Two Exhibits Featured at the CAC
Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County presents Outside the Lines, a folk art exhibit in July featuring self-taught artists that create outside the lines. This exhibit showcases artists Linda Mitchell, Tonia Mitchell, Jessica Holt, and Lee Laney. The exhibit will open on July 5, 2019 and run through July 25, 2019. The opening reception hosted by The Optimist Club will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 6 until 8 pm at the Cultural Arts Council.
Linda Mitchell, is known for her enchanting mixed media paintings and installations that are populated by animals- both real and imagined. In these narrative works, the animals often become surrogates for human beings and their emotional lives. Linda was born in Atlanta and grew up in a family that nurtured her strong, early interest in both animals and making art.
Tonia Mitchell is a gifted, creative spirit. She handcrafts unique dolls, story quilts, and other figurative art from various mediums including cloth and polymer clay. Tonia’s art creations come to life with a sense of style, attitude, and panache. This wanderlust artist is a native of Georgia who had a unique experience of growing up in a military family. Tonia has traveled extensively living in many places across the United States, in Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia. As a result of this exposure, she has developed a deep respect and appreciation for other cultures.
Jessica Holt started her adventures in creating very young, raised by a reformed hippie who was not afraid of a mess. As a young child, Jessica sold her first painting at the age of six, it was a pair of bunnies on a canvas only 6 X 4 inches. That was just the spark needed to ignite a fire to fan a life of love and passion for color and creativity. Jessica spends most days brainstorming for the next creation and crafting new renditions of her current creatures.
Lastly, Lee Laney, who is a well-known folk artists from Carrollton, Georgia. Lee is known for his watercolor creations he has been producing in Carrollton since 1980. Combing elements of cartoons, surrealism, and various forms of pop art, he remains committed to bringing the art collecting public something completely different.
The Douglas County Optimist Club is committed to creating a positive and hopeful future for our children and our community. Now, in its third year, the Optimist Club is made up of people like you wanting to make a difference in the lives of children and the community. After decorating shoe boxes, they are prepared with essentials for children in foster care and delivered to DCFS. Backpack Buddies also provide essential school supplies in backpacks to local elementary schools in our community. This year 75 filled backpacks were delivered to New Manchester Elementary School. During July, the CAC will have a drop off box for donations to help provide for children in our community. Consider bringing an item to the opening reception or anytime in July. Be the change, make an impact! For more information on the Optimist Club, contact Diane Connors, President, 770.947.1975.
In tandem with the Outside the Lines exhibit, a Tiny Fundraiser returns to the Cultural Arts Council in July and August in partnership with the CAC satellite organization, The Douglas County Art Guild. Each Thursday in July and August the CAC will remain open ‘til 7:00 pm with great food and refreshments, drinks, demos, and activities. A Tiny Fundraiser is the CAC’s annual fundraiser exhibit and sale where artists create and donate 6X6 inch square original work to the Culture Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County, which is sold for $20 each. Artwork includes, but is not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, fibers, glass, and prints. The 6 X 6 pieces will not go on sale until the countdown to 6:30 pm on July 11.
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 www.artsdouglas.org 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.