Museum of Art draws big crowd with new ‘Friends’ exhibit
by Sally Litchfield
January 18, 2014 11:01 PM | 1733 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was a tight squeeze at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art last week when the museum kicked off the New Year. Wall-to-wall guests came to view the opening of “Friends — Penley, Rossin and Steed.” The exhibit features the works of friends and artists Steve Penley, Ross Rossin and Lu Steed.

Penley is one of the most celebrated southern artists in America. The pop artist’s achievements include solo exhibitions at The World of Coke museum in Atlanta and the official artist of the 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island.

Steed, a contemporary realist, creates vivid paintings with an eclectic subject matter. Her large-scale acrylics range from portraits to still life to tractor-trailers.

Hyperrealist portrait artist Rossin captures what the camera lens does not see. His large-scale paintings of subjects such as Audrey Hepburn and Abe Lincoln portray emotional depth that can be gained only the through the artist himself.

Equally talented artists Alexi Butirskiy and Edward Gordon, who also create photorealistic paintings with architecture-type subject matter, will be showing in the Mezzanine Galleries.

Among the crowd were Cathy and Chris Brown, Jennifer Brett and Charles Gay, Julianne and Byron Long, Sant and Shawn Sarajian Perez, Adrian and Jimmy Pressley, Julianne and Boozer McClure, Joanne and Bob Walsh, Kelly and Randy Weiner, Leigh Anne and Ray Worden, Simone and Alan Zuckerman.

The museum is at 30 Atlanta St., Marietta.

The must-see exhibit runs through March 23. Visit or call (770) 528-1444 for more information.


On Jan. 24, join Cobb Senior Services and representatives from several organizations to discuss what can be done to mitigate the impact of the looming budget cuts to valuable community-based services for senior citizens such as Meals on Wheels and transportation.

The event is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center in Marietta. RSVP by calling (770) 528-1445 or online at Use the barcode 64559.

Learn how you can make a difference to seniors in crisis in Cobb County. Then, make plans to attend the Be There 4 Seniors at the State Capitol to make your voice heard on Jan. 30. A bus will leave Cobb Civic Center at 10 a.m., then leave downtown right after the rally, around noon.

The wellness center is at 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.

Reserve your spot on the bus by calling (770) 528-1445 or at Use barcode 64560. Seating is limited.


Fashion spotlight of the week: Staying warm and cozy in a plush grey cowl-necked sweater accessorized with an original necklace by local jewelry designer Trapp Tischner — Debbie Randall of Marietta.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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