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New exhibit features local artists

THIS PAINTING by Glenda Coffey is just one of many pieces of local art that is now on display at the Grady County Museum and History Center. An open house for the exhibit of works by local artists will be held this Sunday.

The Grady County Museum and History Center is currently hosting its third local artists exhibit. The exhibit, showing now through June 30, features a variety of local artists from all over Grady County. An open house celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held this Sunday afternoon.
Artwork from recurring artists as well as new artists can be found in this show. A variety of paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, wood carvings, pysanky eggs and ceramics can be found in the exhibit room of the Grady County Museum.
A sneak preview of a few artists in the show includes:
• Tony Godwin had no formal training in carving wood but he has taught himself enough to create several wood carvings that have earned him blue ribbons in art shows. On first glance, some of his fish carvings appear to be mounted instead of carved from wood.
• Danny Ezell is another talented wood carver who has some pieces in the exhibit. He is also self-taught under the tutelage of Jim White and has several bird carvings that really impress the viewer.
• Glenda Coffey has several paintings on display, all of which show immense attention to detail. She is owner of The Coffey Shop in Reno, where she offers painting classes.
• Kelly Milko has  uniquely beautiful pysanky eggs on display at the museum, as well as animal portrait paintings.  
Other artists with their works on display include: Nancy Clark, Zerric Clinton, Lynn Davis, Bobby Harden, Betty Hester, Joe Johnson, Caprice Kelly, Marilyn Rhea, Jane Rhea, Holly Roddenbery, Ansley Simmons, Ross Sims, Jan White and Gail Woolfolk.
Also on exhibit is artwork on loan from: Dan Jones, Juanita Faircloth, Wyman and Ann Richter, Randy and Marilyn Rhea.
The open house for the exhibit will be held this Sunday, April 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served as members of the Grady County Historical Society encourage the community to attend and show its support for the local artists.
The exhibit can also be seen during the museum’s regular hours, which are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. or Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. To arrange special tours call the museum at 229-377-5142.

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