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Summer art show at McRitchie-Hollis features work of Dinett Hok

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Come see what’s new at the museum!

The driftwood-inspired art of Newnan resident Dinett Hok is featured in a summer solo exhibition at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum through Aug. 25.
An opening reception is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Please come and meet the artist!
Hok was born in Aguadulce, a very small town in the Republic of Panama. As a young girl, drawing was her favorite pastime. She began formal art studies at the age of 17 at the University of Panama and paid her college tuition through freelance artwork and graphic designs.
She had the fortune of meeting renowned Panamanian artist Manuel Chong Neto through one of her college professors. His work continues to influence her creativity and passion. After graduating from the University of Panama with a BA in Graphic Art, Hok worked as a commercial graphic artist for two different clothing companies.
Upon moving to the United States, Hok embarked on a six-year endeavor to promote and teach art to elementary school students in Newnan. She believed that her students could learn and apply advanced systems for art techniques on a variety of mediums at a very young age if the correct approach was used. Many of her students won awards at local, state and national level competitions.
Hok’s journey as a professional artist continued to expand as she took on the leadership role of Area X chairman for the Florida Artists Group. FLAG is one of longest standing non-profit art organizations in Florida.
Hok says of her art: “Nature itself is the purest form of art in my opinion. I try to capture this beauty in my works of art and share it with the world. My artwork thrives on the love I have for trees and the abundant textures in nature. Whether it is the peacefulness of a welcoming beach or the thought provoking concepts of an abstract, nature can capture us in many ways. I love to create mixed media artwork with heavy textures and rich colors that not only captures the world from my perspective, but also incorporates elements of nature in the actual artwork.
“The driftwood itself represents the flexibility of nature that can adapt no matter the setting. In some cases, it is not nature who adapts, but every other concept that adapts and bends their will to Mother Nature. On top of the intriguing organic shapes of the driftwood I use metals – copper, silver, brass, bronze and 24K gold to preserve and highlight these marvelous natures giving beauty. I try my best to capture a small piece of nature’s beauty and share my perception with every viewer. With my abstracts, I hope that these perceptions may be as abundant and diverse as nature itself. The freedom of creativity, expression, and experiences with other great artists fuel my desire to create and share art.”
Hok creates artwork with a unique style and passion. Her work has received acclaim both nationally and internationally in the United States, Paris, Rome, Venice, Beijing, as well as other venues in Europe. Hok will be receiving her latest award entitled “Diego Velazquez” in Lecce Italy, July 3 2017 by Italia In Arte Nel Mondo. This award is given for “High Recognition to Personalities in the World of Art, Science and Culture.”
It is the freedom of creativity and expression and experiences with some great artists that continues to fuel her desire to create and share art. Hoksays she has always been enchanted by the beauty of nature, people and places and continues paint where she currently resides in Newnan.
Dinett Hok, husband Michael Hok and son Ian Hok run their family-owned business, The DH Gallery of International Artists (DHGIA). DHGIA has participated in some of the best and most prestigious art fairs in New York, Miami and other venues, Dinett said. DHGIA will be participating in two events Aqua Art Miami and Spectrum Miami during the Art Basel week in Miami Florida during December 2017.
Hok’s work is also part of the 2017 Newnan-Coweta Art Association show June 8-28 at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan.
For more about Dinett Hok’s work go to her website, fineart-dinetthok.com or check at her Facebook page.
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has its headquarters at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263. The museum features rotating exhibitions on historic topics related to the Newnan-Coweta County and West Georgia region, as well as architecture and decorative arts. In the museum’s upstairs galleries currently is an exhibition of ladies hats from the extensive collection donated by State Rep. Lynn Smith with styles that span five decades.
Ms. Hok’s work will be displayed in the downstairs rooms where NCHS is currently showing a collection of 1930s furnishings recently donated by Taylor Glover and family.
NCHS is also preparing for its July antique appraisal fundraiser Trash OR Treasure, which will be held at the Newnan Historic Train Depot July 15. Items may be submitted for appraisal in advance by July 1 for a $25 ticket per item, no limit on the number of items. For information call the NCHS/ McRitchie-Hollis Museum offices at 770-251-0207.
There is ample public parking behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum with a driveway entrance off Clark Street. Also keep up with NCHS events on Facebook!


Hats, Hats and more Hats!


The Hats of Lynn Smith

In the upstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, along with our permanent exhibits, see a sampling of the vast Lynn Smith collection of hats from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society archives. State Rep. Lynn Smith collected almost 500 hats ranging in styles from the early 1900s  through about the 1960s when the wearing of hats fell out of favor. Some are from family members, others were purchased. Along with the hats are hat boxes from shops in Newnan, Columbus, Atlanta and more.


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Dinet Hok, Driftwood Art, summer beach-related art installation, coming in mid-June in the downstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Look for word on an opening reception!
  • Possum Trot – The possum supper tradition that started during the political campaign of Gov. William Yates Atkinson and continued in Newnan through the mid 20th century will be celebrated with a special exhibition planned to open August 2017 upstairs at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
  • Simple Pleasures fall photography competition show comes in September downstairs at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Entry open until Aug. 4. Share what brings you joy and happiness by entering the Fall Simple Pleasures Photography Competition. A Simple Pleasure is defined as a work from life’s little joys which includes a human and/or animal connection which conveys a feeling of pleasure via a family friendly, uplifting images (no nudity). DEADLINE IS AUGUST 4, 2017 BY 11:59 P.M. For entry details go to http://www.simplepleasuresfoto.com/CallforEntries.html
  • 45 Years, 45 Objects.  As we celebrate the anniversary of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s founding, we plan a special exhibition of objects that reflect Coweta County’s history … 45 Years, 45 Objects. The exhibition will open in October in the upstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. If you have an idea for a special object that should be included, call the NCHS/McRitchie-Hollis office at 770-251-0207.
  • The work of local artist Sherry Cook will be coming in an exhibition in the downstairs room opening in November.
  • Coming in early 2018 will be an exhibition on the Howard Warner School that opened May 6, 2017 as a new community center on Savannah Street. The facility served Newnan’s Aftrican-American community and later housed offices for the Coweta County Board of Education.

At the Depot History Center:

Newnan WAS a Civil War hospital town

Open by appointment, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Depot History Center has a series of paintings by local artist Martin Pate depicting events related to the Civil War Battle of Brown’s Mill.  In July 1864 Union and Confederate forces briefly clashed at the train depot on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan and soon were engaged in battle south of town. The battlefield is now preserved as a Coweta County public park, located along Millard Farmer Road. The old freight depot on East Broad Street serves as a backdrop for a collection of artifacts, including a display of Civil War-era weaponry. Also learn about Newnan’s role as a hospital town around the time of the siege of Atlanta, the area’s early settlement and the coming of the railroad, and use of the telegraph and the telegraphy school that was located in Newnan in the Reese Opera House building on South Court Square at Greenville Street. The Depot History Center is also available for event rental. Contact rentals@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call 404-354-0168 or 770-251-0207 for more information.


At the Male Academy Museum:

The Male Academy now houses the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum

The Male Academy, 30 Temple Ave., Newnan, was the longtime headquarters of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society but is getting new life as it is transformed into the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum. Look for details from the Children’s Museum board on Facebook and the web.

For more information on Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, call us at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan; 770-251-0207.