Smyrna historian Dr. William P. Marchione Ph.D. kicked off the Smyrna Public Library’s celebration of African American History Month with an informative presentation on Vinings folk artist Nellie Mae Rowe.
A creative and resourceful self-taught artist, Nellie Mae Rowe gained national recognition during the last decade of her life (1970s). Long before that, she was well known locally in Vinings by visitors who came to her exuberantly embellished home, which contained her drawings, stuffed dolls, and recycled objects. Her works are on display at the High Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and other public and private collections. [New Georgia Encyclopedia]