Renowned Artist Contributes Paintings

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A local Madison artist recently created three art pieces for the the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. 

The Georgia Writers Museum received a surprise donation from renowned regional artist Chris Cook, who also  owns and operates Madison Studios.  The Georgia Writers Museum released a press release thanking Cook for his generous donation. 

“Notorious for his paintings of famous people, Cook painted a 30 x 40-inch portrait of authors Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O’Connor.  The three portraits now hang on display in the museum at 109 N. Jefferson Avenue in Eatonton.   

When Alice Walker first saw Cook’s portrait of her when she recently visited the museum for Alice Walker 75 day, her first words were: “I love it!  It makes me look impish!”

Chris was born in Atlanta. He studied art on scholarship at Reinhardt College where he won Outstanding Freshman Artist of the Year.  His works have been exhibited in many shows and galleries in the metro Atlanta area like the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and most notably the juried shows; Mardi Gras for the Arts 1987 and the Georgia Artist Show in 1989 where he received a Kilpatrick Cody purchase award for “Deterioration.”  His studio is on Jefferson Street in downtown Madison and his works are exhibited on his website,

“We are all enriched,” said Georgia Writers Museum president George Heiring, “When the literary arts and visual arts intertwine. These great portraits by Chris Cook are amazing studies into the character of the three authors they celebrate.”

Signed canvas prints of the three portraits are available for sale at the Georgia Writers Museum, 109 N. Jefferson Avenue, Eatonton, Ga 31024 and on their website

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