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Home & Garden Show highlights work of Interior Design, Culinary Arts students

Home & Garden Show highlights work of Interior Design, Culinary Arts students graphic

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Athens Technical College students who imagine themselves as future interior designers and chefs have set their eyes on the prize in competitions at the annual Athens Home & Garden Show being held this weekend in the Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas Street.

The Athens Home & Garden Show, sponsored and organized by the Athens Area Home Builders Association, is taking place Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23. The show highlights the latest trends and products in the home and garden industry and features builders, architects, landscapers and other companies and services associated with those areas. Organizers with the home and garden show invited Culinary Arts students and Interior Design students from Athens Technical College to participate in two special events during the weekend programs.  

Interior Design students will face off against their peers at the University of Georgia in the White Room Challenge. They must use a virtual budget of $1,500 to transform a 12-foot by 14-foot, three-walled, sheet-rocked space with a bare floor into a furnished room for a home. The teams shopped at the Habitat Restore for furniture and accessories and purchased flooring material from Dalton Carpet One.

Students have the entire day Saturday during the event to paint the walls, install the flooring, furniture and accessories and complete the design challenge while attendees watch the work. On Sunday, a judge's panel comprising design and building professionals will critique the two rooms based on five criteria: placement (form and function), balance (color and weight), best use of materials and accessories, most inviting atmosphere, and best use of lighting. Judges will announce the winners Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

“This competition will provide the students with ‘real world’ workforce experience by developing a project under tight specifics: limited source selections, an establish budget, following design directives and competing with another ‘firm’ to win the job,”  said Phillip C. Myer, program chair  for Interior Design at Athens Technical College. “The core learning experience will focus on how the students work together as team members. Team-based work is the cornerstone of the building arts fields —architecture, interior design and construction.”

 Culinary Arts students from the college will vie among themselves for primacy in the Cupcake Wars, sponsored by the Georgia Grown (Georgia Department of Agriculture), Kitchen Aid, the Georgia Pecan Council and the Georgia Peach Board.  The contest calls for a Georgia theme in the cupcake baking, meaning contestants will incorporate pecans or peaches in their creations, said Chef Scott Howard, program chair for Culinary Design at Athens Technical College.

The judges panel for Cupcake Wars includes Tracy Townsend, Molly DeFabio, Caroline Angelo, Kayla McNair, Lisa Vaughn, Kayla Ballew all from Athens Technical College, and Sadie Krawczyk from the Monroe Downtown Development Authority. The winning student will receive a professional Kitchen Aid Mixer and do a 30-second cooking demo on GPB TV Georgia Grown to run on GPB during the Georgia Traveler TV show.

“This event, like last year, provides the opportunity to spotlight the outstanding young culinarians in our program to the Athens community,” Chef Howard said. “It’s always a joy to watch our students perform during events to the high level of skill and professionalism they consistently demonstrate. “ 

The Athens Home & Garden Show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 22 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 23.  The price for a general admission ticket is $6.


Photo caption: Left to right, Athens Technical College Interior Design students, Deb Kight, Amanda Archambault, Susan Chapman and Sarah McGahee paint furniture in preparation of the White Room Challenge for the Athens Home & Garden Show.

Don Nelson
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