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Join us for lunch and an in-depth conversation on design featuring celebrated Atlanta-based interior designer and Lynchburg native, Barbara Westbrook and Clinton Smith, editor in chief of Veranda, as its inaugural speakers.
Westbrook and Smith will take the stage at 11:30 am for a discussion on design that will be accompanied by a seated lunch. A book signing of Westbrook’s first book, Gracious Rooms, and Smith’s first book, The Romance of Flowers, will follow.
Much of the dialog between Westbrook and Smith will focus on historic preservation in light of their mutual passion for restoration and preservation and in celebration of the Academy’s recent success in exceeding its historic Music Theater Restoration campaign goal.
“Historic homes are really time capsules for the work of talented craftsmen, artisans and brilliant architects, loved and cared for by people who, like us, are inspired by great design and understand the need to preserve it,” says Smith.
Westbrook is no stranger to historic preservation, having painstakingly restored a home in the Whittier Mill Village Historic District in Atlanta. The historic village was one of the ﬁrst to rise from the ashes of the Civil War and survives today as one of Atlanta’s oldest residential communities. While some of its structures are no longer standing, the storied mill houses and a few commercial buildings, like the old country store, remain. It is the latter that Westbrook made her home.
“I have always loved old houses. You can sense the care with which each detail was addressed and constructed. Even the most humble structures like a Southern smoke house or barn have great style and charm that reflect the times in which they were built. The beautiful mouldings and stunning proportions of an old house or structure can also inform the current generation of designers and architects, making them so important to preserve. Our cities and countrysides would lose their personality and charm if they were void of the structures from past generations mixing with the construction of this generation.”
Additionally, Westbrook and Smith will discuss many other topics they believe to be the most relevant in the world of design today.
The new series is a part of the Academy’s continual effort to enhance the Greater Lynchburg community with innovative arts and culture driven programming.
Please note when ordering tickets online a convenience fee will be charged per ticket for all online orders. To avoid this fee, please call our Box Office at 434-846-TIXX (8499) or visit our Box Office in person at 609 Commerce Street.
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All proceeds will benefit the Academy Center of the Arts. Tickets $85 ($60 Tax-Deductible)