Display Gallery Exhibits Archive
4, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015
and raised on Tybee Island, off the coast of Georgia (directly
adjacent to Hilton Head Isle and Daufuskie Isle), Jack Anderson
began working with wood at a very early age. His mother still
lives in the same house less than two blocks from the Historic
Tybee Island lighthouse. Since childhood, he has enjoyed exploring
the surrounding islands and marshes, including Daufuskie Island.
At the age of eight, he was given a construction/woodworking
tool kit; This was the beginning of his long career of woodworking
very comfortable on the beach and in the water, Jack later
became a lifeguard at Myrtle Beach. He attended Coastal Carolina
University, playing basketball while majoring in marketing.
met his future wife Mavis Eaton Anderson, at the University
of South Carolina. They traveled a lot including a trip to
India and some time living on a sailboat. They eventually
settled down in Atlanta, GA. They had a total of four children,
while Jack started his first official business, The
Wooden Peg. It was a small business of selling custom
furniture that was made of local woods and was characteristic
by having rounded edges, linseed oil finishes, and rugged
seamless dovetail and wooden peg construction. During this
time, Jack began collecting and storing some of the exotic
woods of the south, including large boards from Hickory Tubers
and huge planks from the second biggest pine in Georgia.
to make more money for his family, Jack began building custom
homes for people. He took his woodworking and craftsmanship
with him, often doing elaborate custom decks, cabinets and
floor plans for clients. Over the years he built many custom
and innovative homes including underground houses, houses
on stilts on steep hills, and even one house now featured
on MTV Cribs (a reality show of celebrity homes). Jack and
his wife Mavis are and have always been avid art collectors.
They have also supported three of their four children through
Drought and Dreams Gone Dry
7, 2015 to April 15, 2015
Drought and Dreams Gone Dry" features twenty colorful,
illustrated panels about the Plains area before, during and
after the Dust Bowl occurred.
exhibit uses nineteenth and twentieth century images and quotations,
memories of the Dust Bowl from oral histories and recent scholarly
sure to check one of Smyrna Library's many books and materials
for further reading about The Dust Bowl.
by Pat Gresham
1, 2015 to June 30, 2015
name is Pat Gresham and I have been married to my high school
sweetheart, Scott, for 40 years. I have a great family, Zachary
and his wife, Caroline, who are the parents of my adorable
grandchildren, Henry and Hazel, and my son, Taylor, who lives
in NC. Most of my life has been spent taking care of my family
and later, my parents as they were aging. I found myself struggling
in my mid-life after both of my parents had passed away and
my children were grown and out of the house. My husband traveled
with his job and I spent a lot of time alone, not sure what
to do with myself. I was in my early 50s and in a pretty deep
depression. My doctor encouraged me to find something to do
with my hands; painting, pottery, etc. I had taken some painting
classes earlier in life and thought I would try my hand at
pottery. I loved my class and my teacher and it became very
therapeutic for me as I was dealing with so many life changes.
something very spiritual about taking a piece of clay and
making it into something beautiful and useful. The clay has
to be soft and workable and the potter knows how much pressure
to put on the clay to get it centered on the wheel before
the process begins. If the clay isnt soft and workable
and the potter isnt patient in centering the clay the
whole process is a frustrating struggle (very similar to life!)
The creation is useless and fragile until it goes through
the first fire which removes the impurities from the clay
and gives it strength. Theres glazing to add beauty
and strength, re-firing, and the result is a beautiful vessel.
Each piece is unique and impossible to duplicate and is a
prize creation of the potter.
involved with pottery and adding a little studio in my home
has been so rewarding and life affirming and keeps me centered
in my own life. It has taught me many lessons and opened doors
for me to share my pottery with others. I am thankful that
I listened and found something creative to do with my time.
When Im not playing in my studio, I love spending time
with my family, especially my adorable Henry and Hazel. My
husband and I love to travel and we both enjoy photography.
We love visiting the National and State Parks and plan to
see as many as we can before we get too old to travel. If
I had my way, we would be seeing the country in a little Airstream
camper but for right now, Im enjoying every aspect of
my life and appreciate every day to the fullest!
by Mary Belle Cordell
1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Belle Cordell is a porcelain art teacher, certified by the
World Organization of China painters. She has studied at the
prestigious Penland School of Arts and Crafts, the Virginia
Douglas School of Porcelain Art in N. Carolina, and with internationally
known porcelain art teachers. She paints in many mediums but
her first love is porcelain painting.
Belle has a broad experience in teaching this fine art and
is presently on the staff of the Boca Museum of Art the Art
School. She attributes her successful professional life to
a challenging teaching style and a passion for porcelain painting.
Her commissions have included painting very large murals on
tiles and designing the smallest porcelain boxes from Limoges,
a tribute to her fine eye, the works of Mary Belle are in
several prestigious private collections including the collection
of best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark. A winner of many
awards from regional South Florida art shows, Mary Belle continues
to be nourished by her art and the passion it inspires in
by Michael Terry & William Marchione
1, 2015 to September 30, 2015
fantastic collection of "Old Smyrna" artifacts that
date from the mid-1800s to the 1960s will be on display. The
collection includes many old photos, very old pottery, books
and political campaign items to name just a few of the unique
items that will capture your attention.
you know Smyrna once had a very large legal liquor distillery?
Yes, it did and a number of distillery-related artifacts will
be shown for the first time at the library.
the display gallery will feature a presentation on the Reed
House and Raymond Reed. Don't miss this great collection of
Smyrna memorabilia. Thanks to local historians Mike Terry
and William Marchione for curating this exhibit.
by Lori Schinelli
1, 2015 to January
native of Brooklyn, Lori received her Bachelors degree in
Nursing from the State University of New York. She dabbled
in glass in the 1970s but left it to work as a nurse and raise
to Georgia in the 1990s, she resumed her artwork, studying
painting, ceramics and sculpture at several southeast art
centers before rediscovering glass in 2002.
has since studied with prominent masters in the glass world
at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington; The
Corning Glass Museum Studio in Corning, New York; The Pittsburg
Glass Center, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and The Oatka Glass
School, in Batavia New York. She has also received mentorship
at the private studios of some of the masters,while maintaining
a teaching studio in Dunwoody, Georgia.
work can be found in private collections across the US as
well as in Brazil. She is currently represented at the Corning
Museum of Glass Glass Market and Gallery in Corning New York,
and The Gingerbread Square Gallery in Key West, Florida