Artist in Residence for February: Barbette Houser

Jan 29, 2019

Artist: Barbette Houser


The first artist in our Artists in Residence series for 2019 is textile artist and interior designer Barbette Houser. WUGA will celebrate her work on Saturday, February 16th. Barbette distills visual ideas from nature and beautiful hand-made items into simplified, abstract interpretations in quilted pieces that vibrate with light and energy. She first exhibited her quilts in a solo show at the Meyers Gallery at Athens Academy in 2013. Her most recent group show was “Stitch” at the Classic Center in 2018-2019.   Over the past twenty years she has gathered together a stunning collection of Mid-Century Scandinavian furniture and design, vintage textiles, and works by Athens-area artists.

Her 1920s cottage in Five Points that she has restored, remodeled, and expanded is an important visual project in itself! Barbette also writes about and takes photos of the work of local artists in her blog for A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she taught art for seven years.

The event at her beautiful home will be held rain or shine — with delicious hors d’oeuvres, lemonade and tea catered by Marti’s at Midday and terrific wine supplied by Uncommon Gourmet. Didi Dunphy, head of the Lyndon House, will speak briefly about Barbette's work at the event.

Admission is $15 for Friends of WUGA and $20 for nonmembers. Friends memberships are $30 or more annually. 

The facts about the event in a nutshell: Featured artist: Barbette Houser 3 - 5 pm on Saturday, February 16. A benefit for public radio station WUGA. $15 for Friends of WUGA; 20 for non-members.

Friends memberships are $30 or more annually.