Friday, February 13, 2009

Get Creative, Inspired, Relaxed with Callaway Gardens' Weekend of Workshops

Be good to yourself or give as a gift to someone special. On February 28, 2009, Callaway Gardens will offer an array of creative hobbies to try. No special skill, artistic level or equipment is needed. You might just find a new interest and an opportunity to share your creative talents with future gifts for others.

Offerings include:

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry: In this fun and easy process, create unique, silver jewelry pieces. Each participant will receive enough silver clay to create two medium size pendants or one small pendant with matching earrings.

Session 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Quillen
Fee: $90 ($65 + $25 materials)

A Fun and Easy Introduction to Digital Photography: How to Take Great Pictures: Yes, you can have fun while you learn how to get the most from your camera. In a non-technical manner, learn how to use the flash effectively, master the macro feature and many more techniques. The beauty of Callaway Gardens is the perfect place for the photo session. Tips on "how to take great photos of any subject" will be included.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jim Henderson
Fee: $70: includes lunch and course syllabus

Mixed Media Earrings of Sterling Silver and Copper Sheet: Spend a fun-filled day creating your own unique beautiful pair of earrings from sterling silver wire and sheets of copper as you learn the secrets of jewelry making.

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Instructor: Patricia Varnon
Fee: $90 ($75 + $15 materials)

Gemstones and Freshwater Pearls Jewelry Design Workshop: Create your own custom-designed necklace made from a variety of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls arranged in a pattern with silver and copper beads.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Patricia Varnon PMC (cert. Level 1) Stained Glass Artisan / Instructor
Fee $115 ($90 + $25 materials)

Botanical Illustration and Journal: Learn to how to record the beauty seen in nature with botanical illustrations and journaling. Botanical illustrator Linda Fraser will share methods, tips and uses for illustrations such as note cards.

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Session 2: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Fraser. Visit <> for more info.
Fee: $75

Enjoy these workshops with a friend, mother or daughter or give as a gift to someone special. Class sizes are limited to provide for individual attention.

An added bonus on February 28th is the opening of a new artistic exhibit "Botanical Illustrations: A Walk Through the Calendar Year." Botanical illustrator Linda Frasier will be on hand to meet guests and discuss her work.

In addition, enjoy hints of Spring and take the time to explore the Gardens on a bike; witness our Birds of Prey show; rejuvenate with a walk to see early-blooming flowers; experience the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and the beautiful indoor gardens of the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center. End the day with a treatment at Spa Prunifolia.

To register, contact the Callaway Gardens Education Department at <> or 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5153. Space is limited so register today.

Make a relaxing weekend as you create exquisite objects d'art weekend with a special room rate of $99 per night, per room in the Mountain Creek Inn. Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

Callaway Gardens®, a premier travel and meeting destination in the South, is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation(tm) (ICCF). Within the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens is a resort, preserve, residential community, nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 931 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, shooting club, gardens, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and additional attractions. For more than 50 years Callaway Gardens has provided "a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world" for millions of visitors. Callaway Gardens is committed to its mission of environmental education and land stewardship for the benefit of future generations.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, visit or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).
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