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Flowers are a favorite subject for artist Gloria Perkins of Sharpsburg, whose “Spray of Poppies” graces our cover. Perkins recently had the honor of painting at Monet’s gardens in France. – Photo by Bob Fraley

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9 THE ART ISSUE 10 FOLK ART In an effort to tie in their formal furnishings with a more casual new home, Anne and Taylor Josey began collecting folk art.

16 PAINTING WITH MONET Coweta artist and teacher Gloria Perkins recently spent 10 evenings in Claude Monet’s garden capturing the serene setting on canvas.

22 OUT OF AFRICA With the support of her husband and son, Wallene Jones of Newnan opened an Atlanta art gallery offering authentic African art.

28 COLLECTING FOR A REASON Murray and Martha Ann Parks have all types of art at their home in Newnan and say the art they buy or hang must “speak to us.”

34 FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND ARTISTS Helen Hayes is still going strong at 94 and says that associating with artists is a great way to stay young.

40 WONDERS IN SCULPTURE Carol Harless has won acclaim for her sculptures all over the world, and local art lovers can find some of her pieces displayed right here at home.

46 COLORING CONTEST WINNERS Meet the budding artists who won our recent Newnan-Coweta Magazine Coloring Contest!

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66 AIRSOFT At Area 13 in northern Coweta, enthusiasts of these military style games learn sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Departments 48 MEET A READER Meet O.P. Evans Middle School art teacher Chad Loftin, who uses art in the classroom to help his students with problem solving.

50 COWETA COOKS World traveler and well-known local cook Patty Gironda encourages serving up dishes with a bit of artistic flair.

54 TINA’S TIPS With the fall flea market and garage sale season just around the corner, local DIYer’s have lots of possibilities for turning Trash into Treasure.

60 THE THOUGHTFUL GARDENER Think you can’t grow lavender in the South? Think again—and prepare for a wonderful sensory experience in the garden.

72 SADDLE UP At Foxhorn Farm near Moreland, Ed and Mary Wood Moor have created their own bit of horse heaven.

76 THE BABY FILES A new mom learns what it’s like to travel with a baby during a 24+ hour airplane flight to the Philippines.

78 LOCAL HERITAGE A Haralson family may have ties to Chester Arthur, a president who, like Barack Obama, has had his birthplace questioned.

In every issue 8 EDITOR’S LETTER 80 THE BOOKSHELF 81 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

82 LAST LOOK


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> FROM THE EDITOR

have been so excited about this Art Issue of Newnan-Coweta Magazine I could hardly wait to get it into your hands! Artists are fascinating people, and I absolutely love reading profiles of those who make and collect art. There’s always something interesting going on inside their heads, and I enjoy learning what it is. Last year I signed up for a one-evening beginner art class but soon realized I was way out of my league. I sat there in tears trying to draw a simple figure and was jealous of all the other students who were sketching and painting away. Ever the perfectionist, I couldn’t make mine look like the model on display, and that was very frustrating to me. Later, I realized I shouldn’t have expected so much from a one-evening, copy-and-paint class. I should have just signed up for “real” art classes instead! You know what I’d love to paint? Light. I have finally come to the realization that what really rings my bell is a painting full of shadows and light, those fluctuations in color that come from rays of sun or even moonbeams. But how on earth do you paint something as ephemeral as light? I have a feeling the artists out there know.

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A few years ago, I was in Florida and came across an art supply store that had the sweetest little set of watercolor paints you’ve ever seen. I bought the tiny kit and a small pad of paper and headed for the beach. That evening, I sat beneath a setting sun sketching and then painting what I thought was a not-too-bad likeness of some interesting seaweed. As I pondered a career change and fantasized about my gallery opening, a small black dog ran right smack dab across my painting and sullied my masterpiece! As we close this issue of the magazine I’m headed for the beach again, and ill-mannered beach doggies or no, I think I’ll be taking the watercolors with me. I’m inspired by all the Coweta artists who take risks every time they pick up the tools of their craft. And besides, you never know when you might feel the urge to capture the light. Or some interesting seaweed. Fondly,

Angela McRae, Editor angela@newnan.com


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‘It has meaning to us’ By Janet Flanigan | Photos by Bob Fraley

Taylor and Anne Josey collect folk art, and a recent anniversary gift to each other was Stephanie L. Jordan’s “Two Pigs in the Grass.”

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People begin collecting art for various reasons. For Taylor and Anne Josey of Newnan, the purchase of a new home got them started collecting folk art. “When we purchased this house, we noticed it was more casual than our previous home, but our furniture was fairly formal,” said Taylor. “So,” said Anne, “we looked at each other and said ‘I guess we’ll have to start collecting folk art to bring the home and furniture together!’” They bought their first piece – “The Sailors” by an artist named

The Joseys’ artwork of pears on a vintage window frame is by artist Mary Klein.

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“ ... we looked at each other and said ‘I guess we’ll have to start collecting folk art to bring the home and furniture together!’” — Anne Josey

“The Sailors” by Koho

Koho – from the Atlanta Arts Festival. They purchased a second work by the artist titled “Carrot Coconut Cake,” but they haven’t seen her work around in some time. When the Joseys began collecting, they were drawn to artists who are “self-taught,” “primitive” or “outsider artists.” Selftaught/primitive artists are untrained professionally and often don’t recognize themselves as “artists.” The term “outsider art” was first used by a New York art critic in the early 1970s as an English synonym for the French term “art brut,” meaning “rough or raw art.” Outsider artists generally have no contact with mainstream art institutions, and often their art has

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themes of extreme mental states, unconventional ideas and fantasy worlds. “One of our favorite artists is Eric Legge, and we were introduced to Eric at a fundraising party at Crawford-Talmadge Plantation several years ago,” Anne said. “They had paintings hanging from the trees. It was so cool, and we wanted three of Eric’s paintings but we didn’t have our checkbook with us, and he let us take them and mail him a check – imagine!” They’ve picked up a few more “Legges” over the years as they’ve grown in their appreciation of his work. “It’s hard for me to pick a favorite; it’s like selecting a favorite child,” says Taylor, “but if I have to

pick one I’m partial to Jim Suddeth’s painting of a turnip truck – it takes me back to my roots. I also like it because many of Suddeth’s works have a similar theme and this one is different.” The Joseys say when purchasing art, you absolutely must buy what you like and not what you think might become valuable, even though several of the artists they found early on have become extremely collectible. “When we buy it’s because it has meaning to us,” says Anne. Buying art does not mean you have to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars, although works by recognized artists can be very pricey. But fantastic finds can be had for just a few dollars for that special


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place on your wall or shelf. “Buy what you like” was a consideration for the Joseys, but budget was too, particularly in the beginning. “We were very fortunate to have picked up some pieces for a pretty good price that now are much more valuable,” says Anne. One such work is by the well-known artist John “Cornbread” Anderson. It portrays a flock of guinea hens and a fox, and the artist has painted in the middle, rather camouflage-style, the words “Mr. Low Profile.” Cornbread is a former narcotics officer who often paints quail, guinea hens and foxes of his native Georgia. The Joseys’ large canvas is a double-sided treasure because on the back is a portrait of country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. Taylor and Anne support many Coweta artists as well. One of their very favorite pieces is by talented young painter Elizabeth Turner, a Newnan High grad who is now a senior at the University of Georgia studying fine art with a major in painting. Elizabeth’s self-portrait on rusted tin – which many people also comment looks like Christ with a crown of thorns – is one of the Joseys’ most commented-upon pieces. She also painted the portrait of the Josey sons, T (short for Taylor) and Sam, during her junior and senior years in high school. Anne and Taylor also have several works created by Elizabeth’s mother, popular local artist Sherry Cook. An encaustic painting by Vintage Flea store owner and artist Valerie Dumas is on a wall in the living room, and a couple of pieces by Daly Lee, another popular local artist, hang in various locations including the stairway going upstairs. Lee is known for her colorful, bold style that seems an extension of her outgoing personality.

Painting of a turnip truck by Jim Suddeth

Tree painting by Todd Alexander

“Dance to the Music” by Kenson

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The painting of a church, at left, is by Eric Legge but is also signed by legendary folk artist Howard Finster. The painting below is by Jim Suddeth.

“We told our boys we had our portrait done for our anniversary, and we came home with this painting called ‘Two Pigs in the Grass,” Anne said. Next on the horizon is Anne’s 50th birthday in a few months, and she has put Taylor on notice. “I told Taylor get ready, I want a (Steve) Penley for my 50th!” NCM

Another local talent Taylor and Anne enjoy is David Boyd Jr. “He is so incredible,” says Anne. “I just love this door painting,” she says of the larger piece in an upstairs bathroom. Boyd gave Anne the smaller painting as a gift when she left one job to begin a new one as a symbol of opening a new door and a new beginning. The Joseys recently celebrated 20 years of marriage and honored each other – how else? – with the purchase of a painting.

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WITH MONET By Elizabeth Richardson | Photos by Bob Fraley

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“Everything to me is a potential painting.” — Gloria Perkins

Gloria Perkins came out of the womb loving color. “The beauty of color has been a part of my soul for as long as I can remember,” said Perkins. That passion prompted Perkins to leave the corporate world in order to paint and teach full-time in Coweta County. She surrendered to a world of cerulean skies, crimson flower petals and emerald hills — a world where every surface is a medium, right down to her vibrant wardrobe choices. “Everything to me is a potential painting,” she said. Perkins is an oil painter. Her subjects are typically still lifes, florals – especially roses – and landscapes. She describes her style as “classical realism with an impressionistic flair.” Up close, her paintings are distinguished by thick, chunky brush strokes that, when viewed at a distance, smooth out to reveal their subject. “To me, oil has the luminosity of color that other mediums don’t seem to have,” said Perkins. She paints “alla prima,” meaning she finishes her pieces while the paint is still wet and forgiving. After studying with Master Painter Huihan Liu in France, she fell in love with “Plein Air painting,” or the process of painting outdoors. The method, to Perkins, is about SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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“capturing a moment in time that will never be replicated again.” She attempts to complete the piece within three hours time by painting “quickly and deliberately.” These paintings carry emotion for her – she can look at her picture later and remember what the breeze felt like and what time of day it was. “Nothing is more rewarding than to finish a painting and know it’s good,” she said. “As soon as I finish one, I start thinking about the excitement of another.” Perkins remembers doing “nothing but coloring” from the time she was five. Her grandmother encouraged her talent. Her mother was later responsible for encouraging her teaching. She’s now had students 18

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for three decades. When she was in high school, she began working as an operator part-time for what was formerly Southern Bell. She continued working there until she retired in executive management. Perkins started delving into the art world in her late twenties and started teaching sporadically to juggle her left brain with her right brain. “The more I taught, the more I wanted to teach,” she said. “Art keeps us up. I love to see the excitement of a new student. Enthusiasm for painting is key. I have loved art and painting all my life. And I love being with people and sharing.” Many of her students are technical-minded people who need to

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Gloria Perkins is inside her home in Sharpsburg, above, and outside enjoying Plein Air painting, at right.

Gloria Perkins‘ subjects are typically still lifes, florals and landscapes.

“get out of their left brain.” Some use art as therapy to work through health or personal issues, or just break monotonous routines by exercising a new skill. Perkins recently got re-inspired by and reconnected to the art world while also adding to her alreadyprestigious list of accolades. Perkins visited Paris with her husband, Jim Satterfield, in June, and she got to paint the town red. She had the extraordinary honor of spending 10 evenings in the French painter Claude Monet’s garden to capture the serene setting on canvas. She and nine other artists were 20

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Sunflowers in Crockery

allowed in Monet’s gardens after hours, when the museum was closed to the public. Night after night she painted Monet’s flowers, the water lilies, weeping willow trees and even the view of the hillside chapel where Monet is buried. “I admire Monet beyond belief,” said Perkins. “Every day was unbelievable.


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Every stroke that I put on my canvas was right. The Monet spirit was there. It was a very emotional process.� Perkins and her husband took time to explore the countryside and take photographs for future paintings. She quickly discovered that France has “perfect roses everywhere� – along with no shortage of art aficionados. On June 10, she entered a Plein Air painting competition at the Hotel Baudy. The paintings were judged and Perkins’ piece was selected as the favorite. She was presented the Claude Monet Certificate by the mayor of Giverny, France, and she was also invited to participate in an art exhibition in Paris in October. The honor quickly opened up another door of opportunity – an art gallery in Paris invited Perkins to contribute pieces to an exhibition in the town of Pacy from Sept. 17-27. She’s also going to be teaching four art classes in New Zealand and Australia next February and March. In a year’s time, she easily comes in contact with 150 students. “Painting and color make me happy,� said Perkins. “When you’re painting, you’re in total control of the decision-making – and that’s freeing. Artists are very sharing, giving people, and there’s a sense of camaraderie.� Perkins recommends painting to anyone who wants a creative outlet or a pastime. “Anybody that has the desire to paint, can – desire is all you need.� NCM

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OF AFRICA By Janet Flanigan | Photos by Bob Fraley

A well-stamped passport is like a mini storybook, and Wallene Jones of Newnan and her son Keith Washington each hold a series of passport “novellas” if you will, containing myriad tales of their trips to Africa in search of treasures for their Atlanta art gallery, Gems of Africa. In 1970, Jones was a young divorced mother working as a detective for the Nassau County, 22

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N.Y. Police Department. She was raising her two small children when her sister moved to Kenya and invited Wallene to visit with Keith and daughter Lori, both under age 10 at the time. “I told my sister as soon as she had a room for me and the kids, we’d be there. She got there in April; we were there by July!” Like an African folk tale with unexpected twists and turns, Wallene’s life has followed its own

interesting and unanticipated paths. After her divorce, she happily married a wonderful man named Bob Jones (sadly, he passed away six years ago). When they first married, she took Bob to visit her family and friends in Africa in 1979. Friends at home asked them to purchase some authentic African art and bring it back to the States. She and Bob realized this could be a fun side business, and over time it became a


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Wallene Jones and son Keith Washington at her home in Newnan

This was about 15 years ago and we never sat down one time during that festival. I’m not kidding. We sold everything we had and after that, we figured there might be a market here in Atlanta for authentic African art.” Keith researched locations for their gallery and eventually found the spot for Gems of Africa in the

Poncey-Highland area, and they’ve never looked back. “It’s been 13 years,” Keith says with a satisfied smile. The two go shopping in Africa twice yearly, and each trip includes a visit to South Africa and other countries which vary depending on which stock is running low. Keith says, “Sometimes people

Wallene Jones says this doll is from the Ndebele Tribe in South Africa and is made of South African fabric with plastic and glass beads. The rings around her neck are made of metal and symbolize her bond and faithfulness to her husband and would only be removed after his death.

Wallene’s personal collection is a walk through time and the history of African culture.

full-time business for Bob, even though the two never actually opened a New York gallery. Another life twist came when son Keith graduated from Morehouse College and offered to buy into their business as a partner – and create a gallery in Atlanta. “We were very unsure about Atlanta,” says Wallene, “but Keith convinced us to participate in Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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“Guitar Man” by Peter Sibeko is a pastel from South Africa.

think they need to spend a lot on art. but we have some items that are literally just a couple of dollars all the way up to several thousand.” Many customers feel like they are purchasing the art until they can go themselves. Wallene’s personal collection is a walk through time and the history of African culture. There is a pleasing juxtaposition of contemporary African artists blended with traditional artwork. She does not group her art by country or even necessarily by artist but by how it pleases the eye. There are a few collectibles from other nations, including China and Malta, and humorously, even a signed Alan 24

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Colorful African pottery pieces are among the treasures Wallene Jones has collected on trips to Africa.

Lerato Motau of South Africa created this piece, “Time to Gossip.” She uses marble dust to create the texture in her pieces.


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Jackson photo is blended into the treasures, but almost all are from the world’s second largest continent. “My sister (who now lives in New York) gave us these statues of linked lovers from Cameroon,� Wallene says of a pair of small figures on the living room table. “The chain has them eternally linked.� Marriage is taken very seriously in Cameroon, and marriage negotiations may last months or even years, even if the couple meets nontraditionally. Depending on the religion, men in Cameroon may marry multiple wives, so they may be linked with many wives forever. Fortunately for Wallene and Bob, they were linked only to each other! The two bronzes standing guard on either side of the front door are from the tiny African Republic of Benin. This mighty nation, known for its bronze art, has a rich military culture and in ancient times even had elite corps female military soldiers. The actor Djimon Hounsou known for “Blood Diamond,� “Gladiator� and “Beauty Shop� is from this tiny coastal nation. A haunting driftwood sculpture of a warrior and his wife from Mozambique holds its place of honor in the dining room. Like so many African nations, Mozambique is rediscovering its heritage after a colonial past – it gained its independence from Portugal in 1975 – and a lot of Mozambique art has a Portuguese influence. When approaching the stairway, visitors are greeted by ebony sculptures from Tanzania created by the Makonde people. The Makonde traditionally carve abstract household objects, figures and masks. Some of the most “jawdropping� pieces in her home include South African pottery such as the lamp in the den. The bowls, platters,

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Keith Washington’s passport tells the story of travels he and his mother have made to Africa for their African art gallery.

African art and furnishings are featured at the Jones home in Newnan.

High-end ceramic artists in South Africa handcraft animals, flowers and other shapes onto their wares before painting them in brilliant colors.

Sculptural pieces from Africa appear indoors and out at Wallene Jones’ home.

Unique pieces of African artwork serve as reminders of trips to Africa at the Jones home in Newnan.

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them on to whatever the vessel is before handpainting them in absolutely brilliant colors. Vases can be made into lamps like the one in

Wallene’s den for incredible impact. “They made that finial for that lamp special for me,” Wallene says, laughing with childlike pleasure. Throughout the house are many batik pieces by the world-renowned Ugandan artist Nuwa Nnyanzi. Nnyanzi is a selftaught artist who is known as the “Master of Batiks,” and his work has been collected by Coca Cola, the World Health Report and Oxford University Press. Nnyanzi comes to give batik workshops at the Atlanta gallery a few times throughout the year and teaches his technique to anyone who wants to learn. At the top of the stairs, an


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Martha Ann and Murray Parks have cleverly hung paintings on the outside of their bookcases to maximize every available opportunity to highlight art.

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FOR A REASON By Janet Flanigan | Photos by Bob Fraley

“I’ve never been sorry for anything I’ve purchased, but a lot of times I’ve walked away from things I’ve been sorry I walked away from,” says Martha Ann Parks of her personal art collection. She and husband Murray Parks have an extensive and varied collection from jug art to grandchildren’s treasures; everything has a story and is displayed for a reason. “Something has got to speak to us for a reason and we’ll buy it or hang it,” says Martha Ann. An example in her living room is an original painting by an airline pilot named Harold Larson. It is a view of the twinkling lights seemingly from the cockpit with the California Mountains in the distance. “This reminds me exactly of the view of when I lived in Cucamonga in California for three years,” she says. Her favorite work is by local artist Martin Pate and is of her son Rob Estes when he was a toddler.

Although it was painted when Rob was a grown man, Martha Ann says she loves the innocence and discovery of youth in the painting. She also says while Pate’s style is normally very tight, she asked him for a looser style and for an unfinished look and she loves the result.

“Presence” by Martin Pate

Another piece, “Waiting for Dad,” is a portrait of a little boy by Nancy Dusenberry. Martha Ann said it “reminds me of my grandson, and Nancy is probably the most accomplished local artist we have at the gallery along with Martin Pate.” She is referring to the Flint Gallery of Panoply, an art gallery she opened in 2007 as an extension of her interior design business that has been a fixture in Newnan since 1987. “We purchase fine art for so many of our clients and many of them enjoy collecting themselves, so it (the gallery) was something I had been thinking of for awhile.” While they certainly support the artists in their gallery, much of their art is from artists represented elsewhere because they purchase what has personal meaning to them. A great example is a pottery platter in the couple’s hallway depicting two baby sea turtles. They bought it after an up-close encounter

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This book-lined dining room is also an important area for displaying art at the home of Murray and Martha Ann Parks. Harrison Fisher prints

A portrait of Martha Ann Parks by Anthony Stewart

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with a sea turtle on St. Simons Island awhile back. They don’t remember the artist’s name, and it’s neither an expensive item nor likely to increase in value. But it brings a smile and a great memory, so what is more treasured in the long run? There is art displayed everywhere you look, and Murray and Martha Ann turned their former den into their dining area to accommodate their need for more chairs at the dining room table. Martha Ann’s mother, Martha Moultrie, suggested they put bookshelves and display cases along one wall to house their books and the display shelves to show their collectibles. Martha Ann has cleverly hung paintings on the outside of her bookcases to maximize every available opportunity to highlight art. One work shown here is an incredible paper-on-canvas piece of a female by a well-known

international artist named Natasha Zupan. Over the fireplace is an Anthony Stewart portrait of Martha Ann herself nestled in this very same room. Inside the bookcases are some incredible blown glass birds by artist Shane Fero. His pieces are achieved by the controlled forcing of air into clear glass tubes while the glass is molten, and the colors are added in an overlay technique. The birds are incredibly unique, fragile yet whimsical. Murray gives them to Martha Ann for gifts, and she buys him antique kaleidoscopes. Another favorite artist of the couple is Craig McMillan.

Glass paperweights, fine glassware and pottery appear throughout the Parks home.

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The versatile McMillan has several of his works throughout the home including his tree series. A very striking new work is displayed at the end of their hallway leading to the bedroom, and it has created a lot of talk among guests. The artist has built a framed “box” a couple of inches thick. He painted the background a stark black and has fashioned a three-dimensional, oldfashioned woman’s gown, beginning with the painted ivory bodice, ribboned and lovely. The flowing gown is a cut-screen panel overlay. Behind the screen are the “bones of the dress” with tiny rose buds and a hummingbird-like nest perched in the branches. It is truly innovative. Everywhere you look, there’s a memory, a story and a beautiful piece of art reminding Martha Ann and Murray of some wonderful time in their life ... and there are still plenty of nooks and crannies left. NCM

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART AND ARTISTS By Meredith Leigh Knight | Photos by Bob Fraley

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“Don’t give me politicians or businessmen; I’m more interested in artists. Artists see what’s around them.” — Helen Hayes

Even when she’s not teaching, artist Helen Hayes has plenty of company. Interesting faces adorn her walls – a dark-skinned Native American woman, a smelly Moroccan holding basil, a Sheik with a mischievous look, a blacksmith with a kind face, and the dark eyes of people she’s seen on the subway while in her home state of New York. “I like people. I don’t consider them strangers. They are interesting to look at,” says the petite Hayes, whose wit and energy belie her 94 years.

Ask her what her secret is, and she’ll wave her hand and say, “Pfff ... no secret,” but she does confide that associating with artists is a great way to stay young. “They are another breed,” she says. “Don’t give me politicians or businessmen; I’m more interested in artists. Artists see what’s around them.” That love of art and artists has propelled Hayes, a cancer survivor, to teach art for more than 40 years. She currently holds four classes a week out of the Coweta home she shares with her daughter. Students are not

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only treated to Hayes’ expertise – she is an international award-winning artist, classically trained at the Art Students League of New York, one of the foremost art schools in the world – but they also enjoy a hot cup of tea and homemade crumpets that taste good enough to make anyone want to become her pupil! Hayes’ spacious and light home studio is equipped with special easels that she designed (and her late husband built) to accommodate all of their utensils. “Artists have a lot of junk,� jokes Hayes. “They come in rolling these big suitcases and I tell them, ‘You aren’t moving in with me.’� With wisdom, patience and humor, Hayes instructs her students on becoming better artists, especially when it comes to her specialty, portraiture. “Paintings last forever; photographs don’t,� said Hayes, who is an active member of the NewnanCoweta Art Association and the Fayette County Art Association.

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over completely rather than touching it up, sometimes even selling both versions at the insistence of patrons. Most of Hayes’ paintings, however, she gives as gifts. “If you sell paintings, you have to have a gallery,” said Hayes, “and that’s work. I’m doing what I want to do. Anymore than that would be a chore.” Hayes cautions that artists must be very good to get rich, “otherwise, they live in the attic.” “It’s not easy to make a living as an artist. It’s not easy to be a businessman and an artist,” says Hayes. “So often you need to get a manager and then you have to give him a commission, and all of that takes away from being an artist, but it’s a wonderful hobby that one can do at any age. Here I

am 94 and still painting.” Despite her busy teaching schedule, she continues to paint an hour to an hour and a half each day in her personal studio. The unique

space is hidden neatly in her bedroom closet along with all of her supplies (primarily oils) and photos she uses for inspiration. Hayes often combines several photos into one, depending on how she feels at the moment. Hayes says she likes for her paintings “to tell a story,” often “adding elements of mystery.” For example, a scene with a snow skier coming down the mountain may include a mountain lion coming out of his cave up on the cliff above. Although Hayes’ work is influenced by numerous professional artists, it’s clear that her students have the most impact on her life. Hayes proudly tells of their accomplishments, saving clippings from magazines of students whose work has been profiled. “I love my pupils,” says Hayes. “They do more for me, than I do for them.” NCM

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“When you cast bronze, it’s scary. One mistake and you can lose the whole thing. But when it works, it’s wonderful.” — Carol Harless

Carol Harless is shown with the wax pattern for a bronze portrait head titled "JB: America's Chef." The finished bronze of James Beard will be on display at the Salmagundi Club in New York with the Audubon Artists, 67th Annual Exhibition Sept. 14-Oct. 2, 2009.

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CAPTURING WONDERS IN SCULPTURE By Alex McRae | Photos by Bob Fraley and courtesy of Carol Harless

On July 17, 1994, Newnan’s Carol Harless was among the 91,000 frenzied fans who packed Pasadena’s Rose Bowl to watch Italy face off against Brazil in the finals of soccer’s World Cup. After 120 minutes of regular and overtime play, the teams were scoreless. For the first time, the World Cup would be decided by penalty kicks. Italy’s Franco Baresi was the first player to take a shot on goal. The Italian superstar stared at the target, moved forward and smashed the ball, only to watch it sail over the goal. Brazilian fans erupted in joy. A devastated Baresi collapsed to his knees and bent backwards, his face buried in his hands. Brazil went on to win the match 3-2, but by then, Harless wasn’t paying attention to the scoreboard. Baresi’s moment of agony had just provided the inspiration for her next sculpture. “It was mesmerizing,” Harless says. “As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to create that moment.” Two years later, the result, “Striker’s Near Miss,” was on display in New York as Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics. “It was a perfect fit,” Harless says. “Events really came together on that one.” Harless’ works have brought her international recognition and acclaim, but sculpting was the furthest thing from the Georgia native’s mind when she enrolled at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. Harless studied applied sciences and pre-med, hoping for a career in

"Lady of the House" (2008) is Carol Harless‘ scale model in clay, 1/3 life size (26 inches tall), that was the basis for her sculpture of the same name now on display in Newnan‘s Greenville Street Park.

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Carol Harless shows the life size sculpture of "Striker's Near Miss" (1996) made of Celluclay, wire, rags, resin and wood. At right she is shown in her studio, and hanging overhead are two of the bronzes from her circus-inspired piece “Le Cirque, Troupe A.”

medical illustration. She found time for only one studio art class before realizing it was impossible to pursue art and science at the same time. “We were always in science lab,” Harless says. “There was no time for cat anatomy and other classes, too.” After graduation, Harless joined Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While there, she met and married her husband, Joe, who was working with CDC officials to develop teaching methods. Business took the couple to Montgomery, Ala.,

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New York City, and Washington, D.C., where Harless enrolled in a sculpture class taught by Joan Danziger. Harless showed great promise, and Danziger urged her to get formal training, but it was years before the family business allowed Harless time to catch her breath, much less an artistic second wind. In 1989 she was finally able to pursue her artistic dreams and enrolled in sculpture classes at West Georgia College. She molded figures from wax and clay, studied anatomy and sweltered in the heat of the foundry, mixing muscle and metal to produce something magical. “When you cast bronze, it’s scary,� she says. “One mistake and you can lose the whole thing. But when it works, it’s wonderful.� It didn’t take long for Harless to realize she’d made the right move. “I began to believe I had a gift for it,� she says. For Harless, the inspiration for a work is as important as the execution. “I look for the most beautiful and fleeting moments you can capture,� she says. “If I see it and I can’t forget it, I want to create it.� The work is dusty, dirty and physically demanding, but Harless doesn’t mind the mess. When a sculptural foundry informed her they couldn’t fashion the copper frame for a sculpture on her schedule, Harless hired her plumber to teach her how to bend, fit and join copper pipe. “If you’ve got a leak, I can handle it,� she laughs. Harless has drawn inspiration from athletes, dancers and even a troupe of circus aerialists flying through the air with hoops. But she is equally moved by moments of quiet introspection. “Study in Time,� a sundial at South Carolina’s Erskine College, features a seated young woman pondering an open book. The intense focus of concert violinist Chee-Yun moments before a performance evoked “Eight Measures Away.� Harless’ works are found in private collections, college campuses, corporate offices and public facilities around the world, but she always finds time to honor the places and people that make Newnan and Coweta County special. After Newnan native Charles Wadsworth started returning home for a series of fundraising concerts to refurbish the Newnan City Auditorium, Harless returned the favor. A bronze bust of the musician

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dominates the entrance to the lovingly restored auditorium that now bears Wadsworth’s name. Visitors to Newnan’s Greenville Street Park are met by Harless’ “Lady of the House,” which depicts a woman holding aloft a decorative bargeboard like the ones that adorn many of Newnan’s historic homes. “The public reception it got was humbling,” she says. “I’m so glad I get to do something people enjoy.” With more medals, accolades and awards than she can count, Harless could rest on her reputation, but has no plans to slow down. “I’m always seeing things that interest me,” she says. “As long as you can stay with the wonder of it, you’re fine.” NCM

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Newnan-Coweta Magazine congratulates Carson Tabor of Newnan and Holden Smith and Emily Whitehead, both of Sharpsburg, winners of our Summer Fun Coloring Contest! Carson won the category for those 4 and under. Holden won for those 5-8, and Emily won for those 9-12. Each child won a prize package that included art supplies. Sponsors of the contest were Arnall Grocery Co., Scott’s Bookstore, Linda’s Playhouse and The Rock Ranch.


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Meet a Newnan-Coweta Magazine

READER ... CHAD LOFTIN

O.P. Evans Middle School art teacher Chad Loftin has been enthralled with art since Pre-K days at Maggie Brown School. Local art classes were a big inspiration to him, as were upper level private classes with Cheryl Vickers, who became his teacher at Evans. Loftin transferred from Evans to East Coweta Middle School, in the district of his father, a special education teacher, and was influenced there by art teacher Ron Almand. Under the tutelage of all of his instructors, including East Coweta High School art teacher Carol Toole, Loftin was a two-time nominee and one-time participant in the Governor’s Honors Program. He went on to earn a degree in Art Education from the University of West Georgia, including a stint traveling abroad in France. Nowadays, it seems all Loftin wants to talk about is his “kids.” He is inspired to use art in the classroom for “problem solving.” Loftin is concerned that modern influences such as media and texting have reduced students’ ability to per-

form complex tasks, and he is using art as a way to dig deeper into the psyche, in a fun way, so they can tap into their creativity. “I’m a completely different teacher than the others who came before me,” Loftin says. “I’m only the third art teacher at Evans since 1973 (after Cheryl Vickers and Chrissy Singleton, who left four years ago to start the art program at Lee Middle). Can you believe that? It’s such an honor and my program is completely on the shoulders of those that went before me. God has given me some awesome opportunities. I’m quiet and my work is very quiet.” Newnan High art teacher Carol Toole is always telling Loftin to “find your dynamic voice,” he said, and to “go bigger” because he sketches and paints small. “My preference is for smaller pieces,” he said. “I love sketching in my book but I’m cutting loose a bit – I just bought a 36 x 48 canvas. Now, what am I going to do with it?”

Do you have a favorite season of the year? Are you inspired by the weather in your work?

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rtists perform in and on many mediums, and Patty Gironda delights in the kitchen – and on television and in the blogosphere. This child of the South has become a daughter to the world as more of it opens to her. Many Cowetans watch Patty prepare her culinary specialties on her Home at Last! television program on NuLink and Charter cable networks and many also read her popular blog of the same name. The Louisiana native traces her family roots back to Virginia blue-bloods to whom culinary arts were serious business. The enlightened Virginian Thomas Jefferson famously went into debt rather than eat and drink poorly, and the mentality of fine living is something Patty understands. However, she does not recommend debt to do it! “I just think we should treat ourselves well; I don’t believe in eating or drinking with plastic,” she says. When you create a nice meal, Patty says, place it artfully on a nice platter and use a pretty glass and everyone will enjoy the effort, including you. She and her husband Ron feel passionately about the history and culture surrounding food and the people who prepare it. She says, “I love collecting the old ‘receipt’ cookbooks (probably the best-known is the Charleston Receipts). My personal favorite is Jonesboro Receipts which recommends having Mint Juleps at 10 a.m. and then just about every hour except during the heat of the day – it’s a hoot!” Always creating, refining and perfecting, Patty says her world travels inspire her to recreate the recipes of the locales she and husband Ron discover together. “Tuscany is very important to us. Ron is Italian-American, so I love to cook that way. I’m a classic cook, I’d say classic-rustic; I like to cook the way Italians do. I cook what is fresh and in season that day.” Her enthusiasm is palatable and after her world travels, she’s still raring to go, so it’s natural for her to say, “Home at last! OK, Lights, Camera, Action!”

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Patty’s Mediterranean Chicken with Grapes 4 chicken breasts 2 cups red seedless grapes or globe grapes (seed if necessary) 1 small baby Vidalia with green top, coarsely chopped (or substitute 2 tablespoons chopped scallions for baby Vidalia onions) 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh basil and sage 5 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper, divided use Flour for dredging 1/4 cup white wine for deglazing 1 teaspoon dried chives Pinch of Greek-style seasoning 2 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon cream

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safe platter. Place cooked chicken in a 300 degree oven until all breasts have been fried. To prepare grape sauce: After the last chicken breast is fried, deglaze pan with 1/4 cup of white wine. Add one tablespoon of butter and whisk contents of pan until brown bits are scraped from pan. Add halved grapes, fresh herbs, dried chives and Greek seasoning. Cook for a few minutes and continue to move grapes in pan. Add chopped green onions and garlic. Continue stirring. Add 3/4 cup of chicken stock and continue cooking for another 3 or 4 minutes. Add additional tablespoon of butter and heavy cream. Whisk together well and simmer gently for a few minutes. Add salt. Add fresh cracked pepper. Reduce sauce to desired thickness and pour over warmed chicken breast.

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For the Kitchen: • Counter Tops with Character – When Leanne Willoughby remodeled her 1828 farmhouse, she saved all the pine siding from the old walls. Her father used that pine to create her gorgeous new kitchen countertops. Cut, sanded, stained and clear coated, these countertops have lots of character and a great story to tell! • Turn a Chest of Drawers into an Island – Ericka Morgan found a chest of drawers a friend had thrown out, painted it, added beadboard to the back side, had her husband cut some butcher block for the top, and now it’s the centerpiece for her new kitchen. It’s an island with character and personality, done for just a few dollars. • Island Incubator – Yes, that’s right. An antique chicken egg incubator Leanne found at an online auction – and once used as a cute country kitchen island – now sits as a hall table holding precious family photos.

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For the Bath: • Leanne took an antique chest of drawers and used it for her bathroom sink/vanity. Leanne and her father worked their magic touches on the old discarded chest. They refinished it, added some wood pieces that were missing, ordered new hardware, and turned it into a sink vanity by cutting a hole in the top and dropping in a galvanized tub for the sink! • If the wood on the chest isn’t in good enough shape to strip and refinish, give it a French Country look like Renae Rumohr did; she painted it and dropped in a new porcelain sink. It is still beautiful even after 15 years of use.

• Table Top Vanity – The most gorgeous bathroom vanity – and by far the most creative – has to be the new master bath vanity Renae and Guy Rumohr made out of an old farm table. Using a table a friend had given them to sell in a yard sale, they cut a hole in the top, dropped in the sink, added two unfinished cabinet pieces underneath for plenty of drawer space, and Renae herself added a fantastic paint job resulting in a gorgeous master vanity worth thousands, for under $100. Topping off their creation? A large mirror framed with old barn wood. • Mirrors – Take aged windows and replace the glass with mirror. Or do like Renae did: Save beautiful old barn wood and use it to frame a large mirror or antique dresser mirror and hang it above a sink.

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Ideas for Tables: • Leanne used an antique tool box and added short legs to it she found online, making it just the right height to kick back and prop your feet on. Renae took an old library table and cut down the legs, making it the perfect coffee table for her den. • Make your own table from scratch. Old barn wood siding was used to make the Willoughby children’s long playroom table and benches. • Table with a view – Take an aged window that still has all its glass panes and add legs to it for a cute side table.

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Ideas for Shelving and Storage: • Got an old chest/trunk that’s broken? Ericka hung the lid on the wall and uses it to shelve favorite trinkets. Lots of things can be used for shelves and storage – old cabinets, tops to armoires. Take the doors off, or leave them open, mount it to the wall, and fill it full of your most favorite treasures. • Old/antique wooden ladders can be propped in the bathroom to hold hand towels or a creative way to hang magazines. An even more creative way to display it? Hang on the wall like in Ericka and Troy Morgan’s house and put your favorite pictures in between the rungs, creating a much more interesting visual effect. • Chicken Coop Cubbies – Leanne had the right idea to store all of her kids’ shoes and toys as they come in the door. She made cubbies out of what her chickens once nested in. Cute and country but so very creative!

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have always wanted a patio. Never a deck. In fact, I was horrified when my in-laws covered their patio with a deck (although I have come to love it!). My parents and my grandparents before them all possessed lovely brick or stone patios – somehow it seems more genteel, doesn’t it? When we purchased our current home almost three years ago, we bought it mainly for the yard, but for me the pièce de résistance was the existing patio. A sweeping expanse of aged and mossy stones overlooking the yard and creek – space for roomy tables to seat lots of people, a fire pit, and wonderful curved planting beds bordering the stones. The year we moved in, I planted nothing. I simply examined and rejected plant after plant in search of The Most Perfect Thing to border the patio. Which leads me to the only “non-Southern” plant I have pined for in my garden, lavender. The rest of the time, I am quite happy with my gardenias, azaleas and hydrangeas. But the allure of lavender is too great – fragrant lilac colored spikes billowing in English country gardens, amethyst blossoms stark against the hot blue of the Mediterranean, and endless periwinkle rows rolling across the hills of Provençe. Further convincing me are the stories of many Southerners now successfully growing and even harvesting lavender in the South.

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The veil of lavender colour that draws across the heat of midsummer is as refreshing and quieting to the eye as its fragrance is to our sense of smell. — Judyth A. McLeod, “Lavender, Sweet Lavender”

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In The Unlikely Lavender Queen, Jeannie Ralston details her personal journey as she and her husband build a lavender farm in the hill country of Texas and so transform themselves and the economy there. Judyth A. McLeod in her book Lavender, Sweet Lavender cemented my decision when I read this: “Lavender is a special plant in the garden. No other plant that I know of can so effectively create a misty cool haze on a hot summer day. The veil of lavender colour that draws across the heat of midsummer is as refreshing and quieting to the eye as its fragrance is to our sense of smell. The soft grey foliage is the perfect foil to the flowers. I know of no better plant to instill a feeling of continuity and serenity to a garden.” I had found The Most Perfect Thing for my patio. The history of lavender parallels the history of the people who have enjoyed and found many uses for this fragrant shrubby herb. The name comes from the Latin lavare meaning “to wash.” This could refer to washing oneself, as the Romans did in their baths, or to washing one’s clothing. Most agree that lavender was first used by the Romans, who brought it to England. Initially gardens were for growing useful items – food, medicine, dyes and perfumes. The Elizabethans elevated the garden to pure aesthetics with their intricate knot gardens where lavender was a primary component. During the Victorian age, Gertrude Jekyll revitalized interest in the cottage garden with its more painterly and impressionistic plantings. “The quintessential cottage plant through the centuries was surely lavender. It grew easily and could be exchanged and propagated as slips. Wash days were made fragrant with old lavender bushes over which linen, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Dried lavender branches add a fragrant touch indoors.

handkerchiefs and underclothes were dried. The flowers were harvested and used to fill sweet bags used to perfume drawers. Dried stems were burned in sick rooms to deodorize them. And lavender was an important part of the housewife’s medical cabinet in days gone by, being used an as antiseptic, and to relieve headaches, and aching joints and colds� (Judyth A. McLeod, Lavender, Sweet Lavender). Selecting the proper plant and providing the right growing conditions are two keys to growing lavender successfully in the South. The first step is selecting a type best suited for our hot, humid summers. There are over 30 species of lavender (Lavandula) with six sections: Lavandula (formerly Spica), Stoechas, Dentata, Pterostoechas, Chaetostachys and Subnuda. The

most commonly known and grown are the sections Lavandula, Stoechas and Dentata. Section Lavandula is sometimes called hardy lavender or English lavender and includes the lavandins. The lavandins, a more heat tolerant hybrid, contain Lavandula x intermedia which is the best choice for our Southern climate. The Southern Living Garden Book lists nine different cultivars under the heading Lavandula x intermedia, but the two varieties recommended for the South are “Provence� and “Sweet.� Section Dentata, known as French lavender, and Section Stoecha, known as Spanish lavender, are called tender lavenders. The second step for flourishing lavender in the South is to remember its origins: “Lavenders come predominantly from dolomitic mountainous areas with relatively

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Military style sport drawing fans to northern Coweta Story and photos by Jeremy Williams

t’s Saturday morning about ten o’clock and in a field are about a hundred guys, most dressed head to toe in military camouflage, standing in a group getting their orders. No, they are not in Iraq. They aren’t even at Fort Benning. They are in northern Coweta County on Kelly Farm Road and about to play Airsoft. In the middle of this crowd of gladiators, barking out orders on a megaphone like General Patton himself, is Dave Shelnutt, call sign “Alpine,” and the group is at his house, about to enter Airsoft combat. “Airsoft is a Military Simulation (MILSIM) sport invented to be more along the lines of military training at a civilian level,” says Shelnutt. “An Airsoft gun is a military replica weapon that fires a 6mm plastic BB using air compressed through a mechanical process.” Shelnutt, a project manager for Comcast, grew up in Fort Gaines, Ga. near Lake Eufaula, an only child raised by his grandparents. “I never had brothers and sisters to play with,” he says. “It was a mile to the nearest neighbor’s house.” Army games and outdoor sports, particularly hunting and fishing, became his surrogate brothers – and outlets for fun. “Fort Gaines was a beautiful place to live,” says Shelnutt. “There was moss in the trees and everyone knew you.” He went to school in Blakely, Stuart "Stuey" Grable, Nathan "Scooter" Burns and Jason "Tinman" Burns, all Coweta residents, participate in a recent Airsoft event at Area 13. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Dave “Alpine” Shelnutt, center, gives commands at Area 13.

boys to be able to play and make memories. In 2001, the Shelnutt family moved to 13 acres on Kelly Farm Road. About that same time, his son Chad bought a spring-loaded Airsoft gun at a gun show. “I liked the realism of the guns,” he remembers. “And Airsoft guns were cheaper to shoot and maintain than weapons in other shooting sports.” Shelnutt and his sons, along with various other friends and family, began playing in the woods behind his house. Soon the property became known as Area 13, a reference to his 13 acres and a twist on Area 51, the secretive military base in Nevada well known as the subject of conspiracy theories and UFO tales. Airsoft technology was rapidly advancing around the time Area 13 was founded. “When electric guns became popular, everyone was afraid to work on them,” recalls Shelnutt. “I took one apart to learn to fix it. Soon everyone I knew was bringing their guns to me to be repaired.” As the sport of Airsoft began to grow, Shelnutt found new

Trent "Sniper" Palmer and, at back, Russell "Zero" Lightfoot, both of Peachtree City, man their positions during an Airsoft event. Below at right is Cowetan Brandon "B-Boy" Harrison.

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two sons, Justin and Chad. Now a father, Shelnutt wanted to create the kind of environment for his kids he longed for as a young man. He wanted a place for his two


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Jason "Tinman" Burns and Sean "Dub" Dubroca are among the growing number of Cowetans to take up the military style sport of Airsoft.

opportunities to advance the game locally. “I was driving down the highway in November of 2008 and saw a sign for an Airsoft shop,” Shelnutt says. The proverbial light bulb appeared over his head. Hoping to build a thriving local Airsoft community, Shelnutt walked through the door. “We discussed growing the sport in the area, and I offered to help by hosting games at my field.” It was a perfect idea. On Dec. 27, 2008, the first game was held at Stephen "Frontman" Burns is one of several Burns family members who participates in Airsoft. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Ken Takekawa and Dave Shelnutt take the lead at Area 13.

Area 13. It was a great success with between 60 and 70 participants. The next game had more than 100. People from Marietta to Macon show up on any given Saturday just itching to shoot someone. Now, once or twice a month, Shelnutt hosts some of the largest Airsoft events in the state. But Shelnutt’s love of Airsoft goes way beyond that of military simulated battles and winning the operations. “It’s always been important to me to build a community of kids and teens and give them something to do to keep them off the streets and out of trouble,” Shelnutt says. “Airsoft teaches kids sportsmanship and keeps them active, and not in front of a gaming system.” However, you don’t have to be young to play. There are guys out

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there ranging from 10 to 40 or better. There are even a few young ladies who don the camouflage and “sling plastic� with the guys. Hannah Harrison, call sign “Princess,� plays often and is fond of saying, “I want to give the phrase ‘playing like a girl’ new meaning.� For those who’d like to get out there and shoot ’em up with the rest of the guys, Shelnutt says to simply go to www.area13airsoft.com and look for upcoming games. “We are even hoping to host more charity events in the near future,� Shelnutt says. And when Shelnutt explains Airsoft to someone there is always one universal question he has to answer: Does it hurt? “Yes, it can,� he beams, “if you’re not tough!� NCM

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or Ed and Mary Wood Moor, good things come in threes: The couple has created a piece of horsy heaven in Coweta County on 33 acres near Moreland for their three horses, three dogs and three cats. Their tidy four-stall barn overlooks paddocks and pastures. Ed and Mary Wood Moor enjoy their horses at their 33-acre horse farm near Moreland.

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Jumps are painted in their distinctive red and green Foxhorn Farm colors, and trails wind through the woods around their home. A sign announces that the drive to the barn is called “Equestrian Lane.” And if a visitor didn’t pick up on the couple’s love for their horses outdoors, their home is filled with equine portraits, with

their horses Willow and Vegas in the place of honor over the mantelpiece. Foxhorn Farm is located in Bexton Downs, where barns and riding rings are part of the landscaping. Ed, a real estate agent with Parks & Mottola, and a partner, Jim Nygaard, created the equestrianthemed development in 1998, carving


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Mary Wood Moor remembers when her first horse lived in the LaGrange Street backyard of her family’s home.

it out of a former Coweta County farm. Back in the 1970s, Ed says, Coweta residents who had farmed were getting away from row cropping or keeping cows, putting their land into pine trees for timber. Now, as more people who want to keep horses move into the county – or just want some space – the pine-covered land is

being restored as pasture. “We put in the ponds and the roads and pastures,” says Ed. “Not everybody who lives here has horses, but they like to be around horses.” Ed, a Marietta native, married into an old Coweta family that has specialized in real estate for decades, and his wife has loved horses ever

since she can remember. The two met in 1979 on a blind date when Ed moved to Newnan so he could go bird hunting regularly. Mary Wood Moor is the daughter of the late Howard Parks, who was the “son” in his father’s real estate company, G.E. Parks & Son. Over the years, the firm evolved into

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the well-known Parks & Mottola, where her brother, Pick Parks, is a former partner. When Mary Wood Parks was a child in Newnan, few people rode English, so her first horse, a strawberry roan named Trigger, was equipped with a Western saddle with a horn to hang onto. Sometimes she needed it. Once a barking dog spooked Trigger, and he took off, heading for home on LaGrange Street. She and her friend, Katie Camp, were riding double. “Trigger didn’t stop until he reached the barn, and we stayed on until he turned into the driveway and we slid off!” says Mary Wood, still triumphant over the fact that she could ride despite not having any lessons. Portraits of Ed and Mary Wood Moor's Trigger was a gift from her horses Willow and Vegas have a place parents, who took pity on their of honor over the mantel. horse-crazed daughter. “I saved my popsicle money to buy a horse for as long as I can remember,” she says. “Finally, Daddy said, ‘You’ve saved enough money.’” Mary Wood recalls a Newnan of another era, a time when Trigger could live in the backyard of the Parks’ LaGrange Street home. Sometimes he escaped and got into the neighbors’ flower gardens. There was so little traffic that Mary Wood could ride through downtown to take Trigger to the farrier. Eventually, like many girls, she fell out of love with horses and became interested in boys. When she was a teen, she gave up riding. Thirty years later, in the late 1980s, Mary Wood had the the Haralsons needed help keeping opportunity to begin riding again their horses fit, and Mary Wood was with the couple’s friends, Julie and Frank Haralson, who have a farm on only too happy to help. “Now I’m foxhunting and still Smokey Road and who rode to the never had a lesson,” she says, hounds. As members of Midland Foxhounds, a foxhunting club whose laughing. Eventually Mary Wood wanted a territory includes Coweta County,


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horse of her own to hunt. The Moors bought Star, a 10-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred that had been starved. Boarded at a cattle farm on Smokey Road, Star needed another horse as a companion, and Mary Wood needed a riding buddy. Unlike his wife, Ed did not ride as a child, but he was game. The couple bought Willow, a Thoroughbred-Percheron-Quarter Horse crossbred, and he began taking lessons. Soon Ed was foxhunting, too. The Moors’ horse family would eventually grow to include Vegas, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, and the late, much-missed Panzer, Willow’s half-sister, whose physique lived up to her name. She was what horsemen call “bottomless� because she never tired. Panzer was always there at the finish of a fast-paced hunt, which could last for as long as four or five hours, says Mary Wood. After years of hunting hard, the Moors and their horses have slowed down. They are no longer members of Midland Hounds and Bear Creek Hounds, another club which is based in Coweta County, but they support their activities. Much of the Moors’ riding is done on their farm or on friends’ farms nearby. At 31, Willow is retired, but Mary Wood exercises Star and Vegas, 22 and 16 respectively, four or five days a week. With all of the development north of Atlanta, many people have come to Coweta in search of a new home for their families and horses. And despite the showplace farms he has sold, the place Ed Moor calls home is still first in his heart. “We had more fun doing this ourselves,� he recalls. “Now it looks as though it’s been here a long time.� Of course it does. It’s heaven for horses. NCM

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A BABY ON BOARD! recently By Carolyn Barnard traveled with my daughter, husband and sister to Manila, the capital of the especially Philippine Islands, to visit if you’re my parents who are currently unprepared. living there. Many people have no Making it idea where the Philippines are, so if through security was you are unfamiliar with just how far it surprisingly simple, is let me break it down for you. The considering we had three laptops, a first leg of our flight was 15-1/2 stroller, a car seat, diaper bag, purse, hours, the second leg – following a two-hour layover in Japan – was 4-1/2 travel bed, and two other oversized carry-on bags. (We had checked eight hours, and long story short it took other bags between us.) more than an entire day to reach our Every time I fly I am somewhat destination. Here is a short glimpse disturbed at the “don’t carry this on” into a 24-hour trip with a 7-monthbox outside the security check. Like old. me, you may have wondered about When we arrived at Hartsfield, I some of the items in this enormous felt somewhat ridiculous running glass case that are “not allowed.” For around with all of our stuff, but this example, under what circumstances was the first time we had flown with would a person try and sneak on a Lilly and I was determined to have blower? Or an enormous junglewhat we needed. Twenty-four hours whacking machete? Perhaps they’ll is a long time to be traveling, 76

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have need of a can of gasoline or a sawed-off shotgun? Surely TSA doesn’t think terrorists are going to walk through security with a blowtorch! I hardly feel safer knowing they are screening for those items since I’m quite sure those are not the dangers we are threatened by! After security, we made it to the terminal and decided we had plenty of time to sit down for lunch. Some 45 minutes and the slowest service imaginable later, we were sprinting to the gate (with food we had finally gotten to go), only to find out it was the final boarding call. We


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were last to board and the other passengers, realizing our plane was hardly going to be full, had spread out into seats that were obviously not going to be occupied, which made things pretty snug for us. It was in this cozy sitting arrangement that we found ourselves in a little bit of a situation in the middle of the flight. After dinner was served, bringing what can only be described as a nauseating aroma to the plane, I fixed Lilly a bottle. Ordinarily this is not a hazardous task. I shook the bottle as always, but when I took the top off it shot out of my hand, flew across Lilly’s car seat, hit the elderly Japanese woman sitting next to us square in the face, and landed in her dinner. Her

husband was so shocked he choked on his red wine and she, bless her heart, started laughing after the initial shock wore off. Her laughter was a huge relief considering that I found the whole spectacle absolutely hilarious and stood no chance of controlling my own hysterics. Lilly also thought this was incredibly amusing and laughed louder than all of us. They didn’t hold it against us since she slept nine hours of the trip without making a peep! A few hours and no sleep later, I found myself waiting outside the lavatory for a very awkward amount of time. When the man finally emerged wearing an expression like, “You don’t want to go in there, trust me,” I sucked in my breath and tried

to be strong. After almost blacking out from lack of oxygen and a near vomiting moment when I was forced to breathe, I came out gasping. It wasn’t until I made it safely back to my seat at the front of the plane that I realized not only was toilet paper stuck to one of my shoes, but also it was trailing behind me on both feet. I had walked the entire length of the plane with toilet paper streaming behind me like an imbecile! Mortified and petrified to touch the nasty stuff, I carefully removed it while my husband and sister laughed until they cried. Suffice it to say we were all thrilled when that plane landed and, of course, the visit was well worth the trip! NCM

I shook the bottle as always, but when I took the top off it shot out of my hand, flew across Lilly’s car seat, hit the elderly Japanese woman sitting next to us square in the face, and landed in her dinner.

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> LOCAL HERITAGE

Clockwise from upper left: Chester Arthur, Ellen Arthur, President Barack Obama, William Lewis Herndon

questioned because of rumors about their birth. Official records show Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu. A group of disbelievers maintains Obama was actually born in Kenya. Independent sources – including snopes.com and Fact Check.org – have concluded the Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth for Obama is authentic. Jess Henig and Joe Miller, writing for FactCheck, concluded: “The evidence is clear: Barack Obama was born in the U.S.A.” Most prominent Republicans have also stepped away from the Kenya story. Lynn Westmoreland, the Cowetan serving in Congress, is one of them. “The state of Hawaii has produced a valid birth certificate that confirms President Obama was born there,” Westmoreland spokesman Brian Robinson said. “Rep. Westmoreland understands people’s constitutional concerns about natural born citizenship and has announced his support for a bill that would require future candidates for president to produce a valid birth

Presidential birthplaces in question? HARALSON FAMILY MAY HAVE TIES TO CHESTER ARTHUR By W. Winston Skinner

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In all likelihood, they also were related to Ellen Arthur, the wife of Chester Arthur, America’s 21st president. Arthur, who succeeded the presidency when James Garfield died of wounds from an assassin’s bullet, has been a footnote in the news lately. He and Barack Obama have both had their legitimacy as president

certificate showing they were born in the United States.” Facts about Arthur’s birth are harder to ascertain. Biographical data in his lifetime often listed 1830 as his birthdate, but the Arthur family Bible shows Oct. 5, 1829. At the Chester Arthur Historic Site near Fairfield, Vt., there is a recreation of a small dwelling and a


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large stone designating the spot as the site of “the cottage where was born Chester A. Arthur.” A more recent marker acknowledges the Arthurs moved there about a year after the future president was born. Nancy and Christopher Benbow in their book on presidential homes – Cabins, Cottages and Mansions – listed alternatives to Fairfield for Arthur’s birthplace as Waterville, Vt. and Dunham, a town in Quebec. It “may never be known with absolute certainty where … Arthur was born and whether he was, in fact, constitutionally qualified” to be president, they wrote. Another scholar, Doug Wead, in The Raising of a President, noted correspondence by Arthur’s mother, Malvina, who died 12 years before her son became president, satisfied most critics in the 1880s. Her “words from the grave assured her son’s rightful place in American history,” Wead wrote. Wherever he was born, Arthur married Ellen Lewis Herndon in 1859, two years after her father, a Naval commander, gave his life when his ship foundered off the North Carolina coast with 500 people on board. Legend says William Lewis Herndon was last seen standing on the deck of the sinking Central America in full uniform. Ellen and her mother were given a home in New York by the grateful American public. A monument to the commander was erected at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The memorial to William Lewis Herndon is the focus of an annual ritual that involves midshipmen seeking to scale the lard-coated obelisk. William Lewis Herndon and the Haralson bunch were probably related, according to Jill Herndon, a family researcher who can document

The memorial to William Lewis Herndon is the focus of an annual ritual at the U.S. Naval Academy that involves midshipmen seeking to scale the lard-coated obelisk.

her connection to the presidential father-in-law. “What works for you is that most of the Herndons are related,” she said. “This is not like tracking ‘Smith’ – not at all. It is a relatively finite universe.” Others in the family tree include William Henry Herndon, Abe Lincoln’s law partner and biographer, and Johnny Mercer, the Savannah-born songwriter who

wrote “Moon River.” Newnan accountant Art Murphy is a descendant of the Haralson Herndons. He had never heard of the possible Arthur connection growing up, but did know that his mother’s family came from Virginia – so did William Lewis Herndon – and that the given name “Lewis” was present in the Coweta/Meriwether branch. Another tantalizing genealogical tidbit popped up in an old article on William Lewis Herndon’s family in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. The article listed Ruth Cheatham Drewry, widow of one of William Lewis’ relatives, living in Griffin, one county away from Haralson Herndons in 1904. There are plenty of genealogical trails to trace to prove for certain if Ellen Arthur, who died the year her husband was nominated to run for vice president, was related to Coweta County’s Herndons. Chester Arthur’s true birthplace may also be shrouded in the mists of time, and those who want to believe Barack Obama was born overseas will likely never be otherwise convinced. If the Westmoreland-backed bill is passed, perhaps future presidents will be more fortunate. “This legislation, we think, could prevent a similar controversy from happening again,” Robinson said. NCM

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THE BOOKSHELF The Fixer Upper By Mary Kay Andrews Harper, $25.99 Reviewed by Holly Jones

Dempsey Killebrew is tired of everyone asking her what she is going to do with her life. It’s not her fault her boss Alex Hodder was accused of trying to bribe a United States Congressman, her job as a lobbyist is mysteriously gone, Alex won’t return her phone calls and Dempsey’s parents think she is either crazy or stupid. It’s not her fault – right? At the beginning of Mary Kay Andrews’ latest novel, The Fixer Upper, Dempsey is lost. Her father Mitch thinks the best solution is for her to get out of Washington, D.C. and go to Guthrie, Ga. Mitch has inherited an old plantation house, Birdsong, and he wants Dempsey to slap a few coats of paint on the place, clean it up and flip it. It’s not worth much, but Mitch certainly doesn’t 80

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want it – or Dempsey – to burden his new life with his younger wife and four-year-old twin sons. With rusted pipes, crumbling walls, a Swiss-cheese roof and bilegreen floors, Birdsong needs a little more than paint, Dempsey soon realizes. Not to mention the house has a squatter. Ella Kate Timmons and her ancient cocker spaniel Shorty are not making Dempsey’s life any easier. Shorty growls and snaps at Dempsey, and Ella Kate attacks with shotguns and broom handles. Ella Kate took care of Dempsey’s great-great-uncle Norbert and Birdsong before Norbert died, leaving the house to Mitch. Birdsong belongs to the Dempsey family, not the thieving Killebrews, in Ella Kate’s opinion; and while Dempsey may have the right first name, her last name is poison. Add to that a pair of hovering FBI agents and a D.C. reporter determined to prove Dempsey’s guilt in the bribery scandal, and life in Guthrie isn’t much better than it was in D.C. Still, Dempsey is determined to see the project through. She has made friends in the father/son lawyer team of Carter and Tee Berryhill, who are handling the family estate. Plus, she wants to unravel the mystery of Ella Kate’s hatred for her father and grandfather and see what Birdsong could really be like. With every stripped cabinet and scraped up tile, Dempsey learns more about herself and her family’s past. Slowly but surely, she is going to

pull her family’s home and her own life out of the ruins; and no one – not the FBI, her boss, her father or Ella Kate – is going to stop her.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder By Rebecca Wells Harper, $25.99 Reviewed by Holly Jones I know the moon and the moon knows me. Fans of Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood know the author’s respect – even love – for the moon. In Wells’ latest novel, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, the Moon Lady is an ever-present guardian angel for main character Calla Lily Ponder. The novel is about Calla Lily’s life growing up and coming of age in Louisiana. Her childhood is idyllic. Her parents, Papa and M’Dear, adore her, and her two older brothers, Sonny Boy and Will, are her champi-


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ons and playmates. La Luna, where Calla grew up, is the quintessential Mayberry, where neighbors are family and kids hang out drinking Orange Crushes at the roller rink. There are some incidences of racial tension and alcoholism, but she learns from these moments, and they don’t directly hurt her. For the most part, she is blissfully happy. Papa and M’Dear let her help out in the studio where they teach ballroom dancing, and she also loves assisting M’Dear in her onebooth salon, the Crowning Glory. M’Dear teaches Calla about the healing and restorative powers in a good shampoo, cut, color or coif, simply massaging someone’s head to remove the anxiety and negative emotions a person might be feeling. Calla is convinced M’Dear has magic hands, and she wants nothing more than to grow up and be just like her colorful, lovable mother. At 16, however, Calla loses M’Dear to breast cancer. Then, Calla’s childhood sweetheart Tuck goes off to college and completely forgets about her. She still has her goal of becoming a hairdresser and reopening the Crowning Glory in M’Dear’s honor, but Calla feels suddenly abandoned, like everyone she relies on is destined to leave her. Instead, Calla leaves La Luna. She goes to beauty school in New Orleans where she meets new friends and rescues old ones. Tragedy strikes there, too, testing Calla’s faith in God, M’Dear and the Moon Lady. Somehow Calla emerges from this, becoming the person she was meant to be – not M’Dear, but someone stronger, more independent and just as well-loved. Calla Lily Ponder is a true Southern girl. She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a healer, a hairdresser and a devotee of the moon. Most importantly, she is an amazing character in Rebecca Wells’ latest book whom readers will fall in love with instantly. NCM

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS An Affair to Remember. . . . . . . . 51 Artisan Jewelry Company. . . . . 32

Lee-King and Lee-Goodrum Pharmacies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Let them eat Toffee! . . . . . . . . . . 21

Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Loads of Joy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Main Street Newnan . . . . . . . . . 53 Bella Modella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Marvin Windows and Doors . . . 57 Blalock Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. . . . . 65 Cardiovascular Consultants of Georgia, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Center For Allergy & Asthma . . . 5 The Centre For Performing & Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Charter Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Chin Chin Newnan Chinese Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Coweta-Fayette EMC . . . . . . . . . 83 Crescent Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

McManus Family & Cosmetic Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Morgan Jewelers/Downtown . . 27 Newnan Academy Preschool & Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Newnan Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Phillips Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Piedmont Newnan Hospital. . . . . 2 Radiation Oncology Services . . . 3 Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home . 25 Southern Crescent Equine Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Crossroads Podiatry . . . . . . . . . . 37

The Southern Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Discovery Point Child Development Centers . . . . . 74

StoneBridge Early Learning Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Downtown Church of Christ . . . 27

Towne Club at Peachtree City . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Farm Bureau Insurance . . . . . . . 71 First United Methodist Church of Newnan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Franklin Road Animal Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . 37 Hollberg's Fine Furniture . . . . . . 37 Kimble’s Events By Design. . . . . 27

Traditions in Tile & Stone . . . . . . 59 Uniglobe McIntosh Travel . . . . . 53 University of West Georgia . . . . 33 Valentine Weight Loss . . . . . . . . 75 Watts Furniture Galleries . . . . . . 64 Wesley Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Wedowee Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . 21

November/December 2009 Ad Deadlines Published: November 6, 2009; Contract Ads: September 23, 2009; New Ads: October 2, 2009. Call 770.683.6397 for details and advertising information.

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