Sautee Nacoochee Center’s exhibition "Abandoned Rural America" features a variety of work from six different Georgian artists. - photo by Photos by ANDREW AKERS

Scenes of family farms and Georgia landscapes are gracing the walls of the Sautee Nacoochee Center in two exhibitions featuring Georgia artists.

"Abandoned Rural America" is a collection of works from six different artists illustrating the disappearance of rural family homes and farms, especially in the South. It features paintings, photos, prints and models of abandoned farmhouses and other rural artifacts.

"Each piece has a story to tell about our culture, the nature of change, hard work on the family farm and the simplicity of the country lifestyle," states a description of the exhibition in the center’s newsletter.

The exhibition features works from Peter Muzyka of Madison, Lisa Wheeler of Greensboro, Eugene Swain of Buckhead, Charles St. John Dyer of Social Circle, Don Jolley of Augusta and Blake Smith of Athens.

"Landscapes, Seascapes and Other Escapes" features 40 original watercolors from Clarkesville’s John Kollock, who famously designed the "Alpine village" makeover of Helen in the 1960s. Kollock often paints local historical homes, courthouses and other scenes as well as landscapes of Sautee Nacoochee and surrounding areas. The exhibition features a cross section of his work.

Also on exhibit in the center’s front hallway are drawings of Americana by Florida artist Reg Moore.

Every artist who has work displayed at the center is invited by a committee from the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association. Generally, artists are required to live within a 50-mile radius of the center and must submit a selection of works for consideration.

The center has more than 200 juried artists and hosts seven themed exhibitions a year.

The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays .The exhibitions run until July 28.

For more information, call the center at 706-878-3300 or visit

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