Friday, August 17, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Gerald Byrd and His Art in LIFEstyles

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
 August 14, 2007
LIFEstyles Features Art of Gerald Byrd
     How may artists do you know who have an art work in the Coke Museum in Atlanta??  Remember now we are talking about an art work on PERMANENT display, one owned by the Museum -- we are not talking about a show at a gallery that will be over in a month or so.  Well, I know one, and his name is Gerald Byrd and the art work is entitled NO RELIEF.   You can see this art work and read about Byrd and his art in the latest (August 2007) issue of LIFEstyles magazine (pages 30 - 32). 
     One thing the article omits is the role which Cowetans played in launching Byrd's career.  The story begins with Alana Ennis who "discovered" Byrd and talked him into launching his career in Coweta, first at her Pottery Wheel in Newnan and then later at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County.  The attendance at both of these was sparse but the word got out to the right people, one of whom contacted Byrd to purchase one of his art works for the new Coke Museum.

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