Two artists painting in the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Georgia
Artists may paint scenes of the historic Hiram Butler House
, some of the 30 pieces of contemporary sculpture on display, or the 3,000-plus plant species in the Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Past winners of this competition include Junko Ono Rothwell
, John Guernsey
, Susan Knight Smith
, and Palma Rhoades
. Registration is $30.
An artists standing next to a display of her paintings at the Smith-Gardens event
At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. The house was once owned by Mr. Butler, a Confederate railroad man who worked the lines most of his life and was present during the "Great Locomotive Chase." Smith-Gilbert Gardens
offers 16 acres of serene settings. United by woodland paths, the gardens consists of separate groupings with fascinating individual elements, including the Bonsai exhibit, camellia garden, tea house and waterfall area, rose garden, and conifer display. Each area is complemented by thoughtfully positioned sculpture.