By Joel Hall
With lots of shopping, plus the Reynold's Nature Preserve and Spivey Hall at its fingertips, the City of Morrow is, in many ways, a cultural center in the Southern Crescent.
In an effort to draw more visitors and promote the visual arts, Morrow will display several Andy Warhol-inspired scenes of the city's most popular landmarks.
"Portraits of Morrow: A Photographic Journey," will be on display Monday, Aug. 18, from 7-9 p.m., at the Morrow Business and Tourism Association (MBTA) at 1115 Mt. Zion Road.
The exhibit will feature 15 works by local photographer Larry McDonald, owner of Vintage Photography, Gifts & Collectibles in Jonesboro.
Mike Twomey, MTBA president and executive director, who commissioned McDonald to do the pieces, said he wanted Morrow highlighted in a way that was "recognizable, but not predictable."
"I didn't just want pretty pictures of Morrow," said Twomey. "I wanted something edgy. When anybody sees this, they will be able to see that this is a little different."
The photos in the collection include scenes from Spivey Hall, the Morrow Municipal Complex, Olde Morrow, Southlake Mall, the national and state archives facilities, and the Reynolds Nature Preserve. However, through inversion, various color lenses, and other special effects, McDonald is able to present Morrow in a new and interesting way.
McDonald, an electrician by trade, started shooting photography as a hobby 15 years ago. Since opening his photography studio in Jonesboro, he has shot mainly traditional photography, such as wedding portraits.
McDonald said the Morrow exhibit is the kind of challenge he was seeking.
"This is a little different from what I normally do," he said. "I've always been looking for my own style, and this gave me a chance to experiment with something that nobody really does.
"When you see a picture that is unusual or interesting, you probably want to find out more about the subject," McDonald continued. "This may bring a little more interest to the buildings down there."
The exhibit will also feature artwork of several talented Morrow employees. There will be oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings by Peggy Millirons, wife of Morrow Mayor Jim Millirons; and works by Sylvia Redic, a clerk and grants writer, and Mark Herendeen, Morrow's fire chief.
Eight collectible plates by Athos Menaboni, an Italian artist, also will be on display. The late Menaboni lived in Atlanta for more than 50 years, and once was commissioned by the Audubon Society to paint all of America's state birds.
The Menaboni plates will be displayed for a limited time, but the other pieces will be on exhibit for the next six months. A total of 45 pieces will be featured. For more information, call (770) 968-1623.