Summer in the South Exhibit Opens


Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County presents Summer in the South, a new exhibit in May/June that features artwork from artists Ashley Chambers, Carl Olson, Melody Chambers, Ken Paradise, and Charlsie Sprewell. The exhibit will open on May 9, 2019 and run through June 27, 2019. The opening reception hosted by Steve Pritchard Woodturning will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 6 until 8 pm at the Cultural Arts Council. The entries in the exhibit include a variety of oil and acrylic paintings depicting Summer in the South.

Floral artist, Ashley Chambers, is currently an art major at Lee University. Ashley has always been inspired by nature and looking at the details of God’s creation. Her goal is to bring life to the image and create a sense of movement and vibrancy, while still creating and captivating the image for viewers. Ashley’s exquisite oil painting “Orchids” will be one of many on display.

Local artist Carl Olson is a fine art painter, photographer, and filmmaker. He became a fine art painter much later in life. The interest had always been there, however, painting remained in the background mostly as a hobby while he ran a successful web-based design and content productions company. Carl will have a number of paintings on display including his vibrant oil painting titled “Summer Quiet”.

Melody Chambers will be lighting up our gallery with her beautiful watercolor titled “Matthew”. Melody is also from Douglas County and officially retired from the Douglas County School System in 2017 as an art teacher, but continues to teach art half days at Chapel Hill Middle School. While Melody enjoys drawing, painting, and printmaking, helping children realize their own artistic talents and abilities has been her mission.

Ken Paradise has been a hobbyist painter for nearly 40 years, working primarily with oils and acrylics. Since his retirement from the retail industry in 2007, Ken has been able to devote more time to the pursuit of improving his art. Largely self-taught, Ken describes his style as “impressionistic realism”. He is a member of the Douglas County Art Guild and a frequent exhibitor at the Douglas County Courthouse gallery.

Charlsie Sprewell will be another artist featured in this exhibit. Charlsie is from Carrollton, GA and has been honing her artistic skills since 2008. As she began experimenting with different mediums, acrylics soon became her focus. Her love of nature is evident in her work, as florals are a common subject as seen in her piece titled “Summer in Bloom” that will be on display.

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm For directions and more information, visit or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.


 The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite
groups. The Cultural Arts Council is supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the
Douglas County Board of Commissioners.