Published Sunday, February 10, 2013
From Special Reports
Barbara Kelly has been named as the February artist of the month with paintings on exhibit at Newnan City Hall.
“There isn’t a time that I remember not wanting to create and express myself,” said Kelly. Sensing this, her parents sent her for formal art training under Pennsylvania Expressionist Dr. Walter E. Baum. She then used her skills in elementary and middle school activities. Her mother wanted her to follow music, so she became an accomplished pianist by the time she left high school.
In college Kelly earned her undergraduate degree in education and, later, a master’s in counseling. Marriage and raising three sons put art on hold until 1996, when Barbara retired from thirty years in education.
Since then, Kelly has studied painting under several local teachers, entered exhibits, won ribbons and sold her paintings. “It has been very fulfilling, and has put me in with people who dearly love the arts as I do,” she said.
Kelly likes to paint in oils, pastels and water colors, and she likes to paint people and animals the most. But having traveled extensively, painting from the pictures she takes is also a love. She is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) and served as its president for two years.