Art and History, Perfect Mix at Historic Home

 Imagine Governor Henry McDaniel—who built Georgia’s capitol building and established Georgia Tech—beaming with pride to see his 1887 home still standing on a street named in his honor.  Now a museum of 19th-century interiors, the McDaniel-Tichenor House is the location for “Art at the Governor’s House,” a special fundraiser taking place on Sunday, October 25 from 2 to 4pm.  Works of art by 10 local artists with varied backgrounds will be exhibited and for sale.

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Bobbie Austin is known for both exquisite oil paintings and sculpture.  She has studied with Mary Jo Denton of the Royal Academy and John Quinn of the Tennessee Valley Woodcarvers.

Donna England is a watercolorist whose subjects range from people to landscapes, local and abroad.  Her work can be found in private collections across the eastern United States

Sue Grilli, a multi media artist, is currently working in oil and cold wax to create contemporary, interpretive paintings that reflect nature.  She is best known for her custom home illustrations.

Rita Knight is best known for her whimsical rooster and angel paintings.  She was featured in Studio Magazine and is on the Board of Directors at the Madison Artists Guild.

Judy Norman discovered her love of textures through her work in the decorative arts field.  Her abstract and representative pieces reside in collections across the country.

Tom Norman’s photography reflects his passion for experimenting with a multitude of processes.  His unique photography has earned awards in Monroe Art Guild competitions.

Susan Pelham is a renowned painter and collage artist who wins prizes in almost every show she enters.  She has been invited to exhibit one woman shows throughout Georgia.

Stephanie Ruby, a pastel artist, creates portraits of people with a genuine understanding of humankind.  This is undoubtedly due to her background as a psychiatric nurse.

Maribeth Schmelzer’s most popular pieces include abstracts and florals using oil and cold wax techniques.  Her work has been shown at several venues in the Atlanta area.

Mary Ellen Vogel works in watercolor, pastel and graphite.  Currently two of her pieces are in the “Art of Georgia II: Portraits of Community” exhibit at the Georgia capitol building.

So, be inspired by Governor McDaniel’s spirit of accomplishment at his elegant mansion located at 319 McDaniel Street in Monroe for an afternoon of art, history, refreshments and music.  For more information call the McDaniel-Tichenor House at 770 267-5602.


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