On Monday, July 10, 2017 the City Council met to discuss this month’s agenda. At this meeting the council chose to approve a skid steer from last month’s meeting. This will be an upgrade from the current equipment and hopefully benefit the workers. Follow up with more details on this story with “Skid Steer Disagreements“.
Following the skid steer approval, the current well test in Marble Hill has been approved to change over to Whitestone. The current location doesn’t have as much water as expected. However, in Whitestone there is a considerable amount of water that should be able to save the City of Jasper a large amount of money in the future.
You may notice brown historic signs in surrounding cities in different areas, Amelia McEntyre spoke with the council to take the task of getting our own historic sign. They approved the sign and she will begin working towards one for our town.
McEntyre also discussed the location of The Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance Cornbread Reunion. The Reunion will allow citizens come out to meet different artists and enjoy family activities.The Council approved the location, it will be held at the corner of South Main Street and East Spring Street, August 12 from 11 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Donnie Fowler presented the council with business of purchasing a new sanitation truck also known as a garbage truck. He explained to the council that the trucks have been rode hard with 6,650 customers weekly along with one truck completely out of service. The council made the decision to keep and repair the current trucks to potentially save money in the future.
The council also approved the new Pickens County Library Board appointees, Ann Roper and Bobby Edge.
Lisa Hoyle read our finance report, which can be viewed here.
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Artist Jenny King has been a fixture on the Marietta Square for almost a decade. At the end of the month, she will be moving her studio from the cozy spot above The Australian Bakery, to a shuttle bus conversion. “Leaving the Square was a tough decision, I love it there, the people, the community, but ultimately, transitioning into a mobile studio is in alignment with a project I’ve been working on for awhile now called Artist on the Lam.”, she explains.
Since 2009, King has contributed countless hours to help create the booming art scene present today on the Marietta Square. Her efforts include sharing her studio space with other local artists via Red Door Art Gallery & Studio, creating the charity event Trilogy, making the First Friday Art Walks more exciting for patrons with Mystery Themes, and even donating her services to The Winter Wonderland Experience by painting the mural at the ice rink, and that’s just to name a few.
She has strived to help bring the community together through art, so why move off the thriving Marietta Square now? She says that it’s simply the right time for her. “The Square is in a good place with some very talented and dedicated people to support it. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 19 years, my boys are getting ready to go off to college soon and so now I’m looking forward to slowing down from the grind, logging some travel time while still being able to create art.”
Her new project aims to continue that spirit of building community through art, but on a broader platform. It’s described as “a video documentation of the creative process presented in an engaging format to nourish your mind and spirit.” She breaks it down for us like this: “If Bob Ross and American Pickers had a baby…it would be Artist on the Lam.”
Fellow artist Kirk Stansbury is an integral part of this endeavor as he brings a different style of art and perspective. His work uses many upcycled and repurposed materials he randomly finds and constructs into a folky and funky art.
“I’m excited about it on a number of levels.”, says Stansbury. “This is a new experience of the unknown. I’m looking forward to traveling to new places, the adventure, meeting new people, the things we’ll discover to create art. My only hope is to educate and inspire others while having a little fun along the way.”
The diversity of Kirk and Jenny’s styles along with their congenial personalities is sure to make this a dynamic production, which is on track to launch in 2018.
The heart of Artist on the Lam is to inspire people by shining light on what it takes to create art in a way that others may learn. “If even one person out there can take something from this, can learn something new, travel (even if only vicariously) to a place they’ve never been, but especially if someone connects with their inner artist from watching Artist on the Lam, we will know we have achieved our purpose.”
King is not quite ready to leave the Square completely however. Her art will be remaining as she partners exclusively with Markay Gallery. “The Light Series is an important body of work to me.”, says Jenny. “I went through some very difficult life changes over the last two years. I’m still going through it. This series has been very soul healing for me.” The collectors that are drawn to these paintings seem to appreciate the ethereal feeling of hope they experience when viewing her work as well.
Markay Gallery, located just off the Marietta Square at 26 Winters Street, is the newest venture to join the Marietta Square, its owner however, Amber Markay Byrd, has been a prominent figure in the community for the last decade and has had a significant impact on the growth and success of the arts in the area.
“Having met Jenny almost 10 years ago, I have loved seeing how she uses art to connect with people in such a special and meaningful way.”, says Byrd. “Her canvas is her page and her paint is the story. Her work is beyond beautiful, it’s a personal connection to behold. Having her on board as a Markay Gallery artist is an exciting new chapter for both Jenny and the gallery. We’re honored to represent her!”
Amber’s vision and forward thinking approach to connecting collectors to the kind of art that “you just can’t live without now that you’ve seen it” has catapulted Markay Gallery to the top of unique gallery experiences to acquire the best and brightest the art world has to offer.
Jenny King still accepts commissions for clients who value a personal touch when it comes to art. View all the services she offers at www.JKingArtworks.com.
To learn more about the Artist on the Lam project, please visit www.ArtistOnTheLam.com.
For more information on Markay Gallery, please visit www.MarkayGallery.com.