Paintings on display at Piedmont Henry Hospital

From Staff Reports

The Henry Arts Alliance is in the midst of its latest effort to bring the community’s creative side to unique venues in the area.

Art in Unusual Places establishes a partnership between Eagles Landing Country Club and the Arts Alliance. Local artists have displayed their work in the club’s two-story rotunda. The Arts Alliance will present new artwork at the country club every four months.

Another Time, by Roz Nixon is on display now at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Special photo

The Arts Alliance is also reflecting on nearly a decade of success for Art in Unusual Places, which began in 2008. It exposes local residents to forms of artistic expression that are not limited to art galleries, in order to help viewers to see the location as an enhancement of the art. The first Art in Unusual Places was at Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, which had just finished construction on a new wing reminiscent of the north Georgia Mountains.

In 2009, the city of Locust Grove approached the Arts Alliance to collaborate on “Art After Dark in the Grove.” More than 200 people were in attendance to enjoy artists’ works in businesses, in the park, and in the Anchor Church.

In October 2012, the gardens at Heritage Park provided the setting for artists to paint as spectators watched. Children joined artists to create an oversized canvass of garden art.

In 2013, the Arts Alliance launched a partnership with Piedmont Henry Hospital, with the goal of bringing fresh art to the hospital walls and giving visitors the “art of healing.” Art in Unusual Places continues to introduce new pieces at the hospital every six months.

Springtime on the Farm, by Carolyn Fuller is on display now at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Special photo

In May 2014, Art in Unusual Places traveled to Hampton, where artists painted in gardens and on porches of homes on McDonough Street and at the Train Depot. Performances at the Depot further enhanced the visual arts experience for what is now an annual event.

The Arts Alliance, in January 2015, presented “Art at the Speedway” in partnership with the Henry Convention and Visitors Bureau and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Local artists displayed photographs, paintings, fabric art, collage, and jewelry. Artists and guests also enjoyed rides in a speedway car around the track.

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