Monday, August 8, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture Entitle “Poisonous Fruits of Political Corruption: The Infamous Yazoo Land Fraud and Its Impact on Georgia, The South, and the Nation, 1795-1848”

Yesterday’s First Sunday Lecture guest speaker was Dr. George Lamplugh.   He spoke on the Yazoo Land Fraud and how it dominated the political culture of Georgia in the early 19th century.

The Yazoo Land Fraud of 1795, one of the most significant events in the post-Revolutionary history of Georgia and the United States, was overturned by Georgia’s first political “boss,” James Jackson, in 1796. Six years later, Jackson and his allies transferred the Yazoo lands (roughly, present-day Alabama and Mississippi) to the national government for $1.25 million.  To Georgians, though, the key provision of this Compact of 1802 was the national government’s promise to extinguish as quickly as possible all remaining land claims of Native American peoples (Creeks and Cherokees) within the boundaries of Georgia, when that could be done “peaceably” and “on reasonable terms.” 

Like the proverbial pebble thrown into still water, the consequences of the Great Land Fraud rippled out over more than a generation, helping to divide the nation’s dominant political party; pave the way for Indian removal in the 1820s and 1830s; create an agricultural “Black Belt” from Georgia through the new states of Alabama and Mississippi; and establish a theory of “state rights” as a supposedly “legitimate” response to the overweening power of the national government, which underlay many of the incidents on the long “road to the Civil War” between 1848 and 1861.

The First Sunday Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Smyrna Public Library Celebrates 25th Anniversary of New Library Building


The Smyrna Public Library celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the new library located on the Village Green.  

The new library and the Community Center were dedicated before a crowd numbering in the thousands at 5 PM on August 3, 1991.The ceremony was followed by a concert of leading bands of the time and a spectacular fireworks show. 


Sunday, July 10, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture Entitle “A History of Aunt Fanny's Cabin: Nationally Known Local Restaurant”

Tommy H. Jones, retired architectural historian in the National Park Service's Southeast Regional Office is the expert on the history of this unique local eatery.  He presented “A History of Aunt Fanny's Cabin: Nationally Known Local Restaurant” for today’s First Sunday Lecture. 

Originally situated on Campbell Road two miles south of downtown Smyrna, Aunt Fanny's Cabin Restaurant was founded in 1941 by socialite Isolene Campbell on the grounds of Argyle Farm, the wealthy Campbell family's local country retreat. This local restaurant, which specialized in southern cooking, was for over four decades one of the most popular eateries in greater Atlanta and arguably the most famous landmark in Smyrna.

The First Sunday Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Photography by Charlie Stannard Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The July/August art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Photography by Charlie Stannard. Charlie’s exhibit is on display until August 31. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Biography:

Though born in Georgia, I grew up in Connecticut. I worked in advertising and marketing research, my last job being at Earthlink in Atlanta. Upon retiring I decided to rekindle my interest in photography. I took a course at the Showcase School, attended a number of photo workshops, joined two camera clubs, and upgraded my camera to digital. I am a Canon shooter, as much by accident as preference. The one thing I have learned from photo competitions is all camera brands produce great images.

I process my images with Photoshop and print them on my own printer. I do not overly process my images in Photoshop, though I do find the Nix suite of plug-ins useful. My printer is a Canon Pro9500 and it generally does a better job than CVS or Costco. 

I do not have a subject matter specialty. As the exhibit shows, I shoot just about anything: flowers, birds, animals, landscapes, people. Regarding style, I do not have one though I do try to shoot things a little differently, frequently using multiple exposures when shooting flowers.

To find out more about any of the images or to purchase one, contact me at cistannard@yahoo.com.

Paper by Matt Blodgett Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The July/August display gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Paper by Matt Blodgett. Matt’s exhibit is on display until August 31. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Biography:

Matt Blodgett grew up on a rural Ohio farm, immersed in the beauty of plants and the creative energy of nature. Even in high school Matt showed great creative talent and artistic aptitude, winning a statewide student art competition with "Indian Princess," a mixed media collage with handmade paper and copper. The piece hung in the Ohio Governor's Mansion for one year.

Matt majored in Horticulture and Landscape Design at Ohio State University. Moving to Atlanta after college and working with some of the top landscape companies in the South Matt developed a keen sense for composition and texture. After more than 20 years in that industry he has now shifted his attention to his first and deepest calling, Fine Art, working primarily in collage, handmade and cut paper, and acrylic media.

He has shown at several Atlanta Art Fairs, including twice at Callanwolde Art Center, and has pieces in private collections from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. to New York City.

He is very happy to have the opportunity for this solo show, particularly because the library setting highlights the potential for the expressive use of paper (both handmade and cut paper) in ways that reach beyond its common use as simply a vehicle for the printed word.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Oils, Pastels & Watercolors by Susan Knight Smith Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The May/June art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Oils, Pastels & Watercolors by Susan Knight Smith. Susan’s exhibit is on display until June 30. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Biography:

Susan Knight Smith works primarily in pastel, a medium that allows her to combine her love of expressive drawing with vibrant color. In addition to landscapes, she paints portraits, figure studies, still life, intimate garden scenes, and particularly enjoys plein air painting, or painting out of doors. Susan’s paintings reflect her love of nature, her fascination with the juxtaposition of colors and the play of light, and an enchantment with particular or unique people, places, or things. Of her work, she simply says, "I paint what delights me." She finds much to delight her in the metro Atlanta area where she lives, or near the E. Tennessee home where she grew up. She has also found inspiration for many of her paintings on trips to France, Italy, Mexico, the Arizona desert, and the coast of Maine.

Her work is in over one hundred fifty collections in the United States and has appeared in publications including the cover of ArtCalendar magazine. Exhibiting in over 50 juried regional, national, and international exhibits, Smith has won numerous awards.

Susan has been a working artist for over 25 years, was a teacher before she entered the field of art, and is happy to now be combining these two loves.
Susan paints from her home studio in Powder Springs, GA.

She lives with her husband Roy. They have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild!

Glass Art, Acrylics and Pastel by Ann Tewelow Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The May/June art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Glass Art, Acrylics and Pastel by Ann Tewelow. Ann’s exhibit is on display until June 30. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Biography:

I am so fortunate to be able to spend my retirement doing what I love to do and sharing my love of art with others. I hope that you will enjoy the creations in glass and pictures in glass, pastels, watercolors or acrylics.
I am fortunate enough to be living my dream of "doing my art when I retire". I have always had a love of and interest in art since my childhood which included earning painting opportunities in elementary school, giving me the desire and assurance that one day I wanted to be able to enjoy doing the art I loved to share with others. 

After marrying and having 3 children with my husband who was serving in the Navy, including being stationed in Naples, Italy for four and half years, we enjoyed touring most of Europe on vacations. Studying oils and acrylics while in Naples, my art was included in exhibits and private collections. ("Roman Mist" was in The Vatican.) Returning to the Naval Air Station in Atlanta, Georgia, I set aside my art while raising the children and pursuing other endeavors, including working with Cobb County as Coordinator of the Mable House Art Center and The Art Station. Upon retiring, I have been able to again return to my art. 

It has been my privilege to have participated in numerous exhibits at home and abroad and to have been honored to receive awards for my art as well as earning commissions and sales, been invited to be a juror for exhibits but the most rewarding is the reaction of friends and viewers to my work.  As well as continuing my work with pastels, acrylics and watercolors, I have expanded my interest to include working with glass. The beauty of glass with the depths of its reflective qualities and colors has always held a deep fascination for me. Taking up the art of fused and slump glass when I retired, I discovered the art of pate de verre and fritography as two new glass methods. In the attempt to create a niche of my own, I have begun to create my own molds from clay which are then fired. I have since added mosaics, etching and sandblasting on glass and mirrors to my repertoire. All these mediums have allowed me a wide range of creativity. I trust you will enjoy my art as much as I have enjoyed creating it.


I hope you will appreciate my work as much as I enjoy doing it to share with you.