Published Friday, January 25, 2013

Newnan Coweta Art Association: Celebrated artist is guest speaker

From Staff Reports

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Barbara Kendall Reed was the guest art presenter at the January meeting of the Newnan Coweta Art Association (NCAA).

Reed received her BFA degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, La., and took graduate courses at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass. By age 19, B. Kendall had exhibited her work in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Even at that age, she was identified as a brilliant young painter. She studied printmaking and painting with the late John T. Scott, a McArthur Genius Award recipient, while at Xavier University.

Reed took a 17-year sabbatical from art to raise a family and work for a Fortune 500 company where she acquired a strong business acumen. She left the company in 1991 to pursue art full time. Over the course of 20-plus years Reed has created many art series and has had much success with placing her art.

In 2009, Reed created her first work of art capturing a historic event, the famous 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Ala. This mural can be seen at the Buckhead Library in Atlanta. Reed has completed her first book of art and poetry called “Life Iz Colorful,” a book of art and reflective poems.

The NCAA meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 31 Hospital Rd, Newnan.

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