Saturday, August 25, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Forensic Artist to Address NCAA

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August 25, 2007 
Forensic Artist To Address NCAA in September
     In Coweta County, at least to those who are conversant with the arts scene, the initials NCAA do not refer to something athletic, but to one of the oldest, largest, and most influential of Coweta's arts organizations, the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, which boast a membership of over 200 visual artists. The September meeting of  the group should be rather interesting and unsual because it will feature a forensic artist, Marla Lawson, whose talents have been helpful both to the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in the apprehension of criminals.  The meeting will be held at the Senior Center on Hospital Road at 7:30 PM September 20, 2007.  Information on NCAA is available on their website
    Their August newsletter provides this information on Marla Lawson:
The GBI enlisted Lawson's talents
in 1997, but the self-taught artist's
career began decades before. For
15 years, she rendered composite
drawings of suspects based on
descriptions by their victims for
the Atlanta Police Department. In
1991 though, she decided to call it
That hiatus was brief. A robbery at a sandwich shop where she worked
forced her to break out the pad and pencil once again.
"I went home that night, and sketched the robbery suspect and turned
it over to the local authorities," said Lawson. "I realized that the
private sector was no place for me. I needed to be doing something to
help others."
And help is what Lawson did. The suspect, who robbed the eatery,
also hit a gift shop down the road. Based on her drawing, the robber
was apprehended.

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