“The support of the city is very important in maintaining an arts center,” Hisle said.
“We want to thank you mayor and council members and the city of Johns Creek for the support you bring to the Johns Creek Arts Center recognizing that we do add value to this community.”
The painting presented to the council came from a juried art competition where local artists were asked to create pieces reflecting the history of Johns Creek.
“We asked the students, our instructors and the residents of Johns Creek to submit a painting that represented to them what they were inspired about in Johns Creek and why they knew and recognized what a wonderful place it was to live,” Hisle said.
Several of the paintings have been rotating in and out of Johns Creek City Hall as decoration, but Hisle said they did not want them all to go away without the city being able to have one permanently.
The winning piece was painted by Jill McGannon and depicts the Autrey Mill Summerour House. Hisle said the artist’s statement paragraph recognized the historical preservation that has been important at Autrey Mill.
“The collection of building and structures at the Autrey Mill site reflect the history of our area from the tepees representing Native Americans to the 1822 church and Victorian home and barn,” she read.
The arts center purchased the painting after the show and presented it as a gift to the city.
Mayor Mike Bodker thanked Hisle and the arts center on behalf of the council and the city for the gift and the art skills the center teaches to residents.