April Artist Spotlight – Moira Fisher

April Artist Spotlight – Moira Fisher

The Artist Spotlight for April falls on South African native, Moira Fisher.  Moira is a painter who works in acrylics, oils, and multimedia.  She is the reigning President of the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County, a group of Henry County artists, and a member Griffin-Spalding Art Association, the McDonough Arts, as well as the Henry Art Alliance, Inc.

Moira Fisher – At Home In a Foreign Land

Moira Fisher was born and raised in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa, and has always had an affinity for drawing. The spectacular colors and lush vegetation in her home country were wonderful subjects for her and at the age of 10 she realized that she could draw a very realistic Day Lily.  From that time on, a pencil and paper were her fast friends and the smell of crayons her fragrance of choice. Feeling she was becoming a bit too rigid in her artwork, Moira enrolled in classes to learn to paint in watercolor, a medium where one has less control than any other medium. It was this surrender of some of her control that allowed her creativity to blossom.  Many of her works hang in homes and offices in South Africa, all done in water-color or pastels.

A Defining Moment for Moira Fisher

When Moira, her husband, and their young daughter came to the USA in 1993, she left her art supplies behind. She didn’t paint at all, except for the times when she had art class for their daughter as part of the home school curriculum she followed. A gift from her daughter a few years ago reignited the passion for creating. The gift was an easel, acrylic paints and canvases. The attached note said, “You don’t paint anymore.”  She realized that this marked a turning point in her life and that it was, indeed, time to do something for herself, something she enjoyed!

Moira FisherMoira paints in both acrylics and oils as her mediums and adds beads and other found objects for texture, dimension and fun. She has found that she now paints with a freedom not previously felt. She loves to teach painting, finding that she is able to draw hidden talent out of her students. She teaches on the first and third Thursday of each month at the McDonough Library. Classes are from 5:30pm to 8pm, giving students time to complete a modest painting of their choice, or to continue on a piece already started.

Her paintings are exhibited at a spa and doctor’s offices in Georgia, at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, at the State Capitol in Georgia, and at Windermere Fine Art & Custom Framing in Windermere, Florida.

You can learn more about the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County at their Facebook page.

April Business Spotlight – Learning Owl Tutoring Service

April Business Spotlight – Learning Owl Tutoring Service

“Teaching and learning bring me great joy!  I would love to help your student find joy in learning as well.  Learning can and should be fun and engaging and I know how to make that happen!”  – Michelle Lundy, Owner and Operator of Learning Owl Tutoring Service   April’s business spotlight shines down on LearningContinue Reading

Southern Food

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Business Spotlight – Fallas Family Vision

Business Spotlight – Fallas Family Vision

Our Business Spotlight for March falls on Fallas Family Vision located in McDonough, GA.  This full service eye care center can meet any vision need imaginable.   What’s Up Doc? This family oriented eye care center is under the ownership of Dr. Fallas who is a native of Costa Rica.  After participating as an exchangeContinue Reading

Artist Spotlight – Rhonda Hall

Artist Spotlight – Rhonda Hall

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The Southern Gentleman, a Dissection, Part 4

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We have covered three out of four of the elements that make a man a true Southern Gentleman.  We espoused the virtues of the perfect amount of facial hair, the necessity of a honey-laced accent, and the power of a well-dressed man.  The last element is a little of all of these and none ofContinue Reading

The Southern Gentleman, a Dissection, Part 3

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The Suit Makes The Man The third installment of our dissection of a southern gentleman focuses on the all-important style he must envelope himself in.  It has been said that the man makes the suit, but choosing the right suit will go a long way in establishing any person striving for the status of southernContinue Reading

The Southern Gentleman, a Dissection, Part 2

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The Southern Gentleman, a Dissection, Part 2   We now continue our journey of exploration into those elements and ingredients that not only comprise a southern gentleman, but define him as well.  Few features of a southern gentleman are as notable and powerful as his accent, which is commonly referred to as a southern drawl.Continue Reading

The Southern Gentleman, a Dissection, Part One

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Artist Spotlight – Barbara Scott

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