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“New Legends of Atlanta” - Paintings of Local Heroes
Six large oil paintings of some of Atlanta’s newest superstars, like Ryan Seacrest, are installed for display during December in the Gallery Hall of the Sandy Springs Branch Library. Created by Georgia professional portrait artist Ann Marshall Bailey, the dynamic solo show portrays young, professional Atlanta-bred talents who have, in the artist’s words, “Come from high schools here in Atlanta and made themselves nationally legendary in their own fields, in very positive, influential ways.
Seacrest, like all of Bailey’s series subjects, left high school in Atlanta and went on to legendary success, in this case in television and radio. Others in the series include “New Legends” in music, media, and sports, and include so far: Robby Ginepri, Usher, Melanie Moore, Ty Pennington, and Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast.
Each large, 30 x 40 inch, oil on canvas portrait captures the career and personality of that individual. The paintings span the past six years, and were created in the artist’s studios in Roswell and Savannah.
Bailey, current President of the Portrait Society of Atlanta and a 1977 graduate of Atlanta’s Emory University believes “There is much to be gained by seeing the hard work and determination pay off, in your neighbor’s child, in your community’s progeny. Atlantans can be very proud of this group of highly inspirational people that are right here, right now, representing our time, and making us all proud.”
The “New Legends of Atlanta” series is still in progress - future subjects have yet to be disclosed. Bailey’s portraits may be commissioned or purchased through her studio which is represented online at www.annmarshallbailey.com. Contact by phone at 678-488-6516, or