Letha Hawkins was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she was surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. She grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak, which she could see out the picture-window of their home.
As a child she was always drawing; in the dirt yard with her finger, on her Red Chief tablet in school, and on the church bulletin. During the summers she went to Vacation Bible School and participated in numerous art projects, from popsicle sticks to finding driftwood which she turned into art.
The collection of her work that will be exhibited at Allied Arts is filled with organic forms inspired by life on a family farm and living side-by-side with nature; a time earmarked with barefoot summers and riding horses bareback, stuffing a pot-bellied stove with wood, drinking milk straight from the cow, the taste of cool, fresh-churned butter, the delight of discovering fool’s gold decorating the creeks she splashed around in, and seeing John F. Kennedy in person, just months before his tragic assassination.
Over the years, her career has led her through many different endeavors –all of which have a hand in inspiring her designs. She taught music, created web design, and tutored ADHD children. When she moved to Milledgeville, she taught technology at Oak Hill Middle School. She has won Best-in-Drawing in the Oconee Art Exhibit and her art was featured and auctioned at the Georgia Cancer Support fundraiser.
Recently, she collaborated with Sandra Worsham to publish Patterns, which includes Letha’s drawings with every story; originals from this book will be included in the exhibition at Allied Arts.
A opening reception will be held on June 9th, from 1-3 p.m.where visitors can meet Letha Hawkins and purchase her artwork. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.
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