Swan Coach House Gallery introduces Butch Reagan, a talented and newly discovered craftsman who creates exquisite, one-of-a-kind hand-turned wood bowls. Unknown as an artist and essentially self-taught, Butch has been making these bowls only as gifts for his family, and has never publicly exhibited his work.
Butch has lived all his life on his family’s farm in the North Georgia Mountains. He and his family have continued in the mountain tradition of growing their own crops, raising their own livestock and hunting in the forests around them for deer and other animals and birds. Butch ran a lumberyard in Gilmer County for about 10 years until the economy forced him to shut down in 2009. To supplement his income, he began cooking for special parties in the area. He was discovered when Andy Currie, an Atlanta art collector, returned a table to Butch after a “farm-to-table” cook-out he had prepared for the Utana Bluffs Development. He saw Butch’s bowls sitting around the house, and was amazed at their artistry. He brought some examples to Atlanta, and showed them to Marianne Lambert, the Swan Coach House Gallery’s curator. The work was so impressive; she offered to give Butch a solo show. “Showcasing a talented unknown artist is a wonderful way to start off the New Year” says Lambert. “All of us at the gallery and the Forward Arts Foundation are very excited about this show and we expect his work to sell very well!”
Through February 26.
Swan Coach House Gallery
3130 Slaton Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305