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Yesterday, as I was walking down the Hall Gallery to the main office, I passed a lady who was carefully exploring one of our recent acquisitions. It was a portrait montage done in pencil, called “Family of Frank & Susie Clark McCall.” Gary Pound is the artist, and it is one of two of his works in our collection. I took a moment to study the sketches with her, and agreed when she said how wonderful the work was, how detailed, how expressive. And we got to talking.
I asked if she was from Moultrie. She said “yes” — for the last five years. But she had never been in the Arts Center before that day. “Had always meant to; but never got around to it.” But, she was in the neighborhood and had a couple of minutes to spare that day, so decided it was time. And she was amazed at the treasure we have right here in Moultrie.
We got to talking a little more. We talked about the pleasure of spending a few spare minutes soaking in a piece of art. That it’s like a ten-minute vacation for the mind and spirit, to pick a painting, or sculpture, or drawing, and really look: To see what’s there, and then to take it out for a spin.
In the case of the Pound portraits, there were the seven subjects — for starters: two parents, and five kids, drawn in different poses, at different ages. One marvels at the artist’s ability to capture expression on the faces using a simple pencil. And at the depth he creates using that same humble tool, with just lines and shades and smears. We can look hard at the faces and try to figure out which of the two little girls is which of their older versions sitting on the couch. And who takes after Mom, and who takes after Dad. And chuckle at that little boy; clearly he’d rather be anywhere else than posing for a portrait! These are the sorts of pleasant ramblings a piece of art can inspire.
Wander down the hall to the McCall Gallery, and there is Josh Rosen’s “My Frankenstein (Jay 13),” a work that is part of our current exhibit “The Misfits: A Selection of Extraordinary Sculptures.” Is that part of an old typewriter he’s used for the bed frame? Is that a monocle hanging from the IV stand? Why is the poor guy in bed? Is he sick? Why is there an on-off switch in his chest? Look, there’s an old transistor among the stuff on his mattress; I remember the first transistor radio my Dad bought for me…
As I left her in the McCall Gallery, the lady said she’d be back again soon. Her parting words were “thank you” for having the Arts Center in Moultrie. She made my day.
Josh Rosen’s “Misfits” will be on display at the Arts Center through Friday, Feb. 24, as will the extraordinary paintings of Jim Touchton in the Vereen Gallery. If you need a ten-minute vacation between now and then, c’mon over and take one of their works out for a mental spin.
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Aromatic leaves on plants distract deer
Damage to ornamental plants caused by deer has increased significantly during the last few years. And this damage is both an urban and a rural problem due to increasing deer populations and suburban development strategies into natural woodlands.
‘Low maintenance’ doesn’t mean ‘no maintenance’
Another holiday has come and gone as the month of July counts its days and we once again focus our attention on the home landscape. Curb appeal and maintenance requirements play an important role as choices are made and plants are installed into our landscapes according to plans. Any failure in responsibility towards understanding and satisfying maintenance requirements will definitely result in the potential loss of the new plants.
Siblings receive top honors in Scouting
Lindsey and Matthew Goss — grandchildren of Bobby and Janice Goss, Truman and Lynn Wilson, all of Moultrie, and the late Buddy McCoy — have accomplished what few siblings can claim. Both were honored recently for achieving the highest honor offered by Scouting.
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Jolly Elders tour Colquitt County museum
The Jolly Elders, senior adults of the New Elm Community, met for their April meeting with a trip to the Colquitt County Historical Museum which they had not done for several years.
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Enjoy friendships and flowers during the Fourth
Many thanks are expressed to the many men and women in uniform who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and to those who have served and/or are currently serving this great country. Without your service, we could not say “Happy Birthday to the USA!”
Nematodes in my garden!
I often get questions about controlling nematodes in the home vegetable garden. Since there are no home gardener chemicals we can get economically for nematode control then the answers get few.
Fire ants in my garden
Questions about fire ants in the garden are common around the Extension office. Fire ants can be a nuisance and they can damage some vegetable crops such as okra and Irish potatoes. Fewer fire ant mounds would result from tilling your garden but a few mounds may persist in heavy mulch or close to vegetable plants. In these cases fire ant baits or mound treatments may be in order.
Plants and flowers and beyond!
There’s much more to enjoy in your home landscape beyond the basic plants and flowers. There’s awesome music and movies galore simply provided by nature through wildlife for you. Add colors, movements, and sounds that make your home landscape appear more alive and vibrant in your quest to welcome birds and butterflies into your space.
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