Hambidge Fellow

Hambidge Art Center is just off Betty Creek Road, which is just outside Dillard, Georgia. It started in 1934 and last year the wild fires came close to the facilities. . It sponsors a wonderful program for artists called the Fellows Program where you are provided an isolated studio and given space to use it. During my time, there I did portraits of several mountain people, including Hugh, shown here. The first time I saw Hugh, he was balancing atop a 15-foot ladder which was atop the cab of his truck. When he came down, I asked him to model for me. Reluctant at first, as are all mountain people , he soon agreed and I was able to quickly capture his craggy likeness in clay. Those were happy days filled with art and the early evenings filled with a thousand fireflies. Not since my youth in the low country of South Carolina had I seen such a glow.