The fine arts show features 45 artists and an array of mediums such as oils, acrylics, glass, metal, ceramics, silks, paper and more.
MacFarlane Park was the first project of the Cobb Land Trust, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by a group of Cobb County residents to protect natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources in Cobb County.
MacFarlane Nature Park — an 11.5-acre private park — was set up when Florence MacFarlane, who purchased the property with her husband in 1958, died. She said in her will “the property should be kept in a natural state and used as a neighborhood green space, maintaining the serenity of the property,” according to cobblandtrust.org.
“Her wish was for the land to be left natural and for the community. We have worked long and hard in order to have her wishes come true,” said Lynn Thompson, chair of the event.
Proceeds from the event will be used to help maintain the land and historical home on the property.
“The event is important because we need to raise funds for MacFarlane Park,” said Thompson, an east Cobb resident. “The economy has been at a loss for funds. The park is funded by private funds.”
MacFarlane Nature Park has community support. Boy Scouts have completed many projects at the park such as benches, fire pit and walkways. Master Gardeners of Cobb County maintain all the grounds including beekeepers projects and gardens.
“The key word this year is awareness. A lot of the neighbors don’t even know the park is there. Eventually, we hope to move the art show to the park,” Thompson said. “In order to make the park viable we need people to donate to the park.”
The event is by invitation only from 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Atlanta Country Club Ballroom. The ballroom is at 500 Atlanta Country Club Drive, Marietta. For an invitation, contact Lynn Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.