Current exhibits at McRitchie-Hollis

Sherry Cook art show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for Holidays 2017

Official opening reception 6 p.m. Dec. 14

See the art of Coweta artist Sherry Cook at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for the holidays! A special reception is 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum where you can meet the artist.

Sherry has brought a selection of her work, pieces that reflect nature and wildlife.
All of the pieces are available for sale. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., Newnan. For more information call us at 770-251-0207.

About Sherry Cook

Sherry Cook hangs a piece of her nature-inspired art at the McRitchie.

Sherry Cook is a prolific artist who knew she would make her living with a paint brush ever since she won the first place ribbon in her first grade art show. During her 30-year career she has journeyed through ceramics, handmade paper, mixed media, sheet metal and encaustics. Her pieces are full of personality, often reminding the observer of a memory that brings a smile.

The recurring themes in her work reflect the enduring themes in her life: love, family, friendship, nature and animals—all of which are in abundance at her lakeside cabin-studio. Faith and spirituality provide the compass for her choices, often telling her when to detour from one mode of expression to a new body of work. Ideas often rise to the surface during her daily meditations.

Over the years Sherry has sold her work through galleries, arts festivals, and private commissions from the Caribbean to Europe. Her pieces hang in permanent collections at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, IBM, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Manheim Corporation, Coweta County Fairgrounds and the LaGrange Museum, to name a few.

A graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Textile Design, Sherry lives on a 35-acre wooded retreat in rural Georgia that allows her to “live in the sunshine and drink the wild air” as suggested in one of her favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her hope is that every piece of her art imparts a little joy into the place where it lands.

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New at the McRitchie!

Exhibition: “45 Years, 45 Objects” 

Newnan City of Homes pageant dress, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

For Fall/Winter 2017 NCHS is celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects from our collections.

Farmhouse model, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

Curator Jessie Merrell has selected 45 objects, some that have not been seen in some time.

Inspired by similar object-based exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Atlanta History Center, “45 Years, 45 Objects” features photographs, clothing, paving blocks, movie props, and other objects from Coweta County’s past to tell the story of the community.

McRitchie tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more inforamtion call us at 770-251-0207 or send an email to executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .

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Furnishings from Taylor Glover collection in McRitchie-Hollis dining room.

Furnishings from Taylor Glover collection in McRitchie-Hollis dining room.

New exhbition of 1930s furnishings on view

Throughout McRitchie-Hollis Museum is a recently-acquired collection of 1930s furnishings from a grand home in Florida. The furnishings that went on display in March 2017 are a gift of Taylor Glover and family.

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Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • 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.

For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.

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McRitchie-Hollis Museum, now the home base for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, is at the corner of Jackson and Clark Streets just north of downtown Newnan and beside the new University of West Georgia campus. The address is 74 Jackson Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum also shows architecture and furnishings representing the era of the mid 1930s as part of its permanent collection. For more information call 770-251-0207.

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