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Harbin Clinic Gallery

February 1 - March 31

Eclectic designs, colorful bottles and profound prints adorn the walls of Makervillage to mark the establishment of the Harbin Clinic Gallery which opens with its first exhibit on February 1st.

The exhibit showcases creations by one of the region’s most recognized artists, Howard Finster. The late Finster’s work influenced popular culture with his unique folk art, and he still continues to have a following today.

On Friday, February 1st, the public is invited to celebrate the Harbin Clinic Gallery and Finster exhibit at 7 p.m. at Makervillage located at 252 N. 5th Ave. in downtown Rome. The free event will have live music by the Barbaric Yawps as well as a cash bar.

Susan Gilbert Harvey, a longtime local artist and member of the Harbin Clinic family will speak at the event about the importance of art for health.

“Harbin Clinic has always been dedicated to the arts in our region, and this is another wonderful opportunity for demonstration,” says Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock. “I hope the community of Northwest Georgia will join us in commemorating the work of Howard Finster, and I can’t wait to see how future exhibits will inspire people to make their own form of healthy expressions of creativity.”

Finster was an American artist and Baptist minister from Summerville, Georgia. His inspiration from God led him to spread the gospel through the design of Paradise Garden, a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art.

Discovered in the 1970s, Finster was commissioned to design album covers for Talking Heads and R.E.M., which gained him world-wide recognition.

“It’s thrilling that Howard Finster’s work is going to be on display at the Harbin Clinic Gallery,” says Tina Cox, executive director of the Paradise Garden Foundation. “This is a great central location for so many to come and view it, and we hope it will inspire people to come visit Paradise Garden in Summerville.”

The Harbin Clinic Gallery exhibit will be up throughout February and March and the public can visit on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit includes work and prints by Finster, as well as a collection of Coke bottles created by numerous area artists commemorating some of Finster’s most famous designs, and his love of painting painted Coke bottle cutouts.

Following the exhibit in Rome, the bottles will be placed around Finster’s home of downtown Summerville.

The exhibit will also feature photos of the garden, and unique paintings of the garden by Donnie Davis.  Both signed and unsigned original prints by Howard Finster will be available for purchase.

The artists whose Coke bottles will be featured at the Finster exhibit include:

Chris Allison (Mt. Airy, GA)
Kip Ramey (Comer, GA)
Charlie Dingler (Clayton, GA)
Peter Loose (Hull, GA)
Kristen Ramsey (Smyrna, GA),
Becky Altman (Chickamauga, GA)
Eric Legge (Dillard, GA)
Fawn DeRosia (Thomaston, GA)
Donnie Davis (Summerville, GA)



February 1
March 31
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Makervillage Gallery
252 N. 5th Ave SW
Rome, GA 30165 United States
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