Open this Weekend August 17-18!

We will be busy glazing for a firing, but we have lots of pottery, paintings, and Patrick’s amazing sculptures and kaleidoscopes in the gallery. We will have icy herbal tea available for visitors. The easy trails are open for hiking. Guides to the trails are available online at, with printed copies here at the gallery. We provide bamboo hiking poles as well as insect repellent! So come watch the glazing process or just hang out in the cool gallery. The library has lots of great books and magazines to enjoy. Come on, y’all and bring the kids and dogs (on leash, please), and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the trail. Be prepared for forest trails, so wear good hiking shoes and jeans.

by Carol
Sculpture by Patrick.

Yes, we are open this weekend.

Consensus was reached this week to put off our wood kiln firing until the weather improves! That will happen much later, in fact, the 2nd weekend of Oct. We will keep you posted. In the meanwhile, the gallery is open and so are our lovely nature trails. So come see our newest treasures, in our sweet and COOL hideaway. The artists are working hard all weekend to produce more! Don’t forget, the gallery is open most weekends. Check here, or give us a call for more information.

Nature Trails and Gallery Open This Weekend, June 29-30, 10 am to 5 pm Central Time.

Plan to come out and take a stroll along our easy well-marked trails this lovely hot weekend. Then enjoy the cool relaxing gallery with an iced drink. We are planning a Wood Firing July 12-14, so the Gallery won’t be open that weekend as we will be busy shoving wood. Call for more information. 404 698 5444

Open June 8-9 Come Rain or Come Shine!

Well, we needed the rain! Unfortunately, SVI has decided to cancel the Saturday Food for Life, due to the expected heavy rainfall. But we will still have the gallery open, and of course, the trails will be available for those brave souls with a raincoat or umbrella! And it is dry and cool inside the Gallery, which is overflowing with lovely art–perhaps Dad would like a mug or a kaleidoscope for Father’s Day. Come see what we’ve got on display and pick out a perfect gift. We’ll be waiting for you across the creek at the door.

Liquidambar Art Gallery and Sequatchie Valley Institute Nature Trails Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 10-5 Central Time

Trails and Gallery will be open all weekend, so have a quiet Memorial Day here in the forest, no traffic, just the trees and the art. The woods are spectacular now, fully dressed in their summer best. The rainfall has given us large and elegant leaves, forest flowers, butterflies, and nesting birds. We listen to the symphony of bird calls in the morning and frogs in the evening, along with the wind in the swaying trees. Sadly, the creek is no longer flowing as the trees have sucked up all the water, but the trails are still beautiful. Come and see us and find peace along the trails.

Coming up soon is our annual Food for Life program. This year sees a shorter single day program based on vegan foods on June 8. Tickets are on sale now! See for more information.

Food for Life – Vegan Edition

Going vegan is not by any means the only way to health, though many do find benefit. If you are curious to learn more about this lifestyle (or if you just wish to enjoy a full meal and wonderful company in a nature reserve), then come on out and join us on June 8!

A hearty meal will be provided that will include locally-sourced ingredients from here in the Sequatchie Valley and from Hamilton County.

There will also be a Vegan Chili Contest, so bring your best creation for your chance to win a prize!

Follow the link below and register online to snag an Early Bird discount on your ticket!…

Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day!

… and what better way to celebrate than a forest walk through the protected woods and nature trails of Sequatchie Valley Institute! The Gallery can also provide unique presents for your wonderful mother. There is no charge to drop by and visit, walk on the trails, and have a picnic by the creek.

All mothers (and fathers too) get a lovely glass of Patrick’s homemade wine to celebrate.

Lots of fabulous art, all made locally by S.V.I. staff and friends, is there to look at and possibly find that perfect piece to give a special someone or take home. Carol and Patrick are both busy making new pieces daily, so feel free to come by and see how it’s done.

Open 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.

Gallery and Trails Open May 4-5–Come See Us!

The Gallery looks lovely and Patrick has filled his shelves with amazing new sculptures, jewelry, and kaleidoscopes. Carol is busy finishing off a new batch of pottery, almost ready for the kiln.

The trails are ready for easy walks, hiking, and running, with the trees now weighted down with fresh new leaves. A more beautiful place to spend a few hours of peace and quiet would be hard to find. The trails are a good place for the kids to run off their extra spring energy. Let us know in advance and we might have some fresh organic garden greens for sale, also.

Open today for walks and gallery visits.

The creek is running, trees are green, and summer flowers are beginning to bloom. Come for a forest walk on this cool and beautiful weekend.
The gallery is open and full of lovely new art.

The entrance to S.V.I. and the Gallery today.

Spring Wildflower Hike Saturday April 6-Gallery Closed, will reopen Sunday April 7

Be sure to come to the hike — the woods are full of blooms, both redbuds and dogwoods in their glory. You may also visit the Gallery before and after the hike today. See you here!

Plan to park at Gallery. Shuttles are available to the Trail Head and Tours.

10:30 Central: Arrive for tour of area

12:30 Central: Arrive for hikes