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Menaboni CatalogOak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum recently earned statewide acclaim for its 2015 exhibition “Menaboni’s Birds: Georgia’s Own Artist as Naturalist,” which was honored as Museum Exhibition of the Year among exhibits with budgets under $100,000 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

Celebrating the work of Italian-born Georgia artist Athos Menaboni, the exhibition was a collaboration between Oak Hill and guest curator Russell Clayton, who assembled a total of 37 Menaboni paintings – many of which had never been shown publicly – from 18 private lenders,

“We are grateful to be recognized by our peers for our work on this exhibition,” said Oak Hill Director Tim Brown. “’Menaboni’s Birds’ brought new attention to The Martha Berry Museum, and visitation almost doubled because of the show.”

Though the exhibit is no longer on display, catalogs featuring prints of the Menaboni paintings can be purchased online through the Oak Hill Gift Shop.

Catalog cover designed by Kathy Clements

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Oak Hill Director Tim BrownThe Garden Club of Georgia recently honored the gardens of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum with the Landscape Design Award, its top annual distinction. Selected by the independent Landscape Design Consultants Council of Georgia, the award recognizes the most outstanding example of landscape design in the state. In choosing the winner, consideration is given to the garden’s benefit to the community, year-round beauty and the work required to maintain its beauty.

Oak Hill Director Tim Brown (pictured) received an individual award, the club’s Seal of Honor, in recognition of his contributions to the overall success of gardens in Georgia.

If you’re planning to visit Oak Hill this summer, be sure to include time for Menaboni’s Birds: Georgia’s Own Artist as Naturalist, an exhibition of 37 paintings by artist Athos Menaboni currently on display in The Martha Berry Museum.


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Martha BerryFOX 5 Atlanta kicked off its celebration of Women’s History Month by profiling a pioneer in education near and dear to the hearts of Berry alumni  – Martha Berry herself! Providing context for the audience were Tim Brown, director of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, and Marti Berry Walstad, Martha’s great niece and a current member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. Many will recognize the FOX 5 reporter as former Atlanta Brave Ron Gant, now a co-host for Good Day Atlanta. Click the image to view his report.

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Mountain Day 2013

Brandi Calhoun Diamond and Larry Arrington proudly display the Reunion Cup won by the class of 1993C for percentage participation in the Mega Reunion. Their class also won the tent decorating contest. Other awards went to the class of 1988C (giving total) and 1973C (giving percentage).

A gorgeous fall day on the slopes of Lavender Mountain provided the perfect setting for the approximately 7,500 alumni, students, parents and friends who turned out for the 99th celebration of Mountain Day.

Highlights this year included big crowds for all the traditional favorites – from Friday’s Alumni Golf Scramble, Mountain Day Olympics and talent show to Saturday’s 5K/fun run, convocation service, picnic lunch, Grand March, Mega Reunion and Marthapalooza carnival.

Of particular note was the huge number of high school and academy alumni who turned out for a series of events honoring the continuing legacy of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. Events included a reception and ribbon cutting for a new high school and academy exhibit at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, a dinner celebrating the completion of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a new book by Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C), and a convocation procession from Hamrick Hall to Frost Chapel to hear remarks by Angela Dickey (75A, 79C).

Experience Mountain Day 2013 for yourself by visiting the Around Berry feature on the college homepage, clicking the many photo gallery links in this article or by watching this year’s highlight video. If you’d like a memento, t-shirts are still available for online purchase.

Whether you are a Mountain Day regular or someone who usually makes it back only for reunions, you don’t want to miss next year’s centennial celebration. Mark your calendars now for Oct. 4, 2014. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Cleanup at Oak Hill Hillside GardenOak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum is partnering with the Mount Berry Garden Club to host a special “Garden Party” luncheon Feb. 9 supporting the historic restoration of the Hillside Garden.

The garden, planted between 1927 and 1933 at the direction of Martha Berry, has become overgrown in recent years, obscuring the view of the surrounding area as well as the true topography of the plateau on which the house is built. Restoration efforts (pictured) began in the fall with help from a $3,000 matching grant presented by the Garden Club of Georgia. Project components include the removal of mahonia, privet, wisteria and other tree-choking vines from the hillside and the reintroduction of dogwoods and azaleas – a nod to the original, low-maintenance design.

The Feb. 9 luncheon is scheduled for noon to 3. It will include refreshments, music from the 1920s and tours of Oak Hill’s garden restoration progress. The cost is $25, and additional donations are encouraged. The goal is to fund the complete removal of overgrowth behind the house and restore the view that existed during Miss Berry’s lifetime.

Email Oak Hill Director Tim Brown with questions or to make reservations.

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