People artist’s work on display in Springfield

Ora Sawyers

SPRINGFIELD — Born on the Fourth of July in 1900, Nellie Mae Rowe invested the 1st 50 % of her daily life performing — as a lady on her family’s farm in Fayette County, Ga, then as a wife, two times widowed, and as a domestic.  

But in the late 1950s, after both her husbands ended up gone and the white pair she cleaned for also handed away, Nellie Mae was absolutely free to dedicate herself to her passion:  building art.

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“Now I got to get again to my childhood,” reported the self-taught, African American artist. “What you phone participating in in a playhouse.”

Not only did she recreate a girlhood for herself in her colourful drawings, she turned her property in Vinings, Georgia, into a playhouse decorated with found-item installations, dolls, chewing gum sculptures and hundreds of drawings. An Atlanta-region newspaper referred to as it an “explosion of creative imagination.”

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