Abandoned Rural America to celebrate its 5 Year Anniversary with an upcoming exhibit at the renowned Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia beginning this coming August 20th.

The exhibit is planned to be at the Lyndon House August 20 to October 20 with the Abandoned Rural America 5-Year Anniversary exhibit. The Lyndon House is an ideal venue to host the 15th exhibition in our series of artworks paying homage to the American small family-farm. The opening reception for our exhibit at the Lyndon House is to be held on September 8th between 6-8 pm. Some of our ARA artists and writers will be presenting workshops and reading during the exhibition schedule.


Below are a couple of images of the Lyndon House as well as a map of its location in Athens Georgia.



Please check the Lyndon House Arts Center website for updates on this event.


Lyndon House Arts Center293 Hoyt St.

Athens, GA 30601

Contact: 706-613-3623

Regular Hours:Tuesday and Thursday: Noon- 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Closed on UGA Home Football Game Saturdays.




Abandoned Rural America in Alabama

The ARA Exhibited on the second floor of the Wetumpka, AL, Administration BLDG, January 19th through April 22nd, 2016
The Abandoned Rural America exhibit was showing in Wetumpka, Alabama at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery January through April, 2016. Local Alabama artists also added their own touch in an excellent adjunct exhibit entitled The Land: God's Gift. Visitors get the opportunity to see 2 excellent exhibits reflecting rural America's farming land.

The exhibition was sponsored by Central Alabama Electric CooperativeThe ARA Writers' reception entitled "Words and Music"was also held at The Wetumpka Depot on Sunday, April 3rd.


We are proud to announce that renowned Cowboy Poet, Baxter Black has approved the showing of his newest music video "Is That Rural Enough for You?"at ARA exhibits. The music video adds some very upbeat moments to the ARA theme.
Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer of the agricultural masses. As he puts it, “he has a narrow following, but it’s deep!” For over 25 years he has traveled the U.S. and Canada, scattering his wit and left-handed observations to folks looking for a bright spot in their day. Visit Baxter's website at http://baxterblack.com/about to learn more about this entertaining former large-animal veterinarian.
Written by: Baxter Black
Is That Rural Enough For You, music video

Performed by:  Baxter Black, Jim Schafer, Butch Hause
Mandolin and Banjo: Joe Scott  
Editor: Mitch Deck  Production: Ray Lejune



The photographs below showcase the exhibit's Alabama reception on February 12th. The Wetumpka ARA Exhibit had over 150 pieces of art representing the small American family-owned farm, both past and present. The KELLY is a series of galleries on the top floor of the Wetumpka Administrative Building at 408 South Main Street.
Refreshments were provided by local growers and restaurants.

Here are a few photographs taken by Wetumpka photographer Wayne Atchison and ARA member Peter Muzyka of some of The Land: God's Gift exhibit, a related art exhibit by local talent from the Wetumpka, Alabama area, also showing along with Abandoned Rural America at the KELLY.
The Land: God's Gift, paintings

Here are some other on-line links about the Abandoned Rural America exhibit series:






Endorsements for the new ARA book:

     I just received the new ARA book.  Thank you so much for the heart-warming comments inside the cover.  As I've said before, it has been my great pleasure to share in, some small way, this meaningful project which you have so wonderfully put together.  What a treasure!
     The book is something which you and all who have participated in its completion can take great pride in. For those who eventually view it, it is a work that brings delight to both the eye and the mind.  I'm positive it will sell out wherever you choose to place it.  The time you've spent capturing these images has yielded a rich and lasting legacy others will be able to enjoy for years to come.  The past never dies as long as someone remembers.  Thank you, Peter Muzyka, for helping to keep a marvelous part of America's past alive.  
The book is the result of many years of your travels, work and memories, and, even though you have incorporated the memories and work of others, what you have produced is an amazing volume that has meaning to all of who have been privileged to call themselves "American."
Kathy Wright, GWG member and book contributor

Available Now: The NEW Abandoned Rural America interactive eBook edition

Abandoned Rural America is a visually rich homage to America’s changing rural farmland. This 104 page book is a compilation of stories, poems, photos, artworks, and links to rich content. It contains pieces by 27 writers as well as art and photography by 12 artists.

Abandoned Rural America is split into 4 sections, the first being about rural Georgia, the second, Traveling Through America is about experiences in other states, the third is entitled The Seasons and shows the richness of the rural area in the 4 seasons, and the last is Growing Up in the Country and tells of the rural experiences of the contributing artists in their formative years. It contains remembrances as well as fictional accounts of folks living and working in the country. This eBook is part of the Abandoned Rural America project which presents exhibitions of rural art, photography, pottery and ceramics to the public. A crucial part of the project is a video containing short interviews with folks who worked the land for generations. Music is also an integral part of the experience with songs written expressly for the exhibit as well as traditional American folk tunes played by “Keepers of the Sound”. Also 2 of the exhibition songs are embedded in the eBook file. There is also a hardcover edition of the book available through theAbandoned Rural America website.

Click on this link to discover the eBook and discount coupon: https://payhip.com/b/zcY3

Also: Available from ARA Potters Elizabeth Collins & Chuck Hanes

The Abandoned Rural America™ Coffee Mug and the ARA Mini Tray

ARA Coffee Mug$28 ea

Mugs are various tones of ARA colors as each is handmade in Georgia.


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of mugs and trays goes to sustain the Abandoned Rural America project.

$10 ea
 

Or you may contact Elizabeth Collins or Chuck Hanes at chuck@beautyandbeastart.com

or spaelizabeth@gmail.com or call 706.342.9371 to place your order. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery of these newly crafted products.

Notecards and Prints available by individual artists. Please contact them through their email link on their individual ARTISTS page


Now Available: The Abandoned Rural America ebook

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A brand new version of the coffee table book: Abandoned Rural America™

Now pages of art, stories, poetry about rural America from over 27 artists and writers associated with the Abandoned Rural America project.

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