Exciting new Georgia Room exhibit

Mel Cearley

In Kind by Mel Cearley

An exhibit of mixed media collage preserving and honoring the memory of Augusta natives Arthur Bleakley, Mary Alice Pughe, and Josephine Sibley. Augusta artist Mel Cearley finds her inspiration in the collected ephemera discovered at local estate sales. Through historical research and artistic process, Ms. Cearley pieces together found materials in such a way that past lives are illuminated. In the case of Arthur Bleakley and Josephine Sibley and family, in a light of community and kindness. It is the artist’s aim that viewers are encouraged to carry the same kindness forward, as we endeavor to be “in kind” with one other.

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The exhibit can be viewed through August 2024 in the Georgia Heritage Room on the third floor of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library at 823 Telfair Street. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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