Metal Visions: The Work of Harold Rittenberry


Athens-Clarke County Library

The Quiet Gallery & The Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650


Slide Talk/Reception Sunday, July 16, 2:30 pm

Exhibition: July 16 - September 17


Join us at the Library for a celebration of the life and work of Athens folk artist Harold Rittenberry this July. By coincidence, he was born on what was to become the site of this very ACC Library, and has lived his life just a few blocks away.  His sculpture is widely collected and known around the world; he has done numerous commissioned sculptures, including those at the College Park Library and for the East Point Library of the Fulton County Arts Commission; for the Atlanta City Court Gate, for the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs; for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s Sculpture Garden; for Landmark Properties' various office parks, shopping malls, and residential developments throughout the Southeast;  and for the Georgia Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, to name a few. Rittenberry has made steel and stainless steel benches and commemorative benches for the Schwartz Library at Emory University; for the African-American Art Museum in Macon, Ga; and in Athens for the Sandy Creek Park’s Eve Carson Memorial, for the Greenway Trail Riverwalk, for Bob Hart’s 9/11 Memorial Garden, and sculptures and benches for the 1996 Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta’s Folk Art Park. Mr. Rittenberry, at 78 years of age, continues to prolifically create sculptures in his studio/home on nearby Colima Avenue. 


On Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 pm, Mr Rittenberry, introduced by his friend Robert Clements (UGA Professor of Art Emeritus), will give a slide talk about his work in the Appleton Auditorium in the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street. A reception with light refreshments will follow, and the Quiet Gallery on the second floor will open the exhibition, which will run through September 17.


The Adventures of Making a Documentary of a Famous Dead Person

Dr John Campbell


Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343


Sunday, July 2, 2:00 pm


Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand’s acclaimed father of nuclear physics, established the nuclear structure of the atom and the essential nature of radioactive decay as a nuclear process. He is to the atom what Darwin is to evolution and Einstein is to relativity. He radically altered our understanding of nature by explaining radioactivity as the spontaneous disintegration of atoms, dated the age of the Earth, determining the nuclear structure of the atom, and became the world's first successful alchemist by converting nitrogen into oxygen. Or put another way, he was first to split the atom. Dr Campbell will show selected clips from the documentary and tell the tales behind each clip including the adventures he had whilst making a documentary probing into a famous person’s life.

Dr Campbell, a frequent visitor to UGA, is the world authority on Ernest Rutherford. A retired physicist from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, he is the author of Rutherford Scientist Supreme,, and the producer of the three-episode documentary Rutherford. Dr Campbell initiated and runs the Ask-A-Scientist program in New Zealand, and holds several awards for communicating science to the general public. This is his third offering for the library - videos of his previous programs on firewalking and marine archaeology can be found at



Travel on The Cheap With Gwen O’Looney


Athens-Clarke County Library • Appleton Auditorium • 2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343


Wednesday, May 24 • 7 pm

Vacation on your mind? Wherever you roam, make sure you have the visit you want at a price you can afford. Gwen O’Looney wants to share her travel secrets. Budget YES!! But most importantly, how to individualize your trip for the culture and assets of the countries you choose. What to take, how to travel, where to stay and how to make sure you have some adventures along the way. Megabus, budget airlines, Eurail pass, ridesharing, home stays, hostels, and much more. Come with questions.

Gwen O’Looney served two terms as Mayor/CEO of Athens. Among her many accomplishments are unifying the city and county governments, opening The Classic Center and Lyndon House, and hosting the 1996 Olympics and “Panic in The Streets” album release by Widespread Panic. Today, she hosts “Lunch With Gwen” every Thursday at noon on WXAG 92.7 FM and is a panelist on WUGA’s “News Matters.” Radio. Her many volunteer roles include RSL Advisory Board and Friends of the Library!