Growing up in the kitchen with her mother, Amanda Wilbanks never dreamed she would use these skills to open her own pie shop. Little did she know how important this introduction to cooking would really be in her life.
Amanda K. McClure, Executive Director, Quinlan Visual Arts Center. Amanda McClure graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Georgia in 1999 and pursued graduate work at Georgia State University with a focus on Italian Medieval and Renaissance Art. She interned at the High Museum of Art Registrar’s Office in 2000, and worked for a year as an Assistant Conservator and Fine Arts Services Manager for an Atlanta based Art Conservation and Restoration Firm before coming to Gainesville in 2004 to be the Assistant Director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. At the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, where she is now the Executive Director, she leads a comprehensive, non-profit visual arts center in the mission “Bringing visual arts to life, and to the life of the community”. Through a focus on overall excellence of fine arts exhibitions and programming, the organization serves as artist advocate and cultural hub for the region.
Kathy Lovett, founder and chairman of Gardens on Green for eleven years, has thought of herself as a teacher since she was a little girl. Though she was forced into retirement from her profession of teaching by a cerebral aneurysm in 1993, she soon discovered a whole new arena for teaching–one very different from her days of teaching high school English and working with elementary gifted students.
That arena was gardening. Under her leadership, supported by her husband, Lee, Gardens on Green has become an outdoor classroom where thousands of students have had hands-on experiences. They learn to connect with the common ground we share through composting; vegetable, pollinator, and native gardening; and making snacks from the vegetable garden.
The newest addition to Gardens on Green is a magical little place Kathy planned especially for preschoolers and first graders–a Literacy Garden where little ones can READ, DISCOVER, and GROW. She is especially grateful that the Hall County School System, Hall County Master Gardeners, and the community embraced her ideas, turning a vision into reality. In 2016 she and her husband were awarded the Jane Taylor Award for excellence in nurturing children’s gardening by the American Horticulture Society.
In addition to gardening and a busy life as mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven children, Kathy is vice-president of Hall County Master Gardeners, a deacon at First Baptist Church, former president of the Creative Arts Study Club, and a monthly docent at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion.
Your $10 admission includes our program plus lunch from EasyB’s Catering.
Time11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The League Lodge
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