Canvassing the Square: Marietta Art Walk featured cancer survivor’s paintings
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Marietta artist Ann Dosso-Powell stands with some of her paintings during the Marietta Art Walk on Friday. Powell says much of her inspiration, which can been seen in her work, comes from her cancer recovery.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Marietta artist Ann Dosso-Powell stands with some of her paintings during the Marietta Art Walk on Friday. Powell says much of her inspiration, which can been seen in her work, comes from her cancer recovery.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — Local artists canvassed the Square on Friday during the latest Marietta Art Walk.

Art galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques provide a space for artists within their businesses from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine.

Painter Anne Dosso-Powell said she was excited to win Best in Show during the first 2014 Art Walk in April because she is a cancer survivor who said she could barely muster the physical strength to set up for the 2013 Art Walk, when she was first juried in the show.

“Unfortunately, for me, it was a bit too much physical involvement — set up and breakdown — because, n June 2012, I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer and had thoracic surgery, then radiation and six months of chemotherapy to kick it out of me. So I was not able to do the whole season,” she said.

Winning Best in Show excited her because she said she celebrated her survivor status.

“Two years this month! I believe there to be other survivors who are also showing and working the Art Walk, so it’s wonderful to be a part of this community,” she said.

One of her paintings, currently titled “Two Elements,” which Dosso-Powell said are water and air, came from her experimentation with grays during her recovery process and as a way to cope with depression.

“When someone says ‘You have cancer,’ you’re like ‘What?’— it’s a shocker — but this is how I communicate,” Dosso-Powell said. “I don’t communicate with words very well. I’m a musician and I’m an artist; this is how I deal with the emotions tied to illness.”

Jenny King, Owner of the Red Door Art Gallery, explained the process of Bests in Show moving on to the encore opportunity during the first Friday in November.

“We’re just trying to take care of artists with these artists’ incentives that we put together,” King said. The dk, 2 Rules and Red Door galleries will each host best in show in November, King said.

The Art Walk isn’t just for visual media. Peachy Pyron, 14, was at the event singing while playing guitar in her version of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.”

Pyron met her 15-year-old drummer, Matt Mattson, at Freedom Middle School in Canton, but now they attend two different high schools. On Friday, Mattson played a cajon, a box-shaped hand percussion instrument. Mattson bopped his head while tapping time with his toes, as if he was hitting an invisible bass drum pedal.

Pyron’s mother said Peachy Pyron chose her name at age 2. “I thought it would pass, but it didn’t,” Kim Pyron said. What was even more surprising was when she had her daughter baptized, she said: “The pastor stopped halfway down the aisle on the way to being baptized and said she was singing,” Kim Pyron said, smiling in remembrance of the first time her daughter sang in front of an audience. Peachy Pyron intends to enroll at King’s Academy, a Woodstock school supplementing homeschooled students, in the fall, her mother said. The advantage of homeschooling is she can dedicate more time to playing locally, working with vocal coach “Mama” Jan Smith and traveling regularly to Nashville to work with songwriters who have taken an interest in the young girl’s career.

The next Art Walk is Aug. 1

For more information visit artwalkmarietta.com.

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