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History and Art

LaGrange Art Museum showcases creativity of LaGrange By Alicia B. Hill The LaGrange Daily News A 126-year-old example of Victorian architecture draws the eye of first time visitors and locals alike exploring downtown LaGrange. The building that now houses the LaGrange Art Museum was originally constructed in 1892 to serve as the Troup County Jail and did not find its current use until 1978. In the time between, it served a variety of purposes including the city welfare office, ...

Everything is coming together for Swanson

Although 19-month-old Salem Swanson doesn’t know it yet, she’s going to be The Suffering Artist’s next owner. At least that’s what her mom and art gallery owner Sarah Swanson says. Swanson said when she was younger, she would tell her little sister Katie that she would be an art gallery owner one day, and Katie would have to babysit for her. “For years that dream really seemed like it was shot because (my husband) Chris and I couldn’t have any kids, and finally, after 12 years of ...

He’s got the blues: Jontavious Willis has traveled the country playing blues music

Jontavious Willis began his blues career right here in LaGrange, but his music is starting to gain national attention, especially after his tour with Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ that took him all over the country in 2017. Willis’ first album, “Blue Metamorphosis,” was named as a finalist for the 34th International Blues Foundation Challenge for Best Self-Produced CD. He still keeps in touch with his roots though, and he said that one of his favorite venues to perform at is Pure Life ...

What he was meant to do: Hagebak gave up work as attorney to pursue his true passion — art

The first time people meet Chris Hagebak, they might do a double take. Chances are, he doesn’t mind. It’s not everyday people see someone proudly sporting a green, blue or purple mustache. Hagebak first came up with the idea to dye his mustache a few years ago when one of his art students walked into 809 Gallery of Art with a pink streak through her hair. “I said ‘wow, that’s so cool. If I had hair, I’d do that.’ And she said, ‘well you have that mustache, and I dare ...

Lafayette Alliance: Local group focuses on Lafayette’s impact

Cur non, or better yet, why not? The motto of Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roche-Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette and his family was spoken as ‘cur non’ in the original French, but it still stands to LaGrange’s new society, Lafayette Alliance today. According to the group’s chair, Richard Ingram, the saying was a part of the Marquis de Lafayette’s family’s coat of arms and was bolted to a sense of optimism. Ingram sees promoting Lafayette as important because of the historical ...

Passion for Painting

It’s three days before the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival and Melissa Howington is as busy as ever. There are snowmen and pumpkin door hangers to be painted and the time to do so is running out fast. This festival is her busiest time of the year, and it’s one of the things she most looks forward to. “I work until midnight Friday night (the day before the festival),” Howington said. “I paint, paint, paint, work, work, work, and it’s not even all painting. It’s pricing and ...

The artistic hub of West Georgia

By Baker Ellis On a given summer weekday in downtown LaGrange within the confines of a nondescript, single-story building on Bull Street, a cacophony of laughter, singing and dancing can be heard ringing through the halls. Children of all ages are clustered together at various times of the week in various stages of the building, some in pink tutus practicing ballet, others clambering around in costumes, preparing for an upcoming theatre performance. This is the Lafayette Society for Perfor...

LaGrange’s sweet treat

By Baker Ellis Over the course of the 2017 summer, LaGrange will play host to a number of famous musical groups. The Beach Boys kicked off the concert season with a show in April, Kool and the Gang will be in town on May 28, while Vince Gill, The Molly Ringwalds and TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band will all make appearances throughout the rest of the summer as well. Cities of comparable size to LaGrange do not draw in bands of this magnitude, especially not on a consistent ...

Maybe it will levitate: The works of Eddie Owens Martin

By Alicia B. Hill It is rare for an art exhibit to inspire quite the level of mythos that the works of folk artist Eddie Owens Martin have achieved, but the works currently displayed in LaGrange and Buena Vista were made by a painter, sculptor and fortune teller from Marion County who is a local legend unto himself. A brief review of Martin's life swiftly turns up tales of snake charming, levitation, and celestial beings, and that is just the beginning. Martin - or as he liked to call ...