When we visited gorgeous Cumberland Island last fall, I didn’t want to leave this barrier island off the coast of Georgia where I would have loved to wander for days down dirt paths under arching majestic live oak trees . Lucky for me, I could take home a souvenir in the form of earrings purchased from Gogo Ferguson, granddaughter of the original owner of The Greyfield Inn, now run as an inn and our home for the weekend. I rode my bike down the dirt path to her home, where she keeps a small store on the side. After perusing her beautiful jewelry and housewares, all inspired by nature, I selected a pair of silver earring with small leaves on them.
I wore those earrings this week during a preview of Gogo’s first museum exhibition. Sixty-three of her pieces are on display in the High Museum of Art through July 7, 2013. “Gogo: Nature Transformed” includes items created with rattlesnake vertebrae, armadillo scapulo and even the most male part of a raccoon.
Gogo created two pieces especially for the exhibition. The ottoman inspired by a sea urchin is topped with a whimsical pink cushion, which is displayed next to a flowing six’ by eight’ wall sculpture inspired by New England seaweed.
Gogo spoke to the crowd of journalists about growing up on Cumberland Island, and the inspiration for her work. Watch this short video as she talks about her grandmother, Lucy Ferguson, a descendent of the Carnegie family.
Be sure to stop in the gift shop to take home your own piece of Nature Transformed and view the armadillo scarf created by her friend, designer Nicole Miller, to commemorate the exhibition. To view more of her jewelry visit Gogo Jewelry.
The High Museum of Art is at 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309; 404.733.4400