People artist’s operate on display screen in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Born on the Fourth of July in 1900, Nellie Mae Rowe put in the 1st half of her lifetime operating — as a lady on her family’s farm in Fayette County, Ga, then as a spouse, 2 times widowed, and as a domestic.  

But in the late 1950s, following both equally her husbands were being gone and the white couple she cleaned for also handed absent, Nellie Mae was totally free to commit herself to her enthusiasm:  generating artwork.

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“Now I bought to get back to my childhood,” reported the self-taught, African American artist. “What you contact playing in a playhouse.”

Not only did she recreate a girlhood for herself in her vibrant drawings, she turned her property in Vinings, Ga, into a playhouse decorated with discovered-item installations, dolls, chewing gum sculptures and hundreds of drawings. An Atlanta-location newspaper identified as it an “explosion of creative imagination.”