Currently on Exhibit:

Cindy Stipe

Cindy Stipe is the owner of Lunatique Whimsical Jewelry. “Lunatique” is from the old French word for eccentric, whimsical, and unpredictable, and this perfectly describes her approach to art. Cindy works primarily with copper, sterling, gemstones, and leather to create her unconventional jewelry and other items.

Cindy grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and graduated from Western Carolina University. She now lives in Cartersville with her husband, daughter, and a cat named Sam. Cindy began her journey into the world of art by making jewelry for herself and friends, but after encouragement, she soon started selling her work at craft fairs and local shops. Her work is now in four stores in Georgia and NC.

Clyde Couch

Clyde Couch was born in Cartersville, Ga. and has lived his entire life in Bartow County, retiring from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 2003. In addition to his work, Clyde has always had an interest in music and art. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, he played bass guitar and sang with The Chariot’s Quartet before signing on as bass player for Doyle Ruff and the Melody Boys.

In the mid 80’s, his brother, already an accomplished artist, encouraged Clyde to “try his hand” at painting. Clyde was a natural. Self-taught with no official training or instruction, his passion was to re-create landscapes featuring how life was lived long ago. Many of his paintings feature covered bridges, waterwheel mills (as in the painting of Gable’s Mill at Cade’s Cove in Tennessee), as well as working barns that were the life-line of rural America. He has a special connection with the country homesteads of the past and has adopted the phrase “Clyde’s Nostalgia Art” to describe his oil paintings.

In addition to painting, Clyde has another interest and, it too, is part of the heritage of our country. He is a professional square dance caller. He calls traditional western square dancing (similar to the style danced by the settlers at the end of the 19th century) locally at clubs in both Bartow County and Floyd County. He is also available to guest call, upon request, at other clubs throughout the southeastern states. Clyde’s love of nostalgia and square dancing complement each other beautifully.

His enjoys painting scenes which catch and hold his interest, and when others express a desire to view or purchase his work, that’s what makes it really special. He takes it as a great compliment when someone wants to make his work a part of their home. And, that’s the primary reason for sharing his art through this exhibit hosted by the Bartow County Library.

Highlights from the Past:

The Cartersville Public Library has been very fortunate to host so many fabulous local and Georgia artists since 2005. Bartow native, Walt Floyd, was the first artist to exhibit in the Gallery - just in time for the grand opening of our new facility.