The Earl Smith Strand Theatre will open its doors for another exciting season of showcasing local artists. The second floor event room and gallery will feature a different exhibit each month, including work by artists Merrilyn Eastham, Dick Yarbrough, Linda Flournoy, Claire Dunaway, Frank Buckner, David Swann, and Dianne Isakson. Both Merrilyn Eastham and Dick Yarbrough will be showcasing their work in public for the first time, perhaps surprising colleagues and friends who had no idea about their artistic talents!
“Each year, we look forward to showcasing the work of local artists at The Strand,” said Earl Reece, executive director at The Strand. “When Theresa Jenkins, the Executive Director of the Marietta Welcome Center, formed a First Friday Art Walk committee and asked me to be a part of it, I agreed enthusiastically. Since our first year, this program has continued to grow into a highly anticipated showcase of the visual arts. Cobb County has a strong arts community, and we are proud to be a part of it.”
The Strand gallery is open during events and Monday through Thursday during box office hours, free of charge. The opening night of each gallery is concurrent with Art Walk, a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Here is more information on each of The Strand’s featured artists:
Merrilyn Eastham. April 1 – April 30. Marietta native Merrilyn Eastham uses watercolor as a medium to paint vibrant landscapes, floral subjects, and even some architectural scenes. She graduated from Wesleyan College with a double major in religion and music and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Religion at Boston University. As a young woman, Eastham also used the piano as an artistic medium, teaching upwards of sixty students. The one-woman show of her work at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre is the first time her work has been publicly displayed. The opening night of the gallery will fall on the first Friday of the month in conjunction with Art Walk, April 1 from 5-9 p.m.
The Earl Smith Strand Theatre
117 North Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060