Arts Society & Culture

Circle Gallery exhibition to focus on Sapelo Island greenhouse

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Sapelo Island Greenhouse. Photo by Beth Richardson

Athens, Ga. – The Circle Gallery in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will open its season with an exhibit dedicated to the historic greenhouse on Sapelo Island. “Breaking Dormancy: The Sapelo Island Greenhouse Show” will be on display at the Circle Gallery in the Jackson Street Building Aug. 12-Sept. 20 with a reception featuring the artists Aug. 15 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Four area artists, Karekin Goekjian, Caroline Montague, Sue Goldstein and Ginger Goekjian, will exhibit paintings, photographs and pastels inspired by the greenhouse.

Goldstein, a professor of geology and marine sciences at UGA, has photographed the greenhouse at Sapelo Island for several years. Her work documents the evolution of the greenhouse, which ceased operation in the 1980s. The Goekjians are photographers who produce their photographic art using moonlight. Montague is a painter and sculptor living in Athens and has created works specifically for this exhibit. Many of the photographs, paintings and pastels will be on sale to the public.

The exhibit is part of an effort to restore the estate-style greenhouse, a 5,250-square-foot building made of glass and steel that was commissioned in 1925 by early automobile industry pioneer Howard Coffin.

Initiated by the Friends of the Marine Institute, the show is made possible with additional support from the College of Environment and Design, the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Georgia Sea Grant and the UGA Public Service and Outreach office.

The Circle Gallery holds seven exhibits dedicated to environmental design per year. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. Located in the entrance hall of the Jackson Street Building at 285 S. Jackson St., the Circle Gallery is open free to the public. Paid parking is available in the North Campus Parking Deck. For more information, contact Melissa Tufts, director, at or 706-542-8292. Additional information can be found at