Gallery 26 - Fine Arts in All Mediums



Margaret Smith is a local artist that has been painting most of her adult life and a good part of her work was produced in Melrose, which she has called home since 1971. Margaret is largely self taught and has worked across a broad spectrum of mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, clay and fabric.
Margaret was born on February 14, 1928 in Douglas Georgia. It was the beginning of the Depression in the North but the South had experienced a “depression” since the Civil War started in 1865. Southern people survived by helping each other out when hard times came. Margaret’s childhood was normal for those growing up in rural Georgia at the time. Margaret attended school in Georgia through the fifth grade. She was taught by the same teachers that taught her mother. When World War II began, Margaret’s father, Thomas Henry Lott, got a job in the Naval Shipyard in Charleston, S.C. The family lived on James Island and Margaret attended a one room schoolhouse. Margaret went on to attend the all girls Memminger High School in downtown Charleston where she studied art under Mrs Isabelle T. Rutledge. Her teacher guided Margaret toward watercolors since there was no money for oil painting. During her senior year, Margaret served as art editor for her school’s yearbook, the 1947 Owlet.
Margaret met her future husband in 1946 when James Ambrose Smith was on leave from his ship and came to visit his parents on James Island SC. James was the first man to ask out Margaret and they corresponded for a year before they were married on September 12, 1947. They honeymooned in Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee and soon started a family. James Smith was in the Navy for twenty-six years and with a household to tend to and two children to raise, Margaret had little time for her painting. Yet during her busy young adult life, she made time to draw and these drawings would be the foundation for future paintings in her later years.
After her children grew up and her husband left the Navy, Margaret and James traveled extensively for James’ work. Margaret collected pictures and photos from all her trips that would be used later in her paintings. After settling in Melrose, Margaret began to produce large quantities of paintings as well as crafts. Many of these were donated to the Church to sell for charity and the Melrose Methodist Church chose a pen and ink by Margaret for their stationery. Over the years, Margaret has produce hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculpture and fabric art including dolls and purses.

Classes for April and May: April 21st & 22nd Mosaic Class by Leslie Ward.

April 28th and May 5th - by Sheila Bullock - Sit and Canvas class for beginners

"Mission Statement*

The Gallery exists to serve its members and give them the opportunity to provide a venue to meet, prepare, and exhibit art works in order to promote a friendly and inspiring atmosphere within the Community. We also offer classes to adults and children. We do special projects with community members to help enhance the arts and promote the history and preservation of the Mossman Home through a special donation grant..

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Monday: 10am to 2:00pm

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LOCATION: 303 State Road 26, Melrose, FL