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Exhibit Open House

In celebration of the new major exhibit, “Power to the People! Rural Electrification in Georgia,” an open house will be held at the Russell Library Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit considers patterns of living in rural areas before and after electricity became available. It also traces the establishment of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a New Deal program created to bring electricity to rural areas, as well as the development of electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), the grassroots rural organizations formed to bring power to the people through REA. The exhibit features artifacts, images, maps, documents, and historic film footage from the Russell Library's collections as well as from the UGA Libraries' two other special collections, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Collection and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. Many of the electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) around the state loaned materials for the display, and a number of individuals loaned or donated material.

Lillian Smith Book Awards

For the second year, the UGA Libraries joins with the Southern Regional Council to present the 36th annual Lillian Smith Books Awards, which recognize outstanding writing about the American South. A luncheon and program will be held Oct. 15 at the Student Learning Center. For more information, contact Margaret Hale at mshale@uga.edu.

Exhibits

Main Library: The Digital Library of Georgia and the New Georgia Encyclopedia (and Georgia's history and culture!) are the focus of an informative exhibit in the cases in the Main lobby.

Russell Library: "Power to the People," a look at the Rural Electrification Act and its effects.

Circle Gallery: In observance of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture conference that is being hosted by the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design, the Circle Gallery is presenting an exhibit titled Places/Non-places through Oct. 19.

For this exhibit, two different artists, each related to the University through the College of Environment and Design, took the challenge to interpret the theme Place/Non-place through their own individual artistic method of choice. To do this, the question was raised: How would ‘places and non-places' be interpreted by different artists working in different media? Each artist will represent his or her own interpretations of the subject of place, space, and ideas. What is our world view?  How do we all see the world, how do we feel it, how do we share our vision with the rest of our community?

Philip Juras received his master's degree in Landscape Architecture and a bachelor's in Fine Arts, both from UGA in 1997 and 1990, respectively. He travels frequently, painting the landscapes of the places he visits, including Italy, England, Germany, India, and the western U.S. His MLA thesis was on the pre-settlement savannas that once flourished across the southeastern piedmont, and he continues to explore their sense of place. Juras is now a full- time landscape painter. René D. Shoemaker has been creating art in Athens for over 20 years. She received her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from UGA and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Currently, Shoemaker is librarian and director of the Owens Library and the director of the Circle Gallery at the College of Environment & Design.

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