Old depot brought to life by UGA alumni
Once a place where travelers hurried to catch trains, the Farmington Depot now attracts art enthusiasts. In October a group of artists, including UGA alumni, converted the old station into the Farmington Depot Gallery. “Some of us have worked together for as long as 20 years, and some of us haven’t met yet,” sculptor Phil Goulding (MFA ’95) says. “This really is a new venture, and we’re just getting our feet wet.” The group includes 17 artists, about half of whom graduated from UGA. Their artistic specialties range from painting and sculpting to art forms as diverse as block prints and furniture. Although all work showcased in the gallery has underlying Southern folk influences, the mix is eclectic. Goulding’s studio has been located next door to the depot for 16 years, and the old building intrigued him for a long time. He watched it house a blacksmith’s forge, a pest control center and a pottery studio before he got his hands on it. When the last occupant left, Goulding—encouraged by friends who were eager to join together and open a gallery—set about finding artists and transforming the space. “We started having weekly Saturday night meetings at my studio around the wood stove to get the idea firmed up and a reality,” he says. Graduates include: Matt Alston (MFA ’86), John Cleveland Jr. (BFA ’86), Leigh Ellis (BS ’82), Jim StipeMaas (MFA ’92), Lawrence Stueck (MFA ’83, PhD ’91), Jason Thrasher (BFA ’98) and Cheri Wranosky (BFA ’84).
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