A SEAT IN THE CIRCLE

An art making experience guided by Aimée Farnet Siegel in conjunction with the opening of her show “Gift Re-Gifted.” 

Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m. EST at Spalding Nix Fine Art

This is an in person event that will also be streamed on Instagram Live.
All admission proceeds to benefit The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.

Sewing circles were historically formed by women who gathered together to sew clothing and textiles for communal work and charitable purposes. Besides making wearables and essential items for individuals in need, the sewing circle served as an important place for women to share their love of a timeless art form while fostering new friendships and deepening existing relationships.

During these turbulent times we all feel a need to connect with others and with our community. So, in the spirit of the sewing circle, Aimée will lead a painting circle at Spalding Nix Fine Art. This painting circle will offer a place to gather and be a part of a shared tactile experience while amplifying and helping to fund the mission of a local Atlanta charitable organization, The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. 

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide need-focused support services and rehabilitation for abused children in the greater Atlanta area. 

To participate in the in-person event, please email the gallery at jamie@spaldingnixfineart.com to secure your Seat in the Circle! You will be directed to donate $100 directly to The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. All art supplies will be provided. Seats are limited. Masks are required.

We will also be streaming the event on Instagram Live and encourage online participants to support this worthwhile cause. 

Artwork Raffle - Anyone can enter!

If you send us a receipt or screenshot as proof of a donation of any amount to The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, you'll be entered to win a work of Aimée’s made specifically for this event! Donate directly through their website (tinyurl.com/4jnyvwzp). Direct Message @spaldingnixfineart on Instagram or email jamie@spaldingnixfineart.com to enter. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 24. A winner will be announced the following day!

Suggested supplies for Instagram Live participants:

Qty 2 - 5”x7” canvas panels (or similar)
A recycled magazine or catalog
Acrylic paint
A few brushes
Glue or acrylic medium
Brayer or palette knife

* Supplies for in-person attendees will be provided.


About the Show

“Gift Re-gifted” is a new body of work being presented by Aimée Farnet Siegel at Spalding Nix Fine Art during their first exhibition of 2022, 'TURNING POINT.'

Artist Statement

Little did I know that when I gave a birthday gift to my friend Teri that I would be the ultimate recipient. 

I wrapped Teri’s gift as I always do, using recycled, found paper I rescued to use in my practice. This time I used a Lawn and Leaf Bag, double-ply.

I was intrigued by the black san serif type centered on the top of the package. I pulled

out my black paint and used the type as inspiration for a pattern. I was so taken with my drawing that I could not stop painting it.

The elegant earthy finished gift made me want to create art in the same vein. The pieces I created became the works in this show, Gift Re-Gifted.

My gift to my friend became a gift to myself. And that’s not all.

Teri loved the wrapped package so much that she didn’t want to change it. In fact, she didn’t open it. Instead, she placed it on her mantle next to her cherished keepsakes. And, to this day, Teri has never asked me what’s inside.

Aimée Farnet Siegel, December 2021