By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Whether in local museums or shops, you’ve undoubtedly seen the artwork of Rome folk artist Debby Brown---her most familiar piece being a whimsical take on the Clocktower under a smiling moon.
With her recent passing, several community groups will be hosting a celebration of her life and work. ‘Debby’s Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ which is slated for Friday July 19th, will feature Debby’s three favorite things: storytelling, artwork and a live performance from Rome Little Theatre.
Luke Chaffin with the Greater Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says her iconic artwork was created to make people smile.
“One time I was talking to her and she was painting a building for a soon-to-be former boss, and she said, ‘well, you can’t jazz this building up like you can the Clocktower,’” Chaffin says. “She always like to put crowns on buildings or things that weren’t there, but were just an extra special touch that were truly a Debby Brown addition.”
The memorial event will take place at the Historic Desoto Theatre. Admission is free. The event begins at 7pm.