Local art benefit for a good cause
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Elly Hobgood’s painting of the Historic White Marble Courthouse in downtown Canton is featured on the cover of ‘Cherokee County, Georgia: A History’ by Rebecca Johnston. Johnston and Hobgood will be at Chamberhouse on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. <br> Special to the Tribune
Elly Hobgood’s painting of the Historic White Marble Courthouse in downtown Canton is featured on the cover of ‘Cherokee County, Georgia: A History’ by Rebecca Johnston. Johnston and Hobgood will be at Chamberhouse on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Local watercolor artist Elly Hobgood will be at a reception benefiting the Cherokee Historical Society on Friday at Chamberhouse in Canton.
Local watercolor artist Elly Hobgood will be at a reception benefiting the Cherokee Historical Society on Friday at Chamberhouse in Canton.
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By Virginia Reed

vreed@cherokeetribune.com

CANTON — The community is invited to toast the season and learn history at an event Friday evening hosted by the Cherokee Historical Society.

The reception at Chamberhouse in historic downtown Canton will feature watercolor art by premier local artist Elly Hobgood and a book signing with Rebecca Johnston.

It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

During the evening, all proceeds from the book “Cherokee County, Georgia: A History” published in 2011 will go to the Historical Society and a portion of the sales of art by Hobgood will also go to the nonprofit organization.

“The funds will go toward the educational programs,” said Stefanie Joyner, executive director at Cherokee County Historical Society. “It will go toward the museum, traveling trunks and bringing local history into schools with hands-on activities.”

Joyner said the money helps purchase educational materials and fund the projects.

“It will be a fun, casual evening. We are trying to showcase artists downtown,” Joyner said.

Hobgood, of Canton, began her professional career as an artist after 30 years as a nurse.

She has since developed a passion for watercolor painting of images that frequently involve nature. Often they begin with photographs, which translate into her work.

Hobgood’s work includes landscapes, local landmarks, still life and floral paintings. The event will feature items for sale by the artist.

Johnston will be signing her book, “Cherokee County, Georgia, A History,” which will be for sale at the event.

The book is the first comprehensive history of Cherokee County since 1932. More than 200 historical photos, maps and records provide an exclusive glimpse of the past from the historical society’s archives. Johnston is a local writer known best as a columnist and managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune.

The cover of the book features Canton’s historic marble courthouse, a reprint of a work done originally by Hobgood. It was published by the Cherokee County Historical Society and chronicles the past of Cherokee County starting with the earliest record of civilization.

Hobgood’s work will be for sale and includes note cards, Christmas cards, and both framed and unframed giclée prints.

“I will have reproductions and Christmas cards. Much of it is holiday themed and still-life pieces. There will be a sampling of everything. Every year, I do a different Christmas image,” Hobgood said.

“The historical society is a worthy venture in our community, and it is a very worthwhile cause. It will be a very good holiday event to attend,” she said.

For more information, contact the Cherokee County Historical Society at (770) 345-3288.

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