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Summertime is a great time for Lake Lanier marine artist

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
If Anne Brodie Hill had to write a school essay, “How I Spent my Summer Vacation,” the words would flow onto the computer screen. The works of the renowned marine artist and Lake Lanier resident are popping up all over Georgia. 
 
Earlier in the summer, two of her Lake Lanier paintings were selected to hang in Georgia’s executive offices – one depicting a rowing event at Lake Lanier Olympic Park and the other showing a fleet race that took place at Lake Lanier Sailing Club. She presented the paintings to Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal.
 
Two of her works related to the 2003 World Championships at the Olympic Park in Hall County were recently chosen as part of the Vision 2030 Free Range Art program to promote public art.

Reproductions of her paintings, “Three Canoers,” that was presented to the former president of the International Canoe Federation, German Ulrich Feldhoff, and “Kayaker Across the Finish Line,” are two of the four works by local artists that have been installed on both sides of the tunnel at the park that passes beneath Clarks Bridge Road. 
 
The other two paintings chosen for replication are Judy Crumley’s “Lake Lanier’s Finest Hour” and Jill Haak’s “Paddling Off Into the Sunset.” 
 
“This is just one way we’re preserving and promoting the history and legacy of the Lake Lanier Olympic Park,” said Robin Lynch, manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Park. “The art represents our mainstays and what we’re all about – the lake, canoe/kayak, rowing, water sports and the Olympic legacy. “All of the submissions were fantastic,” Lynch said. “It was a difficult decision.”
 
All four were digitally scanned then enlarged and painted on the walls of the tunnel entrances. Hill’s paintings are visible from the tower side of the tunnel; the other two are painted on the side closest to the boathouse. 
 
The program is co-sponsored by the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and Vision 2030. The art project was funded by an anonymous donor from Gainesville. The paintings will stay in place for two years before replacements are solicited and selected.

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