Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Photo of early aircraftArtful photos touch on aviation history from Tuskegee Airmen and early Delta DC-3 passenger aircraft to modern lightweight planes in John Slemp's program Reaching Higher: Aviation Art.

In a short program, Slemp gives even the most casual appreciator of aviation a good dose of enthusiasm. He helps his audience see aircraft, vintage to modern, with an artist eye for shape, line, form, texture and pattern while noting the significance of each plane he photographs. He gives the audience a glimpse into life at competitive airshows. He also introduces us to Patty Wagstaff, three times national aerobatic champion in a row, and other famous contemporary aviators.

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During the last decade, Slemp began to focus his professional photography career on aviation, an interest he's had since elementary school where he drew aircraft in the margins of his school assignments. He has a long list of commercial clients including Goodyear Aviation Tire where his photos are included on the calendars.

This Community Snapshot coordinateD with the community event Athens Aviation: Then, Now, Next on March 23, 2012.

Photo for the Richie Havens ReceptionIt was a day to say Good-bye to the late Richie Havens and his art work. About 200 long time friends and fans of Richie Havens came to Lyndon House Sunday, October 27, to remember Richie, who died in April of this year, and participate in the closing reception of Richie Havens: Recent Works. Walter Parks, pictured left, was Richie's lead guitarist from 2001-2011 and gave a special performance while fans enjoyed refreshments provided by the Lyndon House Arts Foundation.

Richie was a friend to Lyndon House and the Athens Community.  In 1994 he performed two benefit concerts at the Georgia Theatre, increasing awareness for the Lyndon House Arts Center's expansion project and enabling the Lyndon House Arts Foundation to fund the schematic drawings for the proposed building.

In 2000 Richie's exhibition Traveler was shown in the newly expanded arts center, and he performed another benefit that same visit at the Morton Theater and was a guest teacher for an art class for neighborhood children that same visit. There were other visits, too, including a surprise at the 2008 holiday open house.

Photo of Richie, Celia, and Mamie

Pictured here is Richie Havens with Celia Brooks and Mamie Simonds at the 2008 Holiday Open House.

This event was sponsored in part by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to Lyndon House Arts Center and Athens Regional Library called The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning.

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