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Nature, Jewelry and Home Converge at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art

Monday Jan 14, 2013

Atlanta's High Museum of Art is set to present works by a Georgia-based jewelry designer.

The High will present "Gogo: Nature transformed" from Jan. 19 through June 23. The exhibition features the work of Janet "Gogo" Ferguson, who lives on Cumberland Island off Georgia's Atlantic coast.

More than 60 pieces of Ferguson's work and decorative home pieces will be on display. The exhibition will explore her evolution as an artist as well as the debut of two new pieces created specifically for the High: a 6-by-8-foot wall sculpture inspired by New England seaweed and an ottoman inspired by a sea urchin.

Ferguson has drawn inspiration from nature throughout her career. But her technique has changed from working with shells and bones to casting in gold and silver.

"'Gogo: Nature Transformed' provides an opportunity for all who visit the High to be transported into an unexpected natural world inspired by Georgia's own Cumberland Island," said Michael E. Shapiro, the High's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director. "In celebrating this Georgia artist, we look forward to introducing many visitors to Gogo Ferguson's work and welcoming her many enthusiastic supporters. From Georgia's rural coast to the biggest cities around the globe, Gogo Ferguson's iconic designs are now among the jewelry collections of many of the world's most recognized women and men."

For the occasion of the High exhibition, Ferguson is collaborating with fashion designer Nicole Miller to create a unique scarf that will commemorate the exhibition and represent Ferguson's personal passion for the natural world.

A publication of the same title will accompany the exhibition with a foreword from Ferguson's long-time friend Mikhail Baryshnikov and an interview of Ferguson by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art curator of decorative arts and design.

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